The ‘Tutu Project’: a man, a pink tutu and a long fight against cancer

Initially born as artistic project, the work of the photographer Bob Carey from New York soon became a surprising awareness campaign and fund-raising breast cancer, disease who is afflicting his wife.

Everything started nine years ago, in 2003, when Bob Carey, a professional photographer, donate a photo of himself wearing a pink tutu to the Ballet Arizona. Shortly after, with his wife Linda he moved to the East Coast of the United States, New York, and decides to withdraw himself just the opposite how he had always intended to do. So he began to take photos of him wearing only a pink tutu, pink like the official color of this battle.

Approximately six months after he moved to New York, Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer. Surprised and totally unprepared for a news like that, they both sank into utter confusion and despair. Bob decided to continue his mad project ‘tutu’, but developing its meaning and transforming it in a way to give relief to his wife, drawing a smile on her face and at the same time exorcising the fear and worry. Started a continuos fight with regular chemotherapy sessions every three weeks, always accompanied by Bob who periodically brings new shots to show to other cancer patients. His pictures’ sweetness and joy are like a breath of fresh air and bring a smile and a brief moment of comfort during treatment.

[©Copyright Bob Carey Photography. All Rights Reserved. http://www.thetutuproject.com]

“During these past nine years, I’ve been in awe of her power, her beauty, and her spirit. – Bob Carey writes on his website talking about the illness of his wife – Oddly enough, her cancer has taught us that life is good, dealing with it can be hard, and sometimes the very best thing—no, the only thing—we can do to face another day is to laugh at ourselves, and share a laugh with others.” So, the photos turned out to be therapy for the couple, bringing out a smile on the face of Linda in the moment of maximum vulnerability. Fighting a deadly disease, they laugh to death.

What began as just a private project, is now developed into an charity initiative to organizations dedicated to breast cancer research. Currently, Carey is raising funds to publish a book next fall about The Tutu Project entitled ‘Ballerina’, who tells the project, collects the bizarre Carey’s pictures with the humorous stories about the man in tutu too, also recounts the stories of women who fight the disease like Linda. The net proceeds from the book will go to organizations devoted to helping women with breast cancer including Cancercare.org and the Beth Israel Department of Integrative Medicine Fund.

[©Copyright Bob Carey Photography. All Rights Reserved. http://www.thetutuproject.com]

There are various ways to contribute to the project: “For $650, you will receive a special edition 20-by-24-inch signed tutu print,- Bob writes on his web site – valued at $1,200—along with a first edition of the book, Ballerina. You will also receive recognition on my Facebook fan page and in all other project materials, including mention in Ballerina.” “Other ways you can contribute to this book project are by purchasing a T-shirt or pre-purchasing a signed copy of Ballerina, which will ship once it is published. Of course, you can also contribute any cash amount you choose.” The idea of ​​Bob and his wife Linda is to raise $75.000.

A portion of the proceeds will also serve to support the daily expenses of women and their families: “I feel this may prove to be one of the most important means of donating, – Linda says – There are so many women and their families in need of practical daily support like transportation, distribution of meals, and help with costs such as medication not covered by insurance. These practical concerns are draining, and make me want to help them lessen their burden so they can focus on their fight.”

[©Copyright Bob Carey Photography. All Rights Reserved. http://www.thetutuproject.com]

Breast cancer, in fact, is a disease who affects entire families, not only changing the women’s lifes but of their partners and husbands too. Recently a greater number of men have realized that breast cancer is not just a woman’s disease. When asked what advice he has for other husbands going through similar situations, Carey said, “The first would be, try very hard to be understanding of what their spouse is going through. It’s like everything in life, if you haven’t experienced it, you probably can’t begin to imagine what’s it like. Be patient. Be loving. Let them rant if they need to, know that you can’t always make things better and listening may be all that’s needed. Take care of yourself, find a support group, talk to other men that are experiencing this, whatever it is that you need for backup support. You can’t help your wife if your not taking care of yourself.”

Bob loves to tell anecdotes often occurred during the extravagant shots: “Finding the Bedford Avenue stop empty still baffles me,” says Carey “It was 7 p.m. on a Friday night! And to have two trains pass at the exact moment I wanted to shoot? Stars were aligned.” And that time he decided to make a photo aboard a car ferry and he was confronted by six crew members, a police officer and a giant German shepherd: “I asked for permission to shoot but apparently I didn’t talk to the right person,” says Carey. “They discovered that I was harmless.”

