Surrealist Dali Sculpture Makes Temporary Vancouver Debut

dance-of-time-beverly-hills

From Nuvo Magazine, Vancouver will have a very special visitor this summer to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday-an original sculpture by Surrealist artist  Salvador Dalí called “Dance of Time 1”. This installation will be situated  close to the waterfront and is a two meter high bronze sculpture of his signature melting stopwatch.

The $750,000 sculpture, on loan from Swiss non-profit art organization the Stratton Institute, has been gifted to the city by Vancouver’s Chali-Rosso Art Gallery in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.”The large-scale piece is the last addition to the private gallery’s Definitely Dalí project: a collection of 100 artworks including smaller sculptures, watercolour paintings, and drawings by the surrealist artist, on display at the Chali-Rosso Gallery.”

Dali was noted for being extremely eccentric in appearance, sporadic in behaviour and the absolutely best publicist for himself. He famously said””It is not necessary for the public to know whether I am joking or whether I am serious, just as it is not necessary for me to know it myself.

I found out what that meant on an Air France flight from Tenerife to Lyon decades ago when the plane was held while Salvador Dali tried to board with his entourage of young women dressed in diaphanous dresses.The flight attendants did not want him taking his personal two meter long walking staff aboard. Dali, who was quite short with a very big waxed moustache, was not getting on the plane without it. He also carried two bouquet of orchids. Like his work, his life was a performance.

The Dali installation at West Hastings and Hornby will be here from May 6 to September 2017.

ed692ed4f604f3a50ac1c45f03aba3be

Wexting? Its better just to walk or text separately for speed and spelling.

Wexting or Telking?

CTV New did an interesting test to discover whether “wexting”-walking and texting-can be achieved optimally at the same time. Now you’d assume that people who can walk and text are pretty co-ordinated, get a lot done on their social media, and are highly efficient.

This clip from CTV Vancouver suggests otherwise-in a completely unscientific experiment, people asked to walk and text at the same time actually took twice the time to reach their destination turning a 10 minute walk into a 20 minute walk. And reading not texting? That was even longer,  turning that 10 minute walk into a 25 minute walk.

Here’s the CTV News trailer for the item featuring reporter St. John Alexander below.

 

 

Daily Scot – Seattle Architecture 4

There’s always a place for colour and new combinations of design elements for our multi-dwelling developments in this city.  Last month I had a rainy day to kill in Seattle so I quickly photographed as many examples of materials, colours and building forms for new architecture I could find.  Here is a quick and dirty photo dump of the booming residential infill and commercial projects throughout the Emerald City.

Part 4 is a Potpourri of buildings throughout Downtown, Capital Hill and the U-District.

2017-02-28 12.47.24

2017-02-28 12.46.47

Wood, coloured glass and planters along a multi-program streetscape (2041 7th Ave).

2016-02-23 13.59.29

2017-02-28 12.53.14

Bursts of colour from Amazon’s Doppler building next door.  Somewhat simple building forms with strong vertical and horizontal accents courtesy of Seattle based firm NBBJ (2021 7th Ave).

2017-02-28 12.48.16

A Trellis of vines softening utilities while providing a pleasant green edge along the sidewalk.

2017-02-28 12.49.37

A great mix of building forms and textures at the Denny Triangle (NW Corner of Lenora St & 6th Ave).

2017-02-28 12.50.52

More Louvers anchoring the corner of Amazon’s Day 1 building and tying in with the neighbouring structure (2121 7th Ave).

2017-02-28 13.27.28

A refreshing use of ornate tile for this building column in Capital Hill (600 East Pine St).

2017-02-28 13.39.42

Mixed brick at this mixed use infill project in Capital Hill (220 Broadway E).

2017-02-28 13.05.24

Bold Gun Metal Grey paneling (820 Pine St).

2017-02-28 15.19.50

Great horizontal scale with bold colours against Cor-Ten siding in the U-District (4710 11th Ave NE).

This concludes my mini photo series on Seattle Architecture focusing on colour and materials.  Over to you Vancouver, time to up your game and push the envelope of design and program.  Cheers.

 

“Show Courage, Please U-Turn on the Massey Bridge Decision”

tunnel-open-house

Another cogent letter in the Richmond News written by Andy Hobbs questions the expenditure of $3.5 billion dollars (now forecast to exceed $4.5 billion dollars) on the  Massey Bridge, which at three kilometers  will be the longest bridge in the province. “The 3,000-metre proposed bridge replaces a 629-metre tunnel in order to cross a river that’s about 200-metres wide.  “

In 2004, the province invested $22.2 million in seismic upgrades to the existing tunnel which has a remaining life span of 10 to 15 years. The highest estimate for twinning the existing tunnel is $1.7 billion and takes far less time than the new bridge’s construction. 

