I had to put all the family pictures back on the wall when I realized this is still just a prototype, but regardless the Domino Clock by Seattle-based Carbon Design Group is extremely cool. The dots on the three giant dominoes act as digits for hours and minutes, and everything communicates wirelessly to keep time. Another video via the Carbon site explains the clever engineering behind the tiny actuators that quietly flip “on” and “off” in sync with the time. According to their blog the goal is to produce a fully functional prototype in 2011, and the next one will arrive via FedEx to my house shortly thereafter. (via yanko)
I’m a sucker for process artwork involving paper, and one of the clear themes of this blog is SomebodySpentHalfTheirLifeCutting this Out of Paper. The images above are from a student project by Eliana Ferreira who is working on her master’s degree in communication design at ESAD in Portugal. Students were given the brief to create an alternative retail experience as part of a pop-up shop.
The Pop-up experience is an emerging phenomenon in cities around the world. From gallery-like shopping spaces with one-off exhibitions, to restaurants, nightclubs and mobile shopping units; there is an increase in temporary retail and event based manifestations around the world. These spaces tend to pop-up unannounced, often in interesting architectural locations. They offer exclusivity, innovation and an element of surprise that delight consumers.
For her shop Eliana created the Travel Wheel, a sort of Wheel Of Fortune based game where instead of winning cash and trips, she created the encapsulated essence of winning a trip by constructing tiny paper boxes containing scenes from cities around the world. I can’t even begin to imagine how long it took to create these dozens of tiny boxes, but they are incredibly awesome. To see more of the finished project you can check out her page over on Behance that has photos of all 9 completed boxes. Thanks Eliana for sharing your project with Colossal!
Really enjoying these wooden sculptures by Efraïm Rodriguez Cobos who lives and works in Barcelona. He creates a large composite foundation from loose pieces of beechwood or sycamore and then carefully carves the figures, a process that creates interesting fragmentation within the final piece. He also has a fascination with ostriches.
I am totally in awe of the detailed map collage work of Dallas, Texas artist Matthew Cusik.
Defacements are obsessively crafted amalgamations of word and image in the tradition of altered books and concrete poetry. The re-contextualization of image, word, and number creates a new storyline that is often in the spirit of a prankster student who has marked up a textbook with irreverent and provocative commentary.