Monthly Archives: May 2011

reflections…

Mirrors and reflections from the Milan Salone, 2011:

crazy tron/disney/corian landscape

recycled materials by controprogetto

foyer of Teatro Manzoni

Wallpaper installation in Montenapoleone

foyer of Teatro Manzoni

Other posts from this and previous Salones

les danseuses

burning down the house

top notch people watching

bring on the dancing horses

salone spaces

japanese

future artist

salone di milano

salone5

salone4

salone3

salones past2

salones past

top notch people watching…

With the Salone comes excellent people watching opportunities. I tend to save portraits of people for when i am in India. Am a bit shy taking pictures of folks up close in the western hemisphere, in India people march right up to you and request pictures which makes things a lot easier. But here the streets are paved with magnificent photo opps and everyone is very happy to have their picture taken.

She is here regardless of the Salone, she has a regular pitch in the Brera district of Milan. No idea if she is any good but she looks bloody marvellous.

I found this quaintly old fashioned these nivea vespa taxis – that giant tin of nivea is actually strapped to the back of a small female (you can just see her wee legs at the bottom of the tin) who rides around the city on a vespa advertising as she goes – very 1950’s

They were publicising Harmony books – romantic novels in the vein of Mills and Boon. Anyway i asked for a photo and they posed away…

They are paid to sit on the sofas all day listening to ipods and flicking through magazines – pretty good gig really.

This lot were omni present, advertising for nokia, here they are on Tortona, sorry i never caught the guy, his glasses even coordinated…

Other posts from previous Salones

les danseuses

burning down the house

reflections

bring on the dancing horses

salone spaces

japanese

future artist

salone di milano

salone5

salone4

salone3

salones past2

salones past

paladino and the salt mountain…

“La Montagna di Sale” – “The Salt Mountain” by Mimmo Paladino – huge installation in Piazza Duomo.  35 meters in diameter and 10 meter high containing 150 quintals of salt (transported from Sicily) – what happens when it rains???

Incidentally 1 quintal = 100kg






bring on the dancing horses…

Still with the Salone, i would love to post cutting edge, innovative design…but  didn’t see any. Instead i had to settle for pure spectacle, and i have to say that i kind of loved this 3 metre rearing stallion studded with 20,000 Swarovski crystals. You have to love something that honest in its vulgarity and shininess …and it spun round all day to a sound track of semi decent Neil Young soundalikes…

Light Stallion by Traviganti

Made on site at the Traviganti workshop

Other posts from this and previous Salones

les danseuses

burning down the house

reflections

top notch people watching

salone spaces

japanese

future artist

salone di milano

salone5

salone4

salone3

salones past2

salones past

elected…

Meanwhile during all the palaver of the Salone, there is an election taking place…Milan needs a mayor and the city is festooned with campaign posters. Here are 2 examples of Italian political womanhood:

loving this one…pink lip gloss, parted lips…blow jobs all round? who thought this picture was a good idea??? aarrrrgh…

…not too keen on the nostalia, italy needs a future goddamit! but this one seems more promising, socialist, lay, reformist…too bad the vote actually goes to a left wing heavily catholic (how is this possible????) allianced candidate…they are doomed…