The Superbowl is happening this Sunday. There are different reasons to be excited– the game, the commercials, the halftime show- and all of the action will center around a uniquely designed stadium, just not the one above. I thought for the week of the Superbowl, we could look at buildings that are decidedly macho, and the first is the new(ish) Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn.
The center is not just a sports arena, it’s also a concert venue, a subway stop and the first part of a nearly 5 billion dollar development project in Brooklyn. The most distinctive feature of the new arena is probably the thousands of corten steel puzzle pieces that make up the skin of the building. Each rusty piece is unique, a building feat made possible by advances in building software and fabrication tools. And what could be a more macho greeting than a giant steel cantilever? It’s like a big, rusty hug from SHoP Architects to Brooklyn. But some folks wonder what kind of the future the project is embracing.
Two of the better write ups about the new project are from the New York Times, and the New Yorker. Both mention the giant, rusty cantilever (Kimmelman writing for the NYT likens it to a “solar flare”) but both articles are more interested in the project as a leader in the redevelopment of the site. It reads like a game between the developer and pedestrians, but if either one loses, so will the other. It’s not that impossible, it’s just a slow and excruciating game of political football where I don’t know the rules. I barely know the rules of actual football, anyway. So this weekend I look forward to eating pizza and having a cold beer surrounded by friends I care about cheering and jeering for something I don’t care about. There’s a longer, more important, and an astonishingly more expensive game taking place in Brooklyn.
We’ve been on somewhat of a streak lately for lovely type based pieces on The Wallpaper Project lately and today’s piece is no exception. The wallpaper above was created by Dave Foster, an Amsterdam based designer and calligrapher who is a graduate of the Type and Media Masters programme held at the Royal Academy of Art. He recently did this great calligraphic post on his blog where he wrote out the names of some his followers. It’s a perfect example of just how talented Dave is at lettering.
For his wallpaper he took a modified quote from Picasso, “Action is the foundation of all success”, and lettered it up all pretty for us to enjoy. I love seeing work like this, I mean, look at the A in Action. It’s basically perfection. And how the T in Action also acts as the dot for the I. Stunning. He was able to find such a perfect balance to the words, it’s like type ballet on the paper. A huge thanks to Dave for creating something so beautiful for the site.
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I have long wondered why most movie posters are boring. There are legions of talented artists producing their own versions that are often much better than what is ultimately chosen. If there’s one country that has embraced the art of the cinema poster wholeheartedly, though, it’s Poland. Known for their use of abstract imagery, pop cartoons, and just all-around trippy interpretations, the artistry is mind blowing. Spare and literal, the images tend to reflect the subject matter in an uncanny way. Who wouldn’t want to see a movie about a bob-haired girl named Amelie with flowers exploding out of her eyes or Pulp Fiction in the style of Roy Lichtenstein? From a super creepy ’80s-style Rosemary’s Baby to a hilarious version of Gremlins, I’d be thrilled to see all of these movies (again) on the poster art alone. Have you ever seen gangster movies so ingeniously rendered?
Icinori produce some of the best picture books I think I’ve ever seen! The publishing studio is made up of illustrators Mayumi Otero and Raphael Urwiller, and their publications often come in the form of impressively engineered pop-up books filled with beautiful illustrations and incredible paper constructions.
The book above is called Momotaro and it’s a retelling of a popular Japanese folk story. The name ‘Momotaro’ literally means Peach Taro, which is commonly translated as Peach Boy. According to the legend, the story tells the tale of a strange child born of an apricot who undertakes a quest and travels to a distant island to fight oni, eventually becoming a great hero in the process. Like much folklore, Momotaro is a fantastically off-the-wall tale but it also sounds like a really great story. You can learn more about it here. I love the look of Icinori’s adaptation and I really love how it manages to feel very traditional and yet completely modern all at once. Make sure to see more of their work by checking out their website here.