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“…an installation that recreates post-war play structures using foam. inspired by the brutalist architecture movement, the team used archival material from the royal institute of british architects (RIBA) to reproduce now demolished playgrounds as architectural installations and walk-through sculptures for adults and children…”

the brutalist playground by architectural collective assemble and artist simon terrill

In London for the The Lovie Awards!
It has been a constant pleasure to be part of such an inclusive journey caring for the best of the European web in the most contextual level.

There’s a huge party later today on the British Film Institute, in form and content. Here’s a snapshot of one of the early WIP concepts honoring it.

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Installing the World’s Oldest Dated Printed Book

The Diamond Sutra from the @britishlibrarycollection is the world’s oldest dated printed book. It’s at the Getty for the exhibition Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road (May 7–September 4). 

Created as a woodblock scroll in 868, the Diamond Sutra is written in Chinese and records teachings of the Buddha. It was found in the so-called Library Cave, which once held 50,000 books and scrolls. 

We are extremely grateful to the British Library for allowing this precious object to travel to L.A.! Handed carefully with clean, dry hands by Susan Whitfield, director of the International Dunhuang Project, based at the Library.


Diamond Sutra, 868 CE. Ink on paper. London, British Library, Or.8210/P.2

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American Honey (2016)

Directed by Andrea Arnold

Cinematography by Robbie Ryan

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The Diamond Sutra

“All created things
are like a dream, an illusion, a bubble, or a shadow
like dew or like lightning
you should view them like this.”

Over 1,100 years ago, on May 11, 868, a man named Wang Jie commissioned a woodblock-printed scroll of the Diamond Sutra, which records teachings of the Buddha. This sutra has the name “diamond” because it is said to be uniquely strong, cutting through delusion to reveal the ultimate truth.

An inscription on the 17½-foot-long scroll reveals: “Reverently made for universal free distribution by Wang Jie on behalf of his two parents.” Commissioning the reproduction of Buddhist paintings, sculptures, or texts was a way to obtain merit—good karma—for this life or next.

It’s on loan from the British Library for the Cave Temples of Dunhuang exhibition, which includes precious paintings, scrolls, and books from the so-called Library Cave of Dunhuang (Mogao). 

Diamond Sutra, 868 CE. Ink on paper. London, British Library, Or.8210/P.2. Images copyright © The British Library Board

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Henry Pether (fl.1828-65, England)

Henry Pether was an English painter of landscapes, mainly cities under moonlight. He was probably the son of Sebastian Pether, or perhaps Abraham Pether (Sebastian’s father) - both also artists. His birth date and biography are not known, but he exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1828 to 1862, the British Institution and Suffolk Street.

Pether was known for his beautiful moonlight scenes along the Thames (a popular genre of the time most famously exemplified by the works of Atkinson Grimshaw) however he also painted other English views and scenes of Venice too.

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16.3.16 Short little shopping trip today! At the Royal Institute of British Architects bookshop and then to the London Graphics Centre to find that the pastel washi tapes are out!! These are going to be so cute and useful! Booked my driving test as well for the 13th of July too but my instructor says I’m already at test standard anyway 😁🚗 xxx emily