Sunday, March 30, 2008

Air Zoo

I have time for just one quick post! I saw this right before I left, and I've been dying to write about it.

Artist Joshua Allen Harris creates animal sculptures out of empty plastic bags, which he then ties to New York's subway grates. Most of the time, they look like ordinary trash. But whenever the trains roll by beneath the pavement, gusts of wind bring the sculptures to life! I've only seen them in person once, but it was a truly magical experience. Check out the two videos below.


Blogger Kitty said...


1:15 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

How did he think of it?? O-o

1:18 PM  
Anonymous ananka said...

No, not until Wednesday! But I had a few minutes, so I thought I'd check in with you guys.

1:28 PM  
Blogger Invisible Turtle said...


1:48 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

UNTIL WEDNESDAY!?!?!? 8>(OoO)<8 NOOOOO!!! How the trip in London so far?? Is it fun?? (hmm... I wonder if I fly to London now... And flip the entire place over... Will I find you?? O-O??) WE ALL MISS YOU!! (>o<)

1:56 PM  
Blogger Jin Ai said...

I need to learn how to make those!!
And please do tell us what you're (were?) up to in London...especially if it was illegal :D

2:09 PM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

Did you see a bunch at a time or just one? That seems SO COOL!

2:58 PM  
Anonymous ss chick said...

hehe! thats cool. its a little sad when they deflate (?) though because it looks like they are just rolling over and dying. ohhhh... :(.

ps: i want to go to london SOSOSOSOSOSOSOS bad. will you take me on your next trip?

3:23 PM  
Blogger Spring said...

That'd be so cool to see! The dog looks so realistic.

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


5:46 PM  
Anonymous Patsee said...

We need those in Chicago.

5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is so beynd cool! I would like die to see one! One more reason I'm going to live in NYC when I grow up! But I don't like when they deflate, they look like they are dying.
What ARE you doing in London? Are you going to 'research' for the
3rd book? Or finish that story you started a long time ago?


7:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SS Chick came back from the dead!! ; ) ^^^^

7:09 PM  
Anonymous Sekrit7 said...

When are you going to put the winning portrait on the Meet the Irregulars link?? I can't wait until you come back!!

12:13 AM  
Anonymous Nellie said...

If I ever go to NYC, I'll stare at every piece of trash near a subway I see

1:29 PM  
Blogger International Mastermind said...

Having fun in London?

3:40 PM  
Blogger SAMEANANYMOUS said...

of corse your in londen the one tme i'm in new york city!!
well my lil' sister was walking on the vents for the subway and it went underneth her and for me thats just as magical. also have you been to caffee' metro? its the best caffee' in the world!!!!!

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! I agree with everyone else - they are a little sad when they deflate. I want to go to NYC with my friend soooooo bad! We could go to all of the historical places in your books, Kirsten, and every time we walk past a subway grate I know we would stop to see if any of this guy's creations are there (she reads this blog, too)
When are you going to put up the Iris portrait on the "meet the irregulars" part?
Wow. That's a long comment.
(Ok, I tried to send this, and idk if it worked, so sorry if there's two)

7:06 PM  
Anonymous yttik said...

Happy april fools day!! ~Kitty that is too lazy to sign in and too buesy thinking of plans to scare my family XD

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ananka: I know that you will probably get this after April first, but I just found a cool April Fool's Day-isim. April Fool's day started in France, when they changed over to the Gregorian (I think that's what it's called) Calender, so April first was no longer New Year's. The usual thing to do was to give gifts on New Year's, and so if anyone gave you a gift you would know that they didn't know it was no longer New Year's. For unseen reasons, the French thought this was hilarious and decided to play a joke on these people by lying about having a gift for them. They also stuck fish to the backs of these "fools". Today in France you can buy fake fish stickers to put on people's backs instead. So yeah, that's what Wikipedia has to say about today.

8:07 PM  
Blogger FN da World Dictator said...

WELCOME BACK!!! YA YAY YAY!!!! (does cha cha dance and cheers insanely) By the way, those sculptures are so real looking. Some people have really amazing artistic talent! OS<

11:21 PM  
Anonymous ananka said...

SS Chick: Absoultely! I could use a sidekick.

Mysterie: More like research for the 4th book!

Sekrit7 and Anonymous #4: I know! I need to put up the picture, don't I?

SameAnonymous: Did you guys have a fabulous time?

Anonymous #5: Thanks for the amazing April Fool's info. I'd never heard of that! Wonder where I can get my hands on some of those fish stickers?

5:55 PM  
Anonymous Forrester said...

Cool. i want to live in new york.

5:58 PM  

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