Thank You Internet...for potholes filled with gold?
Wabi-sabi perfection or a taxpayer's nightmare? "Sidewalk Kitsukoroi" leads this week's link roundup
Phil Leung curates the best of the web for Exhibitionists. Click your way through the five best things he saw online this week.
Pothole of gold?
Kintsukuroi, or "mending with gold," is a Japanese art technique picked up by Brooklyn-based artist Rachel Sussman. Her series "Sidewalk Kitsukuroi" features just that — pavement cracks that have been fixed up with shimmering, liquid metal. Wabi-sabi perfection or a taxpayer's nightmare? Take a look.
Set time machine to...1950s Newfoundland?!
Interested in time travel? Deloreans, and weapons-grade plutonium are still crazy hard to come by, so following @NLHistory on Twitter is the best we can do for you. Phil's a fan, and CBC News spoke with Gerard Nash, the photo-restoration pro behind the account, in February. As Nash told them then: "You know, these people didn't live their lives in black and white — they lived their lives in colour." And Nash's colourization work is so vibrant, you'd think they lived their lives with iPhones, too.
Circa 1944 in Wesleyville <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Newfoundland?src=hash">#Newfoundland</a>. The back of the photo said they rowed out to "Bishops Island" for a picnic. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NFLD?src=hash">#NFLD</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NL411?src=hash">#NL411</a> <a href="https://t.co/3ptnKkFZZZ">pic.twitter.com/3ptnKkFZZZ</a>—@NLHistory
Hidden (Lego) Figures
If Batman can get his own Lego Movie, why not the women of Hidden Figures? We're one step closer to that bizarre but no doubt inspiring reality, thanks to the toy company's latest project, The Women of NASA. Featuring Katherine Johnson (one of the NASA mathematicians whose story was featured in that aforementioned Oscar-nominated film), as well as astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison, the playset's expected to launch later this year.
Um, yeah, we want to explore Hong Kong through the eyes of a kitty cat
There's a new game in the works that lets you crawl around the streets of Hong Kong as a cat, and Phil's been obsessing over the developers' blog for all the latest updates. Thank "meow," internet? Sure, if you're a cat person.
This is what happens when you let Banksy open a hotel
The views are among the absolute worst in the world, and that's totally the point. Banksy's latest project, a 10-room hotel in the West Bank, is right next to the Bethlehem Wall. Check in, and you can expect only 25 minutes of direct sunlight per day — but you'll also get plenty of art, as every detail of this destination has been curated by the secretive Brit. Photos of the artist-designed interiors have surfaced online, and this CBC News story provides a peek inside one room in particular, featuring an installation by Montreal's Dominique Pétrin.
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