Lorraine Shemesh (b. 1949, Jersey City, NJ, USA) - 1: Painted Pools, 2011 2,3: From Painted Pools series (details), 2011 Paintings
Oct. 29, 1954: A visit by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother to New York included being whisked to the 102nd floor observation deck of the Empire State Building. She charmed her American guides, chatting with them amiably and was “nearly mobbed” as she left the building. “How the crowds knew she was in the building was something of a mystery,” The Times reported. “Her decision to make a visit was not made until noon.” People thronged for a glimpse of royalty, even if it meant playing hooky and waiting. “I’ll probably get fired,” a secretary was quoted complaining. “But I’ve waited this long so I’m going to wait till she comes down — even if I don’t make it back to the office before closing time.” Photo: Patrick A. Burns/The New York Times
Happy 98th birthday to the National Park Service! We’re celebrating this week by highlighting some of the amazing wilderness managed by the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (all bureaus within the Department of the Interior). Each day this week, we will post a photo of wilderness managed by the Department. Which ever photo gets the more shares and likes will be featured next week on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act, which has protected millions of acres of America’s stunning lands.
Our first photo comes from the Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center within Yosemite National Park.
Photo: Sean Goebel (www.sharetheexperience.org)
What: Church of St. Pierre
Built by: Le Corbusier & José Oubrerie
When: Construction began in 1971 but was abandoned, it restarted and ended in 2006.
Where: Firminy Vert, France
Visited: June 2013
The Lotus Building in Wujin, China by Studio 505 is as smart as it is beautiful.
Studio 505 on the energy efficiency of their design:
The project has been designed to minimize energy usage- with over 2500 geothermal piles driven through the base of the artificial lake, The entire lake water mass and ground beneath is utilized to pre-cool (summer) and pre-warm (winter) the air conditioning systems for both the lotus and the two storey building beneath the lake. The project is also mixed mode and naturally ventilated and utilizes evaporative cooling from the lake surface to drive a thermal chimney within the main flower pod.
(Source: Vice Magazine)
Artist Zimoun Creates a Storm of Styrofoam in a Swiss Museum
36 ventilators, 4.7m³ packing chips
Motors, metal, styrofoam, nylon, wood, controlling system. Dimensions: variable.Installation view: Art Museum Lugano, Switzerland, 2014
Armin Blasbichler, T III, 2009 [Inception Door] - 585 mounted diapositives of Pantone swatches, laminated glass, wood frame | H 211cm, W 97cm