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Polyhedral Art on Metropolitan Museum Roof

Although I gave up on domes many years ago, I never lost my fascination with polyhedra. So when I heard about the exhibit on the roof garden at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, I went to see it. It turned out to be squashed and stretched hexagons and pentagons of steel, acrylic, and polyester. You could walk around inside it. By Argentine artist Tomás Saraceno.

Beer Festival in Brooklyn This Saturday (June 16, 2012)

In Williamsburg, Brooklyn
75 breweries, 150 beers http://bkbeerfest.com/

Small Turn-of-century Home Salt Lake City 130K

249 E 1300 S, Salt Lake City UT/$129,900
Size: 650 sq. ft.
This tiny turn-of-the-century Salt Lake City home was extensively updated in 2000. Neat as a pin, the home has 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and a large backyard ready for landscaping. http://shltr.net/tinyslcity

First Nations Art & Tools in NYC

The 1st day of this trip to NYC (am now home), I went to the Museum of Natural History. I'd seen the exhibit of the First Nations peoples of British Columbia years before and now wanted to see it again after spending years up in BC working on Builders of the Pacific Coast and marvelling at this rich and still-alive native art.
There is an entire large room full of totems, shields, baskets, clothing, jewelry, and a myriad of items made from cedar trees. It's a stunning exhibit (and once again I apologize for being "stunned and amazed," as my friend Jack Fulton says, but I just am, often).The star of the show is this enormous canoe. I couldn't find any measurements, but I'd guess it to be 60' long and at least 12' wide -- all made from a hollowed-out single tree. It's thought to have been a Heiltsuk raiding canoe (see the Edward Curtis film, "Land of the War Canoes," I posted earlier). Here are some other photos of this powerful art. (See Builders of the Pacific Coast, pp. 110-12, for the building, art and construction techniques of the First Nations peoples.)





Recycling Small Towns USA

One Minute Vacation by Kevin Kelly

Once in a while something comes in that causes me to drop whatever I'm doing, and this brilliant form of communication by Kevin Kelly is one of them. Perfect for the 21st century. Less is better. Wow!

"One second per day for a 2-months in Asia.
I took a one-second clip each day on a two-month trip in Asia during April & May 2012. On a few days I just had to do an extra second, so this video is actually 90 seconds long. I was inspired by Ceasar Kuriyama's one-second-per-day life summary. Since it was only one second per day I filmed it on my Lumix still camera; edited on iMovie. This is all the video I took. There is no more; but there are stills. I'll eventually put them on my site at www.asiagrace.com. -- Kevin Kelly"

Tuff Shed Tiny Houses

It surprises some people at my slide show/book signings for Tiny Homes when I say that Tom's cabin (pp. 92-93) is one of my favorite homes in the book. It's a Tuff Shed that Tom bought for $4000 and fixed up to be his tiny home. On the exterior it looks like a storage shed, but inside it's a cozy, well-thought out dwelling.
This morning I see on the Tiny House blog that Tuffshed is now fabricating little buildings intended as tiny homes:
"Most people are familiar with Tuff Shed’s storage sheds and garages, but now the 30-year-old company is designing and manufacturing structures that could be used as tiny homes.…The Premier PRO Weekender Ranch can be finished on the interior by the customer to create a more liveable space. This building includes a steel service door, two 3′x3′ windows, LP TechShield radiant barrier roof decking, 30-Year Owens Corning dimensional shingles, a front porch with overhang and can accommodate any of Tuff Shed’s standard options. The sizes range from 8′x14′ to 16′x24′ and the prices from $4,100 to $8,739.…"
Note: I'm just back from 10 days on the road, unscrambling notes and pics and will post some of it later this week.

Jimmy's 43 Pub, East Village

Thanks to a tip (comment) from Anonymous a few days ago, I went to Jimmy's on this, my last night in NYC. Down a flight of dark stairs and into what felt like a medieval tavern on East 7th (#43, between 2nd & 3rd). You know how you enter a room and everything feels right?  Had several glasses of Greenport Hoppy Stout and excellent pasta dish and talked to 4 different people at the bar. There's something intimate about NYC; you're in such close proximity to people in public places. This is a wonderful pub, in a formerly Ukrainian
neighborhood, I recommend it highly. Their food is made with ingredients from local farms. They have many beers. NYC is an infinitely complex and deep city. It's what you make of it and what you take of it.

Art From New Guinea at Metropolitan Museum Yesterday

I don't do well in museums, but I ended up spending 3 hours at the Met yesterday. The big surprise was the exhibit of art from New Guinea, much of it collected by Michael Rockefeller. It was similar in many aspects to art of the First Nations tribes of British Columbia* -- totem poles and canoes carved out of single trees. This is a huge ceiling panel from a ceremonial house of the Kwoma group, who live in the Washkuk hills north of the Sepik river in northeastern New Guinea. I shot over 200 photos at the Met -- a total "embarrassment of riches." I just don't know what to do with all my "content." I need a clone (or maybe an apprentice) to help me deal with all of it.

*A few days ago I spent a long time at the wonderful First Nations display at the Museum of Natural History. (There is a huge canoe there, among other stunning works of art.)

Clay Sculpture in Central Park Yesterday

Flatiron Building, Manhattan

Brownstones in Brooklyn's Park Slope Neighborhood





(These should actually be called "redstones.")