John Metcalfe was CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, covering climate change and the science of cities.
Hurl shoes into the air and click that time-freezing stopwatch from The Twilight Zone, and you’ll have something akin to the bizarre, gravity-defying sneakers popping up above London’s streets.
“Downside Up” is the latest installation from artist Pejac, last seen carving poignant murals into the crumbling walls of a Palestinian-refugee camp. “For my first ever London public intervention I thought of doing something very high end,” Pejac jokes on Instagram. He calls the four shoe sculptures he put around the city a warm up for his solo show in London the last week of July.
“If I saw that in real life i would be so scared like ‘ahh there’s no gravity on this spot!” writes one fan. Here’s another spot where the rules of the universe seemingly don’t apply: