The southern end of the San Francisco Bay Area is known for expensive real estate, tech companies, and aerospace engineers. Less well known is its salt content.
Yet the salt industry has been a vital part of the South Bay for more than a century. Fly into any of the region’s airports and evidence of this appears as a vibrant quilt of briny pools in acid green, ochre, and shades of red that look toxic. These algae-infused intake and evaporation ponds, crisscrossed by channels and levees, are a surreal landscape seen best from the air.
Photographer Cris Benton has studied and documented this fascinating area for over 10 years, using cameras held aloft by large handmade kites. In his new book, Saltscapes: The Kite Aerial Photography of Cris Benton (Heyday Press), the retired architecture professor explains that kite aerial photography “fuels my fascination with photography’s capacity to reveal patterns and phenomena that lie beyond the capacities of our native senses.”
As the controversy surrounding Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s plan to demolish the Folk Art Museum wanes, some very real questions about what to do with the building have arisen. One New York engineer, Nat Oppenheimer, has an idea. Oppenheimer is a principal at Robert Silman Associates, the firm responsible for moving the historic Empire Theater up the street in 1998. He wants to perform a similar urban slight-of-hand and transfer the Folk Art Museum down 53rd Street to make room for the MoMA expansion and its connection to the adjacent Tower Verre (MoMA Tower) by Jean Nouvel.
According to an article by Fred A. Bernstein, Oppenheimer wrote a letter to FAM architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien suggesting just that. “For enough money, you can do anything in New York,” he said. This got us thinking. Why stop down the street? What if the Folk Art Museum was transported somewhere else in New York City?
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Infinite Stairs and Dissected Buildings: Marcin Bialias’ Visions
Marcin Bialas is a Polish artist who’s specialized in etchings and drawings in black an white. Among his large production, a recurring theme is dissected buildings and surreal …Read more on:http://socks-studio.com/2014/03/05/infinite-stairs-and-dissected-buildings-marcin-bialias-visions/
Black and White, buildings, etchings, Poland, stairs, Architecture, Art
Mathieu Bernard-Reymond is a French visual artist. For his series Monuments, he translated financial charts and statistics into 3d shapes, to later integrate them into photographic landscapes.
"By turning these curves and sculptural shapes into massive constructions close to memorials or monumental sculptures, I intend to reach something beyond data. My purpose is to underline their fundamental link to landscape and thus, to human and natural history."