Polished, broken glass

Gaudi used psychiatric hospital and its patients as his test bed, claim researchers: ‘Covered in broken tiles, the benches and follies in the garden [at the hospital in Sant Boi, south of Barcelona] were thought to have been later copies of the famous Catalan architect’s work, partly because of their poor quality…. But [the researchers] Agullo and Barb believe the explanation for this is that they were built by psychiatric patients under Gaudi’s instructions as prototypes for the famous buildings Gaudi was working on at the time.’


BUNNKR shuts up shop. Check Antonas for a fine response to when a blog decides to completely vanish / UK riots: political classes see what they want to see / a zoomable image of the ‘peace wall’ in Peckham. Post-it note community interation (now to be preserved) / Matchy Matchy, a neat tumblr / White Triangle, an art website that hasn’t been updated for a while / Puppies and Flowers, design and things / the moss covered blog.


Say make me, remake me, a tumblr / A Brief History of Indie, a podcast / A Magazine of Random, based in Dubai / O’Mighty Green, collage-driven collision between iconism and ‘Sustainabilism’ / Ben Kay writes a blog about advertising / An Interview with Laurence King, publisher / Penguin Books from acejet170 / Otteropolis, art by Jake Parker (Agent44) / Sketches of Everything, clips things from here and there / Coudal’s ever-expanding Stuff about Stanley Kubrick Page is impressive / the story of the stealthy t-shirt.


Pushpin zines an online shop for independent publications. A bit like Stack but without the arty metropolitan slant (Pushpin’s founder’s list of obsessions is very contemporary: Japanese kawaii, cute handmade things, cake tourism, secondhand books, printmaking and the Solar System, not that there’s anything wrong with any of those things) / Inventory Magazine and Apartamento Magazine, both inspired by and broken out of the zine orbit / fascinating photographs at Urbanautica.


Images of the glass beach near Fort Bragg: ‘Beginning in 1949, the area around Glass Beach became a public dump. It is hard to imagine this happening today, but back then people dumped all kinds of refuse straight into the ocean, including old cars, and their household garbage, which of course included lots of glass…. Finally in 1967, the North Coast Water Quality Board realized what a mistake it was and plans were begun for a new dump away from the ocean…. Years of pounding wave action have deposited tons of polished glass onto the beach. You’ll still see the occasional reminder of it earlier life, such as a rusted spark plug, but for the most part what you’ll see is millions of pieces of glass sparkling in the sun. (As part of MacKerricher State Park, collecting is no longer allowed).’

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One Response to Polished, broken glass

  1. marceline says:

    Thanks for the pushpin plug! I am definitely putting “A bit like Stack but without the arty metropolitan slant” on my next flyer.

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