Welcome back to The Friday Download, T+L’s weekly roundup of books, music, and internet culture that promise to carry you through the weekend, whether your itinerary is jam-packed with travel or you’re staying put, staycation style. This week: a surfing memoir, and two public art crowd-funding campaigns, and more.
In Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, journalist William Finnegan (left, in 1966) recalls a lifetime chasing waves, from Samoa to South Africa, Fiji to Madeira. Out this week, his memoir is part study, part ode to those ocean obsessives who, like Finnegan, are always ready to dive in “at the moment when the waves and wind and tide might conspire to produce something rideable.”
The Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund
New York’s Central Park features 29 statues, but none of them honor real women. Sure, there’s Alice, Juliet, and Stebbins’s angel (notably all male creations), but a new project is pushing to erect a historic monument to women's suffrage near the entrance to the park at West 77th Street. Support the cause here.
The Wabash Lights
This site installation poised to take over a piece of the elevated train tracks in Chicago incorporates more than 5,000 programmable LED light tubes. The artists intend the beta version of the project to become "the epicenter of a public art revolution," creating a "dynamic, interactive experience" that will reinvigorate the city's Wabash Avenue. Fund it, here.
Need some #snailmail inspo? Check out this Instagram feed filled with playfully designed envelopes. Then, commit to sending a few more letters from your next vacation spot. Because everyone loves a foreign postmark.