Time to talk about making waves.
In conjunction with Project 0, 50 celebrities created ocean-inspired art for the La Mer Wave Walk installation in New York City just in time for World Oceans Day on June 8th. The list of celebrities, also known as “wave makers,” involved with the project includes Cara Delevingne, Rita Ora, and Tali Lennox. The majority of the installations are located in Manhattan with a few in Queens and Brooklyn.
After work a few days ago, I took a stroll down to the corner of West 27th and 7th Ave at FIT to see Tali Lennox’s wave, titled “Harmony.”
Lennox’s wave is inspired by a trip she took to upstate New York. She contrasts New York City’s chaos with upstate New York’s natural setting using what appear to be tall, brown fir trees painted on the inside and outside of the wave.
I hope I have some time to check out the rest of these installations before they disappear on June 21st to be auctioned off for charity. They’re such a great visual reminder of how important it is to conserve our natural environment.
Learn more about Wave Walk and see all of the installations on a map over at www.cremedelamer.com/nyc-wave-walk.
Since September, the Garment District in NYC has seen a splash of vibrantly colored animals along Broadway between 36th and 41st Streets.
Created by Taiwanese artist Hung Yi, the installation is called Fancy Animal Carnival. It’s very fitting, especially since these animals, which include pandas, camels, and bulls, are decorated so intricately with carnival-like colors.
My favorite of the installation is this bull with a
septum piercing nose ring. He is definitely rocking that ginormous piece of jewelry!
Learn more about Fancy Animal Carnival here, and go check it out before it ends on April 15!
I did a double take when I saw this installation of a car made of tire on the High Line two months ago.
Yes, you read correctly. Moreover, it’s a smart car made of tire. And that’s not even the best part.
Called Smart Tree, the installation, created by Nari Ward, features an apple tree growing out of the roof of the smart car. The story behind this is actually inspired by true events.
According to the press release, when Ward went to visit his father in Jamaica, he saw a lime tree growing out of an abandoned car parked in the front yard. Since New York’s climate can’t sustain a lime tree, the recreation included an apple tree instead. The installation went on view in April 2016’s spring weather, but by the time I got to see it in the winter the tree was dying.
Ward is known for making installations out of items he finds his neighborhood (which includes Jamaica, New Jersey, and Harlem), so I’m guessing that’s where the tire came from. I’d like to know if the rubber on the tire is eco-friendly. If so, we’ve got one hell of an environmentally conscious art installation here.
Learn more about Smart Tree.
About two weeks ago I saw this amazing art installation in the Flatiron Prow Art Space.
Created by Sarah Haviland, the installation is called Rise Above, and it glows beautifully in this space at night.
I’m not sure what it looks like during the daylight hours, but those winged figures sure look magical in the dark.
Learn more about the installation here.
Since everyone is going on spring break, I decided to pull this gem by Joyce Dallal from my camera roll.
I saw this piece at LAX on the way back from Los Angeles in September 2015. Called Elevate, Joyce Dallal uses paper airplanes to symbolize the departures that occur at the airport on a daily basis.
What I love most about the installation is the way it’s positioned. The paper airplanes are spiraling upwards in unison, almost as if they intend to fly straight out the window.
Learn more about the current artwork at LAX here.
I haven’t been to The High Line since last year, and looking back at some of the photos I’ve taken while up there makes me want to go back this fall!
I took this photo when I visited The High Line with some friends back in 2013. It’s an art installation by Charlie Hewitt called Urban Rattle. When I first saw it, I didn’t think much of it, but it’s quite the intriguing art installation.
The rattle contains seven pieces. I can only make out a few of the pieces in the rattle—Pacman, a crown, and a boomerang.
When I was a toddler, I don’t remember having a legit rattle (my mom says I had one though), but I do remember having this doll with a handle that I would shake to create a bell sound. I loved that doll. I think her name was Molly.
Totally wouldn’t have minded having this Urban Rattle to play with, though.
See more of Charlie Hewitt’s work here.