A 2010 installation by artist Anne Lindberg shown at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas. Lindberg used thousands of strands of Egyptian cotton thread suspended between staples to create this glowing, atmospheric space. See a video of the installation here. (via designspiration)
Swiss sound sculptor Zimoun (previously) just updated with this new installation in Bergen, Norway. Of all his works of the past few years this is by far one of my favorites. There’s something about the hypnotic motion of the cotton balls and the imposing grid of cardboard boxes that makes me wish I was standing in that room. See his constantly updated compilation video here.
Competitive Swinging is an installation/event by artist Paolo Salvagione at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA. The enormous rope swings are installed 5-on-5 in an old gymnasium and the only true goal seems to be who can have the most fun, a competition I think many people in this world often forget to engage in. From the artists comments via Laughing Squid:
The piece reveled itself slowly. All the ingredients were there in my mind, dreams, childhood playground memories, pendulums. The challenge of a space that big is how to activate it, it was built in 1907. I spent the evening there with bottle of wine and watched the space as the sun set. I noticed period hardware on the ceiling that once held climbing ropes, a common military exercise. From that observation the piece came together. The old basketball court ask for 5 people a side and the building has 5 window on each side. The nature of athletics asked for competition, my sense of humor loved the idea of competitive swinging. [...] There were a few moments where I thought my efforts to get to this swing-of-the-past seemed absurd but when the installation was complete I knew I had made the right decisions. An installation like this only comes to life when populated, with people, with smiles.
If you want to get in on the swinging action, the event is only up through the end of this weekend, the closing reception is May 8th. More great photos of the event captured by Andria Lo can be found here.
A great companion post to last weeks toothpicks. Behold the sculptural (architectural?) work of Denmark-based Lene Rønsholt Wille, who recently spent six weeks constructing this immense circular structure entitled “Metaphorical Horizons” in the central hall of the World Trade Center in Amsterdam. On her web site she refers to the entire concept as part two of a graduation project.
Taking the playful use of horizontal lines further, I made a design which lies on the boundary between being an object and being a space. It grows in scale and functions partly as a bench, a desk, a wall and as an entire space. [...] Over a period of 6 weeks I built up the design from 270,000 white LEGO bricks in the Central Hall of World Trade Center, Amsterdam.
The project was sponsored by the LEGO Company and you can see a great “brick by brick” photo gallery that details how it was built, showing, admittedly, a number of individuals who helped with the project. Incredibly awesome nonetheless.
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In his installation A Butterfly’s Eye View artist Eiji Watanabe eviscerates butterfly field guides, releasing the delicately cut insects and pinning them to the walls around the gutted textbooks. It’s almost as if he bestows life to these little paper creatures, and yet they often remain organized in a tight grid, an entire new species of butterfly. The images came via a number of Flickr accounts.
Beautiful typographic installations from by artist Dan Tobin Smith. Posting will be light during the holiday, back in full force Monday! (via cartwheel galaxy)
Artist Crystal Gregory created this Invasive Crochet installation as part of a show in New York called Art in Odd Places. Via her web site:
Invasive Crochet challenges gender roles by placing handwork on hardened city surfaces around New York. Crocheting lace doilies onto the razor wire of an abandoned lot for the 14th Street public art show Art in Odd Places, smothering the urban landscape in a soft, decorative, and familiar juxtaposition.
And suddenly I have no idea where I found this. Suffice to say, it was certainly somewhere.
Melbourne-based artist Robbie Rowlands creates these mind-bending segmented sculptures and installations from everyday objects and places. Enormous strips of floorboards are peeled up from abandoned buildings and street signs are sliced into rusty, serpentine artworks. Lovely. (via booooooom)