October 5, 2020

1,000-Square-Foot Mosaic Honors Pioneering Black Suffragette Ida B. Wells [Interview]

Recently, the U.S. celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment—an amendment that gave some, not all, women the right to vote. To honor the efforts of suffragettes, the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission helped sponsor the creation of a 1,000-foot installation featuring a portrait of a prominent figure of the movement—Ida B. Wells, a Black woman whose story of activism begins over 130 years ago.

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September 15, 2020

Giant Reflective Orbs, Spiderwebs, and Air Plants Take Over a Renaissance Palace in Florence

Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno continues his exploration of art, life, and science with his exhibition at Florence's Palazzo Strozzi. Aria is a set of immersive installations and experiences that shift humans out of the center of the universe and ask them instead of stand side by side with nature to create a new harmony. Through reflective orbs, spiderwebs, and air plants, Saraceno sends a message that we can't afford to wait any longer to save our ecosystems.

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September 10, 2020

Avant-Garde Carpet Appears to Melt Into a Viscous Puddle

Baku-based textile artist Faig Ahmed is renowned for his mesmerizing textile pieces. He completed his most recent carpet design after months of interruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Entitled Doubts, this remarkable red tapestry features intricate patterns that dissolve into a viscous fluid shape, framed by white tassels.

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August 19, 2020

Japanese Grandparents Create Life-Size Totoro With Bus Stop For Their Grandkids

Totoro is a hallmark character created by Studio Ghibli, Japan's beloved animation studio. The plump bodied, wide smiling magical creature’s most iconic image is that of him waiting for an unusual bus in the rain. The magic of that scene (featured in the 1988 film My Neighbor Totoro) has been a spark of nostalgia, imagination, and inspiration for a variety of creatives.

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