Toronto

Beautiful things

I like it when I find small handwritten signs or hand-drawn images in unexpected public spaces. I don’t have any photos to share at the moment, so this might seem like a bit of a false opening. I do have recent pics of pigeons and various other city critters, dead and alive.  But today I don’t feel like thinking about the existence of urban wildlife (which seems brutal, impersonal and lonely – okay, perhaps I’m projecting a bit) so I’m posting about beautiful things, big and small, that artists around the world create in urban and private spaces.

All of these images, and many more daily delights, come from the Sculpture Facebook page.

Kaarina Kaikkonen

Umbrella installation in Agueda, Portugal

Chiharu Shiota

Korean artist Do-Ho Suh‘s Floor begs to be examined closely – and stepped on.

 David Oliveira

Miniature origami by Anja Markiewicz.

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Sohei’s Urban Diorama Maps

I was astounded the first time I saw Japanese photographer Sohei Nishino’s large-scale montages of cities around the world.  According to his website, he walks around on foot for a few months in each city taking hundreds – possibly thousands – of photographs  “with film”. He ends up with what to me would be a paralyzingly big pile of print images which he assembles (using his memories of each city) into “Diorama Maps”.  It’s worth enlarging his images to see the details in each city.

NEW YORK:

HONG KONG:

LONDON:

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American street photographer Vivian Maier

While she was alive, Vivian Maier kept her work hidden from the public eye. According to John Maloof’s blog Vivian Maier – Her discovered work, Maier’s photographs were discovered at an auction in Chicago some time after she died.

Vivian Maier official website.