Critics Ravage Thomas Heatherwick’s Planned Tree Sculpture, and Other News

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“Tree of Trees” by Heatherwick Studio. Rendering by PicturePlane, courtesy Heatherwick Studio

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Critics ravage Thomas Heatherwick’s concept for a giant tree sculpture in London.

“Coinciding with Earth Day, the eponymous studio of British designer Thomas Heatherwick revealed late last week its design for a nearly 70-foot-tall Tree of Trees sculpture to be installed directly outside the gates of Buckingham Palace in London as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee weekend festivities from June 2–4. … While the campaign Tree of Trees promotes is certainly a worthy one (from 2000 to 2021, the U.K. experienced a 13 percent decrease in its total tree cover, equivalent to nearly 1,200 acres per data from Global Forest Watch), the design concept itself has been subject to a social media dogpile from critics on both sides of the pond.” —[H/T The Architect’s Newspaper]

Every finalist of this year’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund will receive some financial prize.

“America’s most high-profile fashion competition is underway once again, with some pandemic-era changes to the proceedings looking more permanent. After Covid 19-related lockdowns made it harder than ever for independent fashion brands in the US to remain solvent, the Count of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and American Vogue instituted new Fashion Fund rules. In 2021, every nominee was promised an undisclosed amount of funding as well as mentorship. The same goes for 2022: everyone wins, receiving the same amount of money.” —[H/T Business of Fashion]

“Lake Superior Landscape” (1981) by George Morrison on a United States Postal Service stamp. Image courtesy of the United States Postal Service

The late Ojibwe artist George Morrison will receive a line of USPS postage stamps.

“The artist George Morrison just got the ultimate stamp of approval courtesy of the United States Postal Service. Five vibrantly colored abstract landscapes by the artist, who died in 2000, are now featured on a new pane of Forever Stamps. … Morrison joins the ranks of such American artists as Ellsworth Kelly, Ruth Asawa, Edward Hopper, and Jackson Pollock, who have all been honored with official U.S. postage stamps.” —[H/T Artnet News]

North Face settles a lawsuit claiming it copied a symbol used by street artist Futura.

“The North Face Apparel Corp has resolved claims that it misused street artist Leonard McGurr’s signature “atom” symbol as a logo for a clothing line without his permission, according to filings in Los Angeles federal court. McGurr, who is professionally known as Futura, pioneered street art in New York along with artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. He sued North Face last year for allegedly copying his atom symbol for its “FutureLight” waterproof outerwear line.” —[H/T Reuters]

The Holocaust Museum for Hope and Humanity designed by Beyer Blinder Belle in Orlando. Rendering courtesy of Beyer Blinder Belle/HMREC

Beyer Blinder Belle unveils the initial design of Orlando’s new Holocaust Museum.

“The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida (HMREC) and architecture firm Beyer Blinder Belle have unveiled the design of Orlando’s new Holocaust Museum for Hope & Humanity. The 43,000-square-foot lakefront structure will be the world’s first Holocaust museum designed around survivor and witness testimonies, serving as a distinctive destination for the region and a global point of attraction. Unlike the majority of museums, which are often driven by artifacts, timelines, and numbers, this museum’s space will be shaped by the stories and testimonies revealed by the survivors.” —[H/T ArchDaily]

Design Shanghai will postpone the fair to October amid escalating Covid-19 cases.

“Trade fair Design Shanghai has rescheduled this year’s event as the city is in lockdown following a coronavirus outbreak. The show will now take place from 13 to 15 October. Originally slated to take place from 9 to 12 June, the design fair has been moved to the autumn as China continues to feel the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with Shanghai currently under lockdown.” —[H/T Dezeen]


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