The Sea Gypsies of Mabul Island, Borneo, Malaysia

Stepping off the boat at Mabul island in Borneo, Malaysia, there is a long jetty that runs to the shore, a jetty that divides two worlds. On one side, there is a beautiful, rugged and almost deserted strip of beach bordered by palm trees, hiding the simple, yet comfortable huts of a scuba diving resort behind it. In stark contrast, the other side is strewn with ramshackle stilt houses, wooden boats and innumerable children, a higgledy-piggledy village that is home to the Bajau people. More

Niki de Saint Phalle Sculptures on Park Avenue

Niki de Saint Phalle sculptures in new york city

Basketball Player / Michael Jordan

A few weeks ago, I was riding my bike down Park Avenue when I saw the sculpture of a very colourful, bulbous lady in the middle of the avenue. It was of course one of Niki de Saint Phalle’s famous ‘Nanas’ and part of an outdoor exhibit of the artist’s work, commemorating the 10th anniversary of her death.

I have been familiar with Niki de Saint Phalle’s voluptuous sculptures for a while. In Luxembourg, where I grew up, La Temperance (based on the tarot card Temperance) presides over one of the city’s central squares, brightening the place up on a dreary day. We commonly refer to her as ‘the fat lady’. My favorite, however, is the massive Schutzengel (Guardian Angel) who hangs serenely from the ceiling of Zurich train station, protecting the travellers as they pass through the city. More