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Two Artists Live and Work on a Giant Rotating Hamster Wheel for 10 Days

Two Artists Live and Work on a Giant Rotating Hamster Wheel for 10 Days performance art installation humor architecture
Photo by Scott Lynch courtesy Gothamist

Two Artists Live and Work on a Giant Rotating Hamster Wheel for 10 Days performance art installation humor architecture
Photo by Scott Lynch courtesy Gothamist

Artists Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley have constructed a giant wood hamster wheel with a 25-foot-diameter where the duo are currently living and working for 10 days until March 9 at the Boiler in Williamsburg, Brookyln. Why? Because …art! Titled In Orbit, the piece is a continuation of numerous installations where the artists live together in public spaces including Counterweight Roommmate and Stability which they refer to as “architectural performance pieces.”

For In Orbit, the rotating house is designed so that Shelley can live on the exterior of the wheel nearly 30 ft. off the floor, while Schweder lives on the inside due to a fear of heights. Through coordinated movements the pair can rotate the wheel to access beds, desks, chairs and even a kitchen-bathroom combo. You can learn more over at Gothamist and Peirogi Gallery. Photos and video by Scott Lynch. (via Laughing Squid)

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New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

Architect and freelance illustrator Maja Wrońska (previously) continues to amaze with her beautifully executed watercolor paintings of iconic cityscapes from around the world. From London and Paris to Prague and even Disney Land, the Polish artist brings a colorful, dreamlike perspective to everything she paints. Wrońska has been extremely active since we first covered her work here back in 2012, see much more on Behance, and pickup prints and other things on Society6.

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Giant Inflatable Balloons Transform Interior Spaces into Otherwordly Environments

Giant Inflatable Balloons Transform Interior Spaces into Otherwordly Environments installation architecture
El Claustro, 2011. Querétaro, México. 10 x 10 x 11m

Giant Inflatable Balloons Transform Interior Spaces into Otherwordly Environments installation architecture
El Claustro, 2011. Querétaro, México. 10 x 10 x 11m

Giant Inflatable Balloons Transform Interior Spaces into Otherwordly Environments installation architecture
El Claustro, 2011. Querétaro, México. 10 x 10 x 11m

Giant Inflatable Balloons Transform Interior Spaces into Otherwordly Environments installation architecture
El Claustro, 2011. Querétaro, México. 10 x 10 x 11m

Giant Inflatable Balloons Transform Interior Spaces into Otherwordly Environments installation architecture
El Claustro, 2011. Querétaro, México. 10 x 10 x 11m

Giant Inflatable Balloons Transform Interior Spaces into Otherwordly Environments installation architecture
La Capella, 2009. Piera, Spain. 5.5 x 6 x 15m.

Giant Inflatable Balloons Transform Interior Spaces into Otherwordly Environments installation architecture
El Sótano de la Tabacalera, 2011. Madrid, Spain. 13 x 15 x 7m.

Giant Inflatable Balloons Transform Interior Spaces into Otherwordly Environments installation architecture
Sala Buit, 2011. Barcelona, Spain. 12.5 x 5 x 2.5m.

Giant Inflatable Balloons Transform Interior Spaces into Otherwordly Environments installation architecture
Palazzo Ducale, 2011. Genova, Italy.
15.5 x 12 x 4m

Giant Inflatable Balloons Transform Interior Spaces into Otherwordly Environments installation architecture
Espaço 180, 2013. Lisbon, Portugal. 18 x 15 x 8m.

Giant Inflatable Balloons Transform Interior Spaces into Otherwordly Environments installation architecture
Cerveira Creative Camp, 2012. Vilanova de Cerveira, Portugal. 13.2 x 9.5 x 7.7m.

Barcelona-based Penique Productions is an artist collective founded in 2007 that creates transformative installations in public spaces. To do this the group utilizes massive plastic balloons that are inflated inside buildings and other interior areas. Coupled with exterior lighting that illuminates the colored plastic, the results can be beautifully dramatic, making the new environment almost unrecognizable from the actual space.

You can see many more views of several installations on their website, and almost all of them are accompanied by videos that document the process. Penrique has upcoming projects next month at both the UB University in Barcelona, and at Galeria N2.

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Walking City: An Evolving Video Sculpture Morphs in Response to Architecture

Walking City: An Evolving Video Sculpture Morphs in Response to Architecture architecture animation 3d animation

Anyone who follows Colossal knows that digital animation and motion graphics are a rarity here, but this clip is a solid exception. Created by Universal Everything, Walking City is a slowly evolving video sculpture that gradually changes form through dozens of permutations while the core motion, the act of walking, remains the same. Via Universal Everything:

Referencing the utopian visions of 1960’s architecture practice Archigram, Walking City is a slowly evolving video sculpture. The language of materials and patterns seen in radical architecture transform as the nomadic city walks endlessly, adapting to the environments she encounters.

