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August 08, 2022

“My Dear Mountains” by Gaetano Pesce at the Aspen Museum of Art. Image courtesy of Aspen Museum of Art

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“Gaetano Pesce designed sculptures and installations for the two-part exhibition ‘My Dear Mountains’ at the ground floor gallery of the Aspen Art Museum in Colorado. Pesce’s recent exhibition presents a maelstrom of furniture, drawings and sculptures that identify his experimental style with his materials as well as his pursuit of technological and social innovation. For the first time, he is also carrying out an exterior intervention on the facade of the museum. Monumental, site-specific and temporary public art depicts the title of its exhibition as boulder-like hills rise from the ground and come together in their green and blue hues. [H/T Designboom]

The Great Barrier Reef records the greatest amount of coral cover in four decades.

“Two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef has recorded the greatest coral cover in nearly four decades, although the reef is still vulnerable to climate change and massive bleaching, a monitoring group said on Thursday. The parties north and central of the UNESCO-listed reef have seen some recovery while the southern region has seen loss of coral cover due to outbreaks of crown-of-thorns starfish, according to a report by the Australian Institute of Marine Science, a government agency. [H/T CNBC]

Redevelopment by Foster + Partner of the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York. Image courtesy of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Foster + Partners will redesign the oft-maligned New York Port Authority Bus Terminal.

“In a major step forward in a years-long program to remove the grime-encrusted rumble from ramps and hallways known as the Port Authority Bus Terminal, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has revealed the two-company team that will lead the design of a gleaming new bus hub in midtown Manhattan: Foster + Partners and Chicago-based design and engineering firm Epstein. The latter firm has spearheaded numerous large-scale infrastructure and civic projects and, most notably, partnered with FXCollaborative to develop an expansion plan for the nearby Jacob K. Javits Center. As for Foster + Partners, the London-based global company has many large-scale transport projects under its belt. [H/T The Architect’s Newspaper]

Jean-Georges Vongerichten will close Mercer Kitchen in New York after 25 years of existence.

“It’s the end of an era in Soho: Jean-Georges Vongerichten will close Mercer Kitchen at the end of the year. Open since 1998, the downtown institution is located in the basement of the Mercer Hotel and has been attracting celebrities, tourists and locals for decades. The restaurant’s open kitchen lets diners peek in as chefs prepare their wood-fired pizzas, tuna tartare and other dishes, and the place claims to have been one of the first restaurants from New York to have a common table. [H/T Robb Report]

“Seeing Through the Universe” by Maya Lin at the Obama Presidential Center. Image courtesy of the Obama Foundation

Maya Lin will create a sculptural garden fountain for the Obama Presidential Center.

“When the $830 million Obama Presidential Center opens in Chicago’s South End in 2025, one of its most distinctive features will be a sculptural commission by artist Maya Lin in honoring the late mother of former President Barack Obama, Ann Dunham. Located in an outdoor space near the center’s north entrance that will be known as the Ann Dunham Water Garden and designed to optimize rest and reflection, the sculpture see through the universe will consist of a vertical oculus shape that produces a mist and an adjacent flat-laying orb, which will function as a soft cascading fountain. [H/T The Art Newspaper]

Ai Weiwei will organize an exhibition of works by incarcerated artists this fall in London.

“This fall, Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei will host an exhibition of works created by people incarcerated in London. The exhibition, titled ‘Freedom’, is organized by the charity Koestler Arts, which promotes and sells works by incarcerated people, and will open at the Southbank Center in October. It is intended to mark the 60th anniversary of the Koestler Awards, an awards initiative honoring the artistic achievements of prisoners across the UK criminal justice system. [H/T ARTnews]

AirYacht. Image courtesy of Darnet Design/AirYacht

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