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Every year, tens of thousands of people flock to the northern Desert of Nevada to participate in an environment that is is fully free, without judgement, building codes or legalities; to express themselves in all sorts of imaginative ways. Welcome to burning man, or rather, welcome home. This year marked the most grant money that the Black Rock Arts Foundation has given to the visionary artists at the gathering. While there were hundreds that applied for the partial funding (which was over $700,000 this year), only 47 projects received the grants. For the other hundred, they have to raise the support entirely on their own. [Read more...]
Gardens by the Bay, Singapore’s premier urban outdoor recreation space right next to Marina Bay Sands, unveiled a new attraction last month – a cutting-edge horticultural mega project featuring 18 towering solar-powered “supertrees” and climate-controlled biomes. These tree-like structures that dominate the Gardens’ landscape with heights ranging between 25 meters and 50 meters, are like vertical gardens that perform a multitude of functions, which include providing plants, shading and working as environmental engines for the gardens. [Read more...]
Some people have seen them, some have not. Throughout the country of Japan, the covers that enter into the underground are not simply plates of iron: they bring a happy and refreshing visual display as one walks and goes about their day. [Read more...]
This just in: the Burning Man leadership has approved all 35 applications for regional effigies in 2012. As a way of celebrating local communities and their efforts in supporting the Burning Man ethos and its cultural movement, the Circle of Regional Effigies (C.O.R.E.) organizes the wild art installations that will be created by Burning Man regional groups around the world.
In 2011, 22 effigies were built by representatives from communities as diverse as Hawaii, New York, Ireland, Saskatchewan and San Diego… to name just a few. The designs themselves need to be within the dimensional limits of 20 feet by 20 feet and mostly made of wood. They are all placed in a ring around the Man (rumor has it, this year will be multiple rings) and burn simultaneously on Thursday night of the week long event. Last year was the first year this happened and let’s just say you’re not going to experience anything like it anywhere else on this planet. I was personally in the center when the 22 effigies went off last year and that moment will forever be one of the most memorable of my life. [Read more...]
With a huge span of 90 meters, Canopy is a sculpture inspired by walking in the dappled light of the forest. Thousands of individual geometric light modules are arranged in a non-repeating pattern to simulate light filtering through the leaves of overhead trees. In the daytime, light is allowed to shine through the modules illuminating the street below, while at night, LED lighting shines from each cell in flowing patterns that resemble a light breeze shaking the leaves of the forest.
Paying tribute to the rich and colorful art of his country, Mexican artist Gabriel Dawe creates huge three-dimensional art installations using Gütermann thread. Carefully connecting different colors together, he weaves multiple threads onto wooden frames creating a semi-transparent geometric rainbow. For more about Gabriel, check out his website at www.gabrieldawe.com
If we wanted to power the earth with solar, just how much land would it take? If you thought the area would be huge, you’d be right, but check out just how little of the earth would need to be covered in order to provide all our power use.
LandArtGenerator.org, an organization combining the skills of artists, architects, scientists, landscape architects, and engineers to create public art installations that provide solar power and demonstrate its feasibility in an aesthetically pleasing way. Click on the image below to see a larger image at LandArtGenerator.org.