Tag: Installation

Architecture

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is back, and 2017’s sculptures are bigger than ever

We have previously covered a story about the very same festival, back in 2013. The annual festival is coming soon this year, and the sculptures are crazier and bigger than ever. Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is a tourist attraction for both local and foreign vacationers because it provides something completely new. Sure, we've all seen snow and ice one way or another, but what about ice sculptures that are bigger than life? Probably not. As you can see in the photos below, the festival takes a LOT of manpower, planning, and preparation to execute properly. And topping the previous years' already successful runs can be a humongous challenge to take. This festival isn't just about sculptures and lights towering among us, however. The very first ice lantern and sculpture dates back to ancient China, so this event is somehow giving us a glimpse of what life was back then. Today, people from all over the world come together to bask in the culture, art, and festivities...
Art

Remembering the defunct ‘Faux Museum’: a paradise for oddities and confusion

The Faux Museum was once the bread and butter of Tom Richards, its curator (and often, janitor). It was located in Portland, Oregon and contains a wild collection of knick knacks. Everything inside the museum was either created by Richards himself or his friends. Each displayed item is a representation of his eccentric imagination and sense of humor. Why the weirdness? He simply wants people to "not think too hard" and "see things differently". In this light, each piece is misleading by intention. In fact, the original plan was to make an entire museum as a prank, but Richards ended up pouring everything he had into it. As a result, he made tourists and locals amused (and usually, confused) as they pass by. There certainly is a big hole left by the Faux Museum as it leaves us in its wake. It said goodbye in 2015, and fans from all over are still hoping that it'll open its doors once again - in one way or another.  ...
Art

250 mirrors reflect changes in California’s Laguna Beach

Reflecting the beautiful sunset on California’s Laguna Beach coast is Phillip K Smith III's latest installation - and it is absolutely stunning. Dubbed "1/4 Mile Arc," the series of 250 mirrored posts measuring 10-feet each, stood reflecting four days of subtle changes in the Pacific Ocean in November 2016. The Los Angeles-based artist was commissioned by the Laguna Art Museum for the fourth annual Art & Nature program. Check out some images of the installation below and watch the video profiling the work by photographer Lance Gerber. Find more wonderful installations over at the artist's website.  ...
Design

Designers in Taipei used discarded lamp posts to create this playground

Instead of using discarded objects for the mere purposes of art, why not use them to redesign a public space? Taipei seems to have done just that with unwanted lamp posts by reshaping them for use in a public park in the middle of the city. The public playground project, "Swings Park," came about as a joint project between Taipei-based design studio City Yeast and Spanish art collective Basurma. The design was a result of Design Capital 2016, which aims to use public design as a catalyst for urban evolution. The Swings Park is here to stay through 2017 and you can learn more on their website. ...
Art

Post-election anxiety finds its way through art

Art Week Miami is one of the biggest art events every year. In fact, over 70,000 fans, critics, and artists attend the celebration to get some inspiration and marvel at the year's best. 2016 is a lot like the previous years, but there has been an overwhelming sense of consolation, as well. The past election has caused much anxiety to many people, and in more than a few ways, people feel saddened because of the issues it has raised: gun violence, terrorism, immigration, national security, discrimination, and sexual abuse. These things trigger some bad memories in most people, especially with those who are personally affected by them. So it was not a big surprise to see a common theme in this year's Art Week. Sam Durant was one of the biggest exhibitors from the Blum and Poe booth. His screaming art was aptly entitled End White Supremacy. Although it was an old piece (2008), the recent elections surely gave it meaning in a new light. Aside from Durant, many other artists also exhibited...
Art

An altar of self-professed ‘junk’ becomes a source of introspective art

It is always said that art depends on the eyes of its viewer. With that being true, many will disagree on what constitutes art - and what is merely trash. However, a lot of fans and critics have come together to behold Huffer Collective's recent work: a towering pyramid of various knick-knacks. It is comprised of random things, from detritus lights to bootleg videotapes to ribbons to Star Wars figurines to photos of known personalities (hello, President Bush!) and a whole lot more. The piece contains an altar-like installment at the center, titled Save Your Selves. While the artwork is amazing seen as one whole body, many find it equally awesome to try and process each nook and cranny that makes it up. This artful heap of 'trash' - which goes all the way up to the ceiling - is now available for viewing at Locust Projects. ...
Art

