looking beyond the obvious

We found this image at The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things. The commentary said it all: ….they are not merely ignoring the art on the walls, but literally looking beyond those walls….This is intense, curious looking… The square grid-like vent seems congruous with the canvasses of the modern art gallery, and the children are inspired…

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‘the world sends us garbage, we send back music.’

(Video link here.)  Susan Dworski alerted us to this stunning video, in an email with the subject line: “ah, the improvisational human spirit”.  It’s about a remarkable orchestra from a remote village in Paraguay — a slum built on landfill — where its young musicians play with instruments made from foraged trash. The village’s inhabitants…

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why not half a mustache?

We LOVE Sofia Rower’s half a mustache!!! We want one! It makes us wonder why we never see men sporting half a mustache…what a surprise that would be. (Sofia was in Peru this summer with 100 clowns from all over the world. They were painting murals in poor villages and working/transforming the vibe in clinics.…

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grownups on swings

The other day walking in a nearby park early one morning, we came upon a line of swings – big kid’s swings –  in a playground. So we thought ‘Why not?‘ and  did what we hadn’t done in many many years: swung HIGH looking at up at trees and sky. via DVDP Related posts: xhousegifts to…

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harlem nyc 98 degrees: beating the heat

In Harlem, the response to NYC’s recent heatwave has been highly improvisational; rigged umbrellas are everywhere, lashed to fence posts, tree trunks and baby carriages. Hats of all kinds have been configured, lots of chairs arranged under trees. We saw some folks who set up a giant open air cabana on the street so they…

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tv break: the little rascals improvise a cake

(Video link here.) Of the many episodes of The Little Rascals produced in the ‘thirties,  this clip has to be one of the best: the poor, ever-resourceful, uninhibited, unsupervised gang of kids make a cake filled with prizes, following the recipe in a completely original way. The backstory: Dickie’s abusive dad is so mean to Dickie’s…

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caine’s arcade: a miracle of cardboard, tape, imagination

(Video link here.) This morning, we found several emails from readers alerting us to this video that is flying around the internet like wildfire. It’s about 9-year-old Caine who devised an elaborate arcade out of cardboard, great quantities of packing tape, plastic toys – whatever he could find – over the course of a summer…

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artful body painting with mud and a bottle

We found this startling image on Roy Arden’s blog…as usual, no provenance. Oh, but the beauty you can create with some mud and a (Coke) bottle…like this curiously chic, modernist pattern stenciled right on. (We love the idea of our bodies as a canvas). Related posts: body as artist’s canvas “why doesn’t everybody paint their…

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