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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Bodypainting Day - NYC

Body Painting Day
NYC Body Art
What is Bodypainting Day?

BODYPAINTING DAY is a public art event produced by Human Connection Arts in which a select group of talented artists paint on the bodies of nude models over a 4 hour period in full public view.

WHY? Creating impactful public art events that enable free artistic expression, body acceptance and human connection through art. The ARTISTS share their voice with the public. So often, the artists skills are in full view, but their voices are hidden, promoting a product or focusing on sales.

Bodypainting Day is a non-commercial event that focuses on the artists voice. This year’s theme “Humanity” challenges artists to seek what is on the inside of their model to inspire a painting on the outside.

Bodypainting Day gives MODELS the opportunity to embrace themselves and to use their bodies to become living art. Unlike what people might expect from a body painting event, the models are ordinary people, ranging in age, size and gender. Models take great pride standing in public as they are. By holding the event as a full nude event, we remove the shame often associated with our bodies and show the distinction between nudity and sexuality.

And the PUBLIC gets to see all types of bodies, which is rare in itself, but is especially important since the perception of the human form is twisted by advertising and the media, which is the source of anxiety for so many of us. It is also an opportunity to see in person, the artistic process of many artists all at once, each with their own unique approach. And most importantly, it’s an opportunity to connect with each other through art.

Bodypainting Day is founded by artist Andy Golub, who has been painting bodies in the public streets of NYC since 2007.

Bodypainting Day started in 2014 in New York City.
  • In 2015, Bodypainting Day added the city of Amsterdam.
  • In 2016 we added the city of San Francisco.
  • And in 2017 we added the city of Berlin.
 NYC Bodypainting Day Teaser
The Backstory
Bodypainting Day

Bodypainting Day is a natural progression of Andy Golub‘s art. Before Andy ever painted on a nude body, he painted many objects including rocks, hats, tables, cars and mannequins.

The various shapes inspired art that he never would have created on a flat canvas. These paintings were collaborations with the object itself.
Andy began painting bodies in 2007 and it took his work to a new level. Now that the objects were actually alive, Andy could connect with the model’s personality as well as their form to help inspire the art. After a series of studio shoots, it seemed only natural to Andy to share this unique process with the public.
In 2009, Andy was kicked out of Times Square while painting a male and female model, wearing G-strings. Andy didn’t know what his legal rights were, so he contacted civil rights attorney, Ron Kuby. Kuby explained that not only was his work legal, but it would still be legal even if the models were completely nude.

Kuby advised Andy that there remains the possibility of arrest, albeit a false one. After a week of serious contemplation, Andy was resolved that he would no longer back down to police for his body painting, even if it meant the risk of arrest.

The first time that Andy painted fully nude models was in 2011. After several hours of painting, police arrested him along with his two female models. They spent over 25 hours in jail. Coincidentally, Andy had an interview with the New York Post the following day. Andy’s art and arrest became a big NYC news story.
One month later, the NYC legal department informed Kuby that despite the earlier arrest, that it was in fact legal for Golub to paint fully nude models in public. Kuby informed the city of Andy’s next scheduled body painting. Although police were instructed not to arrest, model Zoe West was taken away in handcuffs anyway! West, later received $15,000 in a settlement with the city.

In 2011, as charges against Andy were dismissed, the District Attorney warned him that full nude body painting would only be tolerated at night. There was no legal basis for this restriction. In the summer of 2013, with the help of the New York Civil Liberties Union, the nighttime-only restriction was rescinded. The city acknowledged that Andy could paint fully nude men or women, day or night, on any public street of New York City.

In 2013, Andy was busy. He painted models in Times Square outside of the Apple Store, the Guggenheim Museum, a group of 10 models on Broadway, which landed him as the subject of David Letterman’s Top Ten List.

Other body painters began approaching Andy about painting together, so he decided to make a NYC Bodypainting Day. Young Naturists America helped organize the event along with body painter Craig Tracy. The event celebrated the unique art form of body painting, freedom of artistic expression and freedom of artistic nudity in New York City.

In 2014, 30 artists from around the country painted 40 fully nude models in the public streets at Columbus Circle. In 2015, the event doubled in size and was expanded to the city of Amsterdam. 2016 promises to be even bigger with some new cities on the horizon.

