Cats (musical) logo contains dancers in its eyeballs?

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Cats is the fourth-longest musical in Broadway history, playing for 18 consecutive years from 1982-2000.  But did you know that the logo, designed by the Really Useful Group for the 1981 show’s premiere in London, had dancers in its eyeballs? Hat tip to @aten for the spot.

A collection of chair designs by famous modern architects

Chairs by Architects Agata Toromanoff

“Almost everyone I spoke to says that a chair is a way of demonstrating an architect’s credentials as a designer to a wider audience.” — Agata Toromanoff, art historian

The chair represents the essence of work. It is where we put our asses down to get stuff done. Perhaps that is why famous architects have each been inspired to design their own chairs.

In her book Chairs by Architects, Toromanoff pairs the custom-made chairs of 55 modern architects next to building styles that inspired them. She says “that chairs afford architects an opportunity to distill their techniques, innovations, and style into a new medium.”

Toromanoff’s favorite chair is the Kuki Chair by Zaha Hadid. As you can see below, Hadid demonstrated her obsession with the movement of geometric curves that came to characterize her style–the chair looks similar to her dynamic yet fluid Galaxy SOHO building in Beijing.

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“There are three hundred and fifty-nine other degrees. Why limit yourself to one?” – Zaha Hadid

Toromanoff’s book illustrates how architects can construct their design styles onto a different, much smaller format: in this case, a chair.

Artist Ai Weiwei flips off statues around the world

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Fighting is a symptom of life. — AI Weiwei

Admit it, it feels great to flip the finger. Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei has been doing it as an act of protest for years. From the Louvre to Tiananmen Square, all the way to the White House, he has given the middle finger to so many global establishments that he created a photo-series called Study of Perspective (1995 to 2003).

The video below also highlights his current exhibition at the The Museum of Cycladic Art. It is the first time Weiwei has presented his work at an archaeological museum. Some of the newer pieces were created to bring awareness to the refugee crisis in Greece.

He also stitched together 12,030 images taken from January 2015 to April 2016, creating a massive piece of iPhone wallpaper. Most of the images were taken on his trip to the Greek island of Lesbos to show the world poor refugee living conditions.

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“My favourite word? It’s ‘act.’ “.

(h/t Open Culture)

Teju Cole on American exceptionalism, Black Lives Matter, creativity, and more

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The Financial Times talks with novelist and photographer Teju Cole. I enjoy Cole’s work because he always comes at it from a unique point of view. He does not shy away from expressing himself — his views are blunt and often involved.

Cole also happens to be savvy Instagrammer who’s already posting mesmerizing stuff on Instagram Stories. He used to dabble in Twitter but is now active on Facebook and still scoping out Snapchat.

Below are some of the interesting talking points from the interview:

On being partisan:

“I recognise as a value that journalists always have an angle. It’s just that some people embed theirs and hide it under the name of neutrality, and neutrality is very often the favourite language of power.”

On ‘American exceptionalism’:

“we need to move beyond this ‘greatest country that’s ever existed’ thing. What is that? What is this, the Roman empire?”

On ‘All lives matter’:

“If I say ‘black lives matter’, it means what it means. You don’t go to someone’s funeral and start shouting, ‘I too have experienced loss!’ That shit is obnoxious.”

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On James Baldwin’s permanent state of rage as a black American:

“I’m not in a constant state of rage — it’s not good for my health. But there’s much that’s enraging and there’s a great deal that’s saddening. I don’t think I would go on record as saying America’s already great.”

On creativity and online expression’:

“Yes. Any tool, as long as it has … robust enough parameters, any tool can be the avenue for really serious creativity. I really believe that.”

In short, Cole is a masterful noticer and storyteller. He makes sense of the world through words and art, often combining both, to illustrate the subtleties and overlooked matters in American and global culture.

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Watch a lightning bolt strike the Empire State ⚡️

Journalist Henrik Moltke snagged an excellent photo last night of a lightning bolt striking the Empire State Building. Watch the full video below.

“I got that.” Yes, you did Henrik. Yes, you did. ?

PS: Watch a live stream of a foul-smelling corpse flower about to bloom at the NYC Botanical Garden.

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New York City Legs by Stacey Baker


Citi Legs is a side project from New York Times Magazine photo editor Stacey Baker in which she takes pictures of women’s legs in NYC.

While she started taking the portraits in 2013, she’s gaining attention again, this time, with a book called New York Legs.

See what happens when you just start something for fun!