Category Archives: Fun Friday

Put a Bird on It

A Portland police officer looked out his window one evening to the sight of thousands of black starlings settled on the tops of snow-covered trees. Walker Berg, the C.S.I. who noticed the birds, quickly grabbed his DSLR to photograph the stunning site. The police department named the image Crows on Snow and posted it to social media.

Source: This is Colossal

Fragile by Design

Image Credit: This is Colossal

Image Credit: This is Colossal

One of artist Walead Beshty’s projects consists of shipping FedEx boxes containing glass boxes across the country. Upon arriving at their destination, the FedEx boxes are opened to reveal the glass boxes with shatter patterns that serve as documentation of the trip. The two boxes—cardboard and glass—are displayed in a gallery in the receiving city. These pieces are compelling in that they beg the age-old question: what happens when the artist has very little hand in creating the art itself?

Source: This is Colossal

World’s Largest Redwood Grove Planned for Irish Town

Image Credit: IceNineJohn (Flickr)

Image Credit: IceNineJon (Flickr)

The town of Birr, Ireland could become home to the world’s largest collection of giant redwood trees if Birr Castle’s Lord Rosse has anything to say about it. Eighty-year old Lord Rosse—also known as Brendan Parsons—plans to plant as many as 3,000 redwood trees despite the area’s cold and fluctuating temperatures. Nine redwoods likely planted in the 1860s are currently growing on the estate, with two different species represented. Although the hardiness of these trees has encouraged Parsons, the financial cost is still a barrier; in order to fund the project, the earl plans to offer the public the chance to purchase 500 Euro tree sponsorships.

Source: Inhabitat

Get Face-to-Face with Anthropomorphic Rocks at Japanese Museum

Image Credit: Sankei Photo

Image Credit: Sankei Photo

In the town of Chichibu, Japan, travelers can pay a visit to the Chinsekikan, a museum containing over 1700 rocks that appear to have human faces. Notable jinmenseki (which means rock with a human face) lookalikes include Elvis Presley, E.T., and Donkey Kong. There are so many rocks that the owner, Yoshiko Hayama, occasionally invites visitors to help name the facelike formations. Explore more photos of these curious rocks on Yukuwa.net.

Source: This Is Colossal

Bike Thieves Beware!

Image Credit: Dezeen

Image Credit: Dezeen

The SkunkLock is a bicycle lock that releases a rancid scent when punctured with a cutting device. Aiming to thwart bike thieves, the lock produces a scent so horrible that it induces vomiting. Those who developed the design claim that, because the SkunkLock does not cause any permanent damage, it is legal to utilize in the United States. According to Dezeen, this project has received enough financial backing so that locks will be available for purchase in summer 2017.

Source: Dezeen

Hotel? Notel!

Image Credit: Pop Up City

Image Credit: Pop Up City

Melbourne, Australia, is home to Notel, a ‘not-hotel’ that is composed of six Airstream trailers located on an urban rooftop. These trailers serve as sleeping pods located adjacent a shared rooftop space. After requesting access online, guests are given an entry code to access the rooftop and are not required to check-in or interact with a concierge as they show themselves to their respective Airstream.

Source: Pop Up City

Inflato-revival at Last!

Image Credit: Dezeen

Image Credit: Dezeen

Inflatable architecture is making a comeback! And this time even practitioners with clout—like those at BIG—are trying their hand. Dezeen reports that the firm DOSIS—designers of an inhabitable transparent event space—said, “pneumatic structures are unique—no other type of structure can be assembled so quickly and also have the capacity to span large areas with a thickness of less than a millimetre.” This may mean that we can dust off the old Inflatocookbook!

Source: Dezeen

Tiny Huge Forest

Image Credit: Micah Bozeman, via New York Times

Image Credit: Micah Bozeman, via City Lab

The New York City Public Art Fund, the Save the Redwoods League, and artist Spencer Finch have collaborated to recreate a California redwood forest in downtown Brooklyn–at a 1:100 scale, of course. While “California’s Lost Man Creek is 380 feet tall, the Brooklyn version will stand around 4 feet high.” The trees representing the redwoods are metasequoias, which will be trimmed down periodically to maintain their height at the appropriate scale.

Source: City Lab

Historical Philadelphian Artifacts Preserved in an Unlikely Location

Image Credit: Museum of the American Revolution

Image Credit: Museum of the American Revolution

Prior to the start of construction of the new Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia designed by Robert A.M. Stern, archaeologists discovered a plethora of artifacts from the row houses that originally existed on the site. The excavation process occurred over the course of the past two years, during which twelve outhouses were discovered containing preserved belongings. The artifacts had survived two separate significant construction periods in the 19th and 20th centuries; many of the artifacts will be displayed in the new museum.

Source: Philly Mag

Awareness Through Chopsticks

Image Credit: Spoon-Tamago.com

Image Credit: Spoon-Tamago.com

Advertising student Yavez Anthonio has created a Kickstarter campaign to fund production of chopsticks made using plastic collected from the ocean. Anthonio plans to sell his product exclusively to sushi restaurants that serve fish that have been extracted from the ocean in a sustainable manner in an effort to “acknowledge another serious problem facing our seas: overfishing.”

Source: Spoon and Tamago