Artist Harry Everett Smith had a curious hobby of collecting random paper airplanes that he found in New York City.
Smith was “always, always, always looking” for new airplanes, one friend said: “He would run out in front of the cabs to get them, you know, before they got run over. I remember one time we saw one in the air and he was just running everywhere trying to figure out where it was going to be. He was just, like, out of his mind, completely. He couldn’t believe that he’d seen one. Someone, I guess, shot it from an upstairs building.”
I once launched a light balsa wood plane from the rooftop of a building in Soho. The way it floated and circled down is etched into my memory. It’s a wonder it didn’t hit anybody and in retrospect this wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever had. Nonetheless it really was something to see.
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Artist Joe Black creates large-scale portraits of various historical and pop culture figures that are more than they initially appear once you view them closer in detail:
We’ve all heard about Stonehenge located across the pond, but did you know we have our own more superior 100% ALL AMERICAN version here in the good ol’ U.S. of A? In Alliance, Nebraska (population 8,491) Jim Reinder, as a tribute to his father, built a replica of Stonehenge except instead of stones he used vintage American cars
Carhenge is a replica of England’s Stonehenge located near the city of Alliance, Nebraska on the High Plains. Instead of being built with large standing stones, as is the case with the original Stonehenge, Carhenge is formed from 38 vintage American automobiles.
There is also another one made out of styrofoam in Virginia called…Foamhenge. Clap clap clap.
Browse some pictures from my life over the past few weeks, such as the one above where I couldn’t resist joining the other hordes of Banksy groupies at one of the artist’s more recent stencils. This one can be found on the corner of 79th and Broadway because nothing screams counter culture street art audience like the Upper West Side.
In the July 5, 1993 issue of The New Yorker, there on the upper right corner on page 61 was an amusing single panel cartoon by Peter Steiner. A lot of the New Yorker single panel cartoons are amusing and often quite clever, however none of them would quite beat Peter’s for its cultural impact and legacy as the magazine’s most popular cartoon. Here’s a follow-up conversation with the cartoonist about what he’s been up to since those early days of the Internet.
Tec putting the street in street art.
Artist Gillian Wearing asked strangers on the street to write whatever was on their mind and then photographed the result for her 1992-1993 series “Signs That Say What You Want Them to Say and Not Signs That Say What Someone Else Wants You to Say.”
The artist’s last name is apropos methinks.