Back in 2010, I created a concept called the Rainshade Canopy : Imprinting Time on Architecture. It was a submission for a competition that ultimately didn’t win, but I always thought the concept was solid. The goal was to beautify The City of Seattle’s alleys by using umbrellas in a whimsical manner. These umbrellas were special in that they had a water reactive coating that, once wet, they changed color and revealed a design beneath, bringing a pop of playful color on those grey Seattle days.
A friend on mine recently sent me the Youtube Link below for Redlands’ Orange Street Alley. While it does not have the same color changing concept, the brilliant colors and whimsical nature is spot on! Kudos to the team! I find it to be a truly beautiful installation.
In search of cool and unique topics to write about within the backlog of backlogs, I brushed off my digital pictures of The California Academy of Sciences. I visited the museum in early November as part of the University of Oregon’s annual fall retreat and was super excited to tour the venues. I had, 2 years previously, visited the de Young Museum right across the street and peaked over the fence to see some of the museums construction in action. I had known very little about the building then and decided to keep an eye on the final stages of the design, as I am a fan of Renzo Piano’s work including the New York Times Building in NY, NY.