“Of course, there are other considerations beyond practical budgetary factors. The visual footprint of the proposed bridge would dominate the surrounding flat landscape and consume arable land and planned city parkland. While the new bridge would be an impressive structure, its 10 lanes, immense multi-storey profile, and 3,000-metre length would overpower neighbourhoods on both sides of the river. Our goal, whenever practical, should be to minimize our footprint on the environment. Unlike the bridge, an enhanced twinned tunnel would provide very comparable  transportation improvements while minimizing our intrusion on the environment.”

“There’s no question that the George Massey Tunnel requires improvements to reduce traffic congestion. With more than 80,000 vehicles using the tunnel every day and 8,000 during the rush hour(s), the provincial government should be commended for committing to making improvements.”

Courage, leadership and changing one’s mind are not mutually exclusive. Too often, all of us, including governments, become too entrenched in our positions on various issues. For some, reconsideration, reflection or changing our minds or plans are seen, somehow, as weakness or indecisiveness. The willingness to listen and, perhaps, alter plans should be seen as strength, strong leadership and confidence, not weakness. In terms of the bridge, the government should demonstrate leadership, political courage and reconsider the bridge proposal.”

 

“In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, the plan for a freeway through Vancouver was contentious and, eventually, it was shelved and the freeway was stopped. There wasn’t unanimity at the time and  only through a historical lens can that decision be confirmed as visionary. The George Massey Tunnel replacement is another watershed moment. It is not too late for reconsideration and to change plans.”

 

Ru-turn-sign

McArthurGlen YVR Mall-Parking for Customers, Employees not so much.

mcarthur-glen-slider

According to The Richmond News (and thanks to Scot Bathgate for alerting Price Tags) there is a season of discontent with the clerks and part-time workers at the airport’s McArthurGlen designer outlet shopping mall. This mall has been doing a booming business at its pseudo European storefront facade mall, located about a one kilometer walk  from the Templeton Canada Line Station.

The mall has a 2,000 space parking lot for its customers, but nowhere for employees to park free. Nearly 70 of the 600 employees have been parking their vehicles on a piece of airport owned land to the west of the mall. All was good until the airport announced that starting May 1 parking would be $4.00  for four hours on that piece of land. Since many of the part-time workers make the $10.85 minimum wage, that does represent a sizable chunk. There is another parking lot at the Templeton Canada line station but that cost is nearly $70.00 a month.

Now of course some Price Tags readers will think it seems strange that employees expected to park for free, or that the fact there was no employee parking was not mentioned in the interviews. But as the Richmond News found out, some employees came to work at the airport mall because it was “closer to her Richmond home” and “I came here to cut down on transit costs. Lots of other malls have designated parking for staff.”

In Metrotown there is a parking for employees as well as at the Tsawwassen Mills mega mall.  One manager noted that the McArthurGlen parking lot was never full and it was for appearances that employees were to park away from customers. “I used to work at Metrotown (in Burnaby) and it has parking for employees. Our parking lot here is very seldom full,” said the woman, who suggested not allowing staff to park alongside the customers was all about appearances.

There is of course the ability to take the Canada line to Bridgeport Station and connect to express buses across the region from that location. It is also Sea Island policy for everyone to pay for parking on the island. Should regional malls be providing parking for employees driving to work?

monopoly-1

Harbour to Harbour Vancouver to Victoria Coming Soon

lb200220v2v20empress20final20mock-up_0

Scot Hein, architect and urban designer said that once you had a  subway system that connected your downtown, you had arrived as a city. The same cosmopolitan factor applies for seamless, carless connections to places connected by water, especially Victoria on Vancouver Island.

The new Vancouver to Victoria service by ferry connecting the downtowns by V2V Vacations will travel from Victoria’s Inner Harbour to Coal Harbour.  The service is expected to start in mid-May. Vancouver Courier’s Andrew Duffy reports that the 3.5 hour trip will be made with leather seats, on-board wi-fi and you can order beer and wine. Another firm, Clipper Navigation will join V2V Vacations on this route next year.

“The trip is estimated to take 3.5 hours.When it is up and running, V2V’s Victoria departures will leave from beside the Steamship Terminal Building at 2 p.m. and Vancouver departures from the Vancouver Convention Centre docks leaving at 8 a.m.”

