TreeHuggerProject - Agnieszka Gradzik & Wiktor Szostalo - twigs, branches, sticks, vines and other natural materials Pratt Institute - Clinton Hill, Brooklyn [map] . . "Embracing trees is embracing nature"
Did you know that treehuggers can be found all around them at the sculpture garden of the Pratt Institute? I didn't.
Label reads: The tree hugger project is an ongoing work of Environmental Art designed to help us re-discover our relationship with nature at a very personal and intimate level. Made from twigs, branches, sticks, vines and other natural materials, these playful sculptures remind us that we humans are still very much a part of our natural surroundings. Our project offers an excellent opportunity to reach out local communities ; demonstrating that standing up for the environment can be done in a fun and non-political way, and that contemporary art can be entertaining and make a difference in how we view our world.
This treehugger seems to be happy to have found some help in his skateboarding adventures.
Victoria & Eucantha - Philip Grausman - fiberglass Pratt Institute - Clinton Hill, Brooklyn [map] . . Today my footsteps took me to Clinton Hill, a Brooklyn neighborhood which, in the late 19th century, was the most prestigious address in Brooklyn after Brooklyn Heights. Charles Pratt, Brooklyn's wealthiest resident and the first refiner of kerosene oil put the neighborhood on the map when he moved into his mansion there. Fellow tycoons such as Pfizer, Bristol and others followed him to "the Hill". One of Pratt biggest project was Pratt Institute, a design and engineering college. The pretty campus has a sculpture garden, which is where I came face to face with this giant head.
Label reads: Phillip Grausman In an effort to universalize and idealize the female head, Grausman has chosen a technique skillfully modeling these overscale heads with an impersonality that reaches back to the ideals of Greek sculpture. (However they all start with actual models) Because of scale, heads becomes body, the pure white of the fiberglass has the glow of pure marble. They command, they invite, they have a lively presence. Is it me or she looks like Tilda Swinton?
raspberry clafouti I needed a good excuse to start blogging again after being a little too busy at work those past months. So I challenged Conrad and Virginia to join me in an important and experimental culinary mission: operation clafouti. Each of us was to prepare a clafouti and take a picture. They were both game and did a fantastic job which will make you salivate with much better pictures than mine: • Viriginia's clafouti • Conrad's clafouti raspberry clafouti - ingredients .
Belgian gal, French speaking, lands in Manhattan for work. Falls in love with her new city and stays. Keeps on discovering it every single day and loves it! Shares it with you through daily pictures. Makes no pretense of being a photographer. Is more of a happy-snapper note-taker.