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There will be a special forest in Manhattan

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Nobody expects to find themselves in the middle of a forest in the heart of Manhattan. But overnight 49 massive trees appeared  in Madison Square Park, amidst the incredulous gazes of New Yorkers. The person responsible is  Maya Lin Ting, an American architect and landscape designer who already in 1982, at the age of 21, created the Vietnam War Memorial  in Washington.

Today she has an mportant message for the whole of humanity, that of the devastating effects of climate change. The forest, which was supposed to be inaugurated last summer, will officially open on May 10 and will be open until November. The name is Ghost Forest, recreates the devastating natural phenomenon that leads to the death of entire tracts of forest due to extreme climatic events, sea level rise and the infiltration of salty water into the ground.

Maya Lin has created a truly intense and meaningful installation that will make us think. She actually looked for trees killed by the effects of climate change. 

For  Manhattan she found 49 Atlantic cedars that come from the Pine Barrens forest of New Jersey. The installation is not limited only to dead trees: crossing the garden, in fact, it is possible to hear the sound and song of birds and animals that are extinct or endangered in the country. 

 

 

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Photos of dancers melting into London

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We have already talked about this photographer, it is once again about Luke Agbaimoni who not only photographs the London Underground but now has a new project called Forms of the City

This project is also based in London and this time it explores the interactions between architecture and dance and yoga exercise. It is a way of reviewing certain shapes that we see when we go around London and maybe we don’t even notice.

From Notting Hill and the Tube to Greenwich and even the London Eye via King’s Cross, a way to rediscover London’s shapes and patterns in a completely different way.

 

Obviously the best way to appreciate these photos for now is to look at his  w ebsite

Also check his Twitter and Instagram A photographer to really keep an eye on.

 

 

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New York, the Empire State Building is 90

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The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, and is one of the most famous buildings in the world. The Empire State Building was designed by William Lamb from the architectural firm Shreve & Lamb and built by the John McShain company. It took an astonishing 410 days to build. The building was officially opened on May 1, 1931. The Empire State Building has a total floor area of 2,768,591 square feet (250,000 m2), with 102 stories at 1,250 feet (381 m) tall.

It has been named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The Empire State Building’s Art Deco design was created by William Lamb, who incorporated elements of the past and present. The building was originally built as a symbol of modernity and to house the world’s most powerful radio station.

At that time it was the first building of this size in the world with 102 floors. For forty years, the builders claimed to have created the tallest building in the world. Today the Empire State Building is only the seventh tallest skyscraper in New York, worldwide more than 40 buildings are now higher. The colourful history of the building is hard to beat, no other skyscraper has become such a cultural icon. And not many other can claim to have been climbed by King Kong. This building has been featured in many movies and television shows including Spiderman 2, Independence Day, Ghostbusters, The Day The Earth

Many people have taken photos on the viewing platform on  the 86th floor.The building has a great view of Central Park to the west and Times Square to the east. 

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The tribute to Italo Calvino on the roofs of New York

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There is a large bird on the roofs of New York.  The bird refers, to the stories written by Italo Calvino between 1963 and 1964 and collected in The Cosmicomics . And in fact it is the Italian writer who was remembered  by the American artist Alex Da Corte in this  beautiful installation. Alex da Corte (born in 1980) is well known for his use of everyday objects and surreal imaginery to explore literary and cultural concepts. 

The bird is happily perched on a moon on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art while looking at Central Park and the Manhattan skyline.  It’s covered by 7000 carved aluminium feathers and is kinetic, able to follow the direction of the wind. 

Although by looking at the bird one thinks of the bird of the Muppets it is inspired mainly by Calvino who  evoked the distance between the Moon and the Earth . I know we can’t travel right now but this birds might inspire us to even from a distance.

 

 

 

 

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