The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition Has Returned (And We’re Excited)

Summer Exhibition 2015

A preview of the 2015 Summer Exhibition. Source: Telegraph

At the Summer Exhibition, thousands of pieces of art drape the walls, carefully pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle. Various rooms house art of all mediums—sculptures, paintings, media and statues—each with a different theme. As a tradition, “restorative” beef stew is served during the hanging, and unlike most exhibitions, people are able to purchase the art that they admire.

Painting Private View at the Royal Academy, 1881

Painted by William Powell Frith, “A Private View at the Royal Academy, 1881” depicts a group of high-class Victorians taking a private tour of the 1881 Summer Exhibition. Source: Wikipedia

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Before Techies, There Were Hippies: Haight-Ashbury In 1967

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The intersection of Haight and Ashbury, San Francisco in 1967. Source: Mashable

As American air raids wreaked havoc on Vietnamese soil in 1967, in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood it was the Summer of Love.

A series of natural and political events would transpire before Haight-Ashbury would become the epicenter of the “Free Love” mentality. It was one of the only areas spared from the fires sparked by the 1906 earthquakes, which meant that the neighborhood retained its charming Victorian architecture, if not its staunch sensibilities. Nevertheless, after the middle class left in the 1950s to relocate to the suburbs, Haight-Ashbury subsequently fell into disrepair.

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What We Love This Week, Volume CXXV

Underground Worker Railway China

A worker walks in the foundation of a new railway line in Yiwu, Zhejiang province, China, on May 21, 2013. Source: The Atlantic

What Goes On Underground

Cuncas Water Tunnel Brazil

A worker stands inside the Cuncas II tunnel that will link canals being built to divert water from the Sao Francisco river for use in four drought-plagued states in Brazil, near the city of Mauriti, Ceara state, on January 28, 2014. Source: The Atlantic

While we don’t, by and large, live underground, we do work, play, pray, celebrate, visit, smuggle, stockpile, and hide there. The work can be as primitive as mining for coal with donkeys and pickaxes in Pakistan or as sophisticated as unlocking the secrets of the universe at the Large Hadron Collider. The surroundings can be as claustrophobic as a gold-mining hole in the Ivory Coast barely wide enough for one person or as expansive as the 580 feet long, 256 feet wide, 82 feet high floodwater diversion chamber in Japan. For more singular scenes of the world below the earth’s surface, visit The Atlantic.

Batu Caves Thaipusam Underground

Hindu devotees gather at the shrine in Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur on February 3, 2015. Source: The Atlantic

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