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EXPEDITION TO GEOGLYPHS OF NOWHERE

Atlas Obscura

PLACES TO SEE.

Written by Elsa Brown: Just outside the suburbs about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles, lies an intricate map of deteriorating streets etched lightly in the dirt. The area is called California City, and is all that remains of a late 1950s plan for suburban extension that was never completed. BLDGBLOG describes the under-realized and deteriorating grid as, a suburb abandoned in advance of itself, and, an abstract geoglyph—unintentional land art visible from airplanes. The blog has teamed up with Atlas Obscura for their event Obscura Day: An International Celebration of Curious Places, and is organizing an excursion into the halted development on March 20, 2010. Head over to BLDGBLOG to learn more about California City, and for details on how to participate.

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BONDI BEACH AND BILLY BOOKSHELF

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Written by Elsa Brown: Surfers, swimmers and sunbathers at Sydney’s Bondi Beach were recently surprised with the unexpected offer of a good book. In celebration of 30 years of their Billy bookcase, our favorite Scandinavian furniture superstore, IKEA, set up thirty Billy’s stocked with reading in the sand on a recent afternoon. Beachgoers were invited to take a book, and encouraged to swap one of their own, or make a donation to the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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AIR NEW ZEALAND

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We’ll go anywhere on a train. It doesn’t matter how far. The comfort, the stress free check-in and ability to get boat loads of work done make it worthwhile. Sounds crazy? We know, but it’s the truth. Luckily, this is something airlines are starting to realize. It’s a slow process but they’re coming around. The more they help us forget about the stresses of travel, the better off everyone is. Give us wifi, free meals, and a comfortable lounge (see Porter) and they’ll see more and more passengers become a charming, happy and empathetic bunch. Proof of this comes by way of Air New Zealand.

As reported by Gizmodo: “When you’re flying 90 odd-hrs just to get to Auckland, you’d be wanting to charge your iPod or laptop at least once. Air New Zealand’s done a major overhaul of its Boeing 777 plane, with sockets and USB ports galore. It’s not just for the suit-clad first class and business class passengers either. 11 Skycouches that turn into flat beds for two will make those weeks in the air fly past quickly, with the other seats providing extra leg room and comfort.” Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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Featured in: TOURISM / Categories: transport, innovations

THE ALL OF EVERYTHING

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ART.

The context of art history is all around us – especially if you’re visiting Mike Ballard’s exhibit at the University of Arts London. The Art Gallery is displaying his atmospheric piece depicting an interesting interpretation of Art and its history. As weheart describes it, “The All of Everything features the artist’s almost apocalyptic vision of arts history, the installation encompasses the entire space of the gallery with floors, ceilings and walls depicting all that art has given us, psychedelically fused with Ballard’s archaic vision of all that art will ever give… “

The All of Everything will be on display at The Arts Gallery from now until February when the gallery is scheduled to be demolished making way for the Crossrail’s new Railway System.

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BRITAIN'S JAVELIN TRAIN SERVICE

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TRAVEL: Britain gets a taste of the speedy life. Their first fully domestic high speed rail service opened yesterday. As the DailyMail reports, “A full timetable of the Japanese-built 140mph trains is now running from London to Kent, on sections of the High Speed one (HS1) Channel Tunnel rail link. But passengers have to pay more to use the super-fast trains, operated by the Southeastern train company, than those using the ‘normal’ services.” Click Read More for additional information.

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SHANGHAI'S UNDERGROUND LIGHT SHOW

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TRAVEL MOMENTS: Shanghai combines light and speed for an entertaining ride underground. In between Pudong and the Bund, subway riders are treated to a short light show. The above image is from the Boston Globe’s big picture. In it the photographer is in the front car and put his camera up to the window as an oncoming train enters. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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SERIES & PROGRESSION BY DAN FLAVIN

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ART: Series & Progression pits neon lighting against dark space. Much like James Turrell, Clar, or the the folks at Lab[au] – Dan Flavin was a master of letting his work speak for itself. As Dan once described, “It is what it is, and it ain’t nothin’ else. Everything is clearly, openly, plainly delivered. There is no overwhelming spirituality you are supposed to come into contact with. I like my use of light to be openly situational in the sense that there is no invitation to meditate, to contemplate. It’s in a sense a ‘get-in-get-out’ situation. And it is very easy to understand. One might not think of light as a matter of fact, but I do. And it is, as I said, as plain and open and direct an art as you will ever find.”

The David Zwirner Gallery in NYC will display Dan’s work until December 19. Be sure to check it out if you’re in town. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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