Welcome to our latest Friday Favourites – our favourite creative stories we’ve stumbled upon during the week. First up we have an incredibly inspiring story from Miami, accompanied by some brilliant photos taken by Sander. Here he is to tell you a bit more:
“During my trip to Florida late in April-early May I visited a neighbourhood in Miami called Wynwood. Historically it was quite a forgotten, run down area with old warehouses, chain link fences and occasional fashion wholesale businesses. In 2009 property owner and art lover Tony Goldman decided to buy 6 of the warehouses and turn the walls into canvases, inviting some of the best street artists from around the world to decorate them. By doing so he created his own small ‘park’ called the Wynwood Walls.”
“Since then his initiative has spread across almost the entire neighbourhood, completely rejuvenating the area. It has spread on such a scale, it’s unbelievable and incredibly inspiring. Not only aesthetically but also his story and how it has impacted the city’s profile.”
You can find out more about Wynwood Walls at www.thewynwoodwalls.com.
Whilst we’re on the subject of walls, Alicia shares www.wallsonwalls.co.uk, a mural project based in London where each mural is accompanied by an audio piece to “form an audiovisual painting of the communities they inhabit”. Below are the “making of” films from murals at the e5 bakehouse and the Priory Green Estate in Islington:
Take a look at the walls and have a listen to the stories they have to tell…
Hungry for more public art stories? How about this colourful Nike + Pigalle basketball court in Paris? Read all about it on Dezeen.
Speaking of colour, earlier this week paper specialists G . F Smith announced the world’s favourite colour. Drum roll please… Marrs Green.
Voted for in a global survey of over 30,000 participants from more than 100 countries, Marrs Green was originally suggested by Annie Marrs, who was inspired by the blue, grey and green tones of the River Tay in Scotland. Take a look at the short film below to find out more:
Found via Creative Bloq.
If you follow us on Instagram, you might have spotted that we’ve been planking for charity this week. And things have got a little bit competitive amongst our 4 Studios…
Our current record holders are Maarten in Amsterdam (13 minutes), Fahud in London (8 minutes 19 seconds), Tom in Singapore (10 minutes 9 seconds) and Christena in New York (6 minutes 14 seconds) but, of course, that could all change by the end of the day as the planking challenge reaches dizzying new heights of competitiveness.
We’ve been doing this to help raise money and awareness for CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young, a charity that is very close to our hearts, and on Sunday we are teaming up with our friends at JKR to take part in the CRY Heart of London Bridges Walk in memory of our friend Jemima. If you’d like to show your support for the plankers, the walkers, and for CRY, you can donate on our Just Giving page.
Good luck to everyone taking part on Sunday and don’t forget, “suck it up now so you don’t have to suck it up later!”