It’s very handy when your in-laws live in such an aesthetic treat like Hamburg: You can explore its architecture, history, and heritage in detail. Here is a great example of how a clever approach can support a city’s story and create a memorable scenery: The design of the light poles in Hamburg’s new urban development in an old part of the harbour is mimicking the shipyard cranes in the distance. As a result, the poles and cranes merge in one coherent and impressive canvas. Kudos for the outstanding approach and great attention to detail.
In the U.S., public toilets are called restrooms. I guess that the term was adopted as a sort of euphemism for activities we do in toilets. Certainly nobody goes there to rest.
The stereotypical ideal of an airport toilet is to be clean, bright, and spacious (hopefully). It is probably the last place where you would expect to see innovation. Yet, the interior designers of Minneapolis Airport took a different route: Instead of delivering another cliché, they played with colours and light. The outcome is a calm yet vivid design. A restroom indeed.
Gil Batle is an ex-forger who spent 20 years in prison. At some point in his life, he decided to depart from this craft and switch to art. Yet, a convict's grim routine remained his main obsession and inspiration. As his canvas he used ostrich eggs; they became a stage bursting with dark prison symbolism. I found these pieces at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore.
Street art is often perceived as vandalism. Here is one quirky example that I found in Washington, DC. Does it distract drivers? Endanger pedestrians? Or does it add a bit of much-needed flavour to our lives driven by strict rules? You decide.