Unfortunately this connection is not cheap. Adults will pay between $120 to $240 one way, and you are asked to check in about one hour prior to departure. You can find out more and make your reservation here.

The last passenger service between the two harbours 14 years ago closed after 19 months, with low ridership. Are there enough tourists and commuting locals  for this route to be sustainable?

v2v-empress-ferry-696x392

Panel: A Voter’s Guide to Transit and Transportation

A Voter’s Guide to Transit and Transportation in the 2017 B.C. Election

 

Improved transit and transportation are critical issues to Metro Vancouver and beyond — but in the chaos of a provincial election campaign how are voters to figure out what needs to be done?

Fortunately, the Better Transit and Transportation Coalition has some answers.

New Westminster mayor Jonathan Cote joins Coalition representatives Gavin McGarrigle of Unifor—the largest B.C. transit union; Peter Ladner—chair of the David Suzuki Foundation and former city councillor; Elizabeth Model—CEO of the Surrey Business Improvement Association; and other noted speakers at a very special election forum on the future of transit and transportation in Metro Vancouver.

Tuesday, May 2

7-8:30 PM

SFU Vancouver – Room 1900, Harbour Centre

Admission is free, but advance registrations are required. Reserve.

Online Webcast: Can’t make it to the lecture? Register for the free live webcast.

B.C. Election: Parties transportation platforms

From the Vancouver Sun:

B.C.’s two main political parties have promised billions for transit projects, bridges and roads and have committed to cutting tolls, but they have no overall regional vision for transportation, says an expert in urban sustainability.

“It does strike me as odd, given the public interest, that their transportation strategies, at best, are unformulated,” said Gordon Price, a fellow at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue and director of the school’s City Program.

“There really is no overall vision that fits into either the ideology of the party or the importance of transportation in the public mind.” …

The Liberals have promised to match that $2.2 billion, but that was months after the NDP said it would pay for 40 per cent of capital costs associated with the whole mayors’ plan. The cost of  the whole mayors’ plan has not been determined. The Liberals had previously committed to 33 per cent of capital projects, and the former minister responsible for TransLink said he had to wait for the federal money before the province could decide whether to kick in more.

The Green party pledged to match all federal funding, which includes the $2.2 billion, plus any other money the feds commit going forward.

“It’s almost begrudging,” Price said of the Liberal promise.

The Liberals have also said they will negotiate with the feds and TransLink on project specifics, which is something they have been saying for months. The Surrey light-rail and Broadway subway lines are specific priorities for the Liberals. …

Neither the Liberals or the NDP have been specific about regional funding sources for transportation, but Green party leader Andrew Weaver said he would use carbon tax revenues and mobility pricing to pay for transit improvements and reduce congestion. Mobility pricing refers to charges associated with using transportation services and includes road usage charges, transit fares and parking fees.

Price said it is helpful to have one party discussing revenue generating options, particularly mobility pricing. He said the details of implementation, however, would be critical and contentious.

He said the most significant policy shift is using carbon tax revenues for funding.

On the transportation infrastructure front, the Liberals want to cap bridge tolls at $500 per year, and build a bridge to replace the George Massey Tunnel between Delta and Richmond. The NDP’s plan doesn’t include a Massey Bridge (instead, Horgan has talked about widening the tunnel), but the party does call for eliminating bridge tolls.

Both tolling plans, Price said, are at odds with the parties’ commitments to transit, particularly because tolling is supposed to pay for half of the new Pattullo Bridge and removing tolls will not encourage people to abandon their cars. He said the move could put the region behind for unnecessary reasons.

“You can tell this is blatant vote buying. And having been a politician, I have no problem with that. I get you have to do that,” Price said. “It’s vote buying because you have these ridings on either side of the bridge and you make a single issue, a single appeal without context, without understanding what the implications of this are.” …

_____________________________

A few additional remarks:

No party makes the connection between transportation and the kind of region we want to shape.  ‘Transportation’ is basically about big projects, whether transit or bridges, and how to pay for them – not about their impacts on land use, housing affordability, regional vision, equity and fairness, not even the opportunities for new technologies and jobs.

There is essentially nothing, even with respect to funding, on either the personal and regional impacts of mobility pricing.  How we pay affects how we move – but, save for the Greens, the parties have little to say about that.  And the Greens would fundamentally change one of the pillars of carbon pricing as introduced by Gordon Campbell: revenue neutrality.  Big implications there.

