Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Floating on the Creative Cloud

A friend of mine loves to search out old advertisements that were painted long ago on the sides of buildings. More than once we've talked about locations of the faded and peeling ones on aged buildings here in Cleveland. Shortly after that I went to New York City and saw lots of those relics of old ad campaigns. When I returned I excitedly told him all about the ones I saw, I even photographed one for him of a debonair sorta guy on the side of a brick office building looking handsome as he lit up his Lucky Strikes cigarette. (From the looks of it I'd bet the painting aged better than the smoker did.)

Over the last 15 years, (maybe even 20), the notion of painting the side of a building has really come back into style but with a cool twist. The painting is not made by some company trying to get you to smoke their cigarettes but rather these newer murals are made by artists who desired the opportunity to paint on the biggest "canvas" they could find. These one-of-a-kind visions are showing up all over the world and usually have the color and flavor of the neighborhood they inhabit. This one below is located in California. (Two murals on the list are located right here in Ohio.)

The website Creative Cloud http://www.cartridgesave.co.uk/news/category/art/ has many good topics to explore and plenty of fascinating images on view like "The 50 Most Stunning Wall Murals From Around the World" or "Propaganda Posters from The Spanish Civil War", or "Barcode Art" and a personal favorite of mine the "Vintage Travel Print Ads".

This site has info for any creative person covering a wide range of topics from art to photography to sci-fi to new innovations in technology. For example – the News sections brings word of the imminent launch of the world's most portable and smallest printer (fits in the palm of your hand...) Tidings that the long cherished and discontinued Polaroid camera will be back in action as Polaroid 600 and "instant photography" will be re-launched using traditional analog film. And word that wireless has spread to printers with Canon introducing the first unit of that generation's technology.

Be sure to check out the section heading Inspiration - subheading "20 Sensational Bookshelves". The uber creative industrial designers have devised great new methods for housing our books.The level of ingenuity for most of these designs is so
far out of the box (no pun intended) it is refreshing. Loved the creation at the left "The Bibliochaise". Comfy, colorful and a heck of a space saver.

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