It all started in 2016 with a bronze statue commemorating the tragic day in November 1963 when a giant octopus upended the Staten Island ferry, killing nearly 400 people in New York. Wait, what -- a giant octopus? Artist Joseph Reginella smiles. Yes, you read that right. In 2017, another statue appeared in Battery Park, at the lower tip of Manhattan -- a monument to the Wall Street bankers trampled to death in October 1929 when circus impresario P.T. Barnum's elephants broke into a panicked stampede while crossing the Brooklyn Bridge. Hard to believe? Well, quite. A few months ago, strollers along the water's edge in New York found a new statue dedicated to the six crew members of a tugboat who were abducted by aliens in July 1977. The three memorials to three made-up tragedies sprung from the vivid imagination of Reginella, a 47-year-old sculptor and jokester who has made an art out of monuments commemorating non-existent victims. Reginella -- who makes his living building models … [Read more...] about Sculptor gets laughs in New York with monuments to fake tragedies
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Arsenal The Arsenal home kit is of course the classic red and white, so it’s hard to get it too wrong. It’s rather basic and plain however, probably will not go down as many fans' favourites. The red pulse design through the centre isn’t very pleasing on the eye, and the red armbands maybe implemented to make up the lack of leadership amongst the Arsenal players, by giving everyone a captain’s armband. Rating: 4/10 Arsenal are always one for an extravagant away kit and they haven’t disappointed this year. It’s definitely an improvement on last year’s eyesore of a blue strip. But not much better… The darker blue is more appealing to the eye than last year’s but it too has a strange eggplant coloured pulse pattern across the chest and really doesn’t tick many boxes. The Gunners seem to have tried to make it more ‘Arsenal’ by implementing a red band on the socks which just looks out of place. Rating: 5/10 Bournemouth … [Read more...] about 2018/19 Premier League kits rated as Man United release away shirt
Hull City have released two of their new kits for the upcoming Championship season and both have been received well by supporters. Kit supplies Umbro have produced two kits that will no doubt sell well this season with the traditional black and amber stripes of the home kit and the all black away strip proving popular. But which side has the best kit in the second tier and who will be forced to wear a stinker? With his fashion head on, Will Jackson rates all the Championship's kits released so far. Aston Villa Both kits have been designed by Aston Villa fan turned fashion designer Luke Roper and both have been made with a retro stencil. The v-neck collar and plain designs may be simple but it is effective and traditional. Two decent efforts from Luke 1977 and two that are bound to go down well with the Villa Park faithful. Home kit rating: 6/10 Away kit rating: 7/10 Birmingham City Reminiscent of Hull City’s 2012/13 Adidas home strip, Birmingham will be attempting to better … [Read more...] about Every new kit in the Championship rated
Never mind ice-cream pastels or selvedge denim. The outfit I’m squeezing myself into in an empty boardroom in Tokyo is, apparently, the mother of all Japanese fashion trends: it is black, shiny and completely skintight, stretching unforgivingly from neck to toes, and it’s covered in white polka dots. Once dressed, I feel like an unglamorous cross between a ninja and a dalmatian – yet if its creators are to be believed, this slinky black number could revolutionise the global fashion industry. It’s called the Zozosuit – comprising lightweight leggings and a top – and it has a purpose far more inspired than it may appear. The name is derived from the Japanese word sozo, which means creation and imagination. The suit itself is covered with roughly 300 hi-tech sensors (the polka dots) and, when linked up with a smartphone app, can capture dozens of precise body measurements. Rather than visiting a shop or browsing a website to buy new clothes, shoppers … [Read more...] about Can the Zozosuit fix vanity sizing on the UK high street?
Few kits can rival the iconic Cardiff City shirts of the mid-1990s or the old-fashioned styles of the decades preceding them. With the reveal of Cardiff’s new outfit taking the Bluebirds’ faithful by storm, a look at all the home strips of this century shows an eclectic mix of disaster, subtly and beauty. Football writer Michael Jones ranks the last 20 kits worn by the Bluebirds in descending order... 20. 2014/15 There’s something genuinely impressive about this kit. It’s worse than the football Cardiff played under Russell Slade, which is quite the achievement. Of course, this strip, initially intended as an away kit, marked the mid-season change from red back to blue — it’s a shame that such a poignant moment included this design. 19. 2013/14 Cardiff’s first foray into the Premier League was greeted with this uninspiring number. The two-tone red is an eye-sore and the V around the collar is peculiar at best, just plain ugly at worst. … [Read more...] about Every Cardiff City kit since 1999 ranked