Worst of all, the Liberals retain the referendum requirement, and the other parties have failed to attack them on that, as well as their record of impediment for transit in Metro.  If the Liberals are re-elected and the referendum requirement stays in place, there’s almost no chance for effective mobility pricing – which means almost no movement on funding the next stages of the Mayors’ 10-year plan without a lot of political angst and delay.

Metro Vancouver is, as often said, the economic engine of the province; it’s where the jobs are.  And the best jobs in tech, research, education, health care, business services, culture and tourism are dependent on a high-choice, technologically sophisticated transportation network.  I mean literally along the Broadway corridor and along Surrey’s Innovation Boulevard.

Why aren’t all the leaders putting on their hard hats and digging their shovels into the ground to capture not just the project-based aspects of transportation but the vision for this region’s future – and all the connections to jobs and housing.  It’s not about ‘solving congestion.’  It’s about an opportunity to capture the public’s confidence – and their votes.

Writing for non-academic audiences: a short course for urbanists

Want to communicate your research and policy ideas to policy-maker,
professional and public audiences? Want to learn how to write policy
briefs, op-eds, extended blog entries and other accessible formats? Want
to widely share the ideas from your academic writing?

Urban Studies students, alumni and friends are invited to apply to
attend a professional development short-course on writing for
non-academic audiences.

Participants are expected to bring written work (such as a term paper,
thesis chapter, research or policy report, or a first draft of their
non-academic writing) to each session for constructive critique and
improvement.

The instructor for this short course is Dr. Tiffany Muller Myrdahl, an
urbanist who specializes in LGBTQ2S geographies, municipal social
policy, and creative research dissemination.

There is no charge for attending this course. Places will be allocated
to applicants on a first-come first-served basis.

Applicants should submit: (1) a one-page maximum letter of application
explaining your goals for the course, (2) a brief resume/bio, and (3) a
(draft) writing sample that you would like to revise during the course.
Please send applications to Terri Evans (urban@sfu.ca) by 30 April 2017.

 

Saturday, May 13

9:30 am to 2:00 pm

Room 2235 at Harbour Centre, with a half-hour one-on-one post-course consultation that can be in person or via Skype.

Jobs Jar: CityStudio Projects Coordinator

CityStudio Projects Coordinator

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Monday May 8, 2017 at NOON

CityStudio is seeking a dynamic, highly-organized, collaborative, self-directed and skilled individual to develop and execute our Studio and Campus Course Network. You are a natural relationship builder who will connect students and faculty from SFU, UBC, Emily Carr, BCIT, Langara and VCC campuses to project opportunities with the City of Vancouver.

You will showcase your planning abilities to identify project development and engagement opportunities. Your knowledge about impact evaluation will be applied in monitoring our milestones. And you will use your creativity and curation skills to deliver legendary project showcase events inside City Hall.

POSITION: Full time, 1-year contract position, with 3-month probationary period and possibility of renewal upon funding confirmation.

LOCATION: CityStudio Vancouver @ 1800 Spyglass Place

COMPENSATION: $45,000-$60,000 commensurate with experience.

START DATE: As soon as possible.

Full position description here. 

Are North American cities going past “Peak Millennial”?

24up-millennial1-master768

The New York Times is reporting that Millennials-those born between the early 1980’s and late 1990’s or early 2000’s-may have reached the “peak” of inflow into cities, and that outflow of mid-30’s couples to the suburbs has commenced. This may be the biggest outflow to the suburbs since the Great Recession of 2007.

“Dowell Myers, a professor of demography and urban planning at the University of Southern California, recently published a paper that noted American cities reached “peak millennial” in 2015. Over the next few years, he predicts, the growth in demand for urban living is likely to stall…Are large numbers of millennials really so enamored with city living that they will age and raise families inside the urban core, or will many of them, like earlier generations, eventually head to the suburbs in search of bigger homes and better school districts?”

With the two factors of people getting older and having  less tolerance for low paying jobs and small urban apartments there may be a trend back to the suburbs. Downtowns do have walkability and a high concentration of people under 25 years of age.

The Port’s Dirty Secret-Vancouver Biggest Exporter of Coal in North America

hi-bc-130118-coal-terminal-wcwc

Alberta Oil Magazine reports that Vancouver is now North America’s largest coal  exporting port. Imagine-even though 66,000 people in China died in 2013 due to pollution from coal according to Tsinghua University (Beijing) we think it’s a good idea to flog it offshore. Burning coal to create electricity creates twice the greenhouse gas per unit of energy  as natural gas, and about 30 per cent more than oil. Coal is also the “largest source of human-produced greenhouse gasses” at almost 50 per cent.

