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Scratch-And-Sniff Posters Help Mask the Smells of NYC Subways

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There's no getting around it: New York City's subway stations are stinky. While you might not be able to totally shield yourself from olfactory assault during your commute, a student at the School of Visual Arts, Angela H. Kim, found a creative way to momentarily ease the pain. It's surprisingly simple, and harkens back to the days of childhood: scratch-and-sniff.

Kim posted a series of her scented creations at some of the city's busiest stations as part of her thesis project. The video above begins with a statistic about New York City's Metropolitan Transit Authority cutting its Track Cleaning Unit nearly in half, as fares continue to go up (which is true [PDF]). The result, according to Kim, is more trash and broken equipment throughout the city's underground network. To bring attention to the problem and provide some relief for her fellow subway users, Kim designed flyers with tear-away strips scented with vanilla, tuberose, magnolia, lavender, and orchid. The phrase at the top of the flyer reads "If You Smell Something, Smell Something Else," which is a play on the MTA's "If you see something, say something" campaign (borrowed from the Department of Homeland Security) that encourages riders to report suspicious activity.

Check out the video above and head to Kim's website to see close-ups of the flyer, and the creation process.

[h/t FastCoDesign]

Images via Vimeo // Angela H. Kim

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The World’s First 3D-Printed Opera Set Is Coming to Rome
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In October, the Opera Theater in Rome will become the first theater to play host to a 3D-printed set in one of its operas. The theater’s performance of the 19th-century opera Fra Diavolo by French composer Daniel Auber, opening on October 8, will feature set pieces printed by the Italian 3D-printing company WASP, as TREND HUNTER reports.

Set designers have been using 3D printers to make small-scale set models for years, but WASP says this seems to be the first full 3D-printed set. (The company is also building a 3D-printed town elsewhere in Italy, to give you a sense of its ambitions for its technology.)

Designers stand around a white 3D-printed model of a theater set featuring warped buildings.

The Fra Diavolo set consists of what looks like two warped historic buildings, which WASP likens to a Dalí painting. These buildings are made of 223 smaller pieces. It took five printers working full-time for three months to complete the job. The pieces were sent to Rome in mid-July in preparation for the opera.

Recently, 3D printing is taking over everything from housing construction to breakfast. If you can make an office building with a printer, why not a theater set? (Though it should be noted that the labor unions that represent scenic artists might disagree.)


Japanese Artist Yayoi Kusama to Launch Her Own Museum in Tokyo

Still haven’t scored tickets to see Yayoi Kusama’s world-famous “Infinity Mirrors” exhibition? The touring retrospective ends at the Cleveland Museum of Art in October 2018, but art fans who are planning a trip to Japan can also enjoy Kusama's dizzying, colorful aesthetic by visiting a brand-new museum in Tokyo.

As The New York Times reports, Kusama has announced that she's opening her own art museum in the city’s Shinjuku neighborhood. Slated to open on October 1, 2017, it’s dedicated to the artist’s life and work, and includes a reading room, a floor with installation works—including her “infinity rooms”—and two annual rotating exhibitions. The inaugural exhibition, “Creation Is a Solitary Pursuit, Love Is What Brings You Closer to Art,” will display works from Kusama’s painting series "My Eternal Soul.”

Kusama is famously enigmatic, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that news broke just recently that she was planning to launch a museum. The five-floor building was completed in 2014, according to artnet News, but Kusama wanted to keep plans under wraps “as a surprise for her fans,” a gallery spokesperson said.

Museum tickets cost around $9, and will go on sale on August 28, 2017. The museum will be closed Monday through Wednesday and visits are limited to 90 minutes, so plan your schedule accordingly.

[h/t The New York Times]


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