fire escapes and wheat paste

I like buildings.

I happened to be wearing my Obey Propaganda Industries t-shirt one day, and a random guy on the subway asked me if I was going to the opening that night: turns out Shepard Fairey was having a show! I didn't make it to the opening, but the exhibit itself was amazing. The "studio" versions of his posters have many more layers and are incredibly detailed.

His stuff was omnipresent all over town. There was even a classic "Andre" sticker on the trash can next to the boarding gate for my flight home.

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25 Responses:

  1. melanina says:

    sooooo, you were in ny and didn't tell me. apparently we were both at the mermaid parade . . .

  2. prog says:

    That art deco "Ancient of Days" bas relief is great!

  3. babynutcase says:

    How does it feel to like buildings? I'd really like to know.

    Me I just live in them.

  4. fantasygoat says:

    It's like style died after about 1968.

    Why can't they build beautiful buildings anymore? Just too expensive?

      • Someone really needs to stop Daniel Libeskind from designing another building.

        • defenestr8r says:

          i am a big fan of the jewish museum in berlin. that being said, i haven't seen many of his other buildings IRL.

          the biggest architectural disappointment so far in NY has been the blob-like gehry building in chelsea. on the next block, my other favorite, jean nouvel, is working on what might very well be another disappointment, but i am hoping the reality looks better than the rendering.

          • My office is one building removed from the new Jewish museum in SF, and it's been interesting watching the construction. It's one of Libeskind's more, um...sedate...designs, but still has those skewed walls that he's really fond of.

            I was referring specifically to this, and this, and this.

            The Jewish museum in Berlin is one of his oldest designs, and is pretty conservative compared to what he's done since 2000 or so -- the man seems to have a personal vendetta against the vertical or something. Everything's askew.

            p.s. -- sorry I failed to get back to you about New York. But I've become a tourist in my home town -- having not spent any significant amount of time there in 15 years now, everywhere I liked to go is gone, or changed, or not relevant unless you're a high school student in 1990 :).

    • wikkit42 says:

      Engineering. It used to be impossible to hide the structure; to make a multi story building out of brick, the walls had to be thickest on the ground floor and so the windows and entrances were designed to look decent despite being deep. Similar for stone or beam-based wood.

      Now our engineering is sufficiently advanced that with structural steel and concrete, you can make a building any shape you want, and the structure will never impose limits. Skyscrapers aren't even limited by the materials, they're limited by the elevators. Because the structure can be any shape, the architects take it as a challenge to make it any shape, and happily ignore a thousand years of refinements on the concept of "a place people go in".

  5. buz says:


    Finally - Candid Camera can make a comeback!

  6. bebopmonkey says:

    he's done some work for a pretty cool show called "yo! what happened to peace?"

    yeah, not the best title but its a good show.