Four of my High Line photographs (including the one shown on the website) are currently on view in an exhibition at the Triennale di Milano in Milan Italy. The architectural and photography exhibition focusing on urban architecture and mobility, part of the much larger design triennial, runs through February 10, 2013. In English, the statement on the website reads (roughly translated by google translate):
The architecture of the World
Infrastructure, mobility, new landscapes
The show's title refers explicitly to those works that, like roads, railways, airports, contributes most to shape the world and allow it to function, and their relationship with functions and routines that change and an increasingly endangered.
The exhibition consists of four sections of which, the historical one, will be an element of continuity of the path and the other three, in turn, will exhibit works and projects related to what is produced outside of our country, in what was implemented or is in the course of work in Italy and, finally, what begins to appear as a geographical global scale at which the new major infrastructure relate.
The historical section, which will cover the twentieth century, will present works known as the designs of Le Corbusier for Algiers or Chandigarh, those of Saarinen for the station of Helsinki or Poelzig Klingerberg for the dam, but also cases that, even today, can be an example for the ability to create public space and environmental value, such as the Moscow metro, the arrangement of the river in Ljubljana Plecnik or the architectural design of Rino Tami for the environmental integration of the motorway to the south. A special section will, then, the great Italian engineering as it has become known in Italy and abroad, in the 50s and 70s.
The section devoted to recent works produced outside of our country's objective is to present an updated catalog of works, divided into themes, some of which may serve as a model for those who like Italy must recover a delay in in recent years.
The section on the national scene will give an account of how, even with discontinuities and contradictions, it is work in progress or has just been made, highlighting, in particular, some situations in which the relationship between infrastructure, architecture, art, landscape, city, took on a special role in developing interesting and unusual results as evidenced by the cases of Reggio Emilia, Naples, Perugia, Venice and the works undertaken by the Group Italian State Railways.
Drastically changes the scale of the scenario in the last section of the exhibition in which the object of attention are colossal works in defense of sand or wind energy for water supply or to a movement "global." Operations already well under way in Africa, China or South America, Bering or Panama and that their earlier in the twentieth century, in historical operations such as those foreshadowed by 'Atlantropa Herman Sorgel, which involved the lowering of the Mediterranean for agriculture and energy, or operations undertaken in Stalin's Russia or in America the New Deal.
Within the path will also be possible to meet specific insights as the video presentation of 45 reports about different cities of the world, by young architects and researchers who live and work or have lived and studied outside of our country while being Italian training and tell, from their point of view, the main operations in progress. in infrastructure in major cities of the world. Or as the space dedicated to the permeability of the infrastructure or the new map showing their spread to a global scale.
Finally, if the general theme addressed in this exhibition is infrastructure, the real question that you want to bring to the attention of the visitors as careful planning, based on architectural quality, the multi-functionality, environmental compatibility, can be attributed these increasingly important players in the global scenario, an added value that no longer has only to do with the features that led to its origin, but with improved aesthetic, environmental, social territories or cities with which they come in contact.
So, if you're in Milan, go check it out...and if you do, send me some installation photos!
Fall is a magical time up on the High Line, especially mid-October through mid-November, when you can see the leaves and colors change little by little, day by day.
Here are some shots from last week's High Line at the Rail Yards (Section 3) groundbreaking. Shots from the Nikon coming soon...
If you're around Sea Cliff NY any time in September or October, come on over to the library to view my solo show, "Forms: Beautiful Function" which includes a large selection (17 photographs in total) of my tanks, billboards, rides, and airplanes. And if you just happen to be in the area tonight stop by between 7 and 9 to say hi!
Check out the latest issue of Art Forum magazine for High Line Art's Fall lineup with a cool aerial photo I shot on a cold and windy November day a few years back (and originally featured on my blog here). Kudos to Friends of the High Line for the layout--their design is always top notch!
Vertical Access are real life Spidermen (and women). They don't really have super powers, but they do have super projects and amazing skills. VA are a specialized firm that uses industrial rope access techniques to architecturally survey buildings, bridges, towers, monuments, you name it. If it looks imposing and would scare the living you know what out of you to climb, VA is up for the challenge. I caught up with them a few weeks back at the 5th Avenue Presbyterian Church, in the heart of midtown, to shoot them doing their rope tricks!
I've just shot a barn and house renovation for one of my favorite residential (and otherwise) architects, Joeb Moore + Partners. I'm very pleased with how the photos turned out. Here are a few early edits from the barn.
I loved Michael Wolf's Transparent Cities work. About a year ago, I enjoyed the great large-sized prints at Aperture Gallery-- great scale, cool concept. At the same Aperture show, in the small room, were some of his Google Street View photographs which were smaller and less accessible to me. I didn't really get that work until I saw this video.
I've been spending a lot of time over at the High Line HQ construction site as of late. Great little building, and the thing is going up fast! Yesterday was a big day on site as the crew received and installed a monster plate-girder! The girder came in on a two-day wide load truck trip from Lancaster PA. It overnighted in Jersey and then came across the GW Bridge and down Broadway(!) after midnight accompanied by two escort vehicles, 10 police cars, and four tow trucks (you never know when you're gonna have to move some cars out of the way). The girder is one hundred+ feet long, features 4 inch thick flanges, and starred in a brief photoshoot with Jason Sudeikis from SNL before being lifted into place. Here are some photos I took of the girder and the job site yesterday.