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HAIRY: WHEN YOUR PERSONAL MODE OF TRANSPORT NEEDS A HAIRCUT

You are looking at this photo and you’re thinking “WTF?” Maybe you’re even mouthing the letters as you think them, a just barely audible sound escaping between your lips.

Maybe you’re vocalizing the question with the actual words instead of the initialism: “What the F*ck?!?!” with an emphasis on the last word. (Assuming you’re at work, your co-workers are glancing towards you for a half-second after you utter this.)

All of these are proper, reasonable responses to the subject of the photo pictured here: A hairy, furry beach-cruisey bicycle parked at the bike rack at the popular Superba restaurant in Venice, Los Angeles.

This hirsute bicycle is either a large fashion accessory, a sartorial lifestyle statement piece extended to one’s transport and/or an art project. Perhaps there’s some functionality — the ride is somehow “softer” (?).  Perhaps it’s all these things. In any case, it looks as if Chewbacca took the form of bike and sprayed Sun In all over his over-follicled body. Amaze.

In New York … “I Need a Miracle” Art Billboard at Wallplay

The phrase “I need a Miracle” is the latest cryptic message to appear on the billboard on the side of building at the northeast corner of Delancey and Orchards streets in the heart of New York City’s Lower East Side. Previous messages have included “I can’t grow up,” and at other times the ad-space has been filled with commissioned original artwork. The billboard is a playful art-space run by the creative agency Wallplay, which also uses the retail space in the building to which the billboard is attached.

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In New York … The Super Awesome Retro-’80s “Dude” Billboard

Dude! Duuuuuuuuuuuuuude!!! The “Dude” billboard in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, next door to the office building of ad agency Mother UK, and, of course, above a bar.

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That “Greetings From California” Retro-Postcard Billboard …

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This billboard in the scenic California beach town of Carpinteria, near Santa Barbara, north of Los Angeles, is actually a commissioned artwork titled “A Climate for Health and Wealth,” but referred to by some locally as “that California billboard.” The work is an acrylic painting by a group of artists (see photo below showing list of artists) and is fashioned like an old-school tourist postcard with a retro-1950s style writ as large billboard advertisement. The painting depicts cliched facets of California’s bountiful prosperity and benefits.  Two tear-aways at the lower left corner and top of the painting reveal an otherwise hidden, dark underbelly of paralyzing freeway traffic, below-wage migrant workers, pollution and industrial blight. We recently visited the quaint, laidback Carpinteria on a short surf trip and found it had a lot of small surprises, creative and otherwise.

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The “Ctrl Alt Del” Project

Israeli artist Yossi Wallner’s viral street art project “Ctrl Alt Del” is one of the coolest projects and cleverer ideas we’ve seen in a while. Wallner has taken the common keys used in laptops and computer keyboards and installed these as buttons on walls, columns, and public infrastructure in his home city of Tel Aviv, in Israel. See photos below.

The re-contextualization of these familiar keyboard components, with their abbreviated function labels (Del, Esc, Wake, Power, etc.), imbue these objects with multiple meanings when in the public space, whether on a telephone pole, next to a security camera, in a leafy park or on a busy street.

What’s more, in these settings the buttons suggest some new kind of functionality whereby we can shape parts of the real world outside by pressing the same keys we use to change the words in an email or re-touch an image in Photoshop. Wallner poses the questions “What if the keyboards that we are buried in blindly all day could change your reality? If you could escape something by a push of an “Esc” button? Delete anything by a flick of a finger?”

The Tel Aviv installations are the first for this project, and Wallner is planning to create a website and a community of collaborators to put up keyboard buttons in cities around the world and submit photos of their installations to his site. We’d love nothing more that to walk down a street in Tokyo or New York a year from now and find one of his “Esc” keys on a wall.

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What’s Outside the Window – Vol. 23

The view looking out a tenth-floor window at the offices of global advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather. The view faces east over the snow-covered tenements and low-rise apartment buildings of Hell’s Kitchen in the foreground and toward the skyscrapers of Times Square and Midtown Manhattan in the distance, seen here on this blustery New York City afternoon.

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