Tom Fruin’s Stained Glass House Installed at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Tom Fruins Stained Glass House Installed at Brooklyn Bridge Park stained glass sculpture New York glass
Axel Taferner

Tom Fruins Stained Glass House Installed at Brooklyn Bridge Park stained glass sculpture New York glass
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Tom Fruins Stained Glass House Installed at Brooklyn Bridge Park stained glass sculpture New York glass
Gigi Altarejos

Tom Fruins Stained Glass House Installed at Brooklyn Bridge Park stained glass sculpture New York glass
Gigi Altarejos

Tom Fruins Stained Glass House Installed at Brooklyn Bridge Park stained glass sculpture New York glass
Gigi Altarejos

Tom Fruins Stained Glass House Installed at Brooklyn Bridge Park stained glass sculpture New York glass
DUMBO Arts Festival

Tom Fruins Stained Glass House Installed at Brooklyn Bridge Park stained glass sculpture New York glass
DUMBO Arts Festival

Tom Fruins Stained Glass House Installed at Brooklyn Bridge Park stained glass sculpture New York glass
DUMBO Arts Festival

As part of this year’s DUMBO Arts Festival, sculptor Tom Fruin installed his famous plexiglass house, Kolonihavehus, in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The multi-colored house was lit from inside and temporarily inhabited by performance duo CoreAct who engaged in a collaborative physical performance that is described here by DUMBO:

The colorful glass house is inhabited by two performers, who portray everyday dilemmas and lifestyle paradoxes in a subtle manner. They have lost the ability to meaningfully discriminate, and are trapped in a long chain of procrastination, mirroring our current social patterns.

You might also recognize Fruin’s other renowned sculpture in DUMBO, Watertower. (via My Modern Met)

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Dense Wire Tree Sculptures by Clive Maddison

Dense Wire Tree Sculptures by Clive Maddison wire trees sculpture

Dense Wire Tree Sculptures by Clive Maddison wire trees sculpture

Dense Wire Tree Sculptures by Clive Maddison wire trees sculpture

Dense Wire Tree Sculptures by Clive Maddison wire trees sculpture

Dense Wire Tree Sculptures by Clive Maddison wire trees sculpture

Dense Wire Tree Sculptures by Clive Maddison wire trees sculpture

Dense Wire Tree Sculptures by Clive Maddison wire trees sculpture

Using nothing but wire, sculptor Clive Madison creates tangled trees that grow from wooden bases into dense clusters of leaves and branches. Each piece is made by hand without glue or solder, using single strands of wire that start at the base and terminate at the top. You can see many more pieces on his website, and several are available through Lee Champman Gallery. (via Ghost in the Machine)

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Intricate Temporary Carpets Made from Everyday Objects by ‘We Make Carpets’

Intricate Temporary Carpets Made from Everyday Objects by We Make Carpets multiples installation carpets

Exhibition view of “Kneeling: Five years of WE MAKE CARPETS”

Intricate Temporary Carpets Made from Everyday Objects by We Make Carpets multiples installation carpets

Exhibition view of “Kneeling: Five years of WE MAKE CARPETS”

Intricate Temporary Carpets Made from Everyday Objects by We Make Carpets multiples installation carpets

Exhibition view of “Kneeling: Five years of WE MAKE CARPETS”

Intricate Temporary Carpets Made from Everyday Objects by We Make Carpets multiples installation carpets

Skewer Carpet

Intricate Temporary Carpets Made from Everyday Objects by We Make Carpets multiples installation carpets

Skewer Carpet, detail

Intricate Temporary Carpets Made from Everyday Objects by We Make Carpets multiples installation carpets

Crayon Carpet (2013) was built from 16,000 colored crayons

Intricate Temporary Carpets Made from Everyday Objects by We Make Carpets multiples installation carpets

Fork Carpet (2010)

Intricate Temporary Carpets Made from Everyday Objects by We Make Carpets multiples installation carpets

detail of Fork Carpet (2010)

Intricate Temporary Carpets Made from Everyday Objects by We Make Carpets multiples installation carpets

Firework Carpet (2014)

Intricate Temporary Carpets Made from Everyday Objects by We Make Carpets multiples installation carpets

Pasta Carpet

Intricate Temporary Carpets Made from Everyday Objects by We Make Carpets multiples installation carpets

Exhibition view of “Kneeling: Five years of WE MAKE CARPETS”

Intricate Temporary Carpets Made from Everyday Objects by We Make Carpets multiples installation carpets

Disposable Carpet

It’s not hard to imagine what Dutch design trio We Make Carpets, makes. True to their name, Marcia Nolte, Stijn van der Vleuten and Bob Waardenburg create carpets, but not they kind you’re thinking of. Mixing traditional pattern making with a critical view of consumer society, the group creates unusual carpets using everything from crayons and fireworks to cocktail umbrellas, plastic forks and dried pasta. From a distance we simply see a decorative carpet. But upon closer inspection the meticulously assorted collection of dense materials reveal themselves.

We Make Carpets is currently celebrating 5 years and 50 different carpets with an exhibition at mu in Eindhoven. “Kneeling: Five years of WE MAKE CARPETS” is going on through October 26, 2014. You can see much more of these big and small temporary carpets on the artist’s website.

