5500 Light Bulbs: An Interactive Sculpture Lets You Change The Phases of the Moon

The last time we covered artists Caitlind R.C. Brown and Wayne Garrett, they were encouraging people to control the weather with their interactive installation called CLOUD. This time they’re letting you take control of something even more difficult to grasp: the phases of the moon.

Built from 5500 burned out light bulbs donated by the community, the duo installed ‘New Moon’ in Lexington, Kentucky, last February. On the wooden platform beneath the four arches supporting the orb was an ornate turnstyle. When intrigued passerby gave it a spin, they changed the phases of the moon above. Surprising and delightful.

Digital Enlightenment? The Act of Levitation Through Brainwave Sensing Technology

Is the act of levitation possible? Whether it is the Tibetan monks high in the Himalayas or magicians in glitzy Las Vegas, some have claimed it is possible. Yet, one acclaimed artist has actually achieved levitation… that is, with a little help from his hacked toy brainwave sensor. Through the use of the sensor, some electronics and powerful actuators, artist John Slepian literally lifts himself from the ground and maybe that much closer to enlightenment.

Reclaimed Wood Transformed into Immersive Geometric Installations

Using discarded housing materials as her medium, Australian-American artist Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels creates large-scale geometric installations that you can climb inside. Predominantly made from the wood lathe found in old plaster walls, her work plays with the uniform structures of a crystal, repeating layered triangles that link together into a human enveloping whole.

A Ghost Ship Spotted Along A Canal in Amsterdam

We’ve seen plenty of ghost ships in movies, but this one doesn’t require animation. This vessel appears at night along a canal in Amsterdam and you won’t believe your eyes. Using stage lights and water curtains, the ship appears in the water and the wind only adds to its eerie qualities. Created by visualSKIN for the Amsterdam Light Festival, the apparition shows up in front of Amsterdam Center for Architecture and The National Maritime Museum.

Art That Takes You Places: Metro Stations in Naples are Becoming Art Galleries

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.

Carsten Höller’s “Upside Down Mushroom Room” Turns the World Upside Down

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.

Bringing the Spirit of the Burning Man Temple to Northern Ireland

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.