Collected Ephemera #01

26Jul08

Further reference to Alison and Peter Smithson (see earlier this week) in a piece in the Financial Times about a new book, “Images of Change : An Archaeology of England’s Contemporary Landscape”, from English Heritage which celebrates the malls, air terminals and infrastructure of the late 20th century.

“Not a Box” by Antoinette Portis was purchased on a whim and is just great. It’s perhaps not a book designed for childless men nearing forty but hey as the quote from Junior says on the back it’s “As close to perfection as a picture book can get !” (I’m presuming Junior is some kid of kids / parenting magazine rather than 80’s pop singer responsible for “Mam Used To Say” . . .).

Caught the live Honda advert by accident which was a nice surprise. There are already comments around along the lines of “So what.” which seems a bit churlish to say the least. A plethora of background information here including the slightly alarming fact that the whole project was a year in the making – evidently in the eyes of the folks at Honda difficult is worth doing.

And finally a piece on Jeff Koons who’s celebrating twenty five years in the world of art with an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. I haven’t really seen enough of his work to decide whether I’m a fan, however this stainless steel version of a balloon dog is super fine.



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