Champ de Mars Metro Station photogaphed by Janol Apin
In the 1990s, Janol Apin photographed scenes in the Paris Metro re-enacting the station names literally. While one, like Maison Blanche, is a little off-color for American readers, others are whimsical and understandable even to an international audience.
An emblem of New York and a symbol for freedom and democracy, the Statue of Liberty was given to the United States by France as a gesture of goodwill between the two countries. Today marks the 127th anniversary of the dedication in 1886 (it’s also the 50th anniversary of the demolition of Penn Station). While we know there are nice vintage photographs of the completed Statue of Liberty itself, we wanted to share with you some of the many photographs of it under construction, which means lots of Statue of Liberty body parts sitting by themselves in incongruous places.
The Waiters Race is exactly what it sounds like. Appropriately dressed participants – in full waiter and waitress gear, line up at the start line balancing a tray in one hand. On the tray will be placed at least one full bottle of liquid of some sort and some glasses which may also be filled with liquid. The intrepid sportsman or woman must run a designated course, past throngs of cheering fans and get to the finishing line without spilling a drop and without dropping a glass. (more…)
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…)
Here are our picks from the best of the Untapped Cities Photo Pool, featuring works of intrepid Untapped Cities readers and explorers. To submit to our weekly roundup of the best of the Untapped Cities Photo Pool, hashtag your photos #untappedcities. Also, follow along to see what others are snapping!
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!