It's a big country, the USA. And the myth of the open road remains strong, even if it will be self-driving cars that move us there. A little bit of research about roadside attractions in America will yield a host of unique and bizarre results. So here are a couple unique sites located off the beaten path that are worth visiting in the American Southwest.
Bryan Stevenson is a very quiet revolutionary. His career until recently was very much "on the ground." He worked as a lawyer and advocate among those people whose race, class and the circumstances of their lives had disadvantaged them in the world. It was good work to do and he did it well. He won a MacArthur in 1995 and he gave a groundbreaking TED talk. But what is remarkable is that at the absolute summit of his career he made a move that was truly revolutionary: he looked to the past and made something.
The something he made is in Montgomery, Alabama––a city that might not be on many peoples' travel itinerary. What Stevenson
Anyone who loves hiking or outdoor exploration is familiar with the cairn, that characteristic stacks of rocks used as a trailmarker, warning a steep overhang, or just a general, leave-just-a-little trace that someone was here. At first, each cairn is a little discovery, a naturalist's work of art that puts design and intentional experience into the landscape. And then you see them multiple times on every. single. trek. you take, and your eyes just gloss over them after awhile. (Unless you're lost. They're always welcome when you're lost.)
I don’t know about you, but that pile of sawdust and shavings that end up on the floor when I’m in the shop isn’t much of a source of inspiration. But for this craftsman, the shavings are the art, and he creates some very impressive works with what we’d normally call waste materials.
When considering the virtues of hanging art on your walls, you might want to stop and consider if it's worth just turning your walls into art. That's what drywall art sculpture Bernie Mitchell does using nothing more than drywall and basic drywall tools (plus the extra brush and spoon).
Some of the most awe-inspiring moments in fantasy movies, not to mention real life, are those featuring characters who happen upon a new city that greets its travelers with the most gigantic statues you can imagine. Whether its the Titan of Bravos, the Gates of Argonath, or Lady Liberty herself, they can all be traced back to the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. And now there's a plan to rebuild it... five times larger.
While most of the time I'm inspired by fine furniture and the skills needed to really make an heirloom piece, there are many other expressions of excellence that don't fit that category. Here are a few unique pieces of wooden inspiration that keep me inspired to make.
Meet Mac Premo, an award-winning artist and self-proclaimed "stuffmaker." A visual artist with an obsession about our relationship with death, his somewhat off-kilter yet entirely sincere artwork is made out wood, resin, pipes, knicknacks, glue, paper, photographs, and anything he finds laying around.
Whoa. Optical illusion? Nope! This is all made by hand using nylon threads and charcoal pieces. Fascinating? Definitely! Check out the rest of the images of this awesome installation:
These "prehistoric beasts" are one of the coolest things we've seen. Craftsmanship, creativity, and passion, all come together in this epic, interactive work of art.
Italian designer and stylist Elena Mora and photographer Karsten Wegenerto created this playful series of still life images featuring meal ingredients arranged into carefully balanced structures.
Thomas and Quentin have come up with one of my favorite art projects from 2012 - "Fat & Furious Burger." Each week, the French graphic design team offer a new burger, a physical piece crafted from real ingredients, that comments on recent news and current events.
Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.
Boulder, Co-based land artist creates this incredible balanced rock sculptures in landscape from found materials. Yep, those are real rocks. And this one: (!)