Known for his ethereal and seemingly weightless installations of plastic membranes suspended in midair by black hot glue, Japanese artist Yasuaki Onishi embarked on a slightly different approach with his latest work, Vertical Emptiness. Currently on view at the Kyoto Art Center, the piece is made from upside down tree branches from which is draped a delicate framework of hot glue and crystallized urea compounds. The result is a sort of frozen snowfall that connects the gallery floor and ceiling. You can see the piece in much more detail in the video above by Kuroyanagi Takashi. (via Spoon and Tamago)
iCoolhunt turns photo sharing into an addictive and beautifully-designed coolhunting game.
Hunt for the next big trends, explore the unknown reaches of the cutting edge, and share your finds with a cool-loving community. Keep track of thousands of iCoolhunters around the world, meet new friends, make amazing discoveries, and become a real life coolhunting guru.
Upload pics and tips on what you think is cool. Decide what’s hot and what’s not by voting and commenting on uploaded content. Or document growing trends by starting a Trendbox, a trend-specific stream that any user can start, track or contribute to.
Your House is limited edition artist’s book by Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson that depicts the negative space formed by his home located outside Copenhagen. Every structural detail of the house from the roof, windows, and even a basement crawlspace are depicted within the thick layer of laser-cut paper. The 908-page books were designed by Michael Heimann and Claudia Baulesch and published by the Library Council of the Museum of Modern Art back in 2006. (via Not Shaking the Grass)
Rome-based artist Mr. Thoms has worn just about every creative hat imaginable from writer, painter and sculptor, to graphic designer, cartoonist, set designer, filmmaker and illustrator. His breadth of expertise really shines though in his street art, where he often incorporates elements of his canvas or backdrop into the artwork itself. A giant metal door becomes a flapping ear for a grinning head, or the geometric topography of an abandoned wall is anthropomorphized into a demented, pill-popping caricature. To see more of Mr. Thoms work you can head over to his website, or follow along via Facebook. (via Collater.al)
Full Turn is a kinetic light sculpture by Benjamin Muzzin created as a diploma project for his bachelor degree at ECAL. The piece was constructed from two flat screen monitors placed back-to-back and spun at extremely high speed resulting in three-dimensional light forms that hover in thin air. Of the work he says:
With this project I wanted to explore the notion of the third dimension, with the desire to try to get out of the usual frame of a flat screen. For this, my work mainly consisted in exploring and experimenting a different device for displaying images, trying to give animations volume in space. The resulting machine works with the rotation of two screens placed back to back, creating a three-dimensional animated sequence that can be seen at 360 degrees. Due to the persistence of vision, the shapes that appear on the screen turn into kinetic light sculptures.
Is it a toy? A tool? It’s both, and it’s amazing. Polar is a modular pen and stylus made of 12 neodymium magnets that can be disassembled for all kinds of quirky and functional purposes. The pen is the brainchild of Andrew Gardner over at Indiedesign and is one of many great projects to appear since Kickerstarter expanded into Canada only two weeks ago. Polar will come in both silver and 24k gold models, in multiple colors, and has an add-on of chrome-plated steel ball bearings to create additional magnetized objects. Pick one up over on Kickstarter.
The folks over at MyLapse just created this fascinating glimpse of Barcelona using a technique that turns timelapse footage into a kaleidoscope, similar to the Mirror City video we saw back in July. Beautiful.