Reading about writing. (at Estación de Madrid-Chamartín)
CartoDB, circa 1987 (click on the picture for 2x size)
at Mercado de Motores
The last message of the forces on Peleliu was “Sakura, Sakura” — cherry blossoms. Japanese pilots would paint them on the sides of their planes before embarking on a suicide mission, or even take branches of the trees with them on their missions. A cherry blossom painted on the side of the bomber symbolized the intensity and ephemerality of life; in this way, the aesthetic association was altered such that falling cherry petals came to represent the sacrifice of youth in suicide missions to honor the emperor. The first kamikaze unit had a subunit called Yamazakura or wild cherry blossom. The government even encouraged the people to believe that the souls of downed warriors were reincarnated in the blossoms.
Satan makes the best capuccino. Satan’s Coffee Corner, El Raval, Barcelona.
Vermut O’Clock @ Mitja Vida. Barcelona.
Barri de Gràcia, Barcelona.
My workmates gave me this beautiful german globe (made by Räth, circa 1959) as a super super late birthday present.
"In the Renaissance, reading always demanded writing. Readers were trained to encounter a text with a pen in hand, in order to mark up—and hence actively engage with—the text. Simple reading alone was not sufficient; the proper scholarly reader needed to actively use the text, taking the time and expending the effort to fully comprehend its meanings and implications. Reading was also aimed at some practical or intellectual goal: a used text was inevitably incorporated into one’s own writing."
I did this illustration over the weekend and I’m feeling very insecure about it. I probably just need to draw more and (over)think less.
Sacred hieroglyph. (at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM))