The piece reveled itself slowly. All the ingredients were there in my mind, dreams, childhood playground memories, pendulums. The challenge of a space that big is how to activate it, it was built in 1907. I spent the evening there with bottle of wine and watched the space as the sun set. I noticed period hardware on the ceiling that once held climbing ropes, a common military exercise. From that observation the piece came together. The old basketball court ask for 5 people a side and the building has 5 window on each side. The nature of athletics asked for competition, my sense of humor loved the idea of competitive swinging. [...] There were a few moments where I thought my efforts to get to this swing-of-the-past seemed absurd but when the installation was complete I knew I had made the right decisions. An installation like this only comes to life when populated, with people, with smiles.
If you want to get in on the swinging action, the event is only up through the end of this weekend, the closing reception is May 8th. More great photos of the event captured by Andria Lo can be found here.
I know nothing about Pattern Matters and currently have an email into them to find out more info. From the look of their recently updated portfolio they are making some genuinely beautiful paper and typographic products from calendars to the stunning 3D posters you see here. Looking at the process photos the attention to detail exhibited here is simply mind-blowing.
Update: This is the work of Lim Siang Ching, a graphic design student in Singapore who is graduating from LASALLE College of the Arts. These are her degree projects.
In 2011 Spagnola & Associates faced the challenge of designing their new office space. They created a 20′ wide dimensional wall to stimulate ideas and complete the office. 2,804 pencils were hammered into pre-drilled holes in the panels.
Four recent images from photographer Ryan Taylor out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa who captures these explosively colorful shots with the help of strobe lights, colored water, milk, paint and balloons. See more of his work here.
Designer Joey Roth has constructed a pretty sexy prototype for a felt mouse made of wool felt, teak, and aluminum. The prototype will be on exhibit at the American Design Club’s show “Use Me” from May 13-16. (via coudal)
Wow, 1,000 posts! I’ve never done 1,000 of anything before, and by huge coincidence Colossal will have its 2,000,000th visit today. What! Thanks to everyone for the feedback over the last few months, for all the awesome submissions (keep ‘em coming!), to all the new Twitter and Facebook followers, your support has been above and beyond anything I expected when this site launched last year. If you want to take a deep dive into the site, I recommend heading over to the random 100 page and hitting refresh a couple times. If I’ve done my job right there’s bound to be something buried in the archives that will make your mind explode, at least a little bit. Now enough about the Colossal, go check out these enormous, made-to-order wall tentacles by ArtAkimbo.
Artist Diederick Kraaijeveld constructs these detailed relief sculptures out of reclaimed wood. Via his web site:
Working predominantly from photographs, each piece is hand carved and assembled using reclaimed, genuine coloured wood that Diederick scavenges himself during daytrips around his native Holland and travels around the world. He gets tipped frequently when centuries old floors (his favorite material because of the history and the natural patina of ages) are torn out of buildings all over The Netherlands. Painted wooded planks, flooring from old mansions and rural farmhouses have all found a place in his work. Often the material comes first and then, sometime much later, it’s place in a work.