[©Copyright Bob Carey Photography. All Rights Reserved. http://www.thetutuproject.com]

Using a tripod, Carey has already taken over 110 pictures of themselves in suggestive contexts ranging from the desert in New Mexico to the ferry to Staten Island, from Grand Canyon to the bridge of San Francisco, passing through Times Square in New York, from Australia to Italy. What the viewer sees, in fact, is a robust middle-aged man, dressed only with a pink tutu, balancing on a trampoline, hanging from a tree, strolling in a cow pasture, to capture the wind on a car ferry’s bridge, lying alone in a bed. What looks like a frivolous and funny work, it’s a social campaign to combat breast cancer, but it especially is an intense and disarming declaration of love of a man to his wife and his unique way to address the situation with his own personal note who blends humor, art and beauty.

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Med in Italy: the house of the future

Med in Italy is a green house who self produces three times the energy it needs and consumes ten times less than traditional houses, and who will compete in the next September at the Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 – the international competition of sustainable architecture.

The project is implemented by a team of teachers and students of various Italian Universities and is inspired by the Mediterranean tradition of housing. Many ingenious devices like the walls built with wooden structures, the outdoor patio where grown fruits and vegetables, and the photovoltaic roof limit excursion temperature between night and day, maintaining an intermediate temperature within the building.

The components of Med in Italy are ready in less than 4 days, so that the house is also suitable for responding to an emergency like an earthquake.

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In addition to the support of partners who have decided to fund the project, Med in Italy also needs a final funding to be finished!

Help us to build the innovative and environmentally house of the future. Your contribute will help the designers team to bring the full-scale prototype of the house to Madrid and to continue testing it.

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Nick Stern, the photographer who breathes life into the most famous works of the elusive Banksy

The London-born 47-year-old, who revisits the stencils of the famous street artist, says: “I’ve always been intrigued by his work, I thought it would be fascinating to try and recreate some of his most famous images on camera”

In the Nick Stern‘s project “You are not Banksy”, the throwing flowers rioter, the kissing policemen, Jesus with the shopping bags, and many others graffiti’s characters signed by Banksy come to life through a reverse process respect to what happens with art. If normal, in fact, the latter with real life is reinterpreted, in the Stern ‘s work it becomes real, what merely was the result of stencils, spray, a clean wall, lots of imagination and a message to be transmitted.

Many people consider him as one of many imitators cause he copies and builds upon the works of the famous street artist Banksy but he, unlike others, including the Apulian Lino Bansky and Hansky from New York, which still remain in absolute anonymity just like their “inspirator”, about Nick Stern we know everything, who is, what he does and where he lives. The aura of deep mystery certainly contributes to spend many words to scholars or simple bloggers who gradually find out a new reinterpretation of the original graffiti. In fact, Lino Bansky from Andria recreates an irreverent parody of the Banksy’s stencil with the face and gags by the italian actor and his countryman Lino Banfi, while Hansky puts the face of the famous American actor Tom Hanks on the graffiti’s subjects.

Since 2007 Nick Stern lives in Los Angeles. Reading his profile on social networks, on his personal website and his interviews, we find out the profile of a professional photographer who has documented sensitive topics such as child prostitution and trafficking in human, and documented too difficult humanitarian situation in Haiti after the earthquake in the 2010. We can say he’s a purist who hates photo retouching on the computer, who discourages to use Apps like Instagram to report news stories. Instagram style filters are designed to make an image like a seventies style picture, and in different cases from simple hobby they could mislead the audience, adding more drama than real.

Stern said these touching words: “In Haiti, shortly after the 2010 earthquake, I took photos with tears running down my cheeks. It was only the camera held tightly to my face that meant my tears were not visible to those around me. I believe that emotion came through in my pictures. If it didn’t I failed in my job.” “The greatest photographs are created in the mind of the photographer and not in the workings of the camera.”

There are artists who go beyond simple street art, reprocessing it and contaminating it with the photograph: this is a Nick Stern’s tribute to most famous street artist of the moment cause, as the autor says: “Banksy’s work is pretty unique and inspiring, known the world over.” Stern said that was a long and careful work, where nothing was left to chance. For weeks he procured on ebay all the various objects that appear in images such as Jesus’s ring of thorns and the police helmets.

“I just hope Banksy likes what I have done” says Stern.

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Where is the David?

How many Davids can we find around the globe?
Have you seen the David somewhere? In a store? In a square?
If you see the David, take a picture and share it.

Where is the David?

This is an initiative launched by the Florence City Council, a contest which plans to find copies or fanciful interpretations of Michelangelo’s David in the World, Internet users are invited to photograph or film the most imaginative reworkings of the statue.
Your picture will be available online for other users and it can be part of an exhibition at Le Murate in Florence!

Michelangelo's David

David is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created between 1501 and 1504, by the Italian artist Michelangelo. It is a 5.17 metre (17 foot) marble statue of a standing male nude. The statue represents the Biblical hero David and was instead placed in Piazza della Signoria.
The statue was moved to the Accademia Gallery in Florence in 1873, and later replaced at the original location by a replica.

