Friday’s Fresh Meat VII

Posted on 27 January 2012 by enni-kukka

It’s coming to the end of a busy week here at the agency. A few interesting things to share with you before a (hopefully) relaxing weekend! Speaking of relaxing, some of our planners have a strange fixation with cats, this is for them..

In the early hours of January the 23rd Tropicana and art collective Greyworld installed an artificial sun, made of over 60,000 lightbulbs, in Trafalgar Square. Lighting up the morning hours before sunrise, the stunt was part of Tropicana’s “Brighter Mornings” campaign.

On a different note, or perhaps to bring “light” to some people.. Alain de Botton has revealed plans to build a 1mil pound “temple to atheism” (don’t quite understand why it is called a temple, unless it’s ironic..) in London.

Many people’s lovemark, Lego is all over the news this week.. Using home-stitched parachute and equipment found on Craigslist, two 17-year-old Canadians sent Lego-naut 80,000ft into the air.. Lego also release “ReBrick” a social media platform for people who love Lego and want to share Lego related content.. On top of this Lego has teamed up with Moleskine to release new notebooks with a Lego theme..

Lots of cool pieces from the art world this week.. If you haven’t had a chance to go and see the new Hockney exhibit at the Royal Academy yet (it opened last weekend..) make sure to book tickets now as it is only open til early April.

Something slightly different from Japan.. “The 3D printing craze has spread to the art world, with Riusuke Fukahori‘s amazing goldfish “sculptures”, created by hand using acrylic and clear resin. The Japanese artist builds up the image of each fish by adding layer upon layer of paint. This is a similar method to how a 3D printer creates an object.”

“Surfing has long been associated with 1960s and 70s counterculture, as a post-war generation emerged, refusing to conform to societal norms. Photographer, Romain Laurent reignites that free spirit in his new series, L’Horizon; but, instead of hitting the beach, the surreal images reveal a tanned surfer smack dab in the middle of New York City.” What more appropriate in a time of huge social conflict and controversy!

A South African company has created an eco-friendly bag that slow cooks food after it’s been bought to boil. Designed to help communities in developing countries reduce costs through conserving energy, water usage, and ensuring that food is not burnt and wasted.

Schweppes “Unexpected Future” app analyses your Facebook data to come up with predictions on what will happen to you in 2012 in a variety of categories wealth, career, adventure, romance and fame.. Also, the front figure looks like she’s from X-men!

The good people behind the, now slightly too populist, “Secret Cinema” are launching a new concept “The Other Cinema“, a global network of pop-up cinemas, to try and once again become the new cool thing and engage with us cool Londoners that have ventured away from Secret Cinema.. The Other Cinema launches on Valentine’s Day with screenings of David Lean’s classic impossible love story “Brief Encounter” at The Troxy in London, and simultaneously in Edinburgh, Leeds, Birmingham and Norwich. I’m definitely getting tickets!

With films on my mind.. And the 2012 Oscar nominees being announced this week.. I checked out “Iron Lady” last weekend and planning on finally seeing “The Artist” this weekend.. Would recommend!

Have a lovely weekend!

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