140 Painted Fiberglass Bears Promote Unity in Paris

Today, Eugene, our very own COO, was walking with his friends near the Eiffel Tower when he spotted this delightful sculptural installation consisting of 140 fiberglass painted bear sculptures. From now till November 18, 2012, these colorful bears, approximately 6-feet high, will stand hand in hand at the Champ de Mars to mark two occasions – the 25th anniversary of the twinning cities of Paris and Berlin and the 50th anniversary of the signing of the lyse Treaty. This exhibition is meant to show the strong ties between France and Germany and their capital cities.

Called United Buddy Bears, each individual sculpture represents a different country recognized by the United Nations. Every single one of them has been designed and created by a different artist on behalf of their native countries. As their friendly stances suggest, they’re meant to remind us about the importance of tolerance and understanding between different nations, cultures and religions.

Since first going on display in Berlin back in 2002, United Buddy Bears has been seen in 25 countries around the world. Can you spot your country’s bear?

United Buddy Bears website
Photos by Eugene Kim and Mindy Dymin

January 15, 2017

Timeless Photos Capture the Dreamy Villages of Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre, a string of rustic coastal villages along Italy’s Ligurian Coast has long been an inspiration for travel photographers. With plunging cliffs and dramatic vistas, the small towns are ripe for postcard perfect photography. But when Slovenian photographer Jaka Bulc traveled to the Cinque Terre, he immersed himself in a different side of the towns. The result is a set of timeless images that peel back the layers of the well-loved vacation spot.

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January 14, 2017

Portraits of Legendary Musicians Painted on Vinyl Records

For years, Arizona-based artist Daniel Edlen has created show-stopping works of vinyl art. Inventively using records as his canvas, Edlen has redefined “album art” with his painted portraits of iconic singers and beloved bands. To create each masterpiece, Edlen applies acrylic paint directly onto the record’s vinyl. Stark, black-and-white tones enable each singer’s portrait to dramatically pop from its black background, and delicate, dappled brushstrokes reminiscent of pointillism emphasize the surface’s unique contours.

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