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Match Sculptures by Pei-San Ng

October 19, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Beautiful matchstick sculptures by Chicago artist Pei-San Ng.

I am intrigued and mesmerized by the in-between state and by the fragility of the burned matches. The in-between is where the excitement happens, the point where the red heads turns to white before turning to ash, it’s the tipping point.

(via the best part)

 

 



Photography

An Award-Winning Photo by Ian Only-Connect

October 15, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Photographer Ian Only-Connect won the Chicago Art Institute’s Henri Cartier-Bresson Photo Contest with this photo. Is “Only-Connect” his name? Let’s go with it. (via gaper’s block)

 

 



Art

Chicago’s Mobile Garden Needs Help

October 8, 2010

Christopher Jobson

The Mobile Garden is a great example of what we like here on Colossal: a mobile art installation comprised of an enormous garden in a flatbed CTA el car that would launch on Earth Day 2011 and travel for three weeks. We’ll take two.

The project is the brainchild of UIC Art and Design student Joe Baldwin who hatched the idea as part of a graduate seminar last year. One of the biggest hurdles was getting approval from the CTA which was obtained in January. The next big step is finding a corporate sponsor to sign on with Mobile Garden to fund the its construction and maintenance.

Via email Joe says that normally crowd-sourced fund-raising efforts like Kickstarter and GiveForward could be a good resource for a project like this, however the CTA is requiring a corporate partner to carry the contract for insurance and liability reasons.

So, all of you Colossal readers that happen to be CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and are interested in sponsoring an incredible project that explores urban stewardship, now is your opportunity. In all seriousness this sounds like a great opportunity for Target who seems to be sponsoring every other major art initiative in Chicago lately.

 

 



Art Design

Axis Types A Map of Chicago

October 8, 2010

Christopher Jobson

Great maps of Chicago and Boston from Axis maps made entirely from type. This took more than a couple hours in Illustrator. (via quipsologies)

 

 



Illustration

The Chi-Noceros

October 4, 2010

Christopher Jobson

New print by Phineas X. Jones now for sale over at Octophant.us.

 

 



Design

Chicago: City of Big Holes

September 1, 2010

Christopher Jobson

The Chicago Spire designed by Santiago Calatrava was poised to rise and twist 360 degrees over 150 stories near Chicago’s Navy Pier. However financial woes have almost certainly doomed the project and Chicago is left with an enormous hole just off Lake Shore Drive.

Early this year the Chicago Architectural Club saw an opportunity and held a global competition, Mine the Gap, in which it posed the question: What the hell should we do with this frigging massive hole? (paraphrased) From dozens of entries the results have been announced and below are some of the more intriguing and occasionally wacky submissions. The winner is the first image, called The Second Sun. Much more detailed imagery on their site.