Pop-Up Forgiveness. With Spain in the midst of an austerity plan, the NY Times reported that Madrid and the Catholic Church have spent $72 million for festivities centered around the visit of Pope Benedict XVI, which has drawn criticism from many in the city. Among the improvements lavished upon Madrid are 200 pop-up confessional booths in Retiro Park. Perhaps city leaders doling out funds will be among those in line at the booths. Reminder! Tomorrow, Wednesday August 17th, the International Center of Photography will hold a panel discussion in conjunction with the exhibition Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945. The discussion will feature authors Erin Barnett, Adam Harrison Levy, and Greg Mitchell who will speak about the exhibition's compelling photographs of post-bomb Hiroshima along with a discussion of censorship and documentation of the the attack. Fresh Jobs. Data from a USDA report released last week indicated that farmers markets are on the rise in the United States. The report counted 7,175 markets, a 17 percent increase since last year. States with the largest growth were Colorado, Alaska, and Texas, representing a robust local and regional food system. Grist and GOOD broke down the report. Where's the Map? Transportation Nation asks, Where’s the Amtrak map at Penn Station? It seems as though travelers are missing out on the opportunity to visually place their train journeys. As journalist Mark Ovenden said,“maps are part of the journey, and we shouldn’t forget that." You can ask for a paper fold-out version, which pales in comparison as its streaking red lines give little real indication of the train's path.
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Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945 International Center for Photography 1133 Ave. of the Americas at 43rd St. Through August 28 An abandoned suitcase, a house fire, strange markings on old photographs. These were the key clues in a mystery that Adam Harrison Levy began to unravel almost ten years ago when researching a BBC documentary about the bombing of Hiroshima. Levy's intriguing narrative now serves as the backdrop for the black-and-white photographs in Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945, an exhibit running through August 28 at the International Center for Photography in New York. On July 20 at the Van Alen bookshop, Levy read from his essay in the exhibition catalogue while ICP curator Erin Barnett discussed her research for the show of 60 photographs, all drawn from an ICP collection of almost 700 images that once belonged to Robert L. Corsbie. Corsbie, a Columbia-trained architect, joined the army during World War II and was deployed to Japan in the fall of 1945 as a member of the Physical Damage Division, a group that meticulously mapped and documented a devastated Hiroshima post-atomic bomb for the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey. Due to restrictions imposed by President Truman, no photographs of the site were permitted outside of the army's coverage. Now available for public viewing at the National Archives, these government documents remained classified through the early 1950s. But for twenty years after the war, the former Lieutenant Corsbie also had a cache of the photographs in his basement. Following his return to the States, Corsbie continued to work for the government, drawing on lessons learned from Hiroshima—buildings that used reinforced concrete were some the only surviving structures—to help design fallout shelters in the United States. Corsbie even became a spokesperson for the Atomic Energy Commission, appearing in public service television spots in the era of "Duck and Cover." In the late '60s, Corsbie's story takes a dramatic twist, with a house fire that ultimately led to his photographs ending up in a suitcase on a curb in Watertown, Massachusetts, awaiting trash pickup. For the full account of the collection's rediscovery and rescue in 2000, you'll have to read Levy's catalogue essay (an earlier version of which was published on Design Observer in 2008), and the accompanying essays by John W. Dower, David Monteyne, Philomena Mariani, and curator Erin Barnett. Barnett spent an intense session at the National Archives decoding notations on the Corsbie photos and plotting the locations of the buildings represented. She organized the exhibition around the idea of zones of impact, giving the exhibition its title "Ground Zero," a term that appears for the first time in the 1946 report of the Strategic Bombing Survey. The photographs themselves are unsettling in their unemotional treatment of scenes depicting unprecedented levels of destruction—contorted steel girders, an urban street rendered unrecognizable, a staircase slightly melted. Mark Levitt, a Watertown resident who come into possession of the photographs in the early '70s following the Corsbie fire, inadvertently threw them out during a move in 2000. Soon after, a passerby discovered the suitcase of photos in a pile of trash on the street. Reunited with the photos by Levy, Levitt's reaction to the images is captured in Levy's essay: “We see death and disaster all over TV but these photographs are different, maybe because they are physical objects. They don’t represent the horror, exactly, because there are no bodies. They’re clinical. But the power of them is really intense."
Chimes Bridged. It seems there's something to making music while we walk. First a Swedish architect designed piano stairs and now an artist has created a musical bridge. Blending the sculptural, auditory, and kinetic, artist Mark Nixon designed a whimsical bridge that "sings." Chimes hidden below the span are activated as visitors walk across, Gizmodo says. The musical creation was last displayed at Sculpture by the Sea, an exhibition in Aarhus, Denmark. Village Uncovered. Villa Epecuen, a town located on Lake Epecuen, southwest of Buenos Aires, was flooded in 1985, but now after more than two decades, the water is receding. Photographs by The Atlantic uncover a strange, haunting landscape: aerial views expose the original street layout of the town, while others reveal original trees and cars visible amid the rubble. Carmageddon Averted. For two days last weekend, the busiest stretch of highway in America—the 405 Freeway in LA—was shut down for construction. While many feared disastrous traffic jams bringing life in LA to a halt, it turns out that life went on without incident, according to the LA Times. During the traffic-non-event, JetBlue offered to fly residents between two of the city's airports in Burbank and Long Beach, sparking a challenge from cyclists who said they could make the trip faster. As reported in Slate, it turns out the bikes were right, making the trip nearly an hour-and-a-half faster than by plane. Destruction Archived. Information Aesthetics points us to the “Hiroshima Archive” which documents the extensive societal and structural devastation the atomic bomb caused 66 years ago. Using Google Earth’s virtual globe, the digital archive exhibits topographical maps, contemporary building models, photographs, and personal accounts from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, the Hiroshima Jogakuin Gaines Association, and the Hachioji Hibakusha (Atomic Bomb Survivors) Association.