Today, B.C. ports are shipping increasing amounts of coal to Asia, including American coal, for steel production and power generation. Last year, U.S. coal producer Lighthouse Resources started sending coal across the Pacific via Vancouver as environmentalists blocked a new export terminal in Oregon.” 

People living in Ladner and Tsawwassen can get a speckled dotting of coal dust on outside items over the winter from the coal that is delivered by train to Deltaport. There has been testing done by Metro Vancouver  to ensure that residential areas get 1.7 milligrams or less of coal dust daily. The coal trains have two dust-suppression sprays on the way to the Roberts Bank Terminal. It is expected that even more coal will be shipped with the planned expansion of the Fraser Surrey Docks upriver from Deltaport.

coal-terminal

Meanwhile in Great Britain the British are celebrating their first coal free day since 1880.  The BBC reports this as a “watershed moment in how our energy system is changing”  and an example of how “the once mighty fuel is being consigned to history”.

“Part of the reason is that solar panels and wind turbines now provide much more electricity to factories and homes…And as older, uneconomic coal-fired plants have closed in recent years, the fossil fuel has been playing a much smaller role in our energy system.”

The first centralized public coal-fired generator was at Holborn Viaduct in London, opened in 1882.  “According to Gridwatch.co.uk, around half of British energy on the first coal free day came from natural gas, with about a quarter coming from nuclear plants. Wind, biomass, and imported energy were also used.”

While Great Britain tries to move away from coal use, North America facilitates the transport of  it to China, which burns 3.7 billion tons of coal annually, or approximately three times that consumed by the United States. As e360 Yale magazine states, Coal is the  industry’s “cigarette of the new age” looking for new markets to exploit.


Two miners digging coal in 1924Image copyrightPA
Image captionThese British miners are seen drilling for coal in 1924

 

Massey Bridge-If We Had 3.5 Billion Dollars…

screen-shot-2013-09-20-at-5-52-40-pm

The Province published an opinion piece by Eric Doherty, Bob Chitrenky, Harold Steves and Peter McCartney that provides one more flip on the strange decision to decommission the Massey Tunnel and instead overbuild a ten lane bridge at a (so far) projected price of  3.5 billion dollars. Now this bridge is in the wrong location for stimulating future growth as per Metro Vancouver’s regional plan, and every Mayor in the region has spoken out against it, except the Mayor of Delta eager to get more growth in her community. The placement of this bridge threatens the Fraser River estuary, takes up more of the most fertile farm soils in Canada, and threatens to industrialize this sensitive area of arable soils, salmon waters  and migratory flyways.

But, as quoted in the Province “the biggest reason is that investing billions in an unnecessary bridge deepens our dependency on car travel at a time when many would rather take public transit — if only it were available where we live and work… We lose quality of life and affordability in a region that is already grotesquely unaffordable. We lose more of our depleted farmland base and we lose down the road as greenhouse gases rise and we are forced to spend billions more on future public infrastructure projects, such as raising the dykes to counter rising sea levels.”

“If we are to spend $4 billion of public funds (don’t for a moment think that the projected cost of the Massey Tunnel replacement bridge won’t increase — such costs invariably do) what else might we do?”

And here is the list, all cheaper that a 3.5 billion dollar bridge:

$1.32 billion– expand our fleet of buses by 750 vehicles. “Assuming a 35-per-cent recovery in operating costs from transit fares, we could operate that expanded fleet for 10 years.”

$1.3 billion-upgrade or replace” all 152 schools that pose the highest danger to students in an earthquake.”

$1.38 billion-build “5,520 affordable housing units.”

The  biggest “bridge”  challenge is that members of the public never got the chance to discuss this crossing decision with the Province. This bridge was concocted by the current Provincial government and handed to citizens not as a public investment in the future, but because the Province thought it was good for business.

As the Province commentary concludes “The time is long overdue to have a fulsome discussion about what the alternatives are, alternatives that could improve the livability of our region on so many fronts.”

minnekhada

Turncoats #6: God Has Left the Details – May 5

Turncoats is a shot in the arm. Framed by theatrically provocative opening gambits, a series of debates will rugby tackle fundamental issues facing contemporary practice with a playful and combative format designed to foment open and critical discussion, turning conventional consensus on its head.

