Behold the latest installation by French artist Cyprien Gaillard who constructed this 72,000 bottle pyramid of beer in cardboard boxes (a beeramid, if you will) at KW Berlin. After signing a waiver participants are free to climb, open, and consume as many bottles of “Efes” beer as they desire, making this, in my eyes, the pinnacle of modern art as we know it. Though in all seriousness the pyramid is meant to act as a monument and its consumption is intended to illustrate the hyper-destruction of architectural relics that are often relocated to Berlin:
By using the monument – by climbing the sculpture and drinking the beer – its destruction is already initiated. The barbaric removal of single architectural elements that have been transported from their original location to Berlin, embodies both the concept of displacement and a tourist colonialism.
Gaillard’s pyramid will be gradually consumed through May 22. Art Observed notes:
The pyramid is now dilapidated, though one can still make out its general form. The corridor leading to the piece is lined with empty beer bottles, while the floor surrounding the former monument is covered with broken glass and half-smashed beer bottles.
(via we find wildness, art observed)
New work from artist/architect Lucas Simões out of São Paulo, Brazil who creates these bizarrely wonderful portraits using 10 layers of cut-out photographs.
A 2010 installation by artist Anne Lindberg shown at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas. Lindberg used thousands of strands of Egyptian cotton thread suspended between staples to create this glowing, atmospheric space. See a video of the installation here. (via designspiration)
Spotted this on Wooster this morning, though unfortunately it’s uncredited. Hilarious nonetheless.
Update: Found it.
Swiss sound sculptor Zimoun (previously) just updated with this new installation in Bergen, Norway. Of all his works of the past few years this is by far one of my favorites. There’s something about the hypnotic motion of the cotton balls and the imposing grid of cardboard boxes that makes me wish I was standing in that room. See his constantly updated compilation video here.
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A fantastic new oil painting by Jeremy Geddes (previously). Indications suggest it will be produced as a limited edition print at some point in the near future. More details over at Arrested Motion.
Nava Lubelski creates these cellular sculptures using tightly rolled paper scrolls comprised of tax returns, rejection letters, and other collected waste paper.
Shredded paper sculptures, such as the Tax Files, reconfigure a mass of paper that has been grouped and saved due to written content, into slabs reminiscent of tree cross-sections where the climate of a given year, and the tree’s overall age are visible in a single slice. Historical information is revealed in the colors of deposit slips, pay stubs, receipts and tax forms. The cellular coils spiral outward, mimicking biological growth, as they are glued together into flat rounds, which suggest lichen, doilies or disease.
Ah yes, the annual disease of taxes, something I can relate to. If you liked this, check out Amy Genser’s paper reefs. (via cartwheel galaxy)
The latest creation from miniature street artist Slinkachu (previously). His work simply never gets old for me.