THIS IS A CAT. DRESSED LIKE A SHARK. ON A ROOMBA. CHASING A DUCK.
A haiku from the article: Sunday Dialogue: What Is That Art Worth?
Everything Heinz : Daniel Eatock
Good food news:
Texas Monthly Hires Full-Time Barbecue Editor - NYTimes.com
Most important, he [Daniel Vaughn, who has eaten at more than 600 barbecue places since 2007] had just decided to take a sizable pay cut and quit his job as an architect at a respected Dallas firm to devote all of his time and gastrological energy to writing about Texas barbecue.
Yesterday I tagged along with Lorna, from Knits For Life (my sister!) while she installed this super awesome iphone yarn bomb on this sad looking pay phone. As you can see in the before above, the receiver is gone so this is a definite upgrade. I wanted to ask her a few questions about the idea and her process
Read it here: The Dapper Toad: iPayPhone Yarn Bomb)
I really like this, and have just lately been thinking about abandoned pay phones and booths. Who owns them, exactly?
Anyway this is a cool project. Via No Expectations.
Today, in urban intervention love.
“Willow Pattern,” Google Image search by Rob Walker, February 19, 2013
Blue-and-white transferware. <3
In landmark art preservation news:
It’s hard to miss the 70-foot-tall blue saxophone as you drive down Richmond Avenue [in Houston].
Its name is Smokesax, and it has been at that location on 6025 Richmond for the past 20 years. But Wednesday, the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, a local folk art organization [mentioned previously here], announced it is going to acquire the oversize horn, which is made out of car parts, oil field pipes and a surfboard, as well as an entire Volkswagen Beetle that forms the U-joint at its base.
The big brass was built by legendary Texas artist Bob Wade as a special installation for Billy Blues Bar & Grill. It was fully restored three years ago, and the current property owners, Kensinger Properties Ltd., said they wanted the Orange Show to ensure the piece would be preserved for future generations.
The saxophone will be removed from its current location at 10 a.m. on Feb. 28. The process to remove the massive piece will take a full day. Then, Smokesax will begin its 13-mile journey from Richmond Avenue to Munger Street. Artist Bob Wade will be overseeing the entire removal and transportation. Once at the Orange Show, it will be housed in the organization’s warehouse until an exact location has been chosen for permanent display.
(via Orange Show Center for Visionary Art to acquire Smokesax - Houston Business Journal)
Missing today’s Houston Social Media Week #Instacrawl. Instead, I’m hanging out with great City of Houston staff and talented Houston-area students who are interested in learning more about recycling. We’re judging students’ work in using salvaged materials to decorate recycling carts. Love this one covered in plastic bottles and cardboard. Not a typical Saturday, but a good one!
(via Photos of People Wearing Clothing That Blends Into the Surroundings)
Oreo won the Super Bowl blackout.
Also noteworthy: At the end of Oreo’s library-centered “Whisper Fight” commercial (anyone else turned off by the violence in it?!), viewers were driven to Instagram.
However, on Instagram: Oreo’s recreating Instagram fans’ photos into either cookie or cream renditions — in conjunction with fans tagging their Instagram photos with #cookiethis or #cremethis? That’s just weird.
May I present, from Oreo’s Instagram gallery, exhibit A: Oreo’s photo of an Instagram user’s mouth … rendered by Oreo in “Oreo creme.”
Um, weird, right?
I rest my case.
By tomorrow afternoon (well, actually, 12:35 p.m. Central tomorrow), if all goes according to plan (not my plan, mind you, but the property owner’s plan), the Ben Milam Hotel in downtown Houston will be reduced to a big pile of rubble. (Think dynamite + implosion.) The 10-story brick hotel opened in the 1920s to house travelers who visited Houston via Union Station (which sits across the street and now is a part of Minute Maid Park, the Houston Astros’ home field). When the building goes down tomorrow, so will two of Houston’s few remaining ghost signs. I’m posting this photo as kind of a memorial to a piece of Houston history, I suppose. RIP, Ben Milam. (posted via Instagram at Inn at the Ballpark)
Old Styrofoam packing peanuts = new garland for City of Houston’s “Holiday Trees: Artistically Upcycled” exhibit.