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The Mirror Man of LA Griffith Observatory

April20

When you live in a world of mirrors, can any fact go unchallenged? When you are the mirror itself, what do you see? Who can say what thoughts were going through the mind of this extraordinary street performer when he came up with his design for the ‘Mirror Man’.

The sight of this man made of mirrors certainly must have been a surprise for the visitors to Griffith Observatory in LA late last year. A few hours spent contemplating the far off mysteries of the universe only to have one land in front of you must have perplexed a number of people that day.

The views from the Observatory of downtown Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Basin are wonderful on a clear day. Possibly that is the reason why the Mirror Man climbed the slopes of Mount Hollywood. What a glorious reflection that would make, he perhaps thought. To see the city of mirrors, the city of mirages, at once solid and liquid, at once air and stone – as a mirror. The mind boggles.

Paul Morand once said ‘Mirrors are ice which does not melt: what melts are those who admire themselves in them.

Perhaps that was the main idea of the mysterious Mirror Man. Who can say? Conceivably, it is an attempt to turn these many faceted mirrors in to windows. What do you see in the reflection?

The Human League – pop uber-icons of the eighties had a song called The Mirror Man. Perhaps it is appropriate if we leave with a few lines from that delightful tune.

Running the Numbers by Chris Jordan

February25

Running the Numbers looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on. My hope is that images representing these quantities might have a different effect than the raw numbers alone, such as we find daily in articles and books. Statistics can feel abstract and anesthetizing, making it difficult to connect with and make meaning of 3.6 million SUV sales in one year, for example, or 2.3 million Americans in prison, or 32,000 breast augmentation surgeries in the U.S. every month.

This project visually examines these vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs. Employing themes such as the near versus the far, and the one versus the many, I hope to raise some questions about the roles and responsibilities we each play as individuals in a collective that is increasingly enormous, incomprehensible, and overwhelming.

  • Packing Peanuts

Depicts 166,000 packing peanuts, equal to the number of overnight packages shipped by air in the U.S. every hour.

  • Oil Barrels

Depicts 28,000 42-gallon barrels, the amount of oil consumed in the United States every two minutes (equal to the flow of a medium-sized river).

  • Toothpicks

Depicts one hundred million toothpicks, equal to the number of trees cut in the U.S. yearly to make the paper for junk mail.

  • Barbie Dolls

Depicts 32,000 Barbies, equal to the number of elective breast augmentation surgeries performed monthly in the US in 2006.

The Battle Mug

December22

Here is what the description says:Battle Mug starts as a 13.5 pound solid block of 6061 T6 billet aluminium before it enters a state of the art CNC facility which produces specialized parts and equipment for the U.S. Department of Defense, major weapons manufacturers, NASA…etc. Built to military specifications, Battle Mug features a M1913 rail interface system which allows the operator to mount a standard issue M4 carry handle, tactical light, laser device…” Each unit costs $279.

Worst Catwalk Fails

December7

Strutting down the catwalk in supersize six-inch heels can be a perilous sport – just ask the clumsy clothes horse who came a cropper, at Milan Fashion Week. Let’s face it, we girls are head over heels about shoes, but put one foot wrong and those sexy skyscrapers can become a girl’s worst nightmare.

Now if this isn’t the worse thing that can happen on the runway, tell me what is?

In 1993, a giggling Campbell falls off 10-inch platform boots at Vivienne Westwood’s runway show in Paris. The lace-up boots go on display in London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, and Campbell uses another pair as a doorstopper in her London flat.

The picture is not what it appears to be. Alas, it is not photographic evidence of an exciting new trend in audience servicing. Rather, it’s a model falling off the catwalk. But a fellow can fantasize, can’t he?

Famous people fall, too. It’s just surprising how rarely we catch them doing so. You’ll especially love the part where Electra blows a kiss to the crowd, sashays backstage and then bites it. But wait, there’s more: A would-be rescuer makes her own trip to the ground.

Right dress, right sunglasses, wrong shoes! This model takes a fall after walking onto the catwalk at the Dior 2008 show, with extremely uncomfortable high inch heels.

In a case of subpar infrastructure, the stage of the Sha Dang show during L.A. Fashion Week 2007 couldn’t quite withstand the pressure of an acrobatic martial arts display before the fashion walks began. Now former TV Bachelor Sarah Welch is sueing the company responsable for the event.

A model trips on the runway during Sass & Bide’s Spring Collections 2007.

There are basic moves to do this dance: Pinwheel both arms, sending the right arm up and the left arm down as you dip towards the ground. Freeze. Smile like you know what you’re doing. Push out your chest as if you’re on the verge of a nip-slip. On tiptoe, spread your legs slightly, but do not flash your panties. Stand up. Do it again. Try it and good luck!

Alexandra Tomlinson took a spill on the Chanel Couture runway in Paris on 1/27/09. Grazia reports that a member of the front row helped her up. A play-by-play of the fall hasn’t yet surfaced, since, sadly, they don’t broadcast the couture shows like hockey games. But the shoes are pretty high so perhaps they’re to blame.

