When Virgin America announced last week a new in-flight feature that helps passengers buy and send drinks to anyone in the cabin, the world cringed at the sleazy possibilities. I’m not so offended by the fact that Richard Branson and Co. were so upfront about their passengers becoming bedfellows upon arriving at the terminal. After all how exciting is it to have a sexy stranger help you with your luggage and share a cab?
The thing is: there are enough resources for single people wanting to meet. And we red-blooded humans have a knack at finding ways of getting laid.
I am more a fan of Virgin Atlantic’s short-lived in-flight art gallery that was introduced earlier this year. In February, first class passengers traveling from London to New York had the chance to view British artist Ben Eine’s iconic typography and purchase the works duty-free for upwards of £15,000. Think of it as SkyMall reimagined as a boutique storefront for the artsy in-crowd.
Virgin Atlantic’s ‘Gallery in the Air’ will continue to partner with different artists although a second collaboration has yet to be announced.
In his new photo book, Vertical Horizon, photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagreze has captured the density of Honk Kong from the ground up. While images of Hong Kong’s crowded skyline are common enough, Jacquet-Lagreze’s abstract take on the city’s elongated architecture from a worm’s eye perspective give the urban landscape a new sense of awe.
This weekend I posted some info about SFMOMA getting ready for its makeover to become the largest space for public art in the country. Snøhetta, the Norwegian firm who nabbed the museum’s expansion plan design, has created (or is in the process of pitching more concepts for) some of the most visually arresting architecture across the globe. Most notably, the National September 11th Memorial Museum Pavilion in New York and Busan Opera House in Korea (photo above).
Snøhetta’s Greatest Hits (photos below):
New National Opera House in Oslo
Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Library of Alexandria) in Egypt
Norwegian Embassy in Berlin
Lillehammer Art Museum in Norway
James B. Hunt, Jr. Library at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC
The Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA
Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion
Ryerson University’s New Student Learning Center in Toronto, Canada
International Cave Painting Center (co-design with Casson Mann)