Yayoi Kusama, Walking Piece, 1966.
Photos by Eikoh Hosoe.
‘Walking Piece’ (1966) is a series of colour photo slides on a projector. It documents Kusama’s feelings as an Asian female artist in the male-dominated New York art scene. The pictures have been clicked using fish eye lenses with the harsh city landscape as a foreboding backdrop. Kusama’s figure contrasts against the scenery, she’s wearing a bright floral patterned Kimono, and holding an umbrella decorated with flowers, thus making her look alienated from the city.
The View From The Top Of The [One] World
Recently, TIME magazine teamed up with Gigapan to produce an incredibly detailed 360° panorama of lower Manhattan from the spire atop the nearly-completed One World Trade Center, which is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. The process of making the massive 567-image panorama has been documented in a fascinating short called Top of the World. The process took months to complete, beginning with what seems like a lengthy series of back and forth discussions to even be granted access. From there, Gigapan engineers, working with TIME Senior Editor Jonathan D. Woods began the arduous task of building a rig that was not only light enough to transport relatively easily, but also strong enough to withstand the 25-mph winds found 1,776 feet above NYC. Interestingly, Woods cites Joe McNally’s iconic image of a maintenance worker changing the bulb at the top of the Empire State Building as his inspiration for the project. “What could we do,” he asks, “that would create a new image that would memorialize the rebirth, the healing of lower Manhattan following 9/11?”