Tarot cards interpreted in three dimensions

Autumn Casey's latest work invites viewers into an unusual way of seeing tarot cards: in three-dimensional form. The exhibit, which is now being shown at Primary Projects, is entitled Balancing Infinity, While Hanging Upside Down. Watching Lovers Fall from Grace, Underneath the Ground. This exhibit is a mix of collage work, sculpture, and poetry from the artist. Tarot reading and interpretation is basically about life stages. How do we move through life? How does life transform over time? It is also about its balance - and Casey shows this well through her art form. Her sculptures are large in scale but are positioned quite precariously. She also delves into memory and history in one of her video works. This exhibit contains 78 collages and a whole series of sculptures. Each piece can be seen as a standalone art form, but also in conjunction with each other as a full tarot deck. This exhibit was inspired by the Rider-Waite tarot deck.  ...
Art

Philanthropist honored with life-sized sculpture by artist he never met

Saige Baxter is an artist - a painter, sculptor, and welder. But even more than that, she is an advocate for many positive things in life. Much of her work stems from goodness and charity. So it was not a huge surprise when she created a sculpture in honor of Jennings Womack, a philanthropist from Greensburg. Baxter spent almost a whole year preparing and crafting the sculpture to honor the late Womack. Although they never knew each other in real life, Baxter felt as if she already met him by talking to those close to him. The sculpture was officially unveiled outside the Jennings Womack Fitness Center. It was the final touch that closed the recent renovation done to the facility. It is located at Greensburg Salem High School. Before Womack died, renovations were already underway. And although the sculpture came as a posthumous honor, it definitely encapsulated what the community felt for the philanthropist. The artist made the sculpture so that it evokes the image of...
Creativity

A French artist and a dance party disco truck

Construction sites are secretly disco clubs in disguise. Well, at least that's what Benedetto Bufalino wants you to believe. The French artist turned a construction site into a nightclub complete with disco lights. This is all thanks to his Disco Ball Cement Mixer which was parked from in Lyon, France from December 8-10. With spotlights pointed at the truck, the streets and buildings were convincingly transformed into a dance party. The truck garnered a lot of attention from people passing by as heaps of them stopped to take photos. Bufalino is known for turning unexpected places into art pieces. Check out the video below to see the cement truck in action.  ...
Art

White balloon formations take over homes and woods

Invasive blob-like creatures have gone down as horror icons in Hollywood, and this one should too! Photographer Charles Pétillon has captured a series of photographs that show enormous cloud-like formations made up of white balloons. The blobby forms are photographed invading homes and even the woods. Pétillon explains, "Each balloon has its own dimensions and yet is part of a giant but fragile composition that creates a floating cloud above the energy of the market below. This fragility is represented by contrasting materials and also the whiteness of the balloons that move and pulse appearing as alive and vibrant as the area itself." Check out some images below and find more on his website and Instagram.  ...
Art

Out-of-the-box Bentwood Box Art Pieces support fundraiser

The Annual Charity Bentwood Box Event has gathered a total of 25 artists to participate in the fundraising event this year. The moderator gave all artists the same materials to work with. At the end of the event, the artists showcased their own individual interpretations and created art pieces that raised awareness about important issues in our society today. It was held at the Lattimer Gallery. The fundraiser started last November and concluded recently on Dec. 3. It became a live auction, where all proceeds went to benefit the Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA). UNYA is a nonprofit that aids indigenous youths in urban areas, primarily to build and develop an aboriginal youth centre - the very first one in the country. This event marked the 10th anniversary of the charity. Since its conception, the bentwood box charity has raised over $180,000 for the UNYA. Right now, all of the box installations have been sold out. You can still view photos of the pieces on...
Architecture

Installation provokes feelings of spring in the courtyard of Montpellier hotel

In 2015, pink and white hues took over the courtyard at the Hôtel de Griffy in Montpellier, France. The installation was an attempt at recreating the feeling of spring indoors with hues mimicking that of cherry blossoms as they descend from the ceiling. The six-day installation, titled “Un dixième Printemps (the 10th Spring),” was created by Margaux Rodot, Benoit Tastet, and Mickaël Martin. Drawing inspiration from Japanese tradition, Hanami, where an abundance of blooming flowers are found across the country from the end of March to early May, the installation was incredibly effective and won the 2015 Jury Award. Check it out below and learn more here. ...
Art

Artist creates Donald Trump installations using a very unflattering medium

A graphic designer and artist who goes by the name Allan Adler has various art installations in Miami Beach. The installations were created to demonstrate a very blunt form of symbolism. Each exhibit has a random sampling of dog poop with a photo of President-Elect Donald Trump stuck into it. In addition, there are also direct quotations said by Trump throughout his political career. Adler strolls around the area each day, choosing a random piece of dog excrement that fits his next art idea the best. Each installation is photographed and posted on his Facebook page, named "Pieces of Trump." Social media audiences are responding strongly to the posts, mostly from amused passers-by from Miami. The art is meant to be a critique of the on the correlation between irresponsible pet owners and the views that many hold in regards to Trump's leadership.  ...
Art

