Author: Oliver Huntington

Street art mural in Montclair has a new message

I was running errands in Montclair the other day when I noticed that a street art mural that I had written about back in December of 2016 had been changed: it now reads “Love where you live,” (top image, below), where as it original read “Notice Me,” (bottom image, below). As my original coverage noted, the first version of this mural was part of a “nationwide mural project valuing all girls and women,” by artist Lori Pratico. So, I’m curious to know: did someone in Montclair decide that “Love where you live” is their preferred message rather than “Notice...

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Charlotte Kidger Creates 3D Objects Out of Polyurethane Foam Dust

London-based Charlotte Kidger is a material designer who recently graduated from Central Saint Martins with an MA in Material Futures. Her work is process driven, exploring how to turn industrial waste materials into secondary raw materials to see if something new can be created. Through that exploration, Kidger created a durable composite material made with polyurethane foam dust that’s a by-product of CNC fabrication. Instead of that material going to a landfill, she’s able to cold cast it and create colorful 3D objects, like vessels and tables. Kidger’s collection will go on display as part of the exhibition Material...

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Collage Meditation Sketch

This is a collage I did this morning…she’s been preparing for months our second oldest daughter.  She is out on her own.  Some say she should have been a long time ago…And well those are opinions of others that didn’t know the situation. It’s still going to be tough for them…letting go of comfortable ways of doing things verses find new ways to handle it all. Life lessons and character building moments.  We are very proud of her and it’s the natural thing to do.  We have 3 more beside this adult child that are still living with us. ...

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Subliminal angry man in the bathroom tile

When I was staying at a hotel in Newport last weekend for the Newport Jazz Festival, I noticed the decorative tiles in the bathroom. But as I looked closer, I thought I was looking at an angry man … can you see him? If you didn’t see him, I’ll give you a little help – now that I’ve circled the point of interest (below left), do you see him? I’ve taken the liberty to fill in what I was imagining, below right – what do you think? The good news is, even though this is what I saw when...

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Architects Design Skyscraper That Rises Up Like a Mountain in the City

Beijing-based MAD Architects earned themselves a place on the shortlist of the Southbank by Beulah competition with a green skyscraper that towers over the city of Melbourne. Twisting up as a single tower, MAD’s skyscraper is a multipurpose vision that spreads visitors across multiple levels while attempting to connect them with nature. The international competition called on architects to conceptualize a mixed-use lifestyle area, with space for retail, residences, a 5-star hotel, cultural areas, and green spaces. To meet the challenge, MAD conceived a skyscraper that mimics organic forms, with wood timber beams twisting up the glass facade. Cantilevered...

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