Jubilation, Stardust and Banksy

June 6, 2012 § 2 Comments

Is there anything more British than Her Royal Highness, David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust and street artist Banksy? Combined? I think not.

We ARE amused. :)


Snapshots: Splintered

April 29, 2012 § 6 Comments

By JR and Liu Bolin - street art and camouflage

Pam & Jenny - Scam, 2011

By Tomas Saraceno

Split Ship Run - designchickee

Early Morning Run - designchickee

Ever get the feeling you’re living your life in two different worlds? If you’re a Fringe fan, you’ll completely be on board with this concept. But essentially – two worlds happening simultaneously. And You may or may not make the same decisions your ‘duplicate’ would make. Far out there, right? Not that I believe the two separate worlds bit but wouldn’t it be great to ‘live’ both versions? See what happens when you make the other choice?

Calçada From My Tia Anita

April 23, 2012 § 18 Comments

Calçada Portuguesa – Portuguese Stone Pavements by Ernesto Matos

If you’ve ever been to Lisbon or anywhere in Portugal, or any of its colonies (Brazil, Macau and Gibraltar), you’ll be familiar with this very distinct form of ‘street art’. Calçada is the Portuguese word for pavement and the roads are literally paved with cobblestones (like most European cities). Here, they use a combination of white limestone and blue/gray basalt (in some cases pale pink as well). Inspired by Roman mosaics, the city was literally repaved after it suffered a devastating earthquake in 1755. Today, municipalities continue to expand the art form, making it the basis for urban renewal and a form of cultural expression.

I received this beautiful coffee table book from my Tia Anita. It quickly became one of my treasured books. And with my love of drawings… this book reveals some of the details and sketches necessary for these inspiring two-dimensional designs. Love… love….

For more images and specific locations, this is a great article on Lisbon’s 10 Most Beautiful Pavements (though, in my mind… there’s definitely more than ten). The book is titled ‘Calçada Portugesa – Portuguese Stone Pavements’ by Ernesto Matos. Photos of the book are by designchickee.

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