Friday, July 21, 2017


Central Park from Above
Central Park from above by Mike Gutkin
Central Park by Chris Nova
Summer nights in NYC by Anetkaiwa

Thursday, July 20, 2017


Trailer 4K
Published on Jul 11, 2017
AWAKEN is a feature documentary film from director Tom Lowe exploring humanity's relationship with technology and the natural world. 

Shot over a 5-year period in more than 30 countries, the film pioneers new time-lapse, time-dilation, underwater, and aerial cinematography techniques to give audiences new eyes with which to see our world.

AWAKEN is a celebration of the spirit of life, an exploration of the Earth, and an ode to the Cosmos..

Trailer for Awaken, a Documentary That Brings Together Breathtaking Footage From Over Thirty Countries
Here is the first trailer for the feature length documentary film AWAKEN, a work that beautifully observes the simple and complex relationships that humans from all over the world have developed with technology and the natural environment. Shot over the course of the five years, the film tracks the ceremonies, private moments, and daily rituals of citizens from over thirty countries, capturing each instance with beautiful panning shots or captivating time lapse visuals.
AWAKEN was directed, shot, edited, and produced by Tom Lowe, who previously created the short film Timescapes, and is set to open next year. (via Kottke)
by Kate Sierzputowski on July 20, 2017 
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Water Lilies and Lotuses - NYBG

Water Lilies and Lotuses
New York Botanical Garden
Mid-July to mid-September
Actual bloom time may vary
When the heat is on, these plants of myth and legend bring their magic to the Conservatory courtyard pools. 
People have long appreciated the beauty and resilience of aquatic plants. The sacred lotus, Nelumbo nucifera, symbolizes eternal life in Buddhism. Preserved petals of water lilies have been found in 3,000-year-old Egyptian tombs. 
When the heat is on, these plants of myth and legend bring their magic to the Conservatory courtyard pools. 
Water lilies and lotus in brilliant yellow, pink, purple, and even blue float serenely next to waving grasses and reeds. Dominating the tropical pool is the Victoria amazonica, the world’s largest water lily, whose leaves can span seven-feet across.
Generous support for the Water Lily Concert Series and Water Lilies & Lotus: An Aquatic Exhibition has been provided by Vivian and Edward Merrin.
The New York Botanical Garden is an iconic living museum, a major educational institution, and a renowned plant research and conservation organization. Founded in 1891 and now a National Historic Landmark, it is one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world and the largest in any city in the United States, distinguished by the beauty of its diverse landscape and extensive collections and gardens, as well as by the scope and excellence of its multidisciplinary exhibitions and programs.
Take Metro-North
The N.Y.B.Garden
New York’s other botanical garden (with Brooklyn Botanic Garden), offers 250 acres of natural beauty not often available in New York City.  The famous 1890’s Haupt Conservatory is a major attraction at the garden, a wrought-iron framed “crystal-palace style” greenhouse originally designed by Lord & Burnham.  An institutional member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this leading research facility also houses 50 separate gardens including its crowd-pleasing Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, and a 50-acre Forest.  Generally closed Mondays.

Contact Plant Experts - Get assistance with in-depth, unusual, odd, curious, extraordinary or atypical questions 
LOCATION:  2900 Southern Boulevard  Bronx, NY 10458-5126
  GENERAL INFO Call: 718.817.8700   Contact us
Jardin Botanique du Bronx
Situé dans le quartier du Bronx, le jardin botanique de New York est un endroit fabuleux. Avec plus de 97 hectares de terrain, ce lieu permet à chacun de s'évader un instant du tumulte de la Grosse Pomme.

L'un des premiers jardins botaniques à avoir vu le jour aux USA, il a été inauguré le 28 avril 1891, sur des terrains ayant appartenus à des magnats du tabac, la famille Lorillard. Différents laboratoires se sont développés et certains comptent parmi les plus réputés. On pourra notamment citer le Pfizer Plant Research Laboratory qui travaille sur les gênes et l'ADN des plantes et comment appliquer ces découvertes à l'industrie pharmaceutique.

