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Immersive Van Gogh Exhibition Is Coming to New York City This Summer

By Margherita Cole on April 16, 2021 

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibition Toronto

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Toronto (Photo: Courtesy of Immersive Van Gogh)

The enchanting Van Gogh experience that wowed Paris and Toronto is debuting concurrently at different cities in the United States this summer, including Los Angeles and New York City. Like the previous shows, the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit in NYC will feature state-of-the-art digital projections of the Dutch Post-Impressionist’s sunflowers, self-portraits, and landscapes on the walls, floors, and ceilings.

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10 Powerful Photos That Won The “Visual Storytelling” Contest By The Independent Photographer

Discover the winners and finalists of The Independent Photographer’s “Visual Storytelling” contest which took place in January 2021.

From classic social documentary to imaginative storytelling, the art of visual storytelling encompasses a wide range of possibilities at its heart, the will to tell a story, and we were seeking visual artists aiming to captivate and share their stories with awareness and conviction.

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There’s A Genius Street Artist Running Loose In The Streets, And Let’s Hope Nobody Catches Him (148 New Pics)

Tom Bob is not your everyday kind of graffiti artist. Instead of vandalizing urban landscapes, he’s making cities come back to life.

From rain pipes to air conditioners and vents, from manhole covers to random objects, like tactile pavement, poles, bumps, rods, bins, and fire hydrants, everything is really one giant canvas for Tom. And this is where his signature cartoonish creatures find their home.

Initially starting with the streets of New York, the artist has since hopped from city to city, leaving their streets and corners way more colorful in return. No wonder he’s built quite a fanbase with 258k devoted Instagram followers, and many more waiting for his street artworks to pop up in cities around the US.

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See Upscaled, Colorized Footage Of New York City In 1911

Following the huge success of his upscaled classic short film, YouTuber Denis Shiryaev is back at it again as he has made millions of people happy by restoring yet another video. This time, he took a piece of well-known (and even viral at one point) footage of New York City in 1911 and, by using neural networks, upgraded it to 4K and increased the frame rate to 60 frames per second while also colorizing it. The result speaks for itself—it’s as if the beginning of the 20th century has been brought back to life.

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YouTuber Denis Shiryaev, known for restoring vintage videos, has brought footage from 1911 New York to life

Image credits: Denis Shiryaev

The original 1911 footage was shot by a team of cameramen working for the Swedish film production company Svenska Biografteatern. The cameramen were sent around the globe to take pictures and videos of famous, well-known locations. Apart from New York City, the workers traveled to Paris, Venice, Niagara Falls, and other world-famous places.

The video shows Battery Park, the Statue of Liberty, the Flatiron Building, and the New York Harbor

Image credits: Denis Shiryaev

Talking to Bored Panda, Denis told us that he spent 4 days working on the restoration of the footage. “I did some stabilization manually in After Effect, and then put a source video in a pipeline of 4 different neural networks,” he explains. “The first neural network did footage ‘clearing’ from digital artifacts, the second one is called ‘DeOldify’ [and] it [is] used for colorization, then I used a custom version of DAIN for FPS boosting, and then a custom version of ESRGAN trained on my own dataset. Then I just merged it in a result video,” Denis says.

The original footage was shot by a Swedish production company and was titled “A Trip Through New York City”

Image credits: Denis Shiryaev

Denis says that he had a lot of fun upscaling the video (and even has his favorite part of it—”this guy at 0:34, he looks so cute and looks like he doesn’t know how to behave on camera.”) However, the passion for it stemmed from his fondness of the Machine Learning technology field. “I [would] just look for neural networks on Github, run them and would share the results in my blog,” Denis revealed to Bored Panda. He says that the hobby of restoring old, vintage videos was merely a result of that passion.

The upscaled video was created using neural network-powered algorithms

Image credits: Denis Shiryaev

The choice of which videos he should restore next is a well-thought-out process for Denis. “I do some research when choosing videos,” he told Bored Panda. “To be honest, NYC video upscale was a result of my ‘grow hack,’ you can call it: I found all the popular BW footage on Youtube, then I sorted them by views and removed all ‘Non-documentaries’ videos from the results, and then I found this amazing documentary.” We’re sure glad he did, as it is mesmerizing and even eerie to see the Big Apple of the Edwardian era come alive right in front of our eyes.

