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Smell Like A Million Books With Powell?s Books New Fragrance ?Eau de Bookstore

   16 Nov 00:00:24  |  ThisIsColossal

Waft this new scent for hints of wood, violet, and… musty paperback? Powell’s Books, the beloved independent shop in Portland, recently announced a limited-edition perfume that smells just like its seemingly endless rows of new and used titles. “This scent contains the lives of countless heroes and heroines. Apply to the pulse points when seeking sensory succor or a brush with immortality,” Powell’s says about the forthcoming release.
Termed an “Eau de bookstore,” the unisex fragrance was spurred by customers saying they missed the aroma of the shop during the ongoing pandemic. More

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Artist Nari Ward Has Spent Decades Revitalizing Found Objects to Elucidate Counter Narratives

   14 Nov 00:00:12  |  ThisIsColossal

Jamaica-born artist Nari Ward bases his practice in found objects and their inherent mutability. The Harlem-based artist has scoured New York City’s streets for 25 years gathering house keys escaped from a ring, discarded glass bottles, and clothing tossed season-to-season. Through sculptures and large-scale installations, the scavenged objects find new meaning, whether explicitly scribing a phrase from the United States Constitution or creating more subtle historical connections.
While commenting broadly on themes of race, poverty, and rampant consumerism, Ward is cognizant of the varied meanings burned wooden bats or shoelaces hold for different populations. More

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Shaped Using Precisely Cut Maps, Nikki Rosato?s Busts and Portraits Connect Place, Memory, and Identity

   14 Nov 00:00:09  |  ThisIsColossal

Through mesh busts and delicate portraits, Nikki Rosato visualizes the connections between place and identity. The Washington, D.C.-based artist carves out the multi-colored highways and back roads from common maps, leaving the distances and spatial markings intact. She then shapes the cut paper into figurative sculptures and 2D artworks that vary in density and color depending on the original city or region.
Rosat utilizes the precise markings of cartography to highlight the complex, inner-workings of memory and belonging. More

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Dive into Van Gogh Worldwide, a Digital Archive of More Than 1,000 Works by the Renowned Dutch Artist

   13 Nov 00:00:07  |  ThisIsColossal

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An Oversized Statue of Leonard Peltier, an American Indian Activist, Pensively Stares Toward Alcatraz

   13 Nov 00:00:06  |  ThisIsColossal

Peering out over the San Francisco Bay toward Alcatraz is a monumental statue that pays homage to an American Indian Movement activist who’s been incarcerated for decades. Created by Portuguese-American artist Rigo 23 in 2016, the 12-foot-tall figure resembles a small self-portrait that the activist, Leonard Peltier, painted while imprisoned.
Wearing a simple white shirt, yellow pants, and no shoes, Peltier sits on a cement base, which is the actual size of his cell, in a pensive position. More

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Nobody Is Normal: A New Animation Reveals What Lies Just Beneath the Surface of Being a Kid

   12 Nov 00:00:15  |  ThisIsColossal

However weird you feel inside, you’re not alone. That’s the literal message of this delightful animated short created for the UK children’s charity previously), the film imagines the sometimes unbearable anxiety of growing up and the ultimately futile attempt to bottle it all up. More

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Listening to Swan Lake Awakens the Memory of a Former Ballerina with Alzheimer?s

   12 Nov 00:00:15  |  ThisIsColossal

We’re not crying, you’re crying. Music’s ability to improve the mood and boost cognitive skills in people with dementia has long been documented. “Music is no luxury to them, but a necessity,” wrote neurologist Oliver Sacks in his 2008 book Musicophilia. “It can have a power beyond anything else to restore them to themselves, and to others, at least for a while.” Such is the case in this video of former NYC ballet dancer Marta C. More

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A New Book Documents the Magnificent Experience of Swimming with Humpback Whales

   11 Nov 00:00:10  |  ThisIsColossal

Between 2014 and 2018, Jem Cresswell spent countless hours submerged in the depths of the southern Pacific Ocean surrounding Tonga. There he captured a group of humpback whales as they gracefully maneuvered around him, allowing the Sydney-based photographer to unveil the details of their grooved underbellies and barnacle-clad skin. The original project has culminated in a new book that documents the creatures’ movements and idiosyncrasies in striking black-and-white images. More

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Stainless Steel Roots Sprawl Into Figurative Sculptures by Artist Sun-Hyuk Kim

   11 Nov 00:00:10  |  ThisIsColossal

Just like a tree, the spindly branches that shape Sun-Hyuk Kim?s sculptures extend from a larger, sturdy limb?or in the South Korean artist’s case, neck or spine, too. Kim (previously) creates sprawling artworks that merge human anatomy and the root systems that crawl underneath the earth’s surface. Sometimes painted in neutral tones and others plated in gold, the sculptures are composed of stainless steel that trails out into figurative forms. More

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Throughout Ukrainian Hospitals, CUBA BUBA Installs Game-Filled Escapes for Young Patients

   10 Nov 00:00:22  |  ThisIsColossal

Since 2017, the design studio Decor Kuznetsov and the Vlada Brusilovskaya Foundation have teamed up for CUBA BUBA, a project that transforms hospital rooms throughout Ukraine into sensory wonderlands for young patients. Complete with comfy seating, reading nooks, and even open-air chimes, each module is compact and intended for children to rest and relax as they undergo various treatments.
The group recently installed its sixth iteration, “CUBA BUBA SUNNY,” which features a shelved room full of greenery and sculptures. More

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