Somewhere in Montréal there is something green and round: the fountain house.
Raumlabor - Brelin based artist - is behind this idea.
...a fully accessible structure that celebrates free access to potable water... Source
There are two levels:
Each year in the Devonshire countryside, people get excited for a rather special and unusual but traditional event: tar barrels in Ottery St Mary (5th November).
...an ancient tradition pre-dating Guy Fawkes, in which men, women and children as young as 7 years old set light to wooden barrels lined with tar...
Devon is a County with a lot of great events. Earlier this year it was the first classic cars and motorbikes revival organised by Turner Locker in Barnfield Crescent.
If it is the first time you are going to Ottery St Mary's event, you might be surprised. Most people enjoy this.
It looks scary and even frightening for some, but it is all good fun.
Families are usually gathering around the village of Ottery St Mary for something special to remember and nowadays to share on social media too. No doubt that photos will appear on Facebook and Instagram. Amost a livestream for those staying indoors.
According to some locals, the tar barrels is more than a tradition...almost a way of life. Barrels aren't just picked randomly and quickly prepared: it is a long process to make sure that all goes to plan.
Everything is organized almost 12 months before the actual evening.
...barrels are selected and their internal surface coated with good old fashioned coal tar, available from only one source in the country. Straw and paper is placed inside to help the lighting process and the melting tar does the rest...
So, why are people attracted by the fire? It is also outdoors - whatever the weather.
You could rename this incredible event as a Winter Carnival featuring rolling tar barrels. But this wouldn't be the same.
When just saying "tar barrels" in the County everyone knows what it is about. Most of the residents love it...probably because it is unique as well. It also brings so many visitors to a quiet village that pubs and restaurants are happy too.
Meanwhile, there are safety instructions to respect - http://www.otterytarbarrels.co.uk/safety.html
No one will get hurt as long as these instructions are followed.
It is certain that where there is a fire there is a risk - but it is all under control.
Whatever you first thoughts/expectations are - especially if you have never been there - it is truly something to experiment. From that point, you will be able to make your mind up for next year's event.
Last but not least, get there early as there is no specific car park for this evening. You might decide to go by bus or taxi. A lot of visitors are happy to park outside Ottery St Mary and walk to the centre of the village where the action and adrenaline take place.
It is a wonderful gathering and the crowd is usually happy. Incidents are rare. You can't compare this with anything else and explaining what happens to someone else could be misleading. Best is to go and see by yourself.
Art doesn't need to be complicated - simplicity always wins especially in our busy Society.
So, using a bicycle to make art and more specifically illustrations...this is something rather different and the result is outstanding too.
Impressive, isn't it?
A few years ago, people would spend their weekend either reading books, gardening or walking in the British countryside.
The technology has changed a lot of things: habits, hobbies, occupations, jobs.
Now, when there is spare time available, most individuals take their touchscreen devices and browse endlessly looking for everything and anything. But what has happened to real interaction and communication around boardgames, green spaces or other social gathering?
People are constantly stressed when it comes to apps, firmware upgrade and other digital releases such as latest iPhone, iPad or anything to do with Apple.
What about a real apple and a garden? Learning the beauty of nature and a breathe of fresh air wouldn't hurt and it would be a bit of a change.
New generations seem to be all about smartphones and tablets and activities asking for a bit of effort are almost rejected instanty.
Thankfully, The Global Generation Skip Garden is a "A community garden with a twist!"
"...We focus our projects on the three interdependent themes of ‘I, We and The Planet’..." - Source
You can have a good day out without going shopping or sending copious amount of SMS or sharing a selfie on a social media network.
This is what The Skip Garden Cafe is about - read more HERE.
Recycling and upcycling is the current trend that everyone likes. Making new use of old products.
Some recycling experts (located in Devon but covering most of the South West of England) are also helping homes and businesses to get waste collected rather than dumping everything in landfills. The only thing you need is a skip which can be hired.