Thus producing a colorized and sharper version of the original black and white footage

Image credits: Denis Shiryaev

Luckily for us, Denis has more tricks up in his sleeve—we’ll just have to be patient. However, “I do not want to share what will be next,” the Russian YouTuber teases. “It is a surprise.”

Watch the original, speed-corrected footage of “A Trip Through New York City”

Image credits: guy jones

To compare it with the one restored by Denis

Image credits: Denis Shiryaev

Here’s what people online thought

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FXCollaborative-Designed Statue of Liberty Museum Opens in New York City

Opening day on the rooftop of the new Statue of Liberty Museum. Photography courtesy of FXCollaborative.


The Statue of Liberty has welcomed visitors and immigrants to New York Harbor since its installation in 1886 and now those who ferry over to see this powerful symbol, a centennial gift from France sculpted in copper by Auguste Bartholdi, can gain extra insight into its history and construction at the new Statue of Liberty Museum. Designed by New York City-based architecture firm FXCollaborative and opened today, the 26,000-square-foot museum features exhibits created by ESI Design, a NYC-based experience design firm, that includes the Statue of Liberty’s original torch as its centerpiece. The copper-and-glass emblem is set inside a 22-foot-tall glass vitrine offering sweeping views of the statue.

Read more: Warmth and Modernism Are at the Heart of 3XN’s Design for Olympic House

The centerpiece of the new Statue of Liberty Museum is this 22-foot-tall glass vitrine showcasing the statue’s original copper torch—and a view of Lady Liberty herself. Photography courtesy of David Sundberg/Esto.


“From the start, the Statue of Liberty Museum was conceived as a garden pavilion that would create a joyous and welcoming new experience for all visitors to the island, regardless of age, nationality, or ethnicity,” said Nicholas Garrison, design partner and project director at FXCollaborative. “Engaging the park’s formal plan, and in response to its spectacular setting, the island’s landscape is lifted and merged with the architecture to create memorable public space above, and in the Museum space below in a new geology. The building’s angular forms and spaces are shaped by its views and the irregularity of the water’s edge, celebrating liberty.”

Visitors enjoy the opening-day view of the Statue of Liberty Museum from Flagpole Plaza. Photography courtesy of FXCollaborative.


The Statue of Liberty Museum—which is targeted to achieve LEED Gold certification—is located on the north end of the pedestrian mall and features materials inspired by the UNESCO World Heritage Site island itself. A staircase leading from the statue to a granite roof terrace that offers panoramic views is done in the same “Stony Creek” granite used by Richard Morris Hunt for the pedestal more than 130 years ago, while copper fascia panels, spaced at irregular vertical intervals and made from the same type of recycled copper used in the statue’s 1986 restoration, are intended to patina with age—just as Lady Liberty has. 

Families trying out the interactive exhibits by ESI Design, which include a true-to-life reproduction of Lady Liberty’s copper foot, on the museum’s opening day. Photography courtesy of Keena Photo.


Inside the museum, the design was inspired by Bartholdi’s workshops in Paris and the Gustave Eiffel-engineered structure for the statue, that along with polished concrete floors and deep charcoal accents give the interiors an industrial feel. The interactive exhibits by ESI Design include an Engagement Gallery filled with artifacts and media detailing the statue’s construction and global impact and the Inspiration Gallery, where visitors can add their self-portrait and inspirational collage to the Becoming Liberty digital mural.

The Becoming Liberty digital mural by ESI Design at the Statue of Liberty Museum on opening day. Photography courtesy of Keena Photo.


The building, which is intended to look as its been “lifted” from the surrounding park, features green roofs planted with native vegetation and designed to insulate it as well as capture and filter rain water, while the grounds are planted with native grasses designed to act as a habitat for native species and migrating birds.

Project Architect Nicholas Garrison of FXCollaborative with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio at the Statue of Liberty Museum’s opening. Photography courtesy of FXCollaborative. 


The museum opened to the public on May 16, following a dedication ceremony presented by The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. and the National Park Service and attended by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and campaign chairperson Diane von Furstenberg.

Read more: History Museum in Graz by Innocad Architecture Wins 2018 Best of Year Award for Small Museum

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NYCxDESIGN 2019 Event Calendar

Check out exhibitions, panel discussions, and other creative happenings during NYCxDESIGN2019, taking place in New York City May 10-22 and including ICFF, WantedDesign, and Brooklyn Designs. Follow #NYCxDESIGN on Twitter for live updates from the events!

