A giant Christmas tree made of LEGO has been revealed in London’s St Pancras International Station. Constructed by Titmarsh and Diment, the Xmas Tree is composed of 600,000 Lego bricks, 172 Lego branches, and 1,200 Lego decorations. It took two months to build and erect the tree, and organizers have planned special events like a treasure hunt competition to go along with the new spectacle.
It has taken eight weeks of intensive assembly work but the newest feature of the German landscape has been unveiled. The city of Duisberg is now home to Crouching Tiger and Turtle, which could easily be described as a roller coaster without a roller coaster!
It stands about eleven meters in height and is part of the city’s Capital of Culture project. Crouching Tiger and Turtle, Magic Mountain (to give it its full name) is a work by sculptors Ulrich Genth and Heike Mutter.
The installation will be part of “Ai Weiwei, Absent,” a collection of 21 works presented by the Taipei Fine Arts Museum. The exhibition contains 21 works from the dissident Chinese artist including photographs, sculptures, and installations.The exhibition is scheduled to run from October 29, 2011 to January 29, 2012 at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, and features 21sets of Ai’s works.
Dev Harlan is a multidisciplinary artist whose hybrid practice combines the physical and the virtual with the use of sculpture, light and projection. As a self educated Artist, Designer and CG Director, Devan’s uniquely identifiable aesthetic language and reductionist approach place his work at the forefront of a new mode of media arts practice.
“The miniature figure on the second hand moves around constantly and the figure on the minute hand appears stationary. I spent time thinking about the relationship between the two people, how one passes another repeatedly and I tried to think about when that situation happens in real life or in an imagined scenario. I altered head and arm angles of found model figures and made objects such as the LCD tv with wire and plug. The glass domes are hand blown to fit each watch exactly.”
I find the A4 sheet of paper interesting to work with, because it is probably the most common and consumed media and format for carrying information today, and in that sense it is something very loaded. My paper works have been based around an exploration of the relationship between two and three dimensionality. I find this materialization of a flat piece of paper into a 3D form almost a magic process – or maybe one could call it obvious magic, because the process is obvious and the figures still stick to their origin, without the possibility of escaping. In that sense there is also an aspect of something tragic in most of the cuts.
Monika Grzymala’s installations function somewhere between an architectural intervention and immense line drawings. Monika Grzymala draws in three dimensions, creating lines with unconventional materials such as adhesive tape, lead wire and branches.
Barely anchored to the walls, these energetic forms leap into the gallery space, where they interweave to create what she calls “an architectural intervention”.
French sculptor Edouard Martinet transforms everyday objects found in flea-markets and car boot sales into works of art.
The sculptor crafts astoundingly detailed and life-like sculptures of fish, birds and insects from pieces of discarded junk.
The world-famous Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has created a rainbow for Aarhus, a permanent work of art consisting of a circular, 150-metre-long and three metre-wide circular walkway in glass in all the colours of the spectrum. Mounted on slender columns 3.5 metres above the roof and with a diameter of 52 metres, this spectacular creation extends from one edge to the other of the facade of the cubic museum building. Visitors to the museum will have access to this great work of art via stairs and lifts, and Expedia has the easiest way of getting you their to view this beautiful museum up close and personal.
At the New York Auto Show this week, Audi will display the first-ever papercraft version of the all-new 2012 A7. The large-scale, anatomically correct paper model is 4 ft x 2 ft x 2 ft and is the largest papercraft model of an automobile ever.
The creator Taras Lesko (of visualspicer.com) used 285 pages to make 750 parts; the assembly process took 245 hours.
L. A. artist Michael Kalish has created an amazing and intricate tribute to the Greatest Of All Time, Mr. Muhammad Alli. For this portrait of three-time heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, the artist Michael Kalish uses 1,300 punching bags, 6.5 miles of stainless steel cable, and 2,500 pounds of aluminum pipe to construct a 22-foot-high installation that took three years to complete.
The idea for the project came to Kalish as he was falling asleep one night in 2008: an array of custom-made, teardrop-shaped speed bags suspended in midair that, from just one vantage point, align themselves like pixels into an image of Ali’s face. But the LA-based artist, best known for crafting portraits of American icons out of license plates and other found objects—he counts Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger among his collectors—knew he couldn’t construct such a large-scale installation on his own. So he retained architectural firm Oyler Wu to design the structure in which the bags are suspended. (At the unveiling ceremony, Ali will hang the final bag.) Read More…
This is the work of a sculptor ‘Andrea Palladi’ most respected in the world of rock and move his first steps as a mason in Padua when he was 13 years, in workshop Bartolomeo Cavazza. In a homage to the mastery of stone; eye to detail and unmatched talent, Lapicida piece bathroom featuring one-off, designed as a tribute to Palladio. The designers successfully created a collection of limestone and marble bath in the sink, stone and granite contemporary design.
The company behind Scotch brand plastic tape holds a contest which invites people to create sculptures out of their product. Pictured above is one leading entry called “The Big One”.
Ivy Noise is an ongoing series of interactive sounds installations by the Italian artists Daniela di Maro and Roberto Pugliese.
Electric wires climb the white walls, following not a casual pattern, but a defined one, after an accurate study of the growth of the ivy. Black lines design organic forms; branches form which unusual flowers blossom: conical speakers of various dimensions. A previously defined sound scape is given forth by some of these peculiar buds which acts as a background to the acoustic improvisation, determined instead by the human presence. Every noise is being captured by a series of microphones and random samples are taken in real time by a custom designed software, and rendered back through the speakers. Voices, steps, movements, nourish the installation. The totally synthetic sound, generated by this technological parasite creates however the illusion of being in a natural environment. A psycho acoustic journey, in which nothing stands still; everything is being transformed in an unstoppable and impromptu process of metamorphism. An experience which through multisensory stimulation creates a relation between man and technology, hypothesizing not only a peaceful coexistence of the two elements, but even an Eco-sustainable hybridization, reinforced by the use of recycled materials.