Here’s your daily dose of, well, moss. Behold these vintage thimble planters by Patricia Buzo and the Moss Terrarium Bottle made from recycled wine bottles over on Uncommon Goods. For people, like me, who have zero real estate for plants yet often find things growing under their bed.
This week I was on the website of Echt Gallery here in Chicago when I stumbled onto these extraordinary glass sculptures by Madison-based artist Shayna Leib. Leib became obsessed with glass at the tender age of 7 when she saw a glassblowing demonstration at a local university, an experience that profoundly changed her life.
Each of the pieces in her Wind and Water takes nearly a month to create and involves a painstaking, multi-step process that begins with pulling individual 30-50 foot segments of glass called cane (imagine making 2400 °F taffy candy), a step that’s repeated 8 to 200 times depending on the scale of the piece. To clarify: she generates over 1 mile of thin glass pieces from which she cuts into tens of thousands of segments organized by shape and length. Next begins the tedious process of building the actual sculpture, requiring roughly 45 minutes for each two square inch area. This all seems practically impossible to me. I get dismayed when confronted with a jumbo-sized bag of carrots.
Penobscot. Photo by Jim Gill.
Moebius. Photo by Tom VanEndye.
Laminar. Photo by Jaime Young.
Laminar. Photo by Jaime Young.
The final pieces resemble flowing grass or perhaps coral reefs that whorl and overflow from one pane to the next. Leib says, “I use glass, not for its mimetic quality to capture the look of stone or plastic, but for its most unique properties; the inclination to flow, the capacity to freeze a moment in time, and its ability to manipulate optics.” If you’re in Chicago you can see her work being featured by Habatat Galleries Michigan November 4-6, 2011 at SOFA on Navy Pier.
I wanted to take a moment to thank designer Raphaël de Visser (his work above) for letting me use his splendid inverted tree header as part of Colossal’s masthead for the past three months. I generally try to change the graphic each month to feature a different aspect of Chicago, however after a ridiculous amount of positive feedback I couldn’t help but leave it up longer than usual. All good things must come to an end, but I’m thrilled to have a great photo of Marina City by Paul McGee on top of the site this month. Thank you both!
If you want to see past Colossal headers, check out the archive.
Quintetto is a music installation by the Italian artist collective Quiet Ensemble that tracks the movement of fish in five vertical tanks and translates their movements into audio.
“Quintetto” is an installation based on the study of casual movement of objects or living creatures used as input for the production of sounds. The basic concept is to reveal what we call “invisible concerts” of everyday life. The vertical movements of the 5 fishes in the aquariums is captured by a videocamera, that translates (through a computer software) their movements in digital sound signals. We’ll have 5 different musical instruments creating a totally unexpected live concert.
Spotted this amazing paper beetle designed and folded by Shuki Kato. It’s folded from a single 22″ square of tracing paper and has a nearly 10″ wingspan. Check out the rest of his impeccable folding work here.
This Friday the prolifically creative folks at Chicago-based The Post Family are hosting an exhibition of work from the equally industrious Austin-based design studio Public School. Via their website:
PUBLIC SCHOOL is an Austin-based collective focused on design, illustration and photography. For a group based around creative collaboration, Homework is an opportunity to show the work created individually, after-hours, and with no client direction. Spanning a variety of mediums and covering subjects including cowboys, hot dogs, old motels, 30s stuff, and trade gothic, Homework features much of the self-initiated work produced by the studio this year.
More info can be found here. Looking forward to it!
Filmmaker James Miller captured the destruction of the British United Shoe Machinery Company in Leicester and decided to throw it in reverse slow motion. The results are totally surreal and wonderful. The music is ‘Moon – Welcome to Lunar Industries’ by Clint Mansell. (via vimeo)
Incredible video shot yesterday on the north edge of Bastrop State Park in Texas, a place I visited several times each year as a kid. All but about 100 acres of the 6,000-acre park have been blackened by fire. To everyone in central Texas right now, please be safe.