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3D Reconstruction of Veduta della Catena, Florence

Here is the 3D reconstruction of the the famous Veduta della Catena (Chain Map). The video is going to be shown and explained by the Director of the Palazzo Vecchio Family Museum Paola Pacetti next sunday 20th February in Florence, during the eighth national meeting of Archaeologia viva.

This painting is in the historical-topographical Museum Firenze com’era.

Nineteenth Copy of the Veduta della Catena

The original print, the first known perspective map of Florence realized in 1470 and attribute to Francesco di Lorenzo Rosselli, is displayed at the Bode Museum in Berlin.

Original Chain Map (1470)

At the end of the XVth century, Florence counts 40.000 citizens.
The medieval walls surrounding the city leave out big green areas just outside a densely populated urban centre. Among the buildings, the symbols of civic and religious power stand out: Palazzo della Signoria, Palazzo del Podestà and the Cathedral, just completed with the Brunelleschi’s grandiose Dome. Close to the city walls, the houses are set all around the churches of the preaching orders of Santa Maria Novella, Santa Maria del Carmine, Santo Spirito. The Arno river, with its four medieval bridges, is lively with the intense activity animating its waters and banks. Notice how the main buildings, churches, bridges, city doors show inscriptions with their names.

Bologna, Memorial Museum for Ustica aircraft accident

Dear friends,
yesterday I had to go to Bologna for a relatives’ meeting at the end of the Christmas holidays, and I would like to tell you what’s appened.
After a great meal, a long talk and many laughs we had a digestive walk, my relatives took me at the Memorial Museum for Ustica aircraft accident, I have ever seen the wreck on television in the news, but I couldn’t imagine the effect it would have made me to directly see it.

Memorial Museum for Ustica aircraft accident

June, 27 1980 an Italian flight suffered an in-flight explosion while in route from Bologna to Palermo, the aircraft (registered I-TIGI) crashed at 20:59 CET into the Tyrrhenian Sea near the island of Ustica about 130 km southwest of Naples. All 81 people on board were killed. After years of investigations, no official explanation or final report has been provided by the Italian government.

In Bologna on June 27, 2007 the Museum for the Memory of Ustica was opened. The museum is in possession of parts of the plane, which are assembled and on display. Almost all of the external fuselage of the plane was reconstructed. In the museum there are also objects belonging to those on board that were found in the sea near the plane.

Christian Boltanski

The aircraft wreckage is showed in a suggestive and evocative setting, suitably created by the French artist Christian Boltanski. The 81 victims of this slaughter are recalled through as many lights which turn on and off at a breath rhythm. Around the rebuilt aircraft, 81 black mirrors reflect the image of the person going along the balcony while 81 loudspeakers utter whispers, common and universal thoughts, which underline this accidental and ineluctable tragedy.

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All the objects found are contained in a wooden box covered with a black plastic skin. A small book with the photos of all objects and various information is available to the visitor upon request.

I highly recommend you to visit it at night because it’s much more touching, when the lights turn off the room is almost entirely in the dark and you can see only the silhouette of the plane like it could still fly, when the lights slowly turn on you atrociously can see it’s just a scrap.

Charging Bull, Arturo Di Modica, New York City, 1989

December 16, 1989 an Italian sculptor stood without authorization a huge statue of a charging bull in front of New Stock York Exchange as a Christmas gift to the people of New York.
During the night, Arturo Di Modica, the sculptor, and thirty his friends and relatives, had managed to evade police surveillance, download the work from a rented truck and install it, in a period less than 8 minutes of the tour of the Watch.

Charging Bull - Arturo Di Modica

The same afternoon, the New York Stock Exchange rented a truck to remove the work. But the outcry initiative to ‘acclaim’ convinced the Parks Department Commissioner in New York to give a temporary site (currently in Bowling Green) the work ‘Charging Bull’ a few blocks away from the original location.

Arturo Di Modica, The Sculptor

Arturo Di Modica was born in in the small Sicilian city of Vittoria, in the province of Ragusa, January 26, 1941, the same city where the young jazz player Francesco Cafiso, the swimmer Luca Marin and Me were born. The bull, also known as the Wall Street Bull, has become the sculptor one of the most famous sculptors in the United States and operates a tourist attraction, second only to the Statue of Liberty now.

Di Modica said he created the gleaming, muscular sculpture after the 1987 stock market crash as a symbol of the “strength, power and hope of the American people for the future.”

It has become a public symbol of American capitalism and of the historic Financial District. It is a good thing and a compelling piece of art. It cost the artist more than $300,000 to create, cast and install his beast. To recoup his expenses, he planned to sell other versions of the bull to cities around the world, and he has made some progress. In 2010, China was due to get its own reddish-colored charging bull in Shanghai’s financial square on the Bund.