A while back, Edward Lifson and I were riffing on what L.A.’s High School #9 — designed by the fancy pants Coop Himmelb(l)au — looks like. After my most recent visit to SoCal, I’ve changed my mind from my original stance that it resembles a watchtower…
…’cuz what this thing really looks like is Godzilla on a train-munching rampage!!!
High School #9 by Coop Himmelb(l)au in Los Angeles. (Photo by F. Trainer.)
- A poem for L.A. (Thank you, Michele!)
- Me, me, me… guest blogging for Art21!
- The Hirst Industrial Average is Down: Only two of the artist’s eight works at Christoph Van de Weghe’s booth sold during Miami Basel. “The feeling is that the Hirst market has been stretched a bit too far, almost as if it snapped and backfired.”
- The SF MOMA collection, in pairs.
- MOCA MESS-o-palooza: The board is to meet today. And Eli Broad is supposed to attend! Oh joy!! First up: The L.A.T.‘s Christopher Knight, who says that the museum should take the Broad offer and get back to work. And that museum director Jeremy Strick and board co-chair Tom Unterman should get the heck out of Dodge. Next: The NYT reports that the board is divided. (No, really?) Plus: Tyler Green reports that California’s AG could be in a position to block the transaction. (And, just in case you were wondering, he doesn’t at all like the idea of a merger.) Related: Looking Around coolly weighs the options. In the meantime, here’s a little ditty we here at C-Monster.net would like to dedicate to all our homies on the MOCA board!
- In other news: The Getty Trust’s endowment is in the pooper. More here.
- The Seed Magazine bacterial portfolio. Beautiful. (Kottke.)
- Sarah Vowell guest DJs on KCRW. First song up? Loretta Lynn’s The Pill. Nice.
- The “Impeach Bush” ornament that the Bushies didn’t want, is now available for free download.
- More Obamart. (Gracias, Big Papi G.)
- Today’s Graff: Yisa in Chile.
- Flying Fortress has a book.
- A nicely-done essay by Ana Ferraz on juxtapoz.com that explains the recent origins of pixaçao, a São Paulo style of graffiti. (Scroll down. The essay begins after the second photo.”
- The Bat Mobile has lost its wheels in Bushwick.
- Urbanism lede of the Day: “There will surely come a day when Dubai runs the world’s reserves of hyperbole dry.”
- Case Study House No. 9, by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen, is on the market! (But is now reportedly relegated to servants quarters status behind a McMansion-ish bunker.)
- A trippy, caterpillar-like pavilion, by Explorations architecture, at Versailles.
- The U.N.’s stalactite ceiling in Geneva.
- Global warming could lead to the underwater fossilization of our cities.
- Your moment of Ode to Joy, Beaker style.