Archive for May, 2005

Crane Technique

Carl says hi

What is the attraction of Atlanta construction equipment to mentally unstable people? On Wednesday, for instance, Carl Roland (age 41) drove all the way from Florida just to climb a crane in the upscale Atlanta neighborhood of Buckhead after killing his girlfriend back home. A police spokesman refused to release the man’s identity saying: “I don’t want to give this guy any notoriety. I don’t want any copycats.”

It seems the Atlanta police have forgotten 23-year-old Mike Kelly. Back in 2001, Mike scaled a different crane in Buckhead and hanged himself after a nearly 24 hour standoff with police. You’d think that would be pretty memorable but whatever.

The difference now is that Carl is almost twice the age of Mike, his crane is 4 stories higher, and he’s held police at bay for over 48 hours. Plus, Mike was just crazy — Carl is crazy and homicidal. Sounds like a new record in every dimension, doesn’t it?

This is not to say that the only people to partake of perilously perched police-pacifying encounters in Atlanta are maniacs, though. In 1999, Atlanta’s Cotton Mill Lofts burst into flame trapping a construction worker on you-guessed-it a construction crane. He was stuck for only a few hours before a helicopter grabbed him.

With each passing year, then, we’re seeing increasingly disturbed people put together longer engagements with police atop ever higher Atlanta cranes. Once they get Carl down, then, the only question left will be who can top him? Oh, and how long before that tool David Blaine gets involved.

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A Night in Metronome

In a recent interview, Shigeru Miyamoto said his favorite games to see at trade shows are the ones hidden away in corners that nobody else is paying attention to. He couldn’t have put it better. And this year’s E3 held a particularly unseen artistic gem called City of Metronome.

From the beautifully detailed euro-asian night streets to the darkened quirky characters that inhabit them to the warmly lit buildings that loom overhead, this place just feels special from the outset. Part of what makes the style so memorable is that it manages to be equal parts foreboding and whimsy, scary and safe. And in such confident fashion for a freshman effort.

It’s unclear what the gameplay will be like, though early whispers hint at an adventure game with sound as a central element. Perhaps Metronome will combine some ideas from the groundbreaking Loom with what more recent music games have taught us. A feast for the eyes and ears, then?

Read more at the Metronome site — don’t miss the stills and motion.

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Resident Rock

One of the benefits of being stuck in the invent-a-detour chaos that was rush hour post-landslide is that you get to see parts of the city you never would otherwise. Winding through the tree-lined streets of Latin and Hasidic Jewish neighborhoods in upper Manhattan (avoiding Broadway at all costs) is actually quite nice, even at 15 feet per hour.

What stuck out most (aside from the driver’s steady descent into madness, of course) was a giant rock that appears to have taken up residence mid-block on Bennet just north of 181st. There are many rockfaces up there but this one clearly had the biggest chip on its shoulder. Apartment, apartment, row house, row house, bigass boulder, apartment. Someone call Curbed! Real estate in upper Manhattan rocks! ow…

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Down on 25th

So, Psionic closed. Bummer, sure, but for those willing to look a little deeper into 25th St., there are eye-openers galore. Walk into the Hilderbrand, for example, and one sees a photo of what look like cheetah-print curtains. Then multitudes of sparkling violet moths, then filing cabinets stretching off into the sterile distance. Justine Cooper’s “Saved by Science” — photography of the Museum of Natural History’s archives — is both beautiful and unsettling. Don’t miss the video in the back, which juxtaposes sounds of the animals in the wild with video of the archive’s halls. Punctuation.

Significantly more hidden (in the bowels of building 511 to be specific) is the breathtaking work of Markus Linnenbrink at Thatcher. The colors leap out at you from all corners but it’s the drilled epoxy marble-like perfection of recent pieces like Untererecheeckerot (above) and Whatabouttomorrow that simply rivets. The texture has to be seen first hand to be believed (though here’s a bad phonecam shot). Gorgeously overloaded.

Others worth visiting on 25th include Karen Bennicke’s “Action Architectones” sculptures and Martina Mullaney’s “Turn In” photos of beds in hostels and homeless shelters.

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Obi-Wade Kenobi Haiku

Duane Wade moves the ball
with his mind — J. Kidd is like

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