In his spare time San Francisco resident Jeff Waldman started hanging swings in various locations around the city. These guerilla swings caught the attention of the Awesome Foundation which awarded him a $1,000 grant to hang 50 more, a project he captured in this great new video (music by Penguin Cafe Orchestra). The project has since grown a bit encompassing swing installations in Los Angeles and in the Marshall Islands, and with our help he’s heading south to Bolivia to hang a couple hundred more. (via streetsy)
I don’t normally post two things from an artist in one day; however this seemed too good to pass up, especially due to this blog’s affinity for matches. Ryo Shimizu created this delicate human shell out of hundreds of matches entitled Matchstick Drawing. How macabrely awesome it would have been to watch this figure meet his flaming demise.
A new large-scale installation from artist Gregory Euclide (previously) using a wide variety of materials including acrylic, acrylic caulk, cast paper from Central Park boulders, eurocast, fern, and foam. Euclide also recently created the artwork for a Bon Iver album which you can read about over on My Love for You, or check out this video. (via behance)
CNJPUS TEXT is the latest work from Tokyo-based artist Ryo Shimizu. The text is formed by using strokes borrowed from Chinese characters and then restructuring them into letters of the Roman alphabet. Via artist a day:
Shimizu is influenced by Japanese traditions and practices–the relationship between history and modern society and between the self and other people. His work ranges from photography to three-dimensional objects and installations.
This appears to be his third and largest in a series of text-based installations dating back to 2009. (via artist a day, sweet station)
Chris Dorosz creates these three dimensional furniture installations using blobs of paint suspended from filament, and uses a simliar technique to create human figures. I can’t imagine how difficult it is to affix viscous, acrylic paint to monofilament like this.
Stacks is an outdoor bookshelf installation by artist David Harper made of books and wood. Via Cazenova College:
The theme for Harper’s installation: “these trees shall be my books,” comes from William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” but the goal of the work goes far beyond Orlando’s wish to immortalize Rosalind. Harper seeks to immortalize the love of knowledge, and the homage owed to the living things we use to create stores of knowledge for all to study. “STACKS” captures the transformation from living tree to store of knowledge.
London-based graphic design student Joseph Egan created this fantastic anamorphic typographic installation at Chelsea College of Art & Design, using the works of Felice Varini as a jumping off point. The video really drives the whole idea home, I would love to see something like this in person. (via kastormag)