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Giant Inflatable Balloons Transform Interior Spaces into Otherwordly Environments

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El Claustro, 2011. Querétaro, México. 10 x 10 x 11m

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El Claustro, 2011. Querétaro, México. 10 x 10 x 11m

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El Claustro, 2011. Querétaro, México. 10 x 10 x 11m

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El Claustro, 2011. Querétaro, México. 10 x 10 x 11m

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El Claustro, 2011. Querétaro, México. 10 x 10 x 11m

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La Capella, 2009. Piera, Spain. 5.5 x 6 x 15m.

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El Sótano de la Tabacalera, 2011. Madrid, Spain. 13 x 15 x 7m.

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Sala Buit, 2011. Barcelona, Spain. 12.5 x 5 x 2.5m.

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Palazzo Ducale, 2011. Genova, Italy.
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Espaço 180, 2013. Lisbon, Portugal. 18 x 15 x 8m.

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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

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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

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Caracol

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Double Conic Spiral, process

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Double Conic Spiral. Ink, acrylic/canvas.

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Calculation (Sequence) #2. Acrylic, china ink/canvas.

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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

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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

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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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Gingerbread Art Museums by Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Frank Lloyd Wright. Icing, gingerbread, cotton candy, candy wrappers, licorice, sugar.

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Karuizawa Museum, Nagano, Yasui Hideo. Chocolate, gingerbread, hard candy, cotton candy, sour flush.

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The Louvre, Paris, I.M.Pei. Gingerbread, hard candy, licorice.

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Museum Aan de Stroom (MAS), Antwerp, Neutelings Riedijk Architects. Gingerbread, lego candy, hard candy, sesame candy, chocolate, bubble gum, sour rolls.

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Maxxi – National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, Rome, Zaha Hadid. Gingerbread, hard candy, lollipop sticks.

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Museo Soumaya, Mexico City, Fernando Romero. Candy balls, gingerbread, sour rolls, taffy.

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Tate Modern, London, Herzog & de Meuron. Gingerbread, hard candy, cotton candy, bubble gum.

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Recently completed for display at Dylan’s Candy Bar during Art Basel Miami, these towering architectural creations of the world’s most famous art museums and galleries were created with gingerbread and candy by food artists Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves. An array of hard candy windows forms the iconic pyramid extension at the Louvre, while icing and gingerbread form the smooth curves of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Some of the iconic structures are so immaculately detailed that once photographed in black and white they almost look like the real thing. You can see more behind the scenes photos here.

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Lucid Stead: A Transparent Cabin Built of Wood and Mirrors by Phillip K Smith III

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Part architectural intervention and part optical illusion, Lucid Stead is a recently unveiled installation by artist Phillip K Smith III in Joshua Tree, California. The artist modified an existing 70-year-old homesteader shack by introducing mirrors to create the illusion of transparency, as the structure now takes on the lighting characteristics of anything around it. LED lighting and other custom electronic components were further installed within the building’s interior to illuminate from the interior at night. Smith says of the installation, “Lucid Stead is about tapping into the quiet and the pace of change of the desert. When you slow down and align yourself with the desert, the project begins to unfold before you. It reveals that it is about light and shadow, reflected light, projected light, and change.”

You can see more photos over at Royale Projects. All photos courtesy Royale Projects. (via Dezeen)

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