Created in 2010 by the French artist Théo Mercier, Le Solitaire (aka The Loner) is a strange sculpture of a monster made completely of Spaghetti. Standing nearly 10-foot-tall, this mysterious beast is a surreal sight but there’s a great sadness to it too. It’s odd how Mercier can evoke such sympathy from such a strange figure yet behind its simple form there’s an odd sadness and empathy to it too.
The New York Times has put together their 2013: The Year in Pictures feature which, as always, is a powerful look at the past 12 months told through the images their photographers have taken. Featured are a number of powerful photos that show the tragedies of the year, but also the joyous moments as well. Culture editor Dana Jennings sums it up nicely:
The year, of course, wasn’t all blood and guts, and these photos reflect that, too: ballgames were played, marriages made, Shakespeare performed — whether the government shut down or not. I found myself hooked hardest by those images that seized the rare quiet moment, scenes that pirouetted away from hype and cliché, showing us at our most human, and our most vulnerable.
I could watch this forever. Not sure who made this or where it’s from, but it’s damn cool. Anyone know it’s source?
In Western culture we often measure our happiness by the things we own. The more stuff you have the happier you are. With that in mind, it’s quite humbling to see these photos by Huang Qingjun which show Chinese families and all of their possessions in one photo. Perhaps I’m romanticizing the plight of poor Chinese, but I feel like there’s something envious about the idea of living with so few things. Qingjun’s subjects range from all over the country, in all kinds of dwellings, which helps round out the idea.
Rebranding anything iconic is a stressful gig. The older it is the more sentimental value/baggage attached, making the sometimes overdue changes all the more difficult. When I saw that Tad Carpenter had recently updated his portfolio I came across his elegant and respectful rebranding of Harvey’s, an iconic restaurant that was opened almost exactly 100 years ago.
Harvey House Diner was a staple in Kansas City’s Union Station starting in 1914. The diner would greet thousands of travelers as they would arrive from all over the country by train at the historic Union Station. Fred Harvey’s original Harvey House has been long gone, but our new Harvey’s at Union Station is a nod to that historic diner. Despite almost 100 years between the two concepts opening their doors, both the new Harvey’s and the original share the same core values of quality food, quality service and quality company.
I recently discovered the work of Russian illustrator Ekaterina Trukhan and felt that her cute illustrations were perfect for this time of year. Now based in London, Ekaterina has created a whole host of images that are sure to brighten up your holidays. One thing that I particularly love is her paper doll. If you visit her blog you’ll find a template there which you can print off and have your very own festive friend!
I don’t know how but President Barack Obama has my mailing address. Perhaps I was an NSA target or wrote for a celebrity’s website: I don’t know. Regardless, two years in a row I have gotten a holiday card from the President and his family.
Last year, the card featured a simple, Americana illustration of Bo running across the White House lawn through the snow. It was quaint and cute and a great introduction to America’s newest sweetheart puppy. For 2013, the Obamas really outdid themselves with a super elaborate, creative holiday *pop-up* card.
Clayton Junior is a London-based illustrator originally from South Brazil. His editorial work is great and I love his use of color and shape. His work feels modern and vibrant and there’s a balance and personality to everything he makes. Over the last couple of years he’s worked with an impressive array of clients including publications such as the New Yorker, Monocle and The Guardian.