Link About It: This Week’s Picks

An electric E-Type, budget art investing, early species interbreeding and more in our look around the internet

Buy Shares in Masterpieces For $20 For those of us who could never afford a Warhol or Monet for ourselves, there is another option: purchasing a stake in newly acquired, soon-to-be-resold art. On Masterworks, a new platform aimed at opening art up to a broader investing audience, shares begin at $20, with a number of investors entering in with investments in the thousands. Investment value …

1,000-Year-Old Macaw Breeding Community in the American Southwest

Piles of macaw bones found in Arizona and New Mexico—well outside the bird’s native range in South and Central America—have been dated to between 900 and 1200 CE. New findings—based on an analysis of mitochondrial genomes—have been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggest that this is the result of breeders inside an an undiscovered pre-hispanic settlement from this time. It is likely that …

Mother Pigeon’s Outstallation

An artist's hand-felted birds demonstrate the beauty found in urban wildlife

Mother Pigeon‘s rapture with New York City’s indigenous wildlife has led to a course of activism, through art and public installations. The artist, known to her human companions as Tina Piña Trachtenburg will debut a gregarious Flash Flock, designed to coax a “much maligned” and “overlooked” avian out of the landscape and into the public eye. Her upcoming “Outstallation” will bring an unprecedented number of …

Umut Yamac’s Perch Light

The architect's perfectly balanced, origami-inspired paper light

Architect and designer Umut Yamac’s Perch Light is an intriguing, playful piece of design. The stylized bird-shaped light sits still on its perch until you pass it, or a draft sets it in motion: then the bird gracefully swings, dipping back and forth whilst staying illuminated. The interactive quality of the kinetic light is one of the things that makes it so appealing; but the …

The Parahawking Project in Pokhara, Nepal

A unique combination of paragliding and falconry, this sky-high pursuit allows fliers to soar with raptors

by Kelly Phillips Badal Paragliding enthusiasts have long loved Pokhara, Nepal for its bowl-shaped valley, consistent wind and stunning snow-capped Himalayan views. But one paraglider takes the idea of flying with the birds to new heights—literally. If you fly with Scott Mason, vultures wing directly alongside, leading the way to the best air currents—and, if you’re game, eating treats straight from your hands. The idea …