A view into our world at Suzanne Lovell, Inc. and the ideas that inspire us daily.
Peter Beard is an amazing photographer and a socialite. He befriended Andy Warhol and Mick Jagger; and Beard was known for his love of nightlife and for his complete eccentricity. Beard spent much of his time in Kenya capturing the local wildlife and retelling the stories of the local tribes. While Beard was not much of a business man, often trading works of art for a dinner bill, his art is now making a big comeback. We particularly appreciate his understanding of the changes that have occurred in Kenya over the past 40 years, as close to the source as he is!
“When I first went to Kenya in August 1955, I could never have guessed what was going to happen. Kenya’s population was roughly five million, with about 100 tribes scattered throughout the endless “wild—deer—ness” – it was authentic, unspoiled, teeming with big game — so enormous it appeared inexhaustible.Everyone agreed it was too big to be destroyed. Now Kenya’s population of over 30 million drains the country’s limited and diminishing resources at an amazing rate: surrounding, isolating, and relentlessly pressuring the last pockets of wildlife in denatured Africa.
The beautiful play period has come to an end. Millions of years of evolutionary processes have been destroyed in the blink of an eye.
The Pleistocene is paved over, cannibalism is swallowed up by commercialism, arrows become AK- 47s, colonialism is replaced by the power, the prestige and the corruption of the international aid industry. This is The End Of The Game over and over.
What could possibly be next? Density and stress — aid and AIDS, deep blue computers and Nintendo robots, heart disease and cancer, liposuction and rhinoplasty, digital pets and Tamagotchi toys deliver us into the brave new world.”
From when she first appeared on the scene roughly 20 years ago, people have been drawn (no pun intended) to Cecily Brown. The British-born, New York City-based artist who draws inspirations from a variety of masters such as Edgar Degas and William Hogworth, has been "on fire" with her painting going for asking prices reaching the seven figures.
A recent retrospective, "Rehearsal" was a new view into the artist's process. More than 80 previously unseen drawings were presented at Brown's first ever solo museum exhibition at New York's Drawing Center. How exactly did Brown chose which ones to display from the hundreds of drawings in her procession? Brown thought it best to showcase those that best showcase her close attention to detail and the intricate discovery process she undergoes as she interprets masterworks. Claire Gilman, a curator at the Drawing Center, perhaps said it best, "You can see real sincerity and how deeply felt this process is for her. She is really grappling with every image." We couldn't agree more!
It's during this time of year that many of us want to vacation in the sun and warmth; yet, we want to showcase a magical resort we recently came upon. For those seeking something different, check out Finland's Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort.
Guests can do anything from dogsledding during wintertime to rafting on the picturesque Lemmenjoki River during the summer. Year-round, if you want to take a dip in the natural spring and it's frozen, staff will cut an individual hole for you. What a magical experience!
With very few lights "polluting" the sky, Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is a wonderful place to see the majestic Northern Lights. From mid-August through the end of April, you don't even have to leave your glass igloo to see the lights; simply look UP and you'll see them while cozy in your glass hut! Certainly, this is a "bucket list" item!
The Horyuji Temple or Temple of the Flourishing Law in Japan has survived wind, rain, fire and earthquakes for over 1,400 years. It is one of the oldest wooden buildings in the world. Analysis of its central pillar has shown it is from a tree cut down in 594.
Wood is starting to gain traction as a structural building material for skyscrapers. The advantages would include lighter buildings requiring reduced foundations, reduced C02 emissions, quieter construction sites and faster construction schedules. Cross-laminated timber (CLT) uses timber sections glued together with their grains at right angles, making it much stronger than the original wood. Sprinkler systems and concrete flooring should alleviate concerns about fire. Although large timbers are usually safe from fire as the surface would char, protecting the interior. Here are a few of our favorite examples new wooden skyscrapers.