Link List #53: Ocean plastic sneakers, LED-laden pigeons and an artificial waterfall at Versailles - Friends of Friends / Freunde von Freunden (FvF)

Link List #53: Ocean plastic sneakers, LED-laden pigeons and an artificial waterfall at Versailles


It’s that time again, we’ve reeled in the catch—brought aboard the keepers—and tossed out the junk, all to get you a fresh link list.

We’re featuring topography from the deep blue sea—as a design on the latest pair of Adidas to an update from our friend Olafur Eliasson and his aqua sculptures in Versailles. For those happier on the shore, read on for the very best from the Art Basel Unlimited exhibition and an illustrated short fiction online magazine.


    • 1 Adidas’ latest sneaker collaboration won’t have hypebeasts camping out overnight, but they’re certainly making waves. The Adidas x Parley for the Oceans sneaker (limited to just 50 pairs) uses recycled fish nets and plastic bottles fished out of the water just off the African coast. Wired has the full rundown on the trainers.
    • 2 Since early May, the sky above the Brooklyn Navy Yard has been lit with the flight paths of pigeons fitted with tiny LED lights. Orchestrated by artist Duke Riley, Fly by Night pays homage to New York’s history of pigeon keepers and is the artist’s largest work to date. The New Yorker has a video for those that can’t witness the work in person.
    • 3 Always at the forefront of design, our friends at It’s Nice That tipped us off about In Shades a weekly online magazine that brings together two of our favorites things: short fiction and illustration.
    • 4 In its 47th iteration, the curators of Art Basel are still delivering amazing art—proven yet again with this year’s Art Basel Unlimited program, with a record 88 works from Anish Kapoor, Hans Op de Beeck and a special focus on Asian artists. The good folks at Artsy were lucky enough to see a preview and have a selection of favorites.
    • 5 Friend, conceptual artist and former FvF guest Olafur Eliasson recently unveiled his latest work at Versailles. The Danish-Icelandic artist has created three breathtaking outdoor works that deal with water: an artificial mist, glaciers and a massive waterfall that appears to float in thin air. Dezeen takes a closer look at the works.

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TextKevin Chow, Alice Bardos