Welcome to our special edition of “Moving Image,” a roundup of the best photos from around the world this year. The following images tell the story of the past 365 days’ most compelling events, capturing happenstance moments and monumental occurrences all over the globe.
In a city full of superlatives, few sound as good as the largest pipe organ in the world: the Wanamaker Organ. With the Christmas light show in full regalia, Brad Maule visited organist Wesley Parrott as he provided the soundtrack to the hundreds gathered at Macy’s for the show.
For the next few months, one of the El’s train cars will double as a moving neuron.Student art wrapped around a train has transformed it into a moving mural as part of a Mural Arts program to showcase students’ work. Students worked with artist Ben Volta on the We Are All Neurons project, learning about the history of transit art while exploring connections between the brain, art, and creativity. The result is a train car wrapped with a colorful map of a brain, and connections between the neurons like the El connects the different neighborhoods of the city.The project is part of the Mural Arts Leap (Local Emerging Artists Program) to create opportunities for local emerging artists in unconventional ways. We’ve already seen Design in Motion, the campaign that painted murals on trash and recycling trucks. Then we saw trash being tossed into trucks colored with garden scenes. It was unconventional and a very nice change for a formerly plain recycling truck.
Each year, the University spends an astonishing $100 million on information technology, or IT supplies. Separately, Penn spends about $20 million annually on office supplies and support. That’s a lot of computers, pens, paper, and software.
In a year when the still image maintained its unparalleled power to inform, to shock and, at times, to delight, TIME’s portraits once again put a human face on many of 2013’s most relevant and gripping stories.