It was been a while without listening to it and, yesterday, I heard it again. It was in one of these courageous videos of the Saturday's Champions League victory of Barça. When I heard the first notes yesterday I almost started crying, it's such an emotional song.
It's from the soundtrack of the TV series Friday Night Lights (adapted from the book and film of the same name). I really loved this TV show although it finished a few months ago.
The song is played by Explosions in the sky and the song is called Your hand in mine. This is the version with strings.
Claes Oldenburg is a Swedish sculptor who makes large replicas of everyday objects. He was born in 1929 and moved to Chicago in 1936. He went to Yale University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He's been associated with the Pop Art movement since the 1960s. He created most of his sculptures in collaboration with his late wife Coosje van Bruggen. More here.
These are some photos I took at the succulent plants garden in Barcelona. The garden is called "Mossèn Costa i Llobera" and is located in Montjuïc. It's like a museum of this type of vegetation and it also has beautiful views of the city and the sea.
I moved to a new flat while ago, everything was so white and impersonal. The picture above shows one of my bedroom walls. I'm still in college but I didn't want my place filled with posters of movies and bands (althought you can see Amélie's poster on the left corner).
I wanted something wonderful to look at and I came with the idea of designing a polka dot wall.
I had plenty of photos taken with a fisheye camera that had to be circle shaped. I bought a circle cutter and did the job!
Apart from that, I put a mirror and a hanging clothes organizer to keep all my scarfs.
I love the film Amélie. Everybody should watch this film at least once in their lives!
I think I’ve watched it more than ten times and I always find some beautiful details I hadn’t notice before. How awesome is that?!
I especially adore the sub-plot of Amélie’s father garden gnome; and that’s the reason of this post.
Amélie’s mother has died and Amélie’s father has fixed his garden gnome and put it on the top of his wife’s grave to honor her. Amélie is worried about his father and she tries to convince him that he has to do things that cheer himself up, such as travelling, one of his major dreams.
He won’t listen to her, so she comes with a perfect idea and steals the garden gnome.
One day his father receives a letter with a polaroid photo of his garden gnome in Moscow.Shortly after, his garden gnome sends him another letter from New York. And from Cambodja. His garden gnome is travelling around the world, and has also visited the Monument Valley, Athens, Istanbul…
Later on, we discover that one of Amélie’s friends is a flight attendant. She has been carrying the garden gnome all over the world, taking pictures and sending them to Amélie’s father. Then, the gnome is returned back home. Amélie’s plan has succeeded and, finally, his father is courageous enough to accomplish his dream of travelling.
I absolutely love this story. It makes me think about how we can change the life of people we love. Maybe something irrelevant to us means the world to another person.
I picked the pictures directly from the movie (play&pause + print screen).
Frank O. Gehry designed a series of furniture designs called “Easy Edges” from 1969 to 1973, altough not all the pieces have been manufactured. These designs are made of multiple layers of corrugated cardboard (in alternate directions) assembled with hidden screws. To make it more durable the edges are covered with fibreboard.
Probably the most famous piece of the whole collection is the wiggle side chair (also with coloured-fibreboard edgings) because of its characteristic shape.
Dining table and side chairs.
Low table, side tables and daisy coffee table.
Wiggle stool and R bar stool.
Lounge chair with ottoman.
The use of this material is a really good idea; it’s cheap, lightweight, and easy to make different shapes. It’s quite surprising that a material such as cardboard is able to bear us.