Unique Art Installation Made of Sticky Tape Wows Australian Audiences

A group of installation artists is bringing an exhibition called "TapeScape" to Australia. The art exhibit has once wowed audiences in the U.S. and the Middle East. Now, it's time to take it Down Under. As the name suggests, the entire installation will be made of tape - sticky tape, to be exact - and some scaffolding. The artists will create slides and tunnels that both kids and grown-ups can enjoy slipping into, crawling through, and sliding down. On top of looking eerily unique and fun to experience first hand, it also provides its audiences a tangible multi-sensory environment. The concept came from Eric Lennartson, an American artist. He says that the inspiration for the installation came in part from a funnel web spider. The installation is able to maintain its structure and is kept in a suspended 3D state because each part is in tension. The installation opened to the public on December 5 and will run until February 26, 2017. Interested viewers can see it at the Ipswich...
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Seeing the best of representative painting at Art Basel Miami Beach

Many detest the Art Basel events in Miami Beach, claiming them to be overly commercialized and expensive. Audiences who are able to see past that, however, might find that it is worth going on a trip for - especially if you're only ever concerned about the actual art. The show will feature the works of various artists from around the globe. These artists use all kinds of media, but painting seems to be among the more prevalent ones. To be precise, "representational painting" is a huge trend for this year's event. More than paintings, fans of film, art installations, sculptures, and even magazine collectors will find something interesting. The event is also a prime spot for critics and collectors from all around the world. Considered as the premier art fair in the US, the exhibit is expecting a total of 70,000 visitors this year. ...
Art

‘Creepers’ exhibit shows colorful, tasteful perversity

Daniel Boccato's Creepers exhibition at The Journal Gallery in Brooklyn is underway. The exhibit is made of six fiberglass and epoxy sculptures. Each piece was made this year. The Brazilian native adopted a bold move by using a modern color-and-shape focus on his works. The exhibit is an impressive installment. You would expect such sculptures to have a strong psychological impact, but they seem too strategically done to make there be anything too weird about them. This may be work that is conservative in its core, showing that Boccato is simply a young artist that is full of promise and ambition. In a field that's teeming with similar artists, it will be nice to see how he fares against fellow sculptors. The show is considerably successful, thanks to its staying power. The installment features monochrome sculptures that refer to exterior anatomies. Some may appear abstract, even if motivated by natural or mechanical forms. Parallel to the wall, the pieces protrude...
Art

Grass grows through dense fabric in Martin Roth’s poetic rug installations

Nature finds a way to take over - even through the thick fabric of rugs and carpets. New York-based Austrian artist Martin Roth waters his carpets daily to ensure that grass he's planted within the fiber grows fast and lush. Over time, the rug will deteriorate and the grass will die in a cleverly poetic and political act by Roth. The artist's latest rug installation can be found at the Korean Cultural Centre in London under the title, "Riptide." Check out some of his rug interventions below and find more on his website. ...
Art

Red yarn takes over Sao Paolo chapel in wondrous site-specific installation

We've covered red yard illustrations before but this one takes the reddish goodness out into the open. Brazilian artist Tatiana Blass, in 2001, used the walls of a Sao Paulo chapel for her yarn-filled installation. The site-specific work involves pierced walls with red yarn oozing out of holes in a manner similar to a waterfall of blood. The piece is called "Penelope," after Odysseus’ wife in Homer’s Odyssey. The work weaves into a 45-foot-long carpet leading to a loom which is supposedly the source of the yarn. Check out the wondrous work below and head on over to artist's website for more.  ...
Art

Cracked windows of an old power plant camouflaged as birds in Croatia

Ah, another dose of fabulous street art from DesignFaves. That's always a crowd favorite! Pejac is a Barcelona-based artist who recently found himself in Rijeka, Croatia working on a number of projects as part of a residency with the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. His work is widely regarded to be the one found on the windows of an abandoned power plant. The artist used cracked glass in the old windows to create silhouettes of birds that appear to be evading a boy's slingshot. The piece is cleverly titled, "Camouflage," and was created in tribute to artist René Magritte. Check it out below and find more of the work he did in Croatia on Arrested Motion. ...
Art

Light is the main character in surreal short film ‘LUCID’

Even the tiniest beam of light can make an otherwise bleak and lonely place feeling slightly more welcoming. German creatives Tarek Mawad and Friedrich van Schoor from 3hund produced a short film called LUCID with that same idea in mind. The tale is a surreal one of loneliness in almost alien-like environments with milky lagoons and thick forests. The electroluminescent shape beams out from thin air in stylized fashion to fit varying scenes and landscapes. From illuminated triangles over mountains to orbs submerged in water. Watch LUCID below and be sure to catch the 'making of' as well!  ...
Art

