Artist Creates Secret Sidewalk Art That's Only Revealed On Rainy Days

There are plenty of cliches about finding the sunshine on a rainy day, but this sidewalk art is not one of them.

Designed and produced by artist Peregrine Church, Rainworks is a special type of street art that appears on sidewalks only when they’re wet. The works include hopscotches, whimsical illustrations and uplifting messages.

“The purpose of Rainworks is to turn rainy days into something to look forward to,” Church told The Huffington Post.



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Rainworks appear in various locations around the Puget Sound region of Washington.

To create the artwork and happy messages, Church uses custom-made stencils and a non-toxic, biodegradable superhydrophobic coating. When dry, the designs remain hidden, but as the sidewalk gets wet during a rainfall, they slowly appear. Church says the designs work best on newer, light-colored concrete where there is a more visible contrast between wet and dry.

“I look for and brainstorm messages that are positive and inspiring, or clever and witty,” he told HuffPost.

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Currently, Rainworks are being produced exclusively in Washington, but Church hopes to make the project global. “It’s something I do to make the world happier,” he says.

Reposted from the Huffington Post

Take a peek! Jessica Chastain buys historic NYC apartment

Jessica Chastain and her fashion executive beau have bought a turn-of-the-last-century condo across the street from Carnegie Hall that once belonged to exalted composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein.

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Courtesy of Zillow
She and Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo paid $5.1 million for the light-filled four-bedroom, three-bath home.

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Courtesy of Zillow
The duplex boasts five fireplaces, hand-carved mahogany doors and an intricate wrought-iron staircase. It features two public rooms with 14-foot ceilings, parquet floors and over-sized bay windows with their original Tiffany glass transoms.

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Courtesy of Zillow
The 3,200-square-foot home has a library, formal dining room, a kitchen that was recently featured in New York magazine, and a master suite with floor-to-ceiling fitted closets and a bathroom with a rain shower and a deep-soaking tub.

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Chastain, who was nominated for Academy Awards for “The Help” and “Zero Dark Thirty” and has been fĂȘted for “A Most Violent Year,” bought the home from Adam Guettel, the Tony-winning composer of “The Light in the Piazza.”

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Street View: New York City's Doors


A photographic series of New York City's doors, from the Roy Colmer collection at the New York Public library

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This post is a Special Research Project of NPR History Dept.


Between November 1975 and September 1976, a man named Roy Colmer decided to photograph New York City's doors. Not all of New York City's doors. No doors in particular. And in no real particular order. But his aptly named Doors, NYC project amounted to more than 3,000 photos, which now live with the New York Public Library.

If you're like me and want to obsessively look at every single one, the best way to do that is here. But then, I did that so you don't have to. Firstly, note the door on the bottom left. For every dozen-ish non-descript door, you'll find a little treat — like a poster of a cat ...



... or a great store name like "Clogs Of Course" (also bottom left).



See more Doors here


Strange old vehicles.

Strange old vehicles...Someone really reached down into the archives to retrieve some of these

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A Real-Life Central Perk



 




In a sixth floor of a Beijing apartment block in China, the fictional coffee shop where Friends Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey hung out in the American hit TV series actually exists. Painstakingly furnished and decorated with objects found in the show–orange couch and all–”Central Perk” is faithful to the very last detail, even with its own ” Chinese Gunther” manning the bar. 
Found on NPR via Where on Earth