Antwerp based Photographer Jan Kempenaers’ series Spomenik is a mysterious collection of photos of futuristic monuments throughout former Yugoslavia. The massive structures that he has found and documented were all constructed during the communist regime.  Each  structure was made to give the people of Yugoslavia an identity for a productive future, but with national violence the structures have gone into neglect. is an online gallery of contemporary art created by artist Lynn Donoghue. These avant-garde, rust-art jewelry pieces and wall-hanging sculptures are available for purchase, display, or viewing (contact us for more information). Lynn is located in Arlington, Massachusetts, which is in the greater Boston area.

Lynn Donoghue majored in art at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has been a professional graphic artist for 35 years.

During the first half of her career, Lynn was a weaver and fiber artist. However, her growing collection of rust art edged out her work in these other mediums. It all started with a pile of interesting shaped and colored metal pieces that Lynn had found on the streets of Cambridge. Some of the pieces were faces. So, instead of keeping them in a pile, Lynn started to arrange them into “critters”: 3-dimensional figures with demeanors and stances. Lynn’s venture into rusted, industrial, recycled-art wall sculptures had begun.

In time, Lynn created some pieces that were much too small for the wall sculptures or had no way of being attached to the wood. She then began crafting them into necklaces. At this point, Lynn moved her abstract, modern art into the direction of wearable art and jewelry.

Words can not describe these doorknobs, all unique in there own right!

A Swiss Sculptor, painter and printmaker his iconic dark creepy elongated froms that were all made from bronze casts.   Starting in the 20’s sculpting from life he grew bored and started working strictly on imagination. This time in his life he was catching a great deal attention from the surrealist movement of artist and by the 30’s he had established a large network of dealers and currators. In 1948, an exhibit of his latest sculptures was mounted in New York, and immediately, his odd formed humans took their place as Twentieth-century icons. From then on any exhibit of modern art included sculptures by Giacometti. In 1955, a major retrospective of his career was put on at the Guggenheim, in New York. In 1962, he won the grand prize for sculpture at the Venice Bieniale. Three years later he won the French Government’s Grand Prix National des Arts. His fame was now worldwide. In July 2010 his life size statue of a man walking sold for 65 million pounds at a sotheby’s auction which was a world record for the most expensive piece of art sold at auction.

[tweetmeme source=”@SA_Baxter” only_single=false]On average, a large department store’s doors opens and closes 5,000 times a day? That’s 1,825,000, or the entire population of Budapest, a year? Although we may not realize it, our interactions with doors and entrance hardware occur more frequently than we may realize. In any space, doorknobs and pulls are the most touched element — yes, even more than the remote control in your home — and many times the first impression that one has of a building or home is heavily influenced by the appearance of the entrance doors. Following is a list of the average number of times a door opens and closes by building type.

Large Department Store Entrance: 5,000/day; 1,825,000/annually

Large Office Building Entrance: 4,000/day; 1,460,000/annually

School Entrance: 1,250/day; 225,000/annually

School Corridor: 100/day; 36,5000/annually

Office Building Corridor: 80/day; 29,200/annually

Residential Entrance: 30/day; 10,950/annually

Residential Interior: 20/day; 7,300/annually

[tweetmeme source=”@SA_Baxter” only_single=false]When we think about hardware, one just assumes it’s been around forever. But did you know that in early Colonial America most hardware was made of wood? It’s true! Metal hardware had to be imported from Europe which was very expensive. Without raw materials available, colonists utilized the most plentiful resource they had at the time, wood. A major discovery of iron deposits in the Connecticut Valley in the early 1700’s would change all that. With raw material now readily available to them, New England blacksmiths were able to create simple, more effective thumb latches and hinges made of wrought iron, thus beginning the long tradition of American made hardware.