“Urban Campsite Amsterdam” leases sculptures for overnight stay at 85 Euros

‘val ross’ by MUD projects

during summer 2015, the centrumeiland of ijburg in amsterdam hosts ‘urban campsite‘, a public exhibition and art-sleep experience made up out of fourteen innovative and creative habitats. a diverse group of designers, architects and artists have been invited to build mobile objects that function as bedrooms, ready for guest stay by local residents and tourists alike. bookable on airbnb,  85 Euros … [Read more...]

Mirror, Mirror on the Ceiling. Why? Foster, Eliasson, MVRDV and others.

Pavilion by Foster Assoc., Vieux Port in Marseille, France, 2013

Mirrors on the walls have been popular since the unveiling of great hall of mirrors at Versailles in 1678.  Adds to the sparkle and apparent size of the room.  Exterior walls of mirror glass begins in the early 1970s in the USA by architects like Cesar Pelli and I.M. Pei.  Reduces the scale on the street and skyline. Merge with the sky. But mirrors on the ceiling??  The first reference is the … [Read more...]

The Narrow Pyramid Returns to Jerusalem and Paris

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A week after posting about the narrow pyramids, the shape is making new appearances in Jerusalem and Paris.   Both designed approved in the summer of 2015.  San Francisco has a little competition. Studio Libeskind has won planning permission to build a 105-metre-high pointed skyscraper in the centre of Jerusalem – set to become the city's second-tallest building. Called the Pyramid … [Read more...]

Sinkholes – Real and Illustrated – A sculpture by Heide Fasnacht

Heide Fasnacht, "Suspect Terrain" 2015

What happens when an artist uses a phenomena that is just vaguely known or not really understood by the public.  For me and others,  a sinkhole exists as a unclear image in my mind as a big hole that houses can fall into.  Why it happens - I don't know.   Why it happens in Florida (where I live) seems tied to "goofy Florida" or just another piece of human stupidity in the sunshine state.   I blame … [Read more...]

Steel maze at Belgium coal mine by Gijs – Van Vaerenbergh

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From DesignBoom, With a focus on the experience of space, gijs van vaerenbergh — a collaboration of belgian architects and artists pieterjan gijs and arnout van vaerenbergh — have realized an immersive labyrinth at the central square of C-mine Art Centre in Genk, Belgium. a one kilometer maze of steel corridors, with walls that tower 5 meters above the earth, surrounds installation visitors, … [Read more...]

Great Idea: Powerwash the Dirt to Make a Mural

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The electricity producing company, PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna appealed to the Scholz & Friends agency and the artist Przemysław Trust Truściński  Located in the Bieszczady region of Poland, this "painting" wall 91 meters wide and 54 meters high was made from ultra-strong jets of water, removing the layer of sediment accumulated over the years on dam wall. Other work by Przemysław … [Read more...]

Best Public Art Project of the Summer: Anna Schuleit Haber and Fitchburg, Massachusetts Newspaper

A by Felix Salut.  The Alphabet project by artist Anna Schuleit Haber, Sentinel & Enterprise, Fitchburg, MA 2015

I love excellent type design.  Anna Schuleit Haber convinced the local paper to use the front page for 26 days to display a new letter each day by an invited artist. It is the best in public art as it 1,) interjects itself in a valued public place (front page and newsstands), 2.) establishes repetition as the method to the spark thinking through comparison and memory, 3.) utilizes a commonly … [Read more...]

Marco Evaristti Colors Geyser Pink

Marco Evaristti, Iceland, 2015

Marco Evaristti, the South American artist who is based in Copenhagen, poured red fruit dye into the Strokkur Geysir, found around 70 miles to the north east of Reykjavik, at dawn in Spring 2015.  When they boiled, vibrant pink steam blew up from the ground as a result. Professing that 'nature belongs to no one', he did not seek permission from local authorities before the stunt.   He was jailed … [Read more...]