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Diving for Sculpture

It’s not every day that I come across a piece of art and am mesmerized by it. When I saw Jason Taylor’s underwater sculpture, it was one of those days.

Something as simple as submerging sculptures in the ocean is immediately poignant and poetic; he literally shifts context into another form of matter and as a result, is cultivating beauty in a different dimension than the previously programmed “art reality”.

Over time, his works develop into artificial coral reefs. Taylor integrates his skills as a conservationist, underwater photographer and scuba diving instructor to produce unique installations that encourage the habitation and growth of corals and marine life. His early work is located in the world´s first public underwater sculpture park in Molinere Bay, Grenada, West Indies.

And more recently, his most ambitious project to date is the creation of the world’s largest underwater sculpture museum, MUSA, situated off the coast of Cancun and the western coast of Isla Mujeres. Works in the museum include Hombre en llamas (Man on Fire )La Jardinera de la Esperanza (The Gardener of Hope)El Colecionista de los Sueños (The Dream Collector) and La Evolución Silenciosa (The Silent Evolution).

Just one more reason for me to learn how to scuba dive!

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Holographic Seduction

The impending holographic future is inevitable, but until we get there, holograms still seem so rare and magical – as if they were straight out of the sci-fi flicks. With the recent Tupac hologram phenomenon, it was only a matter of time before commerce took over.

A Parisian lingerie store named Empreinte, with the help of design agency Carling International, conceptualized a holographic window display that lights up after store hours.

The masked coquette enchants passer-bys after 9pm each night, strutting half-naked in lingerie. She disappears in a shower of stars only to come back later to begin the loop again. Executed by Animatik Studio AS, the display seems nothing short of marketing genius. Watch below and you’ll see what I mean.

Bollywood Maternity Woes

When a woman is in the celebrity spotlight, we naturally tend to idealize her into an icon of beauty and youth. And when the star does something crazy like age or get pregnant, we’re forced to remember that they are human. Well, at least some of them are. Victoria Beckham obviously doesn’t count.

Before I continue, let me say that I am NOT anti-feminist; however, this post will probably make you think otherwise.

As Hollywood generations turn over, pregnancy becomes common among the stars we so lovingly watch. Since we’re (the public is) interested in seeing how celebrities evolve through motherhood, the media turns its attention accordingly to give us what we want. Some would argue that this exposure gets way out of hand – from tracking hospital stays to the sale of celeb baby’s first photo shoot – and denigrates the inherent beauty of motherhood itself.

The most recent buzz is on Bollywood’s own beauty queen, Aishwarya Rai. Known for being Miss World and subsequently the crown jewel of India, she’s been scrutinized by Indian media for the baby weight she has yet to lose in 7 months after giving birth. There is a belief circling the globe that it is her responsibility to get back to the shape she was before the baby and continue her reign as the ideal Indian woman. In case you haven’t seen any pictures, here’s the before and after:

On the one hand, I’m appalled by the fact that celebrities in the spotlight are expected to bounce back into shape after every single pregnancy. But on the other hand, I have to admit that I feel like… isn’t this what she signed up for? People don’t tend to become beauty icons overnight; not only does it take hard work, but it requires a willingness and acceptance of the cost that fame comes with. Even though she could use some leniency from the public eye, she also can’t expect not to be judged by her appearance if it’s the very thing that made her career in the first place.

So while I’m all for a woman’s right to do what she wants with her body free from judgment… I also want to see a new Bollywood routine with my girl Aishwarya front and center stat! Can you blame me?

A Twenty Something Tour of the Town – Florence

With summer officially knocking on the door, a trip I took from two summers ago has me wishing I was back in Florence.  During this summer abroad six of my close friends and I had the privilege of soaking up the best in Italian cuisine, cocktails, and of course you can’t leave Italy without some fine Italian leather!  Can someone PLEASE take me back! Here is a look at some of my favorite spots in one of my favorite places on earth: Florence, Italy.

Il Latini – A lovely family style Italian restaurant.  There are two seatings at the restaurant and expect massive lines to get in the door for both!

La Giostra – best pear ravioli in the world

Grom – I highly recommend the Creme de Grom

The Secret Bakery – This hole in the wall is a true treasure of Florence.  Opening up after hours you are lucky if you can find the bakery and snag a chocolate croissant!

Acqua al 2 – the pasta sampler is a must!

Procacci – best specialty foods made with truffles!

Art Bar – Here you will find the most thoughtful and artfully created drinks in the world.  Try the passion fruit caprioska!

Infinity – beautifully crafted leather goods

Ponte Vecchio – Notorious for high prices and gorgeous jewelry; great for window shopping!

Bobboli Gardens and Pitti Palace

Piazzale Michelangelo – The views walking up and from the piazzale are stunning.

San Lorenzo Market – a great spot for weekly shopping, people watching or to grab a bite to eat.

This brief list doesn’t begin to touch the surface of what Florence has to offer.

If you haven’t been, it is a must!

Casting The Invisible


Yasuaki Onishi
, who is known for his art throughout Japan and internationally, currently has an installation on exhibit in the Rice Gallery in  titled, ‘Reverse of Volume RG’. On display until June 24, he uses plastic sheeting and black hot glue to create a monumental, mountainous form that appears to float in space. In using these simple materials, he is able to successfully meditate on the nature of the negative space, or void, left behind.

The process that he calls ‘casting the invisible’ involves draping the plastic sheeting over stacked cardboard boxes, which are then removed to leave only their impressions. Onishi wanted to create an installation that would change as visitors approached and viewed it from outside of the glass wall to inside the gallery space. Seen through the glass, the undulating, exterior surface and dense layers of vertical black strands are primarily visible.

Almost like stepping into an inner sanctum or cave-like chamber, the semi-translucent plastic sheeting and wispy strands of hot glue envelop the viewer in a fragile, tent-like enclosure speckled with inky black marks. Visitors can walk in and out of the contemplative space, observing how the simplest qualities of light, shape, and line change.

[via Arch Daily]