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An Immersive Forest of 60,000 Rainbow Numbers by Emmanuelle Moureaux

An Immersive Forest of 60,000 Rainbow Numbers by Emmanuelle Moureaux

February 16, 2017

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Kate Sierzputowski

In celebration of The National Art Center of Tokyo‘s 10th anniversary, French architect Emmanuelle Moureaux was commissioned to fill the institution’s 6500 square foot exhibition space with her vision of the decade to come. Unsurprisingly, Moureaux, whose practice often involves layering color within space, decided to transform the white cube into a rainbow forest filled with more than 60,000 multi-colored numbers arranged in three dimensional grids. More



Art

Dichroic Glass Installations by Chris Wood Reflect Light in a Rainbow of Color

Dichroic Glass Installations by Chris Wood Reflect Light in a Rainbow of Color

Feb.15.17

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Christopher

Cambridge-based artist Chris Wood (previously) continues to produce stunning light sculptures utilizing panels of dichroic glass that refract light in a vivid array of color. Her works have appeared in numerous exhibitions over the last few years and have even been incorporated into nearly a dozen displays worldwide for Fendi Fashion House. Wood has also created installations using glasses and lights that reflect patterns onto nearby surfaces. More



Art Design

Local and International Artists Produce 21 Light Installations For the Inaugural Toronto Light Festival

Local and International Artists Produce 21 Light Installations For the Inaugural Toronto Light Festival

Feb.10.17

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Kate

Set within a district of Victorian industrial buildings, the Toronto Light Festival is a free 45-day festival occurring during this year’s winter months as a way to creatively draw the city’s inhabitants out of their homes. Featuring 21 diverse light installations built by local and international artists and thousands of glowing bulbs, the festival covers a total of 13 acres in the city’s Distillery District. Installations range from a series of lit figures appearing to jump from the roof of one of the historic buildings to two red, geometric cats prowling an included alleyway, with several multi-colored works in-between. More



Art

A Sprawling Coral-Like Structure Suspended Above an Orlando Convention Center by Marc Fornes

A Sprawling Coral-Like Structure Suspended Above an Orlando Convention Center by Marc Fornes

Jan.27.17

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Christopher

An interconnected pathway of tubular branches hangs above the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Florida, an installation produced from perforated aluminum by architect Marc Fornes and his studio The Very ManyUnder Magnitude, which appears like a large segment of bleached coral, is composed of over 4,600 strips of metal, each just a millimeter thick. When formed into tubes however, the material increases in strength, allowing it to be walked over without damage. More



Art Crafts

Artist Windy Chien Unearths Obscure Knots Everyday for an Entire Year

Artist Windy Chien Unearths Obscure Knots Everyday for an Entire Year

Jan.26.17

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Kate

In January of 2016, artist Windy Chien devoted herself to learning a new knot every day for a year, tying a total of 366 by December 31st (2016 was a leap year). Although 366 knots might seem like a staggering number, it is nothing compared to the 3,900 included in Chien’s go-to knot manual—The Ashley Book of Knots, which took its author nearly 11 years to compile. More



Art

A New Large-Scale Installation of Boats and Tangled Thread by Artist Chiharu Shiota

A New Large-Scale Installation of Boats and Tangled Thread by Artist Chiharu Shiota

Jan.20.17

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Kate

The newest installation by Chiharu Shiota (previously here and here) is composed of nearly 300,000 yards of white yarn, woven to encapsulate the center, ground floor, and ten windows of