And Then It Got Very Cool

For National Poetry Month, the Academy of American Poets has organized a very cool contest. Here's the announcement from their site: Recreate a favorite poem off the page and contribute it to the Free Verse project. Write lines on a sandy beach, assemble twigs on a hillside, or chalk the sidewalk. Take a photo before… Continue reading And Then It Got Very Cool

A Castle Made of Snow

If you ever end up in Kemi, Finland, without a place to stay, fret not. This snow hotel has rooms for couples and singles. Sleeping bag included!  See the story on Cool Hunting to find out more.

Snow Dragon

Dragon, originally uploaded to flickr by zhaonameloc. I've been at the AWP conference in Chicago this week. Across the street from my hotel, there's been a snow sculpture contest. It's been fun to watch the giant blocks of white turn into dragons and dogs and lotus blooms. At night, they look especially cool.

So Much Love

It's a Richard Serra Sunday, thanks to the fab photograph by Gaelan Macrame, found on flickr. [Originally uploaded to flickr by gaelan.]

Rust Song

These are flickr photos of work by artist and sculptor Richard Serra. first photo by fake plastic earth via flickr second photo by MRY Studio via flickr (via Silliman’s Blog and Modern Art Notes)

One Day Poem Pavilion

My friend Ann Sieber sent me a link this week to Jiyeon Song’s site Experiential Typography, saying she thought I might like it. I do! "The One Day Poem Pavilion demonstrates the poetic, transitory, site-sensitive and time-based nature of light and shadow. Using a complex array of perforations, the pavilion’s surface allows light to pass… Continue reading One Day Poem Pavilion


  Bloxes  by aikoto via Flickr From the official Blox website: What are Bloxes? Bloxes are building blocks made of interlocking pieces of corrugated cardboard, folded together. Their unique shape and structure make them exceptionally strong and lightweight . Check out their website for more information.

Move Into Your iPod

u+a + neil m. denari architects: useful + agreeable house (via a daily dose of architecture)

Poetry and Architecture

Or, to be more precise: Lautréamont and Gaudi. A Daily Dose of Architecture runs an intermittent series of posts comparing specific poets and archiitects.  I always enjoy it.  Here’s a link to a recent one.  The idea is not to make an argument about the two artists but rather to juxtapose their work side by… Continue reading Poetry and Architecture

Most Po Mo Bus Stop

Here’s a real DNA of a design.   Dennis Oppenheim provided this idea and plan for this bus stop in Ventura, California.  You can read the architect’s vision statement here.  According to the blogger at kavefish, it is a functioning bus in Ventura to this day.  If you’ve seen it with your own eyes, please let… Continue reading Most Po Mo Bus Stop

Everybody Loves Implosion

Houston is not known for cool, but here is an exception.  The Art League has inverted a bungalow and this is what they got.  For those of you in the vicinity, drive up Montrose toward the Heights (north); the cross street is Willard.  The house–slated for demolition, apparently–was altered by Dean Ruck and Dan Havel.… Continue reading Everybody Loves Implosion