At first glance 23/24 Leinster Gardens, Paddington, London looks just like the other houses in the street
but there is a clue in the windows. It is not a house at all; just a facade. The original house was pulled down and replaced with a facade in the 1860s when the London Underground Metropolitan line was built and it was necessary for the trains to have a place to let off steam.
Fascinating project by French photographer JR in the slums of Kenya. Photos of the women of the slums are printed on water resistant material and stretched across the metal rooftops to be seen from the air. In the photo below the eyes of the women are printed on the train with the rest of the face on the embankment so as the train passes the face is complete.
Found at Lens Culture where there is much more detail and links.
Hiroshi Sugimoto has been producing stunning images for over 30 years and has long been a favourite of critics and the art buying public. A few million more people will soon have a Sugimoto photograph in their houses soon as one of his seascapes series is being used by U2 as the cover art for their new album No Line On The Horizon.
from Conceptual Forms
Union City 1993 (from Movie Theater series)
Writer Elizabeth Gilbert gives a wonderful talk at TED about creativity.
She talks about a meeting with the US poet Ruth Stone who told Gilbert she would be out working in the fields (this was in the 1930s) and she would feel or hear a poem coming towards her across the fields as a “thunderous train of air”. She would have to run to get a pencil and paper to “grab” the poem as it went through her. If she didn’t, it would pass through her and continue until it found another poet. Sometimes, she would almost miss it. It would pass through her just as she reached a pencil. With her other hand she would grab hold of the poem and pull it back into her and in these instances the poem would come up on the page perfect and intact to the word, but backwards from the last word to the first.
Contains a nice anecdote about Tom Waits too. Well worth watching.
“In september 2006 Michael Cross showed the first stage prototype of this epic project in Dilston Grove, south-east London. The Bridge is a series of steps which rise up out of the water in front of you as you walk from one to the next, and then disappear back underneath behind you as you go, leaving you stranded with only one step visible in front of you, and one behind. The bridge ends in the middle of the water, where you find yourself totally isolated and cut off from the shore. You return the way you came. The mixed feelings of peace, isolation, relaxation and fear that the piece elicits are powerful. The project is on-going will ultimately lead to a permanent installation in a lake”
It was only at the gallery for six weeks but hopefully it will eventually return. More details and video at www.michaelcross.eu/bridge1.html