Using feathers as his medium of choice, Chris Maynard has joined the ranks of artists like Tanaka Tatsuya and Seon Ghi Bahk, who are known for creating art from unique materials and methods. Under the careful hands of Maynard, ordinary feathers are sliced and trimmed until they create miniature scenes dotted with birds in flight and on perches. In fact, each feather shadowbox is its own masterpiece, giving viewers a glimpse at the actual bird from which the feather originated.
In the midst of destruction, the United Nations saw potential for innovation and created the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in a fractured, post-World War II landscape. Made to build…
The five-year administration of the “world’s humblest president” is about to come to an end. José Mujica took office as President of Uruguay in March 2010, but never moved into the Presidential Palace in Uruguay’s capital of Montevideo. Instead, he lived on his wife’s farm surrounded by the family dogs.
In addition to “humblest,” Mujica has been called the “world’s poorest president,” the “most radical politician,” the “anti-politician,” “the last hero of politics,” and “a modern day Don Quixote.” Perhaps the most profound accolade he has received, though, has been from his neighbor, who told The Guardian that Mujica “is an ordinary man.”
For decades, human industrial activity has polluted the atmosphere with heat-trapping gases, and we are now living through the consequences as the planet warms. The repercussions include melting ice caps, rising sea levels, and an increase in the number and severity of extreme weather events such as droughts, cyclones, and wildfires. According to data from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center, an average of 28 million people were newly displaced by natural disasters each year between 2008 and 2013.
The purpose behind a successful mall is to meet all the shopper’s needs: a food court and places to buy furniture, clothing, entertainment, and electronic gadgets. However, all great things must come to an end; and malls in the modern age are increasingly ending up abandoned and subsequently demolished. Because online shopping is so popular (alongside staggering costs in rent), malls all over the US are being shut down and left to rot. Finding the time to go shopping these days can be quite a hassle, and everything is easier when it’s done online; especially during the holidays and the now-infamous “Black Friday”.
Shopping malls enjoyed their heyday before the internet came to knock them down. Malls were the only place where everything was in one convenient location; not only were malls an important part of consumer culture, but were also a part of regular American life. Many films, especially ones from the 80s and 90s, heavily feature shopping malls as an important location. Mallrats, Clueless, The Blues Brothers, and George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, all have characters who spend major time in malls (though one just happens to be filled with zombies).
The very first enclosed shopping mall was built in Edina, Minnesota in 1956. Minnesota is also home to one of the biggest malls in the nation ,the Mall of America, which gets about 40 million visitors annually. The Mall boasts four levels and over 400 specialty shops and restaurants. So far it still stands…
The Collapse of the American Shopping Mall is a photo series/book by Seph Lawless that takes a look at the end of an era: the decline of the American shopping mecca known as the “mall”.