Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Treasure Wheels

via swissmiss
Treasure Wheels™ is an urban dolly kit that fits in a satchel and is a must-have tool for urban scavengers. Treasure Wheels™ lets you wheel those urban treasures home. You simply attach the wheels to the artifact of your fancy, and get rolling...”
In the mid to late 1970s, I personally used a yellow fiberglass skateboard to help move items I scavenged.

The I-75 Project

via utne reader
Rewriting History With a Wink
“The typical U.S. historical marker, cast iron with raised lettering, usually raises more questions than it answers, and many of these signs are rife with errors and bias. Artist Norm Magnusson’s I-75 Project uses the form for a different sort of provocation. Magnusson hopes to install these signs at rest stops along the 1,775-mile Insterstate 75, which stretches from Michigan to Florida.

‘Are they real?’ is a question viewers frequently ask, meaning ‘are they state-sponsored?’  I love this confusion and hope to slip a message in while people are mulling it over. These markers are just the kind of public art I really enjoy: gently assertive and non-confrontational, firmly thought-provoking and pretty to look at and just a little bit subversive,’ says Magnusson.”

Read the rest here, and discover more on the I-75 Project here.

Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s Hut

via retronaut
“Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s hut has survived almost untouched – except by the occasional passing explorer – for 100 years. It still houses 10,000 items left behind by the ill-fated 1910-12 expedition, many of them in remarkable condition. It has effectively been frozen in time.”
See more here.

When I saw the image [posted above], I thought that the stack of trays looked like photographer’s developer trays. I was thrilled to discover that they are!  “Apart from Scott himself, the only member of the 25-man team with his own space was expedition photographer Herbert Ponting, whose darkroom-cum-bedroom is still intact. Scott was the first explorer to realise the importance of photography in wooing the newly emerging newspaper industry.”