Archive for September, 2008

99 Luftballons

Posted in Uncategorized on September 15, 2008 by Cristina

I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect to see anything too marvelous at a 40-person Jersey City wedding.  Maybe that’s why I found this release of a flurry of red balloons that much more amazing.  Each one transporting a good-luck-wish over the Hudson (we were assured they were biodegradable), the cluster sent a jolt of happiness through me despite my dislike for the annoying poppy song that was playing.  Although a satirical Cold War pop-song commentary (sung by a German, no less) isn’t my idea of romance, the bubbly image over the New York skyline was unforgettable.  

Hooray for balloons!

Hooray for balloons!


Glass magic

Posted in Uncategorized on September 14, 2008 by Cristina


I was first impressed by glass awesomeness (glawesomeness, let’s call it) when I visited Murano, Italy: the mecca of this art form and the place where I bought an all-glass ring with a goldfish melted inside (turned out to be too fragile for my lifestyle, the fish I’d named Giuseppe was crushed a year later).  So when I found out that master glass-blower Lino Tagliapietra was visiting New York and would be at the Heller Gallery opening exhibition, I knew I’d wanna be there.  So I went … and just like it had several years ago, the blown glass art blew my mind again.  The way he colors and bends and cuts this super-cooled liquid into the seemingly-unpredictable finished forms is mind-boggling.  Since I was too shy to talk to him at length about the process, I was content with watching a neat documentary of the legend in action.  If I’d seen him on the street, with his ratty Patagonia long-sleeved shirt barely concealing his beer belly, I wouldn’t have guessed that he’d be the artist behind these marvels.  Yet another welcome reminder for me to not judge people by their appearances.  Thanks for the glawesomeness, Lino!