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Enter the 2019 HiP Awards by May 17th

May 2-31

Monday-Saturday 11am-5pm; Tuesday & Thursday 11am-8pm; Sunday 12pm-5pm

Event: 47th Annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House23 interior designers have transformed a 12,000-square-foot Upper East Side residence; tickets benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club

Location: 36-38 East 74th St.

May 8-24

Event: Ateliernovo pop-up shop in SoHo

Location: 96 Grand St.

May 10-12 | Friday 11am-9pm, Saturday-Sunday 11am-6pm

Event: Brooklyn Designs, showcasing design, architecture, and art talent based in Brooklyn

Location: Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building 77, 141 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn

May 9 – June 28 | 10am-6pm, open Tuesday-Saturday

Event: Kasmin gallery presents Jasper Morrison‘s solo exhibition of furniture.

Location: 297 Tenth Ave.

May 10 | 10am-6pm

Event: Nature Salons, co-organized with Cube design museum in the Netherlands, is an exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt featuring more than 60 groundbreaking works from designers across all disciplines who are collaborating with scientists, engineers, farmers, environmentalists, and nature itself to design a more harmonious and regenerative future.

Location: 2 E 91st St.

May 10-22 | 10am-6pm

Event: 1stdibs & Female Design Council present an exhibition of work by female artists and designers.

Location: Terminal Stores, 269 11th Ave., Lobby 4 – Floor 7

May 12 | 3pm-4pm

Event: Brooklyn Designs and Richard Beavers Gallery present “Storytelling with Art:” Learn the tools of the trade from interior designer Leyden Lewis of Leyden Lewis Design Studio and gallerist Richard Beavers of Richard Beavers Gallery.

Location: Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building 77, 141 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn 

May 12-14 | 8am-5pm

Event: Calico Wallpaper & Workstead lighting and wallpaper installation

Location: 220 Church St.

May 12-28

Event: Kin & Company and Asa Pingree present “Inside/Out,” an installation of avant-garde outdoor furniture from 20+ designers.

Location: Vale Park at the William Vale, 111 N 12th St., Brooklyn

May 15 – June 28

Event: Pelle presents its conceptual lighting design installation.

Location: 56 W 22nd St., 8th Floor

May 16-20 | 11am-6pm

Event: WantedDesign Brooklyn at Industry City, a free, open-to-the-public event featuring exhibitions and workshops.

Location: Industry City, 274 36th St., Brooklyn

May 16 | Hours and events vary from showroom to showroom

Event: Tribeca Design DistrictA variety of showrooms and galleries in the neighborhood will be open for extended hours, cocktail receptions, and exhibit openings. 

Location: Key showrooms include Colony at 324 Canal St., 2nd Floor; David Weeks Studio at 38 Walker St.; Urban Archeology at 158 Franklin St.; Montauk Sofa at 42 Lispenard St.; and Stillfried Wien at 40 Walker St.

May 16 | 11am-7pm

Event: Pas De Calais x Trueing: Trueing’s newest lighting collection, Cerine, launches at the SoHo flagship of Pas de Calais.

Location: 482 Broome St.

May 17-30

Event: A/D/O by MINI and Studio INI present “Urban Imprint” installation on people and the built environment.

Location: 29 Norman Ave., Greenpoint, Brooklyn

May 17-27 | 10am-7pm Monday-Saturday, 12pm-6pm Sunday

Event: Design Within Reach and Entireworld present “Dome Life” shoppable retail pop-up and installation.

Location: 110 Greene St.

May 17 – June 17 | 6pm-9pm

Event: USM & kinder MODERN present an installation of furniture and decorative art featuring custom furniture pieces commissioned by kM that include Elyse Graham, Fort Standard, and Paul Ketz.

Location: 28 Greene St.

May 17-22 | 10am-7pm

Event: Lee Broom will debut new editions of key pieces from his award-winning Observatory lighting collection.

Location: 34 Greene St.

May 17-31 | 10am-6pm

Event: Colony Art/Design Cooperative presents “Pas de Deux” exhibition: Colony’s designers will showcase a new work of design, furniture, lighting, textiles, or object, paired with a work of fine art of their choosing.

