Model World (Metropolis)

Olivo Barbieri’s Model World (link) It’s often hard to convince people that Olivo Barbieri’s aerial photographs are real. They look uncannily like hyperdetailed models, absent the imperfections of reality. Streets are strangely clean, trees look plastic, and odd distortions of scale create the opposite effect of what we expect from aerial photography–a complete overview, like […]

From the Ashes (Metropolis)

A photographic exhibition on the centennial of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake shows a city determined to rebuild. (link) One of the most famous photographic images of San Francisco is Eadweard Muybridge’s 360-degree panorama taken from the top of Nob Hill in 1878. With the San Francisco Bay glittering in the distance, and sparkling new […]

Suicide Watch

The New York Times, Arts & Leisure, 3/20/2005Timeline The board of directors of the Golden Gate Bridge recently voted to explore installing a barrier that would jeopardize the bridge’s least welcome claim to fame: its status as the world’s most popular place to commit suicide. That decision was the result of a distinctively San Francisco […]

The White Zone is for Loading and Unloading Art (The New York Times)

At the Toronto Airport, Air Canada Shares Space With Richard Serra and Sol LeWittArts & Leisure – March 28, 2004 TORONTO – People don’t often go to an airport for the art, but that might begin to change next month when travelers start hustling by Gate 122 of the new Terminal 1 at Pearson International […]

A Serra Sculpture Emerges From Its Tomb (The New York Times)

A Richard Serra sculpture sat behind a wall. Talk about a permanent collection.Arts & Leisure SAN FRANCISCO – The art-world gods must have a strong sense of irony: how else to explain why our greatest living sculptor of walls would find his work behind one? That was the case from 1998 until last month, when […]

Pleasing the purist, not the tourist (National Post)

Bilbao, begone! With a stunning new museum, architect Moshe Safdie bucks a trend — by designing a building that doesn’t upstage the art The defining moment of the current golden age of museums is easy to pinpoint: On the evening of Oct. 18, 1997, along the banks of the Nervion river in Bilbao, Spain, the […]

Sound Barrier (Metropolis)

A musical art piece approaches the delicate subject of suicide prevention with an affirmation of life. The Bloor Street Viaduct is one of Toronto’s grandest civic structures and its leading place for suicide. Rising 140 feet above the Don Valley, which sweeps south toward Lake Ontario, the viaduct crosses ten lanes of highway, two sets […]