Baku – a statue’s view

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I’m currently in Baku, Azerbaijan for a work conference. I arrived here last night and took a stroll through a part of the city close to my hotel. I was quite surprised to see how busy the streets were and how many luxury labels have stores here. Anyway I will save my impressions for later in the week – especially since I will only have time on Saturday to do some proper sightseeing.

As I was looking at my photos I realised I had taken quite a lot of statues and public art pieces so thought I’d group them together and share a little peek of Baku.

Summer Sunday in the city

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New York is a funny place – you can do really cool stuff totally for free, but a teeny- weeny sandwich and a bottle of water will set you back 7 USD.

A couple of days ago I saw the 2012 NYC Unicycle (yes – unicycle) festival being advertised and the thought that there are enough unicycle enthusiasts here to warrant a whole 3 day festival was just too much for me, and I decided I had to go have a look. The festival was happening on Governor’s Island – which is and short and free ferry hop from Manhattan (or Brooklyn). When I arrived it was too early for the festival but I saw a sign for a Graphic Design exhibition linked to the Smithsonian and decided to kill some time there (also free).

To my surprise the exhibit was the highlight of the whole trip. It was very well designed, with a great breakdown of content, looking at typography, publishing , infographics, social media etc. It has been a really long time since an exhibit managed to keep my attention for so long and made me want to read everything. One of the coolest pieces is by a designer named Christopher Doyle – who did his own personal identity guideline/brandbook – which both clever and very amusing.

The Unicycle Festival was only really starting when I was leaving but I still managed to see this guy playing basketball while on a unicycle. He even managed to pick up the ball off the ground without getting off the unicycle.

The other really amazing thing about the city is the sheer amount of public art – the whole city is a giant art gallery. I also get a kick out of looking out for the informal bursts of creativity which can be found on walls, sidewalks and steet poles.

One tip if you are on a tight budget while you are here – forget about drinking anything other than water. The average ice coffee will set you back around 3 USD and a fresh juice around 4 or 5 USD – that starts to add up at the end of the day.

Seen about town – NYC

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From the top:
1. Brooklyn Bridge
2. Second-hand bicycle stand at the Brooklyn Flea market
3. Building/public art as seen from the Highline Park
4. Homage to a dog – DUMBO, Brooklyn.
5. Amusing window decal as seen from the Highline Park
6. Building/public art as seen from the Highline Park
7. Welcome to Brooklyn – How sweet is it sign; near the Brooklyn Bridge
8. ‘Americano’ neon sign as seen from the Highline Park
9. Public art as seen from the Highline Park.