Cradle of Mir: Interview with Burning Man Art Crew from Russia

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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.

A Mid-Century Museum Transforms into an Art Space, Inviting Viewers to Step Inside the Exhibits

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“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.

Play With the Clouds- An Interactive Digital Installation by Everyware

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Did you ever dream of bouncing on a cloud like a cartoon character or reaching out and touching one of them? Creative agency Everyware has created an installation that gives visitors that chance. Cloud Pink is a multimedia project that has a fabric screen which allows people to interact with the digital clouds before them, moving them, altering their shape, as they live out the awe of manipulating a cloud. Be sure to watch the videos below to see the installation in action and get more of the full picture.

Yarn-Bombing Artist Olek Crochets Entire Locomotive in Poland

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A few Christmases ago, crochet artist Olek brought a little warmth to her hometown’s freezing financial district by giving NYC’s infamous bull a brightly-colored sweaterBut her latest project took her across the world from her current home to her birthplace of Poland, where she completely covered a four car locomotive in brightly-colored camouflage.

Larger Than Life Paper Cutout Portraits Made From Massive Sheets of Paper

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From now until September 8th, Japanese artist Risa Fukui has a must-see paper cutout exhibition at the Pola Museum Annex. The Japanese art of paper cutting, also referred to as kirie, has been the force behind some magnificently talented artists like Rogan Brown and Bovey Lee, but never before have we seen it on such a massive scale. In her exhibition called LIFE-SIZED Risa Fukui presents 10 works that look like scribbled portrait drawings, so much so that it is almost unfathomable that they were cut out from a gigantic piece of paper.

(In)Visible Art Installation for Burning Man Brings Iridescent Reflections to All

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In the past year, we covered artist Kirsten Berg’s mesmerizing art installations that she brought to Burning Man from 2010-2012. This year she has another that is sure to attract and stimulate the many eyes on the playa. It is called (In)Visible, and it is currently going through a kickstarter campaign aimed at bringing it to Burning Man. The project is underway and there are just a few days left to make it a reality.

Is it Copying, Remixing, or Just Chance? Website asks of similar artworks: Who Wore It Better?

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Call it a copy, call it a tribute… we might think we’re in the age of the remix, but we’re not: this has been going on for a long, long time. Just check out the mind blowing Everything is a Remix series by Kirby Ferguson or these creative comparisons from a fantastic site that asks: Who Wore It Better? Whether it’s Roy Lichtenstein directly appropriating comic book art from Joe Simon & Jack Kirby (and making a small fortune on the subsequent paintings), or van Gogh reworking Jean-François Millet’s painting in his own impressionistic style, there have been centuries of inspired ideas passed from one creative individual to the next… and even our most exalted heroes of creativity aren’t exempt from the practice. After all, as Picasso reportedly said, “Good artists copy. Great artists steal.”