Sunday, 3 April 2011

City of lost gloves

During the winters, I'd  think about my city as the city of lost gloves.
Hundreds of them lay around the in the public, semi-public spaces. For some reason, they make me sad - they are torn form their pairs, they are torn from the hand they were made to keep warm. They also remind of my own experiences of losing a dear glove.
Still there is something, that lifts my mood. Most of the lost gloves I spot, are lovingly lifted from the ground by the finder and placed on top of something, garbage can, railing, bushes. So the glove is saved from the soles and tyres, and will be easy for the owner to find when he/she comes around again.
But actually, as most of the gloves I spotted were along my regular routes, I saw that the gloves were usually still there after weeks, after months.
This winter I started to photograph the gloves. This activity definetely made winter more bearable for me.

Are you prepared?

Sea level leaker. Source:
Centre Culturel de Taïwan à Paris
Quite a number of cities try to get prepared for storm surges and sea level rise on the long run. Rotterdam aims at a holistic “climate proof” and Copenhagen has a climate adaptation plan that hopes to turn challenges into opportunities. Under the title "Rising Currents" the Museum of Modern Art in New York commissioned visions for future amphibious living in five areas along the coast-line of New York and New Jersey. The town planning department of Helsinki prepared a flood strategy that deals with current flood risk and sea level rise that is to come.
These are only some examples in the western hemisphere.

High tide heels. Source:
Paul Schietekat,
high tide heels
However, sometimes it is wise to be prepared personally. A useful tool to find out, whether you are in flood prone area on not, might be the sea level leaker developed by Tsui Kuang-Yu. The suit leaks water up to the actual sea level as soon as you move in an area below sea level. The picture on the right is a stand-still of a video showing Tsui Kuang-yu with the sea level leaker in Amsterdam.

Living in these areas might need some amphibious skills. The high tide heels designed by Paul Schietekat can help you to be prepared and dressed in style at the same time.