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Crochet Mermaids Swimming With Whale Sharks? Olek’s Beautiful Underwater Project Highlights Ocean Health

Friday 08.15.2014 , Posted by
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Olek, yarn bomber extraordinaire, is at it again. But this time the New York-based artist is taking her work into the depths. She recently traveled to the Caribbean for a series of underwater installations off the coast Cancun, Mexico, at Isla Mujeres. [Read more...]

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A Hand-Built “Inner Space” Vehicle Explores Mexico’s Abandoned Railway Lines

Friday 06.20.2014 , Posted by
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In 1995, nearly 9,000 km of railway line in Mexico and Ecuador was abandoned due to low profits. The once promising route, which could have meant reliable trans-continental travel, was left to decay as a modern ruin. It was years later when Mexican artists and brothers Ivan Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene had a novel idea – to build a modern “inner space” vehicle to explore the old route through the heart of their country. The project turned into the strange silver rail and road vehicle you see here: SEFT-1. [Read more...]

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These Images Reveal Sharp Lines in Mexico’s Wealth Disparity

Tuesday 05.13.2014 , Posted by
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In some places of the world, all it takes is looking out your back window to see the effects of poverty. These images drive that fact home, showing locations where homes of relative opulence run up next to those less fortunate. Here the houses of the “haves” are bright white, surrounded by well manicured lawns and strikingly clean; but an arms length across a clearly defined line we see the “have nots” with humble dwellings, grey and cobbled together. Is this the world we want to see? [Read more...]

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Paint the Town Red… and Blue, and Green. A Mexican Town Gets a Colorful Makeover

Thursday 05.01.2014 , Posted by
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The neighborhood of Colonia Las Americas in Querétaro, México is getting a colorful makeover. The first phase of the project began last November when neighbors and local volunteers started painting the community with the direction of urban art collective Boa Mistura. [Read more...]

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Abandoned Market Hides A Stained Glass Wonderland

Tuesday 01.28.2014 , Posted by
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You’ll find a full spectrum of hues in this wondrous market-turned-greenhouse. Located in Toluca, Mexico, this majestic Art Nouveau-style building was originally built in 1910 and housed the city’s first market. When the market closed in 1975, local artist Leopoldo Flores imagined a vibrant, verdant future for the historic site.  [Read more...]

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Adrian Esparza Reveals Geometric Art Hidden in the Mexican Blanket

Wednesday 01.08.2014 , Posted by
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The sarape, commonly known as the Mexican blanket, is a international symbol for the Latin American country. In much of the southern US too, this rainbow colored textile has been an ubiquitous element of the region, seen as decoration, clothing, and as a stylish covering for many an old car seat. Texas-based artist Adrian Esparza has been transforming this popular item, unraveling it and transforming the multi-colored weave into geometric string art. In most of his works a blanket hangs nearby, giving its thread to the newly imagined form. [Read more...]

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A Thinly Sliced Citroën DS by the Legendary Gabriel Orozco

Monday 11.04.2013 , Posted by

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Here’s an oldie but a goodie, and we don’t mean just the car. This work of conceptual art comes from Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco, who back in 1993 sliced a classic (no, legendary) Citroën DS in two and perfectly narrowed the car into a single seater. The resulting work is so convincingly normal from the side, yet so bizarrely narrow from the front or rear. The piece predates recent ‘car warping’ sculptures like those of Indonesian artist Ichwan Noor (whose Volkswagen Beetle’s are formed into a surprisingly perfect sphere and cube). Orozco’s work keeps the car far more intact, leaving people to wonder at its functionality, how it was done, and whether they are seeing clearly. [Read more...]

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Once Upon a Time: Intimate Bathtub Images from Javier Campuzano

Friday 10.04.2013 , Posted by

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It’s intimate, it’s emotional, it’s helpless. These are some of the words to describe the photos that Javier Campuzano captures in his series focusing on nudes curled up in the bathtub. Campuzano raises himself above and shoots a birds eye view of the subject in the tub. Upon looking at the final work, one could be moved to identify with feelings of helplessness, hurt and sorrow. [Read more...]

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From Guns to Drums: The Disarm Project Creates Mechanized Musical Instruments from Dangerous Weapons

Monday 09.16.2013 , Posted by

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Pedro Reyes is taking a notoriously dangerous element in his country – guns – and transforming them into musical instruments programmed to play surprisingly catchy music. In doing so, the Mexico City native is subverting the original purpose for these weapons, taking something that could have taken life, and instead enhancing lives through musical creativity. He calls his project Disarm. [Read more...]

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National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico

Tuesday 06.18.2013 , Posted by

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Every year 100,000 people gather in Tultepec, Mexico to experience the nine day National Pyrotechnic Festival. Like most festivals, food, rides, music, and dancing are involved, but the biggest thrills are the amazing fireworks displays. Tultepec is the largest producer of fireworks in all of Mexico and Pyrotechnicians come to compete in contests that choreograph fireworks with music. There are also “castillos” (castles) contests, which involve building wooden structures with reed and paper that with proper firework placement and design, give a 30 minute unique light sequence for all to enjoy. But the main event is the “pamplonas” (Running of the Bulls) in which roughly 250 moving bull-shaped wooden frames with up to 4,000 fireworks on them, run the streets with explosive trails following them everywhere they go, lasting 7 hours. [Read more...]

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