The Export-Import Bank of the United States is financing the aquarium’s construction through a $105 million direct loan, claiming that the transaction will support 700 jobs in the U.S., with most of the work going to small businesses. But the project—for which construction and fabrication work kicked off today—is not without controversy.
In Brazil, where critics say that the aquarium is being built without transparency, protestors launched a Facebook group called "Quem dera ser um peixe"—which translates to “I wish I were a fish” (a punny echo of a lyric by a popular Ceará-born singer, apparently). Elizabeth Duffield, a fellow at the SIT Graduate Institute, wrote a study confirming their fears. “Ceará, one of the poorest states in Brazil, is using public money, in part, to construct the aquarium while it has long standing social problems yet to be resolved,” she writes.
[Rendering: Acquario Ceará/A. Zahner Company]
Happy Canada Day! Featuring non-creepy Canadian Will Wilkinson.
More tasteful portraiture at betoruizalonso.com
Enjoy the sensual combination of my massive underbite and travel moustache.
People like you and me just don’t deserve facial hair.
This was on Troutman tonight between St. Nicolas and Wycoff #bushwick— look closely at these pigeons @paulanthonysmithstudio (at AP Café)
“with spyglasses and telescopes aimed downward they never tire of examining [their city], leaf by leaf, stone by stone, ant by ant, contemplating with fascination their own absence.”
Invisible Cities + some places I have known from above.
I can’t look at these classic statues now without thinking of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.
I have a show up until the end of this week of several works at the General Public Collective in Indy — There’s a lot of photos that I took of the show personally, and a lot more done by people on their own phones and digital cameras. And then this woman had an orgasm while riding Napoleon’s horse.
I don’t know what SKRWT is supposed to mean, but it is apparently “the missing link in high-end smartphone photography” editing apps (for iOS). The bold minimalism may make it seem worthless. And the name is stupid, but don’t be deceived. It is indeed quite a useful tool. I recommend it.
Finally an iphone app for architectural iphone-photographers, corrects perspective. Looks like ti could use a little barrel-distortion fixin’ though.
I don’t want to suggest that there is nothing left to experience before original works of art except a certain sense of awe, because they have survived, because they are genuine, because they are absurdly valuable. A lot more is possible. But only if art is stripped of the false mystery and the false religiosity which surrounds it. This religiosity, usually linked with cash value, but always invoked in the name of culture and civilisation is in fact a substitute for what paintings lost when the camera made them reproducible.
This is great