Post-its – those handy little sticky notes – turn 30 this year. To celebrate the milestone, 3M is inviting young people aged 11 – 18 to create Post-it art. The winner will work with an artist to create the world’s largest billboard made entirely of Post-it notes. It will be displayed in Vanderbilt Hall at New York’s Grand Central Station in August 2010.
Both contest and prize seem appropriate; Post-its have often been used as a medium to channel artistic expression…
Here Post-its are arranged on a four-story canvas to recreate a classic Nintendo game.
This mural is actually a mosaic of individual, community-generated to-do notes.
In a pinch, you can also use them to redecorate your home.
And if you feel like you might need some background for your Post-It art, check out Studio 360’s post-it sized profile of the Post-It, provided by Paola Antonelli, design curator at the Museum of Modern Art.
Spring has officially arrived in New York City and that means getting out of the apartment–at last!–and into the parks and playgrounds.
This foot-long block of blue foam reflects this happy change: it’s a miniature, pop-out playground sent to us by the Rockwell Group, designers of Imagination Playground. They describe their creation as a playspace that will “enable unstructured, child-initiated free play with a variety of loose parts — blue foam blocks, found objects, sand and water — that allow children to play, dream, build and explore endless possibilities.”
Little did we realize we were sitting on a situation of our own:
We’re hoping you can help us out with another emergency. In the credits of that very same episode of our show, we forgot to list Erin Calabria, our super hard-working Production Assistant. She hasn’t mentioned it, because she’s a mensch like that. And we wish we could say this is the first time we’ve made a dumb oversight — hopefully, it’s the last. We’d like to give Erin (and others) a card that shows we noticed the gaffe and we’re sorry and we appreciate them.
Momus (a Scotsman born Nick Currie) has a reputation as music’s darkest singer-songwriter, but his novel takes dark to another level. In The Book of Jokes, all jokes — obscene, cruel, etc. — actually happen, and they happen to one poor family. The beleaguered narrator, escaping his sexually predatory father, ends up on a picaresque accompanied by the Murderer and the Molester. This book is not for everyone, and it’s not even funny. But you’ve never read anything like it, and you might find yourself wondering at some of the jokes you’ve laughed at yourself.
We’ve heard how contentious the process of confirming judges has become. So how exactly did Denny Chin get appointed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals by a 98 to 0 vote? Perhaps the senators took into account his extracurriculars. Chin has led an unusual project in which lawyers create documentary theater based on historical trials such as Lizzie Borden’s, for murder, and the espionage case against Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.
Last month artist Jeremy Dean drove a horse-drawn carriage through New York City. The horses were two White Percherons – standard draft horses for Central Park. And the carriage was a Hummer H2.
Dean’s trip was equal parts performance art and sculpture. He bought a used Hummer, sliced off most of the front end, and turned it into a modern version of the Hoover Cart – a modified horse-drawn car that Depression-era drivers resorted to when they could no longer afford gasoline. Titled “Back to the Futurama,” the project is at once a reminder of our recent economic history and a cautionary tale of what may come.
Dean explains, “I began to wonder what we would do with all this stuff if it became, through crisis, impossible to use as originally intended. I had grand images of Hoovervilles made out of plasma TV’s…destitute people being surrounded by marketing images of things never to be afforded.”
The work may be more prescient – and practical – than Dean intended. On April 7, GM announced it would discontinue the Hummer; it seems not enough people could afford nine miles per gallon. Then again, Dean’s model requires ample stores of hay and oats, and an occasional reshoeing.