At almost 8 minutes long it’s a captivating view for such a simple premise, it’s fun to imagine the buildings and architectural designs that inspire each step. (via Colossal Submissions)

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Architectural Renderings of Life Drawn with Pencil and Pen by Rafael Araujo

Architectural Renderings of Life Drawn with Pencil and Pen by Rafael Araujo drawing butterflies architecture 3d

Architectural Renderings of Life Drawn with Pencil and Pen by Rafael Araujo drawing butterflies architecture 3d
Nautilus

Architectural Renderings of Life Drawn with Pencil and Pen by Rafael Araujo drawing butterflies architecture 3d
Caracol

Architectural Renderings of Life Drawn with Pencil and Pen by Rafael Araujo drawing butterflies architecture 3d
Double Conic Spiral, process

Architectural Renderings of Life Drawn with Pencil and Pen by Rafael Araujo drawing butterflies architecture 3d
Double Conic Spiral. Ink, acrylic/canvas.

Architectural Renderings of Life Drawn with Pencil and Pen by Rafael Araujo drawing butterflies architecture 3d

Architectural Renderings of Life Drawn with Pencil and Pen by Rafael Araujo drawing butterflies architecture 3d
Morpho

Architectural Renderings of Life Drawn with Pencil and Pen by Rafael Araujo drawing butterflies architecture 3d

Architectural Renderings of Life Drawn with Pencil and Pen by Rafael Araujo drawing butterflies architecture 3d
Calculation (Sequence) #2. Acrylic, china ink/canvas.

Architectural Renderings of Life Drawn with Pencil and Pen by Rafael Araujo drawing butterflies architecture 3d

Architectural Renderings of Life Drawn with Pencil and Pen by Rafael Araujo drawing butterflies architecture 3d

Architectural Renderings of Life Drawn with Pencil and Pen by Rafael Araujo drawing butterflies architecture 3d

In the midst of our daily binge of emailing, Tweeting, Facebooking, app downloading and photoshopping it’s almost hard to imagine how anything was done without the help of a computer. For Venezuelan artist Rafael Araujo, it’s a time he relishes. At a technology-free drafting table he deftly renders the motion and subtle mathematical brilliance of nature with a pencil, ruler and protractor. Araujo creates complex fields of three dimensional space where butterflies take flight and the logarithmic spirals of shells swirl into existence. He calls the series of work Calculation, and many of his drawings seem to channel the look and feel of illustrations found in Da Vinci’s sketchbooks. In an age when 3D programs can render a digital version of something like this in just minutes, it makes you appreciate Araujo’s remarkable skill. You can see much more here. (via ArchitectureAtlas)

Update: Rafael Araujo prints are now available in the Colossal Shop.

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A Reflective Palace of Rainbows by Kimsooja

A Reflective Palace of Rainbows by Kimsooja rainbows mirrors light installation architecture

A Reflective Palace of Rainbows by Kimsooja rainbows mirrors light installation architecture

A Reflective Palace of Rainbows by Kimsooja rainbows mirrors light installation architecture

A Reflective Palace of Rainbows by Kimsooja rainbows mirrors light installation architecture

A Reflective Palace of Rainbows by Kimsooja rainbows mirrors light installation architecture

A Reflective Palace of Rainbows by Kimsooja rainbows mirrors light installation architecture

Created in 2006 by multidisciplinary artist Kimsooja, To Breathe – A Mirror Woman was an elaborate installation at the Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro, in Madrid. Originally built in the late 1880s to house a collection of flora and fauna from the Philippines, Kimsooja transformed the Palacio de Cristal into a multisensory sound and light experience. A special translucent diffraction film was used to cover the windows to create an array of naturally occurring rainbows which were in turn reflected by a mirrored surface that covered the entire floor. Additionally, an audio recording of the artist breathing was played throughout the space to further enhance the experience. The installation was on view through the end of the summer and you can read much more about it here.

Kimsooja most recently wrapped the Korean Pavilion with a similar film treatment at the 2013 Venice Art Biennale. (via My Amp Goes to 11)

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Photographer Víctor Enrich Imagines the Same Building in Munich Configured in 88 Ways

Photographer Víctor Enrich Imagines the Same Building in Munich Configured in 88 Ways digital architecture

Photographer Víctor Enrich Imagines the Same Building in Munich Configured in 88 Ways digital architecture

Photographer Víctor Enrich Imagines the Same Building in Munich Configured in 88 Ways digital architecture

Photographer Víctor Enrich Imagines the Same Building in Munich Configured in 88 Ways digital architecture

Photographer Víctor Enrich Imagines the Same Building in Munich Configured in 88 Ways digital architecture

Photographer Víctor Enrich Imagines the Same Building in Munich Configured in 88 Ways digital architecture

Photographer Víctor Enrich Imagines the Same Building in Munich Configured in 88 Ways digital architecture

Photographer Víctor Enrich Imagines the Same Building in Munich Configured in 88 Ways digital architecture

As part of his latest project NHDK, photographer Víctor Enrich challenged himself to digitally reconfigure the same building in Munich, Germany in 88 different configurations. The Barcelona-based artist is known for his warped and skewed interpretations of architecture in locations around the world including an extensive series of images shot in Tel Aviv back in 2010. All of the photos are avilable as prints which you can pickup on his website. (thnx, Nacho!)

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