Swarms of cups and hula hoops tackle human fear of swarms

Imagine you're looking up at the sky and notice a swarm of colorful stuff flying by. It's a magical moment and one that everyone, including photographer Thomas Jackson, is fascinated by. The San Francisco-based photographer replicates the dynamic nature of swarms with temporary installations collectively titled, "Emergent Behaviour." The sculptures are made up of everything from cups and balloons to ribbons and plastic food containers. Each sculpture is held together and suspended differently with some using hidden wires and others filament. Jackson describes the emotional aspect of the pieces saying, "The images attempt to tap the mixture of fear and fascination that those phenomena tend to evoke, while creating an uneasy interplay between the natural and the manufactured and the real and the imaginary. At the same time, each image is an experiment in juxtaposition." Check out some of the sculptures below and head on over to his website for more....
Architecture

Breathtaking projection of the universe adorns ceiling of Paris cathedral

Saint-Eustache Church in Paris is the setting for a fantastic light show by Miguel Chevalier. Created as part of Nuit Blanche 2016, the projection-based installation is housed inside the church in Paris and is called, "Voûtes Célestes." The light show cycled through 35 colored networks, lighting up the ceiling in a variety of patterns including a breathtaking sky chart with swirling universes. The backdrop is then accentuated by Baptiste-Florian Marle-Ouvrard's dreamy scores on the organ. Watch the production work below and find more from Chevalier on his website.  ...
Art

Cross-stich embroidery used to create whimsical pixelated street art in Madrid

Cross-stitch embroidery does not get the exposure and attention that it deserves. That was until Raquel Rodrigo started bringing it into the public eye with some amazing works. The set designer and artist roams the streets of Madrid in search of building facades that might work as a canvas for her imaginative site-specific installations. Then, her neatly-prepared illustrations are given new life in the form of cross-stitched embroidery using thick string wrapped on wire mesh that is unrolled onto a surface. The pieces are  a fun take on graffiti and provide a pixelated appearance at first glance. Check out some of her works below and find more here. ...
Creativity

Bizarre blobs grow on the facade of 100-year-old building in Poland

If you've watched and loved the cult-classic horror flick, the Blob, then you'll like this site-specific installation by Crystal Wagner. The artist just revealed her latest work in Lodz, Poland featuring a bizarre-looking blob-like formation on the side of a building adorned with a 100-year-old art nouveau facade. The installation is titled "Hyperbolic" and is the latest in a series of large-scale mixed-media installations by Wagner. Her works often employ the use of materials like braided nylon, wire mesh, and cable ties to create vibrant forms. Check out some of photos of the installation below and follow Crystal Wagner on Instagram for more. ...
Art

Giant twig skeleton welcomes the Fall season in Como, Italy

Fall is bittersweet. For one, it signals the arrival of bitter cold in some places (like here in Canada). Never2501's site-specific installation greets the season with foliage and a big skeleton. The street artist took to the gardens of the Museo Archeologico Paolo Giovio in Como, Italy for a project called, "In Cammino Per Trasformarsi Nell’istante Presente" (Moving to Transform into the Present). The piece involves a giant skeleton made out of found twigs and leaves lying flat on the ground to welcome the new season. It's amazing that all pieces were fit together without the help of any materials. Check it out and find more photos of the piece here. Follow Never2501 on Instagram for regular updates. ...
Art

Red yarn and boats a sight to behold in Chiharu Shiota’s installation

Yarn and boats have never before worked so well together. Chiharu Shiota's new installation is one for your eyes to behold. The installation was created for Blain|Southern in Berlin and features a twisted network of red yarn emanating from series of boats. The installation, called "Uncertain Journey," aims to remind the viewer of red neural veins that reach out in every direction. Uncertain Journey is the spiritual successor to Shiota's 2015 piece, "The Key in the Hand" for the 56th Venice Art Biennale. Check out some images from her latest installation below and head on over to her website for more. ...
Art

New art installation by Liz West lets you walk on a rainbow

Have you ever wanted to experience walking on a rainbow? In Liz West's latest installation, you can do just that. West is known for her multi-colored takes on site-specific installations and her latest project, Our Colour, aims to give the audience the feeling of being dropped into a rainbow. The installation can be found at this year's Bristol Biennial. Throughout the creation of the installation, West consulted experts in human perception and used that research in her piece. The work takes into account the psychological and emotional response to color. Check out West's installation below and find more on her website. ...
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