A few days ago I stumbled onto a 2007 article over on Creative Review about a special exhibit called Global Cities held at Tate. As part of the exhibition Angus Hyland and William Russell from Pentagram designed these brilliant wooden population density mounds that represent Mumbai, London, Mexico City, and Cairo. Via Creative Review:
“The brief was to find a way of representing the mass of statistical information in the Turbine Hall that would engage and invite people to explore it,” says Pentagram’s William Russell, who designed the exhibition with Angus Hyland. “We were trying to approach an audience that’s not necessarily an architectural one. I don’t think it dumbs down the information but makes it understandable and clear.”
Incredibly clear. Not only are they engaging as sculptural pieces but also act as physical infographics, something I’m personally a huge fan of. A huge thanks to Ed Reeve and this Flickr account for providing imagery for the post.
Gary Bryan photographs these perfect little edible structures without the use of CGI using nothing but great lighting and little cookie wafers. (via creative review)
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All at once delicate and nightmarish these painted polymer clay figures by Seoul-based artist Choi Xooang are nothing short of remarkable. Try as I might it’s hard to find a definitive, trustworthy article to source information from, and even the spelling of his name seems to change from site to site. However it seems generally accepted that Xooang is attempting to draw attention to human rights abuses in Korea, and seeing these somewhat macabre, stunted figures unable to see or speak, it’s hard to dispute that. You can see much more of his work at Mu Um and Slash, though be warned it’s somewhat graphic (generally nudity). I admit the mushroom cloud sculpture is a bit of a one-off, but I saw it was just posted yesterday and couldn’t resist. Also, if you like this, you’ll most likely enjoy the work of Emil Alzamora. (via blaaahg, lustik)
The latest thread installation from artist Gabriel Dawe (previously) is on display through the end of this weekend at the Pump Project Art Complex as part of the Texas Biennial in Austin.
These cement filled beer can nun-chucks (bud chucks, if you will) are a collaboration between Brooklyn based industrial designer Chen Chen and Kai Tsien Williams. See also their cold cut coasters made from industrial materials to look like thick juicy slabs of meat. (via today and tomorrow)
Since we’re on the subject of grass today, check out Green Corner, a collaboration between Helsinki-based artists Otto Karvonen and Jon Irigoyen. Described as an “urban intervention” the idea was fairly straightforward: install a grass turf lawn in a parking space creating a temporary park that calls into question the ideas of ownership and use in public spaces.
Green corner is a spatial artwork consisting of lawn that is installed on a parking space. The lawn is equipped with some comfortable garden furniture, to provide a relaxing break in the middle of the hectic urban space. The work raises questions about public space in general; to whom it belongs and what can be done with it. [...] The project functions also as an invitation to a workshop taking place in June. The workshop explores the public spaces in Kallio [a neighborhood in Helsinki] and the future prospects of the area.
It would be fun to see this project expanded to entire street or intersection. I’ll bring the croquet set. (via pixelache)
Update: So I’ve been living in a public art cave. Apparently this project is very similar to, and perhaps even part of, an ongoing worldwide movement called Park(ing) Day in which hundreds of parking spots across the globe are converted into small recreational parks. A million kabillion good shots can be found here. (thnx, @thegcanyon)
Japanese botanic artist Makoto Azuma (previously) has partnered with furniture designer Herman Miller to create this Aeron chair wrapped in a thin layer of cushy green AstroTurf. This particular model will be on display at the recently opened Herman Miller store in Tokyo later this summer. More images available via the designer’s blog. (via the always awesome spoon & tamago)
Bath-based designer Jack Archer made this fun alphabet using the lit screens of televisions.
A project inspired by the phrase “Turn off your TV” mentioned in a lecture by adventurer Alastair Humphreys. To illustrate this idea I built a shelving unit to house 15 small televisions; creating a dot-matrix grid where individual TV’s could be turned on or off, to produce different letterforms and numbers.
Gotta love that “T”. (via quipsologies)