The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a new logo. The Met is now THE MET, the two short words printed in scarlet letters, stacked and squashed together. The Met will also get a new map and fresh signage. In a statement, the museum said that the logo is part of a new graphic language, all rolling out March 1, that’s intended to make the Met “feel more available and accessible to first-time as well as frequent visitors.” (READ MORE)
Today, February 5, the United States Postal Service (USPS) celebrates Lunar New Year by issuing its 2016 Year of the Monkey stamp. The stamp art features two bright reddish-orange peonies against a purple background, illustrated by Kam Mak. Peonies symbolize wealth and honor in Chinese culture and often decorate the sides of the traditional drums played during the holiday festivities. Art director and stamp designer Ethel Kessler incorporated elements from previous series of Lunar New Year stamps to create continuity between the series. (READ MORE)
Zecc Architects, along with interior designer Roel van Norel, designed a compact “recreationhouse” in the Dutch province of Utrecht. The cabin’s clean, modern design creates a strong connection to the surrounding woods and features privacy shutters that change its look. Photography by Stijnstijl. All images courtesy of Zecc Architects. (MORE)
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In 1965, the first U.S. combat troops arrived in Vietnam. Ten years later, Saigon fell. Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon (now Ho Chin Minh City) effectively marking the end of the Vietnam War. The Fall of Saigon was the capture of Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, by the People’s Army of Vietnam and the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam (also known as the Viet Cong) on April 30, 1975. This event started the transition period leading to the formal reunification of Vietnam into a socialist republic, governed by the Communist Party of Vietnam.
The fall of the city was preceded by the evacuation of almost all the American civilian and military personnel in Saigon, along with tens of thousands of South Vietnamese civilians. The evacuation culminated in Operation Frequent Wind, the largest helicopter evacuation in history. In addition to the flight of refugees, the end of the war and institution of new rules by the communists contributed to a decline in the city’s population.
According to the National Archives and Records Administration, the number of U.S. military fatal casualties in the Vietnam War was 58,220 (as of April 29, 2008).
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Abraham Lincoln died at 7:22am, April 15, 1865, one-hundred fifty years ago today. This portrait of the 16th President of the United States by contemporary artist Wayne Brezinka is currently on loan at the historic Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., May 6, 2014 — May 6, 2015. Brezinka’s 4 ft x 5 ft portrait is part painting and part three-dimensional collage of cardboard, rope and several artifacts he collected from the 1860s.
Here’s a fascinating “video tour” of Wayne Brezinka’s “Lincoln”: