Yellow And Blue And Red All Over

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5/8/13
Madison Square Park

This colorful, encompassing installation entitled Red, Yellow and Blue is simply surreal. In fact large intricate pieces, their primary colors suggest childhood simplicity.

I REA Approve the work by artist Orly Genger because while it’s tailored for the lush landscape, it drastically contrasts the green in texture, shape and size. The manmade material interlaced with nature looks like a scene right out of Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.” 

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– Gene Molchanov, Web Developer

Oh, The Places We Go

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1/15/2013
Viña del Mar, Chile

My grandfather (“abuelo” in Spanish) lives across the street from Museo Fonck, a natural history museum that features indigenous art and archaeological artifacts. In front of the building sits a Moai sculpture from Easter Island – one of only six outside its native area. I REA Approve this relic transported from 2,220+ miles away because it’s a surreal piece of history that serves as a marker for my home in Chile.

– Francisca Ovalle, Copywriter

Tipping my Fedora to the Mad Men of Old.

4/6 – It’s hard to escape the frenzy of the new season of Mad Men. The captivating ads are plastered everywhere; the talk around the water cooler about the future of Don Draper is plentiful.  Not to mention retailers like Banana Republic are jumping on the band wagon by showcasing Mad Men inspired fashions in their windows. I have to say, I love it all. The visual style is breathtaking and inspiring and seems to be showing up on my radar everywhere I go.

A few weeks ago I attended a field trip with my son Andrew to the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn, which ended up being another unexpected time warp back to the 1960’s. The tour of the old subway cars was interesting in itself, but when I looked up to see pristine ads from the period, I was in heaven.  From the 2012 Madmen to those of the 1960’s: I say thank you. You have left an undeniable mark on the advertising business, and a visual style to be cherished, studied and re-examined. -M.G.

A Magnetic NYC Skyline

W Hotel Hoboken Lobby

Artist: Ann Carrington

I’ve marveled at this mural that sits in the W Hotel Hoboken lobby for some time and finally remembered to take a photo of it while at an event in the hotel. From a first glance, you’d never notice that the mural is constructed out of thousands of household metal objects that stick magnetically to a huge slab of metal. Take a look at the closeup photo of the objects that make up the mural. It’s truly breathtaking in person and unfortunately my photo doesn’t do it much justice.  -Noelle Pistilli

Grab Some Chalk and Express Yourself on the Street!

Give people a pen, marker, spraypaint, and even chalk — and they’re going to want to scribble their quotes, sayings, lyrics, poems, slang, tags, curse words, ideas, feelings, thoughts, beliefs on the walls.  A child’s desire to scrawl all over white walls — to create something where there is nothing — is still inherently trapped in us as adults!  So the answer isn’t always to repress graffiti, but rather, EMBRACE it! And this chalkboard scaffolding does just that.  Talk about harmless graffiti – it’s not vandalism as it invites you to write, and it’s sure easy to erase.

3.8.12, 14th St./6th Ave., Manhattan – Interactive chalkboard scaffolding! A great idea for anyone passing by to draw whatever they want with the provided chalk. – Barbra Tolentino