Salivating over the way pieces of a building come together is a dangerous fetish. Most clear-headed people aren’t moved to tears by a carefully placed reveal or a custom handrail. They regard those who are as elitist and out of touch. The scale and speed of today’s design problems utterly dwarf the subtlety of architectural details. Don’t get lost in the pixels. It’s the picture that matters!

 

The Panel

Ian McDonald is a partner Carscadden Stokes McDonald Architects located in Vancouver. He taught at the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture from 2005 until 2013, and was at one time, an aspiring Vancouver School Board candidate.

Ali Kenyon is an architect and designer at HCMA Architecture + Design. She has worked for Droog in Amsterdam, Molo in Vancouver, and curated the exhibition Tangential Vancouversim through 221a in 2012.

Mark Ritchie is a principal and co-founder of Architecture Building Culture. He has practiced internationally, run practices on two continents and was a Senior Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Architecture and Design from 2002 to 2004.

Andrew Latreille is an architectural photographer based in both Vancouver and Melbourne whose photos have been highly awarded. He is a trained and registered non-practising architect in Australia.

 

Friday, May 5

6 – 9 pm

303 East 8th Avenue

Tickets here

 

Tide Changing in Seattle as Neighbourhood Council Input nixed by City

news2-mag

Next City describes the changes occurring to the thirteen neighbourhood district councils in Seattle. These groups of activist homeowners have “held virtual veto power over nearly every decision on Seattle’s growth and development.” While in the past these homogeneous older and affluent resident councils have “shaped neighbourhoods in their own reflection” they also contributed to building a city that is livable,  although expensive.

Last July the City of Seattle cut their ties with these groups signalling “their intent to seek more input and feedback from lower-income folks, people of colour and renters-who make up 54 per cent of the city”. Instead Seattle’s department of neighbourhoods developed a 16 member “Community Involvement Commission”  which is “charged with helping city departments develop “authentic and thorough” ways to reach “all” city residents, including underrepresented communities such as low-income people, homeless residents and renters. Finally, DON will also oversee and staff a second new commission, the Seattle Renters’ Commission, which will advise all city departments on policies that affect renters and monitor the enforcement and effectiveness of the city’s renter protection laws.”

It is no surprise that in Seattle just as in Vancouver the homeowner dominated neighbourhood councils generally argued “against land use changes that would allow more density (in the form of townhouses and apartment buildings) in and near Seattle’s traditional single-family neighborhoods, which make up nearly two-thirds of the city. Including more renters and low-income people in the mix could dilute, or even upend, those groups’ agendas.”

The neighbourhoods department of the City of Seattle found “that while the population of Seattle was becoming younger, more diverse and more evenly split between homeowners and renters, “residents attending district council meetings tend to be 40 years of age or older, Caucasian and homeowners.” In the words of City Council member Sally Bagshaw “If you’ve ever gone to some of these community meetings, they’re just deadly dull, and the same 25 people have been there for 100 years.”

don-logo_large

 

 

Blank Boy Canvas

Walking near Nelson and Howe (808 Nelson St., Nelson Square) and discovered this fun showing.  Dozens of reproductions of a comic strip character called Tian Tian, in various sizes, altered by artists.

Tian Tian is the creation of Hong Kong’s Danny Yung. The exhibit is one of those things that makes a city a stimulating place, when serendipity meets cross-cultural fun.

Click any image to see a large version slideshow of them all.

The Blank Boy Canvas collaboration has been brought to North America in an exhibit designed to stimulate conversation about creative reasoning and the individual approach to creative execution. The three-dimensional, nearly 2 ft. casting has been given to selected artists to freely express, create or alter while exploring the theme of infinite possibilities.  This cross-cultural collaboration transcends language and denomination. Explore each artist’s creation, and learn more about them!

YouTube and an Eight Year Old Driver-joyride sojourn to McDonald’s.

eight-year-old-drives-his-sister-to-mcdonald-s-3-med

Remember when you got your first bike? The BBC reports on an eight year old that skipped the training wheels and went straight to driving the family car to McDonald’s, with his sister in the passenger seat. It was a  surprise when police started receiving calls that a small boy was driving a vehicle through town. “The boy drove 1.5 miles (2.4km), covering four intersections, railway tracks, and several turns, Police Constable Koehler told Cleveland news outlet Fox8.”

The kid drove right up to the drive through window of his local McDonald’s and asked for cheeseburgers and chicken mcnuggets while his parents were asleep at home.  Staff thought it was a prank. While witnesses pointed out that the young driver obeyed all traffic laws and lights, the eight year old said he had learned to drive by watching YouTube videos. No charges were laid.

8-year-old-boy-drives