Here’s a roundup of what the Untapped Staff has been enjoying this week for great city reads!
Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada’s piece, “WISH,” is the largest land art in the United Kingdom. Photo via Arrested Motion.
Belfast, Northern Ireland
How many masterpieces have been painted using 4,000 metric tons of soil and sand and 30,000 wooden stakes? “WISH,” an installation by Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, spans 11 acres through a field in a Northern waterfront sector of Belfast. According to The Atlantic, the shy smile depicted on those 11 acres belongs to a six-year-old Belfast resident, and Rodriguez-Garada hopes that her face will inspire a ”genuine hope for a brighter future for all of us who share this land.” The installation should last until December 2013––or at least, until it’s plowed over by a forgetful farmer. (more…)
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Messy Nessy Chic recently featured Rue Cremieux, a street lined with colorful, terraced homes resembling those of London’s Portobello Road, located right in the twelfth arrondissement of Paris. There’s also an adorable hostel on this street called L’Hotel Particulier that doesn’t have a sign!
One year… thirteen illustrations. When we first interviewed cartoonist David Cessac, he said, “for me, the characters, the Parisians, are the most important, and they are the ones who define the character of the whole city.” In this anniversary video marking David’s one year mark illustrating the column “A Few Parisians” for Untapped Cities, videographer Enzo Van Erven captured David at work on the streets of Paris on a staircase near the Palais de Tokyo and the Boulevard d’Iena. It was particularly special for us to witness the process of creation and the moment where David’s sharp wit meets his talented drawing hand. To another great year, David!
Today’s cinematic Google Doodle honors André-Jacques Garnerin, who was the inventor of the modern frameless parachute. Garnerin’s successful parachute jump occurred 216 years ago today, on October 22, 1797. On that day, Garnerin ascended in a Montgolfier hot air balloon until he was at an elevation of approximately 3,000 feet. Then he cut the rope connecting his balloon and parachute. While the balloon continued its ascent, Garnerin and his silk parachute descended into the middle of a large crowd of onlookers located in Paris’ Parc Monceau. Today, visitors to the park can find an illustrated plaque honoring Garnerin’s historic achievement.
If you only saw the sleek office of architect Alain Dominique Gallizia in Boulogne Billancourt just outside Paris, it wouldn’t reveal the street art fiend behind the man. But if you visited his atelier, it’s an entirely different story. The entire building is tagged and he invites visitors to make their mark on the building. Untapped Cities contributor, Anne Claire Pasquet, an artist in Paris, recently visited and shared these photographs. She even spray painted her own work inside the building.