It’s nice to see
Futility Closet properly up and running again, now that the libraries Greg Ross visits are mostly all open. I thought these two recent entries went well together.
The Moses Bridge – Futility Closet Visitors to the Fort de Roovere in the Netherlands cross a moat using a sunken bridge designed by Ro & AD Architects. Thinking big – Futility Closet Parliament considered the plan [to straighten the Thames] but never implemented it. “Revely had rather an awkward way of letting loose his real opinions; and he habituated himself to a sarcastic mode of delivering them,” read his obituary. “It need not be added, that such qualities were not calculated to render him popular.”
There are some more images of Revely’s plans on
IanVisits, a London heritage blog.
Here’s something you don’t see every day, a floating theatrical and musical festival, dedicated to the work and spirit of
A Parade of Earthly Delights: Floating Bosch Parade celebrates painter Hieronymus Bosch in spectacular aquatic event – Colossal
A floating parade dedicated to painter Hieronymus Bosch honors the artist’s fascination with the fantastical and absurd in an annual event that embodies his philosophy and aesthetic. The 2019 occurrence of the Bosch Parade included a musical performance played on a partially submerged piano and a scene with two people straddling enormous horns, just two of fourteen vignettes devoted to an evolving story about “power and counterforce, battle and rapprochement, chaos and hope.”
Stunning photos from the Bosch Parade, the sailing parade in the spirit of Jheronimus Bosch – Design You Trust
This floating, poetic parade of art works portrays a universal tale of power and counterforce, battle and rapprochement, chaos and hope. From the chaos after the battle a new order has to emerge. Eventually, old opposites will form the foundation for a new hope in this storyline filled with symbolism and fantasy – as it is in Jheronimus Bosch’s works.
Every year, millions of people flock to the Netherlands, or more precisely, to just one part of it: Holland. In an effort to manage overtourism, the entire country is rebranding.
Why the Netherlands is ditching Holland as its nickname – Quartz
The government of the Netherlands has a message for the world: There’s more to our country than just Holland.
To ensure nobody forgets it, the country says it will stop using Holland as its nickname come January. The move, which comes ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the Eurovision Song Contest (which the Netherlands will host this year), is part of a €200,000 ($223,000) rebranding campaign to update the country’s international image.
The Netherlands reveals new identity and drops ‘Holland’ for good – Design Week
While the old logo featured an expressively drawn tulip, the new logo embeds the Dutch icon in a more subtle way through the use of negative space.
The N and L lettering forms a silhouette of the tulip’s petals. “The logo is intriguing, but at the same time solid and straight to the point,” Studio Dumbar tells Design Week.
In this way, the logo is “a true reflection of the Dutch mentality”, according to the studio.