Quote for Today: Rebecca Solnit

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For millions of years, this world has been a great gift to nearly everything living on it, a planet whose atmosphere, temperature, air, water, seasons, and weather were precisely calibrated to allow us — the big us, including forests and oceans, species large and small — to flourish. (Or rather, it was we who were calibrated to its generous, even bounteous, terms.) And that gift is now being destroyed for the benefit of a few members of a single species.

Rebecca Solnit, “Addressing Global Warming”

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Bringing Nature to the City: Urban Fog Art by Fujiko Nakaya

Have you enjoyed the magic of a bank of fog, letting it slip around you as surroundings vanish and reappear? Many who experience fog simply find it inconvenient and dangerous. Like many natural phenomena, it is both beautiful and perilous, especially for travelers.

Fog Forest image © UNIT7 with CCLicense

Foggy Forest, Tokyo, 1992
image © UNIT7 with CCLicense

Environmental installation artist Fujiko Nakaya makes fogscapes, designing and installing complex computerized machinery to create low lying clouds of water vapor. No chemicals are used in the process of creating her scaled down versions of natural fog, leaving the water potable. Nakaya’s works are often installed in downtown areas and truly bring the playful beauty of nature into the urban landscape, where the fog interacts with weather conditions to put on a striking show. A marriage of science and art, Nakaya’s designs have graced cities all over the world, including Tokyo, Osaka, San Francisco, Canberra, Paris, Linz, Toronto and Bilbao. She has also provided fog design for theatrical and musical productions, including dance performances. The video below was released in conjunction with an installation in Taipei, Taiwan, entitled Post Urban Fogscape. 

What a gentle way to bring the awareness of nature to this city, where once rice farmers were at the mercy of the elements. Here are two more fogscapes by Nakaya, which reveal her delightful imagination. Like a true theater artist, she does not flaunt the technology behind her construction, creating a wonderful sense of mystery. Nature itself is theater.

Gisèle Vienne, This is How You Will Disappear image © svennevenn with CCLicense

Gisèle Vienne, This is How You Will Disappear
Kaaitheater, Brussels, Belgium
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F.O.G. at the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain image © Phillip Maiwald with CCLicense

F.O.G. at the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
image © Phillip Maiwald with CCLicense

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Cloud Parking on a rooftop in Linz, Austria. Lovely article from the Daily Mail.

Cloud Forest at Yamaguchi Center for Art and Media, Yamaguchi, Japan.

Fog Bridge, Exploratorium, San Francisco.

Gisèle Vienne, This is How You Will Disappear, avant-garde theatrical trailer.