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Amazing technology would allow for underground parks in NYC

If you’ve been to Manhattan in the past several years, you may have heard of the Highline in Chelsea. It’s a project that converted an abandoned above-ground railroad track into a park, and it has turned the formerly underdeveloped area around it into one of the trendiest new neighborhoods in the city; if you visit Manhattan, you have to check it out. Anyway, two architects want to build a park that will do for the Lower East Side what the Highline did for Chelsea, but with a twist: they want to build it underground!

If you’ve been to Manhattan ever, you’ll also know that space is at a premium, and there are few open spaces left to grow leafy green things or build a park. Dubbed the LowLine, the project would convert an old underground trolley car station, abandoned in 1948 and untouched since, into a 1.5 acre underground park. But how? This is where the science comes in: they’ve developed the technology to transmit sunlight underground. Using large parabolic mirrors and a fiber optic relay, sunlight from the surface would be shuttled to the park and then redisbursed, allegedly yielding enough light for photosynthesis. As shown in the artist’s renderings above, the park could house trees, grass, farmers markets, or art installations, all year round, rain or shine. The architects raised money on Kickstarter for a proof-of-concept exhibition, happening RIGHT NOW in the Essex Street Market in NYC, and they’re doing battle with the city and the transit authority that owns the underground depot for approval. Here’s to hoping the city bureaucrats see the light! *slaps knee*

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this looks beautiful, but how would it smell? hopefully not like a musty, damp basement.

Either way i’d still visit.

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Wikipedia:

Wound Man is an illustration which first appeared in European surgical texts in the Middle Ages. It laid out schematically the various wounds a person might suffer in battle or in accidents.

It would really suck to be wound man.

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Collections by Peter Lippmann for Cartier. Look closely at each collection and you’ll find that one of the things is a lot more expensive than the others. 

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Nature has a way of popping up in the strangest places in the work of artist Myeombeom Kim.

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Michael Paukner’s The Bigger Picture Album on Flickr is a fascinating tour of some of history’s biggest ideas as visualized through Paukner’s informative and elegant poster designs. The ideas represented span the range from conventional thought to controversial theories both old and new. All of the images are accompanied by a brief description and history of the theories represented.

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Jude Buffum does some of the most fun and effective infographics and science illustrations around. He did these for the Franklin Institute’s exhibit on electricity. 

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Yayoi Kusama has been working out her obsession with polka dots and infinity over a decades long career. Suffering from hallucinations and residing in a Japanese psychiatric institution, she uses art as a way to communicate her visions. For her current retrospective at the Tate Modern she has created Filled with the Brilliance of Life, her largest infinity room yet. Made up of hundreds of lights and mirrors, it must be dazzling to see in person. It will be on display through June 5.

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Pakayla Biehn takes photorealistic painting to a whole new level in her series Double Exposure.

About the project:

Building upon the double exposure theme of her previous works, Pakayla uses oil paint on canvas to present dream-like transfiguration of the natural world. The skill and refined beauty of her paintings enlists a realist style that recalls the delicacy, formality, and craftsmanship of old master techniques. She combines the cultivation of the portrait with a very intimate and vibrant observation of nature.

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Kiyoshi Awazu for the movie Himiko, by Masahiro Shinoda - 1974

Kiyoshi Awazu for the movie Himiko, by Masahiro Shinoda - 1974

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