Shonibare’s Ship in a Bottle

The long-lasting engineering behind the Fourth Plinth project

For centuries model-makers and artists have played with the challenge of building a ship in a bottle, and in May 2010, British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE erected the largest to date for the Fourth Plinth commission in Trafalgar Square. On view for the past 18 months, the five-meter-long bottle is not only a historical tribute to the location it serves, but it is also a …

Rubber Tracks

Record your next hit at Converse's top-of-the-line studio in Brooklyn

With Chucks on the feet of countless lead singers, Converse’s roots in rock ‘n’ roll go almost as far back as the genre itself, a tradition the brand is keeping alive with this week’s opening of Rubber Tracks, a world-class recording studio open to musicians of all genres at no cost. The community-driven space, located in one of Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s last remaining industrial pockets, is …

Test Drive: 2012 Audi A7

The speed and ease of driving Audi's latest A7 in Los Angeles

Where other sedans in its class swaddle their passengers in cloud-like comfort down to pillowy handling, Audi’s A7 stands out for its adrenaline-revving performance and similarly bold design. First stepping into the car, the well-apportioned interior (and lack of a rear middle seat) immediately signals that this car is not for the child-toting but is a less versatile vehicle geared toward someone (or a couple) …