Interview with Burning Man Artist Kirsten Berg

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.

World’s Largest Rubber Duck Attends LA Tall Ships Festival

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.

Grab Some Very Literal “Soft Drinks” At This Convenience Store

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. 

Infinity Boxes Are Going On Tour and We Need Your Help!

 

Earlier this year, we introduced you to one of our favorite installations on Earth, Matt Elson’s incredible infinity boxes, which we first discovered at Burning Man. The socially interactive mirror boxes require 2 participants to activate their magic so they are a great way to turn strangers into friends. Videos can’t do justice for the live experience of an infinity box, but you can get an idea in the link above or the video below. Now Elson and his crew have been invited to take their Infinity Boxes beyond The Playa in Black Rock City, Nevada and other festivals in California so that more people can enjoy them, but he needs your help!

Lace Up the Place! Street Art and Yarn Bombing by Nespoon

With a touch of lace in all her work, Warsaw-based artist NeSpoon has been applying her signature patterns to everything from stenciled street art, to site-specific ceramics and web-like crochet installations (spiders take note). Her work has a friendly and welcoming aesthetic which beatifies and enhances the often decrepit environment they occupy. Working with that in mind, she calls her art “public jewelry.”

A Boatload of Animals Shines Light on the World’s Environmental Crisis

From the infamous damming of the Yangtze River, to sky obscuring smog in Beijing, and an incident when 16,000 dead pigs were found in the Huangpu River (which supplies Shanghai with drinking water); China has more than its share of environmental crises. Now, New York-based, China-born artist Cai Guo-Qiang is staging a major solo exhibition featuring 11 works that unapologetically highlight Earth’s current environmental and ecological crisis. The first of those pieces – The Ninth Wave – is featured here.

This Artist Launched Plants Into the Stratosphere

Flowers are one of the most beautiful gifts from nature, but they look even more beautiful contrasted with the deep abyss of space. Japanese artist Azuma Makoto along with John Powell, of JP Aerospace, and a 10-person crew team, launched a white pine bonsai in a light metal frame as well as a bouquet 30 flower species including peace lilies, hydrangeas, and orchids into the stratosphere. These floral installations were sent into space in the dead of night at 2am from the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, which hosts Burning Man. The called their mission Exobiotanica and with 6 Go Pro video cameras and still cameras donated by Fuji Film, the team was able to capture the beautiful sight.

This Cumulus Accumulates: Designers Create Cloud Made From Over 53,000 Pieces of Trash

New York-based architects and designers STUDIO KCA take trash to high places with their massive installation, Head in the Clouds. Assembled with 53,780 plastic jugs and bottles loosely strung together around an aluminum frame, Head in the Clouds creates a dreamy, billowing structure complete with an airy interior pavilion accommodating fifty people.

Storybook Benches Bring Literacy to the Streets of London

The National Literacy Trust and Wild in Art have combined their wonderful powers to fill the streets of London with storybooks. Or, storybook benches. Which is basically just as nice.

There’s Something In The Water At This Abandoned Shopping Mall…

Years ago, this Bangkok shopping mall tanked – and now, it’s playing koi. With help from an open-air roof, torrential rain, and an anonymous fish breeder,  the abandoned New World shopping mall has slowly been transforming into the most unexpected aquarium since the early 2000s.