When the only skill required to be a runway model is walking, you’d think they’d excel at it. Guess not.

Two models fell down during a fashion event. According to Miuccia Prada, “these falls made my show at Milan Fashion Week (2009 Spring Collection) last September memorable”. But one beauty said: “I was having a panic attack, my hands were shaking. The heels were so high.” Some of the girls were so scared they were crying backstage. While Miuccia was enjoying the success, her models were terrified about walking out in those skyscraper-heels.

She literally bites the dust! Poor girl!

Everyone knew this brunette girl was going to make a big splash in the world of fashion someday…

Karen Elson falls for Zac Posen. His shows are normally perfectly orchestrated, but he couldn’t have foreseen this twist in the finale of his Fall 2008 collection: Karen Elson, wearing Posen’s last look, took tumble on the industrial-carpeted runway.

Creative Beach Towels

November25

Clever beach towels and creative towel designs from all over the world.

Skin Cancer Awareness Towel

This creative towelreminds you to be careful during the summer.

Butt Face Towel

Each end of this unusual Butt-Face towel knows its place.

Beach Bag Towel

Designed by Maison Martin Margiela, this awesome beach bag transforms into a towel or a beach mat.

Grill Towel

In order to increase awareness of sun damage, 50 towels with a coal grill printed on them were given out at the Gordon beach in Tel Aviv.

Wearable Towel

This cool towel does not employ the use of any fastener. It is unisex and can be worn in either a tunic style or a toga style.

Murder Scene Towel

To promote Weekend Murders feature length UK drama, pool-of-blood shaped beach towels were given out at the beach.

Measuring Towel

Designed by Changduk Kim and Jinsoo Jeon, this towel allows you to measure your waist.

Mini Travel Towel

Multi-purpose travel towels packed like pills. Simply pop one out, soak with a little water and the pill instantly transforms into a sturdy towel.

Sand Towel

Though just an ordinary white towel at first glance, when turned over it has a photo of sand printed on the back that will camouflages and protects your valuables when you go swimming.

Playboy Beach Towel

During the summer, Playboy magazine was looking for a new cover girl. To encourage girls to participate in the competition, they decided to give out beach mats that look like the front page of the magazine.

12 Coolest Barcode Artworks

October19

Barcode Chandelier

The Barcode Chandelier is an oversize chandelier based on the ubiquitous bar code graphic. It’s laser cut with black and transparent acrylic and looks absolutely amazing.

Barcode Building

The Russian office Vitruvius & Sons designed a building called ‘Shtrikh Kod’: Barcode, for the city of St. Petersburg . The rigorous application of the barcode iconography surprisingly works quite well. It goes so far as that there are actual windows behind the numbers at the sixth floor. You could actually look out from, like, the number five.

Product Barcode Art

Japanese firm D-Barcode have redesigned hundreds of barcodes for use on products in their native country. Through their creative approach to design, they have come up with barcodes resembling everything, from aprons to skyscrapers and castles. The best thing about these barcodes is that they actually work! They can be seen in groceries all over Japan.

Barcode Zebra

This is one of Tim Flach’s interesting animal photos inspired by barcodes.

Barcode Billboard

Leagas Delaney London created this billboard for Stop The traffik, which shows humans in barcode form. The poster was illustrated by Philip Nicholson at Leagas. The creative director is Rob Burleigh, while Matt Moreland was the copywriter, and Chris Clarke the art director.

Barcode Watch

The Barcode Black watch from Tokyo Flash is certainly a winner in the looks department, featuring LEDs that tell the time in a futuristic manner. The first two columns depict the current hour, where each light in column 1 equals to give hours, and each light in column 2 signifies a single hour. The third and fourth columns use each light to signify 10 minutes and 1 minute respectively.

Barcode Sofa

This sofa is designed by Jason John Muscat from Demuzz Designs. It’s made from plywood and each individual bar is upholstered with foam and then fixed onto a Perspex platform with LEDS incorporated into the base. Pretty cool.

Barcode CD holder

Put you CDs in this barcode holder. Designed by Marián Laššák.

Barcode Posters

Russian design firm Art Lebedev Studio has created some incredible posters that take their barcode logo one step further. As it states on their site, “We enjoy making new posters. If you look carefully, you’ll find our barcode logo on each one of them. We love it so much we can’t help seeing it all around us.” They’ve created numerous posters that bring barcodes to mind even though the subject matter is people, nature or objects you see on a regular basis.

Barcode Street Art

Barcode street art in Northampton.

Barcode Coat Hanger

Barcodes are the inspiration for Lina Meier’s BarDeco collection, black lines of different widths are prominent in this innovative coat hanger.

Barcode Clutch

This barcode clutch from Ecoist at Reform School is made from recycling candy wrappers, soda bottles, and food containers. The clutch is available in three sizes small (coin purse), medium (phone & keys) and large (clutch purse). Plus, Ecoist will plant a tree for every bag that is sold!

Souvenir Landmarks by Michael Hughes

August24

Talented photographer Michael Hughes travels all over the world and takes pictures of cheap souvenirs in front of famous landmarks.

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