Salina Turda is a modern day Cave of Wonders. Except instead of being filled with glitter and gold, the cave is home to a much saltier history. [Read more...]
It’s called Lucid Stead, a light-based project of artist Phillip K Smith III that sat in the desert of Joshua Tree, California the weekend of October the 12th. At its core the project is a modified 70-year old homesteader shack, complete with mirrors to foster the illusion of transparency and LED lighting to further add to the experience during the low-light hours of the day.
Every so often there comes an art piece so intriguingly photogenic that it seems like you couldn’t take a bad photo of it if you tried. I’d categorize David McCracken‘s Australia-based Diminish and Ascend sculptural installation in that category of art prowess.
Using a masterful understanding of perspective and constructing the staircase to decrease in size as it nears its highest and furthest point from eye-level, the surreal stairway gives off the illusion of being never-ending.
Artist Soo Sunny Park leads us through real-life pearly gates with her large-scale installation Unwoven Light. Using twisting fragments of chain-link fence as massive frames, Park fills the common wire structure with hundreds of plexiglass squares, each piece taking almost ninety hours to complete. Like giant diamonds doused with light, the sinuous installations hung in Rice University‘s gallery space, transforming the blank white box into a luminous crystalline world sparkling with color and movement. [Read more...]
If you’ve studied architecture then you’ve undoubtedly been inundated with the unique designs of Frank Gehry, but it’s not just buildings that this man of many talents has used to express his creative mind. His idea for these fish lamps came from a project for Formica over 25 years ago, quite by accident. When a sheet of ColorCore laminate was shattered, Gehry’s clever mind went into overdrive and he envisioned the broken shards of plastic as fish scales. Using a metal frame work he applied the ColorCore fragments to create beautiful, glowing fish lamps, which have traveled the world from museum to gallery. [Read more...]
During the 48th annual Brighton Digital Festival 2013, which brings some of the best artists and companies in the world together in the UK, digital creative agency Developing Dreams and artist Emilia Telese showcased this incredible 3D printing project. Housed in a gigantic curvy, willow sculpture, which represents entering a womb, a 3D scanner built by 3Dify (using an Xbox360 and Skanect) scanned participants, then printed them out as 8cm high figures on Ultimaker 3D printers. The scanner was controlled by an 80’s style joystick and rotated around each person at differing heights. The project allowed participants to take part in the 3D printing revolution and was called Break the Mould. Film Director Sarita Frit captured the essence of this awesome installation in the Vimeo documentary after the jump. [Read more...]
If you’re from, or have ever ventured, down South in the Carolina’s or Georgia, then you’ve undoubtedly seen the kudzu vine growing on buildings, telephone poles, and trees. Chris Lindland, creator of the amazing clothing line Betabrand, has been fascinated with the leafy vine since his college days in Chapel Hill at the University of North Carolina. He and a friend have been dreaming up creating a behemoth kudzu sculpture that will be the greatest roadside attraction ever built: Kudzilla! They have put together a team of architects, engineers, and botanists who are ready to make the 40 ft Kudzilla a reality, but they need your help to get this project on the ground. [Read more...]
Germs never looked so clean-cut until they met artist Charles Clary. A painter and papercrafting artist originally from Tennessee, Clary uses an Xacto knife to dissect hundreds of colorful sheets, which he stacks to create beautiful molecular reliefs. Resembling delicate microbial colonies that contaminate the walls they touch–while simultaneously evoking sound waves, fractals, and topographical landscapes–his works transform simple two-dimensional surfaces into pulsing, surreal structures. [Read more...]
This year at Burning Man, there were over 350 registered art installations. One of the largest examples on the Playa was called the Cradle of Mir. It was constructed by a large crew consisting of artists, engineers, producers and enthusiasts with extensive experience organizing and participating in different Russian festivals, most broadly involved in “Pustye Holmi” (translated literally as Empty Hills), the festival of art, music and endless creativity. [Read more...]
“Look, but don’t touch… and certainly don’t walk into the display case!” Most museums in the past were treasure houses of artifacts that were strictly off limits from human interaction; “and don’t you dare touch that stuffed mountain lion!” But today we’re seeing an increasing number of museums encouraging patrons to reach out and interact with the exhibits around them – after all, we do have 5 senses. Alois Kronschlaeger’s recent project Habitat took the wonderfully mid-century Mammal Hall of the former Grand Rapids Public Museum, transforming it into a site-specific installation that re-imagined what a museum could be in fabulously creative and interactive ways. [Read more...]