The Halted Traveller

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“The term ‘halted traveller’ is usually associated with German romantic painters like Caspar David Friedrich, to describe a person seen from behind facing a landscape. The lonely wanderer appears to have been halted by the view of the landscape.

This implies to us as a viewer that there is perhaps more to the landscape than we see. One can also identify with the figure. His posture invites you to imagine what he feels facing this landscape in front of his and your eyes.”

Visit The Halted Traveller by Damien Rayuela here.

Kanzashi

Kanzashi are hair ornaments used in Japanese hairstyles.

Kanzashi were first used in Japan during the Jōmon period. During that time, a single thin rod or stick was considered to have mystical powers which could ward off evil spirits, so people would wear them in their hair. This is also when some of the first predecessors of the modern Japanese hair comb began to appear.

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These beautiful delicate kanzashi are made by Sakae: https://ja-jp.facebook.com/KanzashiSakae.fanfan

Givebox

Givebox

One day, Andreas Richter, a 28-year-old computer programmer who lives in Berlin, wanted to get rid of some stuff: clothes, DVDs, a set of drinking glasses. He didn’t want to throw out the items — still perfectly useful — but he also didn’t want to have to schedule pickups or use DHL for a couple of T-shirts. So instead, he got out his power tools and built a telephone-booth-sized structure that he called “Givebox” on his street in Mitte (Steinstrasse 37b). Since then, the project has taken on a more interactive aspect and has expanded to other locations and even other cities.

The concept behind the Givebox, which Mr. Richter’s girlfriend, Lena Issa, suggested they decorate with wallpaper, is that people leave and take items, anonymously and freely. The idea has gone viral, with enthusiasts adding three more locations in Berlin, as well as Giveboxes in cities like Vienna and Hamburg.

“It’s part of the zeitgeist,” Mr. Richter said. “We’re all confronted with all this bad economic news, that it’s getting harder to survive. But at the same time, it’s part of the zeitgeist to have a lot of stuff you don’t need. People are happy to get rid of things.”

The system works on trust, with surprisingly positive results. Enthusiastic neighbors tell stories of serendipitous finds — like a pair of perfectly fitting G-Star RAW jeans — as well as the satisfaction of seeing that what they left in the box, from a book of love poems to shoes to flower vases, has been snapped up.

“It’s such a wonderful idea,” said Cathrin Barthel, who was checking out the Givebox on Steinstrasse, where she said she had both left and found clothes — including the gray sweater she was wearing. “One of the best parts is that it gives you a chance to talk to your neighbors.”

Source from here.