The pitter patter of rain on a narrow cobblestone street, glitters, gathers into puddles where the bricks are sinking.  Everyone hides behind their dark umbrellas, scurrying quicker than usual to a warmer, dryer place.
A most impressive installation out of Paris by Oz Collective is a spheric umbrella show. Creators Gaetan Kohler and Alexandre Pachiaudi use Abri N’177 to move with their feelings. The sculpture’s parts find themselves in different positions, whether opened or closed, hence the nickname for this project being Improbable Parasite. In the sunlight, the umbrellas are dark in their black tuxes, giving us a taste of their strong presence and unpredictability.  They can be open and inviting with a soft roundish appearance or sharp with pointy edges keeping us at bay. In the deep of night, it is lit up, the subtle glow puts off the most emollient vibe, revealing a sexy silhouette of the umbrellas’ frames.

A fairly simple design, the materials used here include black umbrellas, aluminum connectors, wood poles, kevlar. It has been described as “Enclosed / confined within this strange sea urchin-umbrella, diverting casual objects, the user is expressing his needs, his view to the world, his spontaneous sensibility.”

Allison

Allison Parker is a proud stay at home mom maintaining a full schedule kissing boo boos and passing out hugs just because. Her days many times are spent between the garden and the kitchen. From a journey of learning whole food eating habits, she's taken on the challenges of baking bread, muffins and cakes from scratch and filling the cellar shelves with scores of her own canned goods each year. Writing is one of those things she does because its part of who she is. That and it's a nice break from the never ending work that comes with raising a family.