IBM and Ogilvy France have launched an ad campaign that showcases billboards as design objects that make streets more accessible and practical for those who use them. Ogilvy’s ”
The American dream is being redefined within the suburban cultural fabric as more immigrant populations are settling outside city limits. Suburban redevelopment plans for outdated strip malls—such as the one in Asheville, North Carolina mentioned in this recent Atlantic Cities post—apply the incubator approach to supporting small businesses by hosting a wide array of companies that can grow and thrive by operating as part of a larger network.
Brazil-based artist Nele Azevedo created this remarkable series of melting human ice statues seated on city steps, titled The Army of Melting Men. The installation is a commentary on the ever-present, damaging effects of global warming and the rapid decline of the environment. The puddles of water left behind by the human ice sculptures represent rising sea levels—projected to increase 3.3 feet by 2100.
Art Everywhere, a large-scale public art initiative led by Innocent Drinks cofounder Richard Reed, plans to feature 15,000 or more artworks by British artists on billboards across the UK. The goal: to inspire a population that would otherwise have little or no exposure to contemporary art. The public will be invited to participate in the selection process of the 50 best works displayed, out of 100 pieces preselected by a group of art directors and artists. The decision will be announced later in the month.
Artist Leon Reid IV’s public sculpture IT’S THE BOMB! has generated mixed reactions since its debut as part of the annual HOWL! Festival (which honors the legendary poet and activist Alan Ginsburg). The work—standing prominently in Manhattan’s Tompkins Square Park—is an oversized replica of a time bomb that counts down to zero. Although the countdown is ultimately anticlimactic, it is intended to signify the fear generated by events of violence and terrorism covered in the daily American media, such as the Boston Marathon bombings, or the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary school last fall.
Check out this article featuring the Bayardstown Social Club in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. The project is an experimental model for a shared backyard in the heart of Pittsburgh—a space for socializing without the pressure to buy something that one might feel in a bar or restaurant. To use the “outdoor living room,” located on a semi-private vacant lot, people are required to pay a minimal membership fee, which is then maintained and operated by the creators of the club, a local design firm called Deeplocal. This concept is part of the growing trend for private organizations to apply commercial business models to the creation of communal spaces intended for the use and improvement of local communities.Have a suggestion for Friday links? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your link, first name, and where you’re from. We’re excited to hear from you!