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Food Artist Uses Wax to Make Incredibly Realistic Food Samples in Japan

Food Artist Uses Wax to Make Incredibly Realistic Food Samples in Japan wax food

This food artist in the town of Gujo, Japan demonstrates how to make tempura and other foods using layers of colored wax and other materials. The first part with shrimp tempura is fun, but the realism in the head of lettuce is astounding. Definitely worth a watch all the way through. (via Metafilter)

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A New Large-Scale Mud Mural by Yusuke Asai Sprawls through Rice Gallery

A New Large Scale Mud Mural by Yusuke Asai Sprawls through Rice Gallery murals Earth

A New Large Scale Mud Mural by Yusuke Asai Sprawls through Rice Gallery murals Earth

A New Large Scale Mud Mural by Yusuke Asai Sprawls through Rice Gallery murals Earth

A New Large Scale Mud Mural by Yusuke Asai Sprawls through Rice Gallery murals Earth

A New Large Scale Mud Mural by Yusuke Asai Sprawls through Rice Gallery murals Earth

A New Large Scale Mud Mural by Yusuke Asai Sprawls through Rice Gallery murals Earth

A New Large Scale Mud Mural by Yusuke Asai Sprawls through Rice Gallery murals Earth

A New Large Scale Mud Mural by Yusuke Asai Sprawls through Rice Gallery murals Earth

Artist and painter Yusuke Asai (previously) has a new mud mural on display at Houston’s Rice Gallery. Working day and night with a team of assistants, the Japanese artist, who is known for his “earth paintings” made from locally sourced mud and dirt, spent just under 2 weeks covering the walls and floors of the gallery with soil collected in Houston. “There are so many kinds of soil in Houston and Texas,” says Asai. “Initially I had hoped for 10 different shades, and ended up with 27: the widest spectrum of colors representing a specific place that I have ever used.”

But why mud, you might wonder? Asai explains: “Dirt is by nature very different than materials sold in art stores.” Seeds grow in it and it is home to many insects and micro organisms. It is a ‘living’ medium.”

The resulting large-scale mural is titled yamatane (mountain seed, in Japanese) and features real and imaginary creatures and plants. The mural is on display through November 23, 2014. (syndicated from Spoon & Tamago)

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Visible Light: Artist Alexander Harding Reveals Dense Rays of Sunlight Pouring through Windows

Visible Light: Artist Alexander Harding Reveals Dense Rays of Sunlight Pouring through Windows light

Visible Light: Artist Alexander Harding Reveals Dense Rays of Sunlight Pouring through Windows light

Visible Light: Artist Alexander Harding Reveals Dense Rays of Sunlight Pouring through Windows light

Visible Light: Artist Alexander Harding Reveals Dense Rays of Sunlight Pouring through Windows light

Visible Light: Artist Alexander Harding Reveals Dense Rays of Sunlight Pouring through Windows light

Visible Light: Artist Alexander Harding Reveals Dense Rays of Sunlight Pouring through Windows light

Visible Light: Artist Alexander Harding Reveals Dense Rays of Sunlight Pouring through Windows light

Visible Light: Artist Alexander Harding Reveals Dense Rays of Sunlight Pouring through Windows light

Since 2010, Connecticut-based artist Alexander Harding has worked on a series of photographs titled Visible Light that explores light as a primary subject. His photos reveal dense, ethereal rays of sunshine as it passes through windows, bounces off mirrors, and skews through glass objects, where the light beams are so thick it seems like you could cut it with a knife. Harding says he is inspired in part by artist James Turrell, known for his exceptionally large light installations, and who once stated, “light is not so much something that reveals, as it is itself the revelation.” It would seem Harding has taken those words to heart in his artwork. You can see much more from his Visible Light series here. (via This Isn’t Happiness, I Need a Guide)

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Nunzio Paci’s Graphite and Oil Paintings Merge Nature and Anatomy

Nunzio Pacis Graphite and Oil Paintings Merge Nature and Anatomy plants nature animals anatomy

Nunzio Pacis Graphite and Oil Paintings Merge Nature and Anatomy plants nature animals anatomy

Nunzio Pacis Graphite and Oil Paintings Merge Nature and Anatomy plants nature animals anatomy

Nunzio Pacis Graphite and Oil Paintings Merge Nature and Anatomy plants nature animals anatomy

Nunzio Pacis Graphite and Oil Paintings Merge Nature and Anatomy plants nature animals anatomy

Nunzio Pacis Graphite and Oil Paintings Merge Nature and Anatomy plants nature animals anatomy

Nunzio Pacis Graphite and Oil Paintings Merge Nature and Anatomy plants nature animals anatomy

Nunzio Pacis Graphite and Oil Paintings Merge Nature and Anatomy plants nature animals anatomy

Nunzio Pacis Graphite and Oil Paintings Merge Nature and Anatomy plants nature animals anatomy

Italian artist Nunzio Paci works with pencil and oil paints to create strange amalgamations of plants and animals in what he describes as an intent to “explore the infinite possibilities of life, in search of a balance between reality and imagination.” Paci currently has a solo show including several of the pieces you see here at the Palazzo del Podestà in Bologna through October 12. (via Artchipel)

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