Ten years ago the city of Naples, Italy, decided to renew their subway stations with a bit of art and life. Under the guidance of Achille Bonto Oliva, the former Venice Biennale director, 14 stations have been redesigned, and now house over 200 works by over 100 artists and architects. Each station has its own signature style. [Read more…]
Carsten Höller creates immersive installations that change our view of the world on a massive scale. The Belgian-born, Stockholm-based artist flipped that view on its head, and enlarged its fascinating details for his Upside Down Mushroom Room. The disorienting space featured gigantic red mushroom sculptures hanging from the ceiling. It wasn’t the first or last time mushrooms made an appearance in his work, most recently finding their way to Frieze New York 2014. [Read more…]
Every year since 2000, the Burning Man gathering has featured a massive wood structure called the “Temple”. Since its introduction, the ornately designed buildings have become one of the most special places for those who attend. In an environment that celebrates all kinds of radical free expression, the temple inspires reflection, contemplation and honoring. It is a sanctuary where those that come can heal, grieve loved ones or just sit in peace. After one week of its existence, it is gracefully burned, a symbolic “letting go” for some. Now, in its last day seeking funding through a Kickstarter campaign, the spirit of the Temple could be flying all the way to the Northern Irish town of Derry for March 2015. [Read more…]
For a few weeks each year, the 2km coastal walk between Sydney Australia’s Bondi Beach and Tamarama Beach transforms into a gigantic public sculpture park. This year there were over 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and around the world. We kicked off our shoes and headed for the beach to capture some of the highlights from this year’s spectacular event. [Read more…]
A giant recently climbed out of the ground in front of Széchenyi Square in Budapest, Hungary… or so it appeared. The towering outdoor sculpture was part of a pop-up installation for Art Market Budapest, a contemporary art fair that happened earlier in October. The sculpture by artist Ervin Loránth Hervé was made from polystyrene and covered with turf patches to look like the grass was being ripped from the ground (hence the sculptures name, “Feltépve”, which means “Ripped Up”). [Read more…]
The University of Washington in Seattle is playing host to a series of interactive art installations this month, called “Mad Campus.” The event is sponsored by local art organization Mad Art, who makes it their mission to promote art to the public through innovative and surprising installations while supporting local and emerging artists. [Read more…]
In the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch in The Netherlands, there is a new art installation that allows you to see the city from someone else’s eyes. You will literally sit inside of a giant eye and scope out the lovely city from up high on the side of a building. If you are over 16, weigh less than 264 lbs, buy a ticket for $14.50, and happen to be in this city from now until early November, then you’d be silly to miss this theatrical installation. Pascal Leboucq is the genius behind this project which he calls EYE. Directed by Lucas DeMan, there are 5 different eyes around the city and each offers a different perspective. [Read more…]
Kirsten Berg (featured previously) is one of the most well known yogis in the Ashtanga world, with people flying all over the globe to attend her classes in Thailand, Bali and the States, yet for 3 months of the year, she commits her time and energy to gifting amazing art installations at Burning Man. This year, her installation called (In)Visible was supported by the Burning Man organization and had a prominent location next to the Temple of Grace. The sculpture was a 20ft high column of faceted cubes that contained iridescent windows to reflect a variety of colors throughout the day and night.
We had the opportunity to talk with Kirsten Berg regarding her inspiration, lifestyle and future plans for her art. [Read more…]
Meet one rubber ducky that won’t make bath time lots of fun. At 11 tons, there isn’t a bathtub that could handle this 6 story-high rubber duck, but I must say I am awfully fond of him and Ernie would be too. The gigantic duck was created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman as part of an instillation and has traveled all over the world before his recent visit to the Tall Ships Festival in LA. His globe trotting adventures have brought him to Brazil, New Zealand, Australia, and China.
This east London corner store sells ordinary products, with one exception: they are all made of felt. For her “Felt Cornershop” installation, designer Lucy Sparrow recreated over 400 typical convenience store items–ranging from cookies to condoms–out of the familiar, kid-friendly fabric. She added logos and other details with brightly-colored puffy paint, then stocked her products at an abandoned market at 19 Wellington Row. [Read more…]