Will families disconnect for a few hours and enjoy the contact with earth/compost and other plants to actually create something real instead of maintaining endlessly their online status and informing the world of what they have done, seen or eventually bought?! What counts in a lifetime?
Have people lost the real sense of life and what about all values which go with it?! Everything seems to be too hard or tiring except going online. It is important not to become "slave of our devices" and keep in touch (face-to-face) with our real friends. This is what Global Generation is about: create a sustainable world for the future!
Being part of this community will without a doubt help our Society to be/get better as electronic data exchanges will never be as good as a real chat around a table...or a garden skip!
"a little house reflecting the light as church’s windows" - this is the work by New York based artist Tom Fruin.
It is a colourful plexiglas installation.
This clearly shows that technology is not everywhere and sometimes simplicity wins.
You couldn't go greener that this...could you?
Street art is everywhere and some retailers are commissioning artists for some unique designs to decorate inside walls and give their shop(s) a different and independent look.
Ben Johnston - designer based in Toronto - has created a huge illustration made of chalk for bar in Asheville in the USA.
The artwork was produced with white chalk and covers nearly 1600 sq ft - it took almost three weeks to be completed.
Fifteen to twenty years ago, children and teenagers were rather pleased when a manufacturer - whatever the type of products involved - would give away free promotional stickers.
This was ideal to put on bicycle, mirrors, car windscreens, school bags and the list goes on.
Nowadays, it is a real race to get a freebie because budgets are tight for everyone even big names such as Canon, Sony or surf brands like Billabong and O'Neill. You have to find the right events where there is something "up for grabs".
With all the technology and connected devices in our lives, is there still an interest for the so precious adhesive products?
Some companies are still working hard to promote other businesses by using quirky designs without bringing a corporate feel to it, which would be instantly rejected by potential customers. The visual impact (colours and shapes) and appeal are essential. First name coming up is the expert in promotional products for other firms: Badger Design - http://www.badgerdesign.com/
But what/how is a free promotional sticker perceived by younger generations?
Simple things are/were always the best. The twenty first century is all about firmware and regular updates to get the battery powered smartphone/tablet running smoothly without a glitch. People want virtual and digital access to everything in no time.
Are individuals actually disconnected from the real world? Are WE living within a fantasy world?
When you think that people are ready to queue to get the latest Apple product - whether it is an iPad, iPod or imminent iPhone6! Are WE also too materialistic?
There is a fun side about stickers - according to where you go it can be soooo different as well.
...In Poland, meanwhile, you can come across lavatories indicating “gents” with a triangle and “ladies” with a circle, while in Lithuania men are represented by an inverted pyramid and women by a pyramid standing the right way up. While such signs might be obvious to Russians, Chinese, Japanese, Poles and Lithuanians, how many Americans, Indonesians, Germans, Kenyans or Peruvians would know which way to turn?... Source
Whether it is for a product or a service it is important that the message is conveyed rapidly as people "have no time" to think twice. Our Society is rushing constantly for everything: going to work, shopping, communicating (using emoticons when sending SMS)...etc - Patience is disappearing from our skills because the internet and digital connectivity has changed our behaviours. This is not to say that progress is bad. It is just about appreciating time and real values.
Where would we be without stickers. They are everywhere but are almost taken for granted.
The "Fire Door Keep Shut" or "Baby Onboard" - car stickers - are playing a major role when it comes to safety information.
Surely these types of short sentenced won't go and be replaced by something trendier such as a LED banner. But who knows...when you see that a library is now totally paperless/bookless (full article HERE).
Last but not least, did you know that some people have a fear of stickers: Pittakionophobia!
...This is a phobia that can make even the most courageous person shiver with fear... Source
Interior architect based in Brooklyn, Sui Park is using simple materials to create some awesome sculptures.
Great shapes - initially thinking of jellyfish or something just out from the sea...or a science fiction movie.
However, when looking closer it is all made of cable zip ties. Incredible talent and patience.