the “art” car

I am suspicious of the act of covering your car with a bunch of shit in the name of art. Whether it is a comment on consumerism, something about the disposable nature of the stuff we value as children and adults, a fear of leaving any surface bare, a plea for attention, a bohemian challenge ...

ashes to ashes

Posted on Oct 16, 2010 in china, models, sculpture, shanghai, urbanism | 2 Comments

No longer needed to sport the latest trends in contemporary fashion and designer handbags, a group of yesterday’s mannequins decide to end it all in an explosion of plastic limbs and torsos. Using arms ripped from each other’s crumbling bodies, they beat one another into a macabre pile. When it is all over, a sad ...

the ocean giveth and the ocean taketh away

Two out of three competitions are out of our hands. The last week was total madness: 16-18 hour days, frustrating assembly of models, documents, files, books, media, posters, etc. Here’s a few images from the week: master plan for Hangzhou Bay, the model nearing completion, me nearing total exhaustion. I don’t have the media component ...

big model

Posted on Aug 1, 2010 in architecture, interiors, models, shanghai, urbanism | No Comments

Everything for competition number 1 and 2 is due this week. Paul is putting the final touches on one of them and I am frantically pulling together all the materials for the other one. The large model has been started by one of the many companies who specialize in that sort of thing, the renderings ...

when you need to move a giant dead tree…

Posted on Jun 12, 2010 in architecture, models, shanghai | No Comments

I spotted this at the expo. It wasn’t too hard to do as it is gigantic. I don’t know what it was doing there — there was no sign that I could see, and it wouldn’t have helped me even if I could see it. Perhaps it was just a reminder of what once was ...

Do you know that song with the refrain that goes:

Posted on Jun 11, 2010 in architecture, models, shanghai | 4 Comments

all by myself don’t wanna be all by myself It turns out that it’s a Celine Dion song…I just looked it up…and sadly for me it will now be running through my head all day. Luckily, I don’t know any of the words except the above and I have no idea how the verses sound, ...