Eric Lerner for Coca Cola.

A character driven animation by Eric Lerner, who has exploded onto the scene after his graduation from Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.  It seems that his graduation project, Mr. City Men, is what got everyone’s attention.  (Here is Mr. Fortune from the series, it’s so cool.  Mr. Dreamer, so imaginative. And Mr. Deja Vu. There are more…)  His camera matching and compositing of the animated character into the scene is pretty nice.

He is with Partizan and under them he directed his first global campaign for Coca-Cola and agency Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam, for the Bird’s Nest Stadium built for the Chinese Olympics, Birds Nest Stadium.

Motionographer did and interview with him, Back to Beijing.

Interactive wooden mirror.

A wooden mirror.  Imaging technology makes it possible.

The concept is simple but formidably clever: a tiny camera gathers light and shape data, before sending it to a computer that processes it and uses hundreds of tiny electric motors to shift the wood blocks into the image in front of the device. Subtle gradations of shade are achieved by both the natural grain of the wood and the angle at which they are displayed, casting shadow if necessary. Created by Danny Rozin.

Interview about his process by Core 77.

Design out of context.

As reported by The Guardian:

The British artist Gerald Holtom, creator of the CND sign, penned a solemn note to Hugh Brock, editor of Peace News, before its first public outing on a London peace march in 1958. “I was in despair,” he wrote, explaining how the symbol came about. “Deep despair. I drew myself: the representative of an individual in despair, with hands palm outstretched outwards and downwards in the manner of Goya’s peasant before the firing squad. I formalized the drawing into a line and put a circle round it.”

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It’s the 50 year anniversary of the sign.

A Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.  They had the right idea when they decided to create a symbol to signify the movement.  Only thing is symbols over time change in meaning as more people get involved and times change.  However the lasting quality might remind us that today we still have a long way to go toward evolution: we are again entrenched in a war and arming.

Looks like Banksy is making a point of using the symbol for his pointed opinion, putting the symbol in a context of his creation.  Maybe we need some re-education of the meaning in a contemporary context.

Originally it was simply a way to express protest by placing it anywhere. It needed nothing but putting the symbol in place.  You could be passive and express your protest.

The symbol said it all, and the tragedy of it is now often lost in the psychedelic-retro designs we brandish in the 21st Century.  Now anyone wears it, often without even knowing what they are saying. Still expressing protest for a cause that is still full of importance today.

The symbol thus far has stood the test of time and although the artist’s estate never had it licensed he might feel better knowing that it all comes back around.

Man on a wire.

Philippe Petit was the “Man on a Wire.”  On August 7, 1974, shortly after 7:15 a.m., without hesitation, Petit stepped off the South Tower and onto his 3/4″ 6×19 IWRC steel cable. The 24-year-old Petit made eight crossings between the still-unfinished towers, a quarter mile above the sidewalks of Manhattan, in an event that lasted about 45 minutes. During that time, in addition to walking, he sat on the wire, gave knee salute and, while lying on the wire, spoke with a gull circling above his head.

He was arrested.  The immense news coverage and public appreciation of Petit’s high wire walk resulted in all formal charges relating to his walk being dropped. The court did however “sentence” Petit to perform a show for the children of New York City, which Petit transformed into another high-wire walk, this time above the Belvedere Lake in New York’s Central Park.

James Marsh directed the documentary which was based on the book by Petit himself, “To Reach the Clouds.” It won the World Cinema Jury and Audience awards at Sundance 2008 and it is playing in theaters now.

I bet he really got a rush out of this one.  The world trade towers were 1,727 feet high if you count the radio spire at the top, 1,368 feet if you don’t.  He walked on a wire about an inch wide at a third of a mile in the sky. He must have made it through many layers of illusion having done that.

Songbird Sing is out.

Yes, our own, bozeman’s very own, talented and musical duo, Nat Kendall and Page Rasmussen, have released “Songbird Sing!”  It’s beautiful lyrical and modern sound will keep you listening all of the way through.  Nat’s production has paved some new roads into an “electronic sound with soul” his voice is there to keep the rhythm and tell a backstory while Page and her amazing grace vocal strength and beautiful soulful songbird voice will keep you rocking.  Just wait till you hear, “Please Hold On,” it would make one wait for anyone through the dissonance and the harmonies of love. “Time and Time” is a story of reflection and love, full of beats and delicate strings.

The tales of love, the music of soul, of Songbird Sing take a journey inside a musical trip out down main street.

You can check it out at CD Baby, and Songbird Sing.