leaving your mark….

70 year-old Buddhist monk Hua Chi has been praying in the same spot at his temple in  Tongren, China for over 20 years. His footprints, which are up to 1.2 inches deep in some areas, are the result of performing his prayers up to 3000 times a day. Now that he is 70, he says that he has greatly reduced his quantity of prayers to 1,000 times each day.

The footprints have become a source of inspiration to younger monks at the temple. “Every day I come here and every day I look at the piece of wood, and it has inspired me to continue to make the footprints myself,” Genden Darji, a 29 year-old monk in the monastery, notes.’

Photos from Reuters.

Via: www.offbeatearth.com.

Louis Vuitton: a passion for creation

Fashion brand Louis Vuitton has teamed up with artist Richard Prince to wrap the Hong Kong Museum of Art for a special exhibition. ‘Louis Vuitton: a passion for creation’ is a new show held at the Hong Kong Museum of Art in association with the Consulate General of France.

The special façade is based on Prince’s ‘After Dark’ series and features enlarged covers from Pulp-Fiction novels printed on fabric. Inside the exhibition covers a wide range of mediums from paintings, photographs and video installations on show until August 9th. The show includes works by Frank Gehry, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Gilbert & George, Jeff Koons and many of Louis Vuitton’s collaborations with artists such as Takashi Murakami, Stephen Sprouse and Richard Prince.

The façade is made especially significant since it is one of the first public art installations in Hong Kong.

just released: Frank Lloyd Wright Lego Architecture Collection

Architect Adam Reed Tucker has collaborated with The LEGO Group and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to release the Frank Lloyd Wright Collection (part of the LEGO Architecture series), coinciding with his exhibition ‘From Within Outward‘ at the Guggenheim Museum New York.

Adam Reed Tucker is a LEGO enthusiast and founder of Brickstructures, Inc., which is a privately held company established to promote the use of LEGO Bricks in relation to Architecture.

The LEGO Architecture series was officially introduced in 2008 with two iconic American buildings, the Sears Tower and the John Hancock Center, closely followed by the Empire State Building and the Seattle Space Needle in 2009. Continue Reading

Wilkinson Residence by Rover Harvey Oshatz

‘Located on a flag lot, a steep sloping grade provided the opportunity to bring the main level of the house into the tree canopy to evoke the feeling of being in a tree house.

A lover of music, the client wanted a house that not only became part of the natural landscape but also addressed the flow of music. This house evades the mechanics of the camera; it is difficult to capture the way the interior space flows seamlessly through to the exterior. One must actually stroll through the house to grasp its complexities and its connection to the exterior. One example is a natural wood ceiling, floating on curved laminated wood beams, passing through a generous glass wall which wraps around the main living room.’

More pictures: www.oshatz.com.