Une cinquantaine de jardins différents permet aux visiteurs de s'immerger dans des environnements totalement différents. Un bout de la forêt originelle qui recouvrait New York a ainsi été préservée. Traversée par la rivière Bronx et son canyon, elle sera le lieu idéal pour une promenade en famille. Des chutes d'eau, un jardin japonais, un jardin de roses en mémoire à Peggy Rockefeller, le moulin à tabac de la famille Lorillard et bien d'autres lieux uniques sont également présents dans le New York Botanical Garden.
L'imposante bibliothèque du domaine recense plus de 50 000 ouvrages. Construite en 1899, elle est considérée comme étant la plus grande et la plus fournie des bibliothèques centrées sur la botanique aux Etats Unis. C'est également dans ce bâtiment que des herbiers particulièrement fournis en fleurs et plantes du monde entier sont conservés.

Autre monument imposant du jardin botanique new yorkais, l'Enid A. Haupt Conservatory est une serre en fer forgé, construite en 18990, permettant de conserver des espèces délicates.

Aujourd'hui, et ce depuis 1967, le jardin botanique du Bronx est inscrit sur la liste des monuments historiques nationaux. Des centaines de milliers de visiteurs s'y pressent chaque année pour découvrir les plantes mais également profiter des expositions temporaires, comme par exemple celle très attendue au moment de Noël.

Give Your Amazon Box New Life

Give Your Amazon Box New Life
Amazon and Give Back Box® are working together to make donating easier for you. Using Give Back Box® you can donate items you no longer need to charity with ease and bring new life to your empty Amazon box. .

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:

1 - Open Your Box: Unpack your merchandise from your Amazon shipping box.

2 - Pack Your Box:  Fill the box with usable clothing, accessories and household goods you no longer need and print your free shipping label from 

3 - Send Your Box:  Let UPS or the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) deliver your box of donations for yo

Donations go directly to your nearest participating charitable organization using a free shipping label and empty Amazon (or other) box. Your donation helps support employment placement, job training and other community-based services to create strong families and communities. 
Go directly to

Amazon will take care of the bill for shipping the items, while Goodwill is the one that benefits from your generosity. 
It’s also important to note that the goods you donate won’t just go to some central Goodwill distribution point, but will instead be sent to whatever participating Goodwill location is nearest to you. 
So, your donation will be directly benefiting those in your community, which is probably good for a few extra karma points.

*MBSS d/b/a Give Back Box does not plan, manage, advise, consult, or prepare materials for or with respect to any charitable solicitation. Give Back Box does not act in the capacity of a professional fundraiser and does not solicit donations for any organization.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Falling Water House - Kaufmann Residence

Falling Water House
Kaufmann Residence

Is a house designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935 in rural southwestern Pennsylvania, 43 miles (69 km) southeast of Pittsburgh.

The home was built partly over a waterfall on Bear Run in the Mill Run section of Stewart Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, in the Laurel Highlands of the Allegheny Mountains

The house was designed as a weekend home for the family of Liliane Kaufmann and her husband, Edgar J. Kaufmann, owner of Kaufmann's department store.
Time cited it after its completion as Wright's "most beautiful job"; it is listed among Smithsonian's Life List of 28 places "to visit before you die". It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966. In 1991, members of the American Institute of Architects named the house the "best all-time work of American architecture" and in 2007, it was ranked 29th on the list of America's Favorite Architecture according to the AIA.
The Changing Nature of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater 

This month marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of acclaimed American architect, visionary, and social critic Frank Lloyd Wright - considered by many to be one of the greatest architects of his time.
As a pioneer of the term 'organic architecture', one of his most iconic representative works is Fallingwater, set upon a waterfall in rural Pennsylvania. 

From its unveiling, the scheme has evoked enduring reflection on the relationship between man, architecture, and most prominently in Frank Lloyd Wright's mind - nature.

Fallingwater 3D House
by Frank Lloyd Wright
Fallingwater House 3D. The house designed by #American architect Frank Lloyd #Wright for Edgar Kaufmann in southwestern #Pennsylvania, hangs over a #waterfall using the architectural device known as the cantilever. Wright described his architectural style as "organic"--in harmony with nature, and though #Fallingwater reveals vocabulary drawn from the International style in certain aspects, this country house exhibits so many features typical of Wright's natural style, the house very much engaged with its surroundings.
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