Building a city in the middle of nowhere
Living in a temporary camp under the scorching sun, heavy winds and the omnipresent desert sand doesn’t sound too desirable at first. But if you consider the time there as an urban experiment–one that integrates you into an artistic community building a temporary city–the balking fades.
Gijs Van Vaerenbergh - Reading between the Lines
01.09.2011 to 31.12.2012
The Belgian architects duo Gijs Van Vaerenbergh (BE) built a see-through church for Borgloon. Reading between the Lines is 10 metres high and consists of 100 stacked layers of steel plate in the shape of a church of Loon. The construction weighs a whopping 30 tons. The special way of construction makes the landscape always visible throughout the church, from far away and up-close. The church is therefore present but also absent in the landscape.
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Plane Text in Miami
Miami’s Art Basel Week is pretty much the only thing keeping Florida from plunging into the seventh circle of conservative hell. Celebrating its 11th edition December 6-9, Art Basil will host works by over 2000 contemporary artists in Miami’s coveted Design District.
Appropriately set during the least humid month in Florida, Art Basel is an ultimate combination of Will Smith-esque fun and high brow visual content. Since festival goers can’t possibly intake all the creative awesomeness while recovering from post gallery hangovers, the executive folks over at Morgans Hotel Group, Van Wagner Communications and Art Basel have figured out an alternative way to pump their audiences with even more creative awesomeness. It’s called “Plane Text,” and if you guessed that it will have something to do with planes you are right.
Kicksilver: Minter at the Mondrian
The Mondrian SoHo has collaborated with NYC-based painter and photographer Marilyn Minter in presenting an installation of impressive proportions. The hotel has clad their lobby walls with wallpaper derived from Minter’s famous Kicksilver photograph, a picture capturing a fabulous pair of gilted Jimmy Choo stilettos mid-splash in a puddle of metallic vodka. The wallpaper installation was officially unveiled during a party at the Mondrian SoHo on the closing night of Fashion Week, September 13.
If you really dig this you could do something similar to your own walls with the wallpaper available here.
The DUMBO Arts Festival 2012 is a three-day celebration of visual arts, music, literature and performance that takes place September 28, 29, and 30, 2012 at the waterfront in Brooklyn, New York. The event is free and highlights “Brooklyn’s commitment to and presence in the arts community” and will present “the best in local, national, and international art…”
photo by Jane Kratochvil (via DUMBO Arts Festival, A Three-Day Celebration of Art, Music & Performance in Brooklyn)
Clever and charming: The Magical Floating Faucet Fountains
The floating tap fountain is a clever illusion. It consist of a faucet mysteriously hovering above a pool or basin with an endless supply of water gushing out of it from seemingly nowhere. The faucet remains surprisingly steady despite having no visible support and where is all this water coming from? This spectacular effect is achieved by a transparent tube in the middle of the water column that holds the tap in place and, at the same time, keeps feeding it with water pumped from below. The water goes up through the tube and exits at the top. The water column, which is usually turbulent, effectively hides the tube from view.
Seen at Santa Galdana, Menorca, Spain. Photo credit
(via Amusing Planet)
Discarded Plastic Bottles turned to Giant Fish Sculptures
Think how many large fish sculptures could be created out of one days worth of world consumption of plastic water bottles, it would be much larger than a school of fish. In conjunction with the UN Conference of Sustainable Development (Rio+20) a number of illuminated fish sculptures were created from discarded plastic bottles in Rio De Janeiro.
(via Juxtapoz Magazine)
Based out of Budapest, Hungary, street artist Fat Heat created this awesome image of a giant red bird on cellophane that is wrapped around two trees. The bird actually appears to be perched in mid-air! The piece was created at a quick event in Budapest called “Akvárium.”
The technique shown here is called CelloGraff and was invented by two French graffiti artists Astro and Kanos. By using cellophane, no damage is done to buildings or structures, and no laws are broken. This makes street art and the freedom to creatively express oneself easier to promote in a responsible way.
(via My Modern Metropolis)