As part of his senior thesis exhibition at Musashino Art University in Tokyo, art student Yasutoki Kariya re-imagined the ubiquitous desktop gadget, Newton’s Cradle, using a lovely sequence of light bulbs. Entitled Asobi (which translates roughly as “playing“) the 11-bulb installation creates a visual interpretation of the popular toy named after Sir Isaac Newton demonstrating his third law of motion regarding momentum: that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. However, instead of actual energy created by the kinetic force of steel balls, Kariya devised a method for using programmed light and two surreptitiously placed pistons to create this purely visual experience that’s arguably more mesmerizing than the original concept.
As an added super bonus, the team over at the Experiments in Motion blog created the animation above which easily contends for one of the most beautiful animated gifs I’ve ever seen, already racking up over 167,000 shares on Tumblr this weekend.
Asobi was nominated for the 2012 Mitsubishi Junior Designer Award. (via spoon & tamago)
For his Brecce collection, Italian designer Marco Stefanelli devised an ingenious way of removing fragments from sawmill scraps, tree branches, and cement fragments, and replacing them with perfectly sculpted resin embedded with LEDs. The resulting lamps retain the organic nature of their original form yet cast a beautifully subdued light. You can see much more on Stefanelli’s blog. (via the awesomer)
San Francisco photographer Thomas Hawk has a great collection of portraits taken during the 2012 Holi Festival of Colors (previously) at Spanish Fork, Utah earlier this year. No matter how many times I see photos and videos of this day, I never get tired of it. It’s simply the most joyous looking celebration I could imagine. (via devid sketchbook)
Ornithological LEGO master Tom Poulsom has followed up his wonderful British bird series with a new set of tropical birds featuring macaws, hummingbirds, finches and more. Poulsom says he’s well on his way in gaining enough support on the LEGO CUUSOO site to turn some of these birds into commercially produced models but needs a few more votes. I think I would honestly buy the entire set, so help me help Tom help me and give him a vote and imagine me giving you a giant eHigh-five.
As Colossal speeds toward its second birthday later this month I thought it was time to give the site a little visual TLC. Though I’ve changed small things over the last few months, the overall design has remained pretty much untouched since the site launched in 2010. The most significant change is that Colossal now has an actual logo that was designed by my friend Chase McClure who runs a design shop here in Chicago called Studio of the Month. I’m thrilled with the new look and have gotten great feedback, so thanks Chase! If you have a website or logo in need of awesomification, he’s your guy.
The second change is that I’ve resumed rotating photographs in the header each month, something I used to do frequently back in the day. This month’s photo was taken by Hitoshi Ozaki and I want to thank him for letting us enjoy it for the next few weeks.
The site has also been reorganized into four main categories on top including art, design, photography, and video (there’s also a secret fifth: music). The process is still ongoing as we’re retagging some 2,000 posts. Pardon the dust.
Lastly, Colossal now has a bonafide intern! Join me in welcoming the talented Tanner Young who is already plugging away on several projects large and small. I received a text message from him a few days ago reporting that he was finishing up some work while getting a new tattoo. YES. Can’t wait to see how productive he is while kayaking.
This beautiful installation of umbrellas was recently spotted in Águeda, Portugal by photographer Patrícia Almeida. Almost nothing is known about the artist behind the project or its significance, but it’s impossible to deny the joy caused by taking a stroll in the shadowy rainbow created by hundreds of parasols suspended over this public walkway. It reminds be of Garth Britzman’s bottle carport. (via my modern met)
The cavalcade of art projects surrounding the 2012 Summer Olympics in London continues today with the completion of this enormous book maze designed and built by Brazilian artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo (and over fifty volunteers) at Southbank Centre. Entitled aMAZEme, the stacked and twisting labyrinth based on a fingerprint belonging to writer Jorge Luis Borges was built using 250,000 remaindered, used and new books, most of which are on loan from Oxfam and will be returned after the exhibit. The piece covers over 500 square metres, with sections standing up to 2.5 metres high and will be on display in the Clore Ballroom through August 25th. Watch the time-lapse video above to see the entire project come together, the volunteers worked through the night for five days to finish in time.
Poland-based photographer Marcin Sobas captures mesmerizing images of agricultural fields and hills of Tuscany, Italy and the Czech Republic (first photo). Sobas approach is unique in that instead of capturing the entirety of the landscape he instead uses a telephoto zoom lens allowing him to take tightly cropped shots that appear both immense in scale but extremely specific in scope. You can read more about his process in an interview over on 500x, and click through any of the images above to see them full size.