Location: 324 Canal St., 2nd Floor

May 17 – June 17 | 11am-6pm

Event: “Common Ground,” a showroom installation, will feature lighting and styled vignettes of spaces by both Henrybuilt and Ladies & Gentlemen Studio.

Location: 12 Crosby St.

May 18-21 | Saturday/Sunday/Monday 10am-7pm, Tuesday 10am-5pm

Event: WantedDesign Manhattan at the Terminal Stores, featuring more than 110 exhibitors plus workshops and Launch Pad 2019 for emerging designers. No fee for trade registrations; two-day public pass tickets available for Saturday-Sunday.

Location: Terminal Stores, 269 11th Ave.

May 18 | 2pm-3pm

Event: Be Original Americas panel discussion: Michael Hsu, a design and technology writer, will lead a panel of creative experts on Bauhaus design, including Carlo Gasparini, design manager for Alessi; Susan Lyons, president of Designtex; and Ben Watson, chief creative officer of Herman Miller.

Location: Terminal Stores, 269 11th Ave.

May 18 | 5pm-9pm

Event: Join Artemide in celebrating NYCxDesign at their SoHo showroom to preview the brand’s latest lighting innovations.

Location: 46 Greene St.

May 18-24 | 11am-7pm

Event: Next Level presents a designer-led and curated exhibition, paper lantern installation by NYC artists, and panels on sustainability and women in design.

Location: 718 Broadway

May 18 | 6:30pm-9pm

Event: Luceplan is hosting a preview of their American product launches and a presentation from designer Stephen Burks on the brand’s latest “all-in-one” acoustical solution, Trypta.

Location: 14 Wooster St.

May 19-24 | 10am-6pm

Event: “Cassina as Seen by Karl Lagerfeld,” a presentation of Cassinafurniture as photographed by Karl in Gerhard Steidl’s new book.

Location: 151 Wooster St.

May 19 | 2pm

Event: Tarkett & AIA NY present a design talk focused on design process and climate change.

Location: Terminal Stores, 269 11th Ave.

May 19-21 | 10am-5pm May 19, 10am-6pm May 20 – 21

Event: ICFF (trade only)

Location: Javits Center, 655 W 34th St.

May 20 | 2pm-3pm

Event: Next Level and Here Projects present a panel discussion on the impact of black culture in contemporary art, moderated by interior designer Everick Brown.

Location: 718 Broadway

May 20 | 5pm Cocktail Hour, 6pm-7pm Awards, 7pm-10pm ICFF Party

Event: NYCxDesign Awards, where winners will be announced live at the award ceremony hosted by Cindy Allen, Editor in Chief of Interior Design

Location: Pier 17, 89 South St.

May 22 | 10am-4pm

Event: ICFF (public and trade)

Location: Javits Center, 655 W 34th St.

May 22 | 11am-6pm

Event: Egg Collective‘s Tribeca showroom opens with collaborative designs by Callidus Guild and Hiroko Takeda and contemporary art by Mimi Jung, Kristina Riska, Matthew King, and more will be on view.

Location: 151 Hudson St.

Read more: Check out the 2019 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

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The Apple Store, Upper East Side, New York City, has received a Special Commendation in the Historic Preservation category from the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The Bohlin Cywinski Jackson-designed retail store, located at Madison Avenue and 74th Street, is an adaptive reuse of a 1922 U.S. Mortgage & Trust building.


Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and its consultant team collaborated to restore the building’s general ambiance. The project included exterior restoration that required significant repair to original windows, exterior paint, stone, and grout. Interior finishes, such as the marble entry, plaster coffered ceilings, and chandeliers, were reconstructed with the help of historic photographs and blueprints.

Sustainable Economic Growth

Recognising the essential role of preservation in community revitalization, sustainable economic growth, and the protection of historic buildings and landscapes. These are the goals of The Preservation League of New York State, which this year selected the Apple Store in Upper East Side, designed by California-based architecture practice Bohlin Cywinski Jackson as the recipient of its award, along with the United Nations Campus Headquarters Glazed Façades Replacement project by Heintges & Associates.

Project: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, www.bcj.com
Location: Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York, USA
Year: 2016
Images: © Peter Aaron, courtesy of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Award: Preservation Award 2016, The Preservation League of New York State

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