After publishing a topographic map of Mars called the “Medieval Map of Mars”, Eleanor Lutz continued the series with a topographic map of Venus. The features on the map are named after women or female mythological figures with a few exceptions. This extraterrestrial map looks familiar and, well, out of this world. I love the icons Eleanor developed to give meaning to the various sites. The typeface used on this map is P22 Johnston Underground. Here is a part of the map.
Sometimes trees are sick and they need to be cut down. Sometimes they are taken down preemptively because an insurance company does not want to pay for damage in the future even though a tree is healthy and it is not realistic that it might fall on a house or a car. Sometimes trees are cut down for no apparent reason. And more often than not they are not being replaced with a new tree but with a block of concrete in the sidewalk. In this case, there was enough time to leave a note. More pavement writing here.
“Inspired by anonymous, autonomous and spontaneous practices and expressions in urban spaces, Mathieu Tremblin implements simple and playful actions in order to question the systems of legislation, representation and symbolization prevalent in everyday city life. His work can also be found in the Netherlands and Belgium.” The comments below the article very quickly turn into the divisive rhetoric that we seem to read everywhere. Some comments are good, others are plain unnecessary.
No, that is not a band name, though I can see the potential for a loud local guitar trio. There is this wall in Greenpoint that is used by sign- and type painters for an eclectic mix of message—in this case to announce the imminent arrival of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in the hood. This took about 3 hours from start to finish.
According to Studio 360, an unknown artist has been leaving messages in the streets of Philadelphia. I have been seeing these myself in New York as well for many years. I took an image of this “Toynbee Tile” a few years ago, and there are a few more in the Pavement series. A documentary film speculated that the tiler remained unseen by dropping the tiles from a car. Somebody made T-Shirts with Toynbee Tiles.
See how Martin Venezky of Appetiteengineers creates a 30x5ft. wall collage at the Adobe headquarters. I have had his book for years and if you are famliar with his work, you can see that it could only culminate into something as large as this. I love the folders filled with printed artifacts, sorted and organized by themes, visuals, and “who-knows-which” uncategorizable categories. Fantastic.
If you like to hike and you see a nice trail sign, or anything that informs a nature wanderer of a welcome or, gasp, surprising direction to take or better not to take, snap an image and contribute it to this fantastic website called Trail Type.
This is from Daisy Bentley’s wonderful website of Found Notes:
“This blog showcases a selection of my found notes collection. This is the result of almost five years of note collecting. Five years of watching the floor everywhere I go. In total I have accumulated over 1000 notes, although only a small selection can be found here. I love to make assumptions about the authors of these notes, imagining all of the things forgotten at the supermarket when the list was lost, all of the letters where we’ll never know if they were lost or discarded by the writer or the recipient.”
The options of thruth:
1. They ran out of space.
2. Activists arrived with tools and had fun slicing some signs.
3. The owner knows that what is printed is “always the truth.”
4. The best lies are being told over a good smoke.
From now on I can not not look for upside down N’s anymore. Maybe there is even one in my archive and I have not seen it. I just love the fact that the originators and collectors of the website Upside Down N call themselves N-huntress or N-thusiast. For now I had to make one myself. But if you find one, I urge you to take an image and send it to Adele, Rogier and Niels.
“The New York Pizza Project is a coffee table book documenting the heart and soul of New York City’s last authentic pizzerias through photography and interviews.” This is a really nice project that was funded on Kickstarter and that aims to position the pizza shop as a “guardian of authenticity” among all those boring corner banks and chain stores. Here is one I saw a while ago: Majestic Pizza & Calzone.