Canned Air from New York City – on sale on Etsy for $10 (by photographer Kirill Rudenko)
With all the talk of the guy selling rocks from Brooklyn, we were reminded of this Etsy listing by Prague-based photographer Kirill Rudenko selling Canned Air from various cities. These $10 cans of air have various positive effects, as the listing describes, each can “relieves stress, cures homesickness and helps fighting nostalgia.”
To everyone’s relief, yesterday’s scattered storms all through central New York finally washed away the last sweaty remnants of summer. To celebrate the crisp new weather, we’re bringing you a few weird and wonderful snippets of life in the city.
Lovers in Paris under Vichy rule for a German propaganda magazine. Image courtesy Jo Teeuwisse.
In the Basque country of France is L’Abbe Cestac, a Bernardine convent of silent nuns who have voluntarily given up speech in dedication to God. They also cannot look at other humans, keeping their eyes always to the ground. Some exceptions: they are allowed to confess their sins verbally to the Bishop and to speak to friends and relatives who can visit once a year. (more…)
Even in the City of Light, there are abandoned metro stations. While this isn’t surprising given Paris’ vast underground catacomb network, the contrast between pristine Paris and the abandoned stations is striking. Fortunately, like New York City’s abandoned subway stations and unused levels, intrepid urban explorers have long been photographing these stations for the lay people to view.
Here’s a look at what the Untapped Cities staff is reading and sharing this week, ranging from the world’s smallest museum, the architecture of cults, “parkcycles” (yes, it’s what you think it is), forgotten WWII barriers in NYC, and the architecture of cults.
World’s Smallest Museum, dubbed The Mµseum in Somerville, MA
This new museum in Somerville, Massachusetts may be the smallest in the world at 10 inches tall, 16 inches wide and 8 inches deep. Called “The Mµseum” (the Greek letter meaning ‘micro’), it’s built into an unused wall between a Subway and a bar. It’s got an adorable mini neoclassical pediment and fluted doric columns as a nod to the architecture of full-sized museums. Fast Company writes that ”While it would be easy to dismiss the Mµseum as a trifle, [curator Judith] Klausner’s work deserves more credit. It’s a museum that, by virtue of being small, is designed to be accessible. [Fast Company, The Mµseum's official website].