FULL STEAM AHEAD
You don’t need an industrial revolution to take you places, but it helps if you want to enjoy your drink with a view like this. Sip your Johnnie Walker in the whiskey bar at Searcys St Pancras Grand and progress arches over you in the recently rejuvenated Victorian steelwork of this iconic London station. A soaring vision of the power to create and shape. Change one element in your own life and you could start your own revolution.
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How much more difficult was being an explorer 100 years ago? Even if you’re not that rugged you could probably get pretty far into wild territory these days with modern technology and kit alone. But you still need a timeless indomitable spirit to take on the polar regions. Like the Turner Twins, trekking 340 miles across Greenland’s ice cap to raise money for Spinal Research. The kicker, one will use modern kit and the other the same as Ernest Shackleton on his Antarctica expedition. Progress in action and a marker of how far they’ve already come, every step of the way.
At first glance you’ll see an eye. But look more closely and you’ll see 80 ballet dancers. When French street artist JR pasted this huge photo onto the floor of the New York City’s Lincoln Center he wanted to create an installation that layered life onto a paper. Zoom in and each dancer appears life-sized in the crumpled folds. Zoom out and they change form. A different visual drama depending on how close you are from it. And a striking reminder that changing perspectives are essential to create a life that looks as good up close as it does from afar.
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If you had to climb a mountain to see a sculpture would you appreciate it all the more? You’d definitely have to stop puffing first in the Swiss resort of Gstaad where art exhibtion Elevation 1049 exchanged the traditional gallery for the high Alpine landscape. To see many of the pieces you’d have to take a trip to the peak of a glacier, a remote Alp hut or a frozen lake. Art challenging both viewer and environment. And a reminder that sometimes the path of most resistance offers the best view.
ME, ME, ME
You wouldn’t think a ‘selfie’ could convey anything more than an ego trip and a pout. But you’ll change your mind looking at Alberta-based photographer Paul Zizka’s pictures of himself. For one thing they showcase the majestic Canadian wilderness as much as his presence in them. Zizka began snapping during solo mountaineering trips and used self-photography as a way to explore his connection to the natural environment. Sometimes you have to put yourself in the picture to see your place in the world.
Source: Fast Co Design
Still going to galleries during the day? Why fight the crowds to see the paintings when there’s a whole 12 hours of nighttime when no one will be there? You don’t have to break into Tate Britain to enjoy art after dark though. The winning project in the gallery’s IK innovation prize will give you virtual free reign through the collections. Connect to a website and you’ll be able to control robots situated around the galleries, steering them around to gaze up close at the art on display. Driving culture forward out of the dark age.
All you need is love, right? But has a simple request ever been so difficult to fulfill? Stop waiting for Cupid’s arrow and go pull the bow yourself. That’s what love-thwarted Nate Bagley did when he quit his job to tour the US and interview happy long-term couples. His mission, to understand what true love was and how to attain it. His result, knowledge, wisdom and renewed faith in the possibility of his goal. Commitment comes in all forms. Commit to your own happiness.
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MAKING AN ENTRANCE
Abandon the norm all ye who enter here. When you’re reimagining something as simple and effective as a door you’re thinking beyond the ‘good enough’ to a whole new level of creative ambition. Vienna-based artist Klemens Torggler’s hypnotic unfolding entrances are part sculpture, part origami and thrilling every time you open them. Want to enter new territory in your life? Then make sure the next door you walk through is equally interesting.
Source: Fast Co Design
Life is about the little things. You know the saying but how often do you ignore it while you’re reaching for a big achievement. The truth is wherever you’re aiming, it’s all in the details – you can’t create anything unless you create what it’s made up of. And that means building with everyday moments. Artist Ross Simonini took a napkin from a restaurant to draw on and went from there. One napkin is a doodle, thirty is an exhibition. Where can you take your #nextstep?
Is it real or is it photoshopped? No one seems to know the provenance of this photo of extreme guerilla gardening at apartments on the island of Phuket. But even if it is just the creative vision of a green mind you’d still want to live there – eventually. Turning the concrete urban jungle into living colour is a natural progression. Today a windowbox, tomorrow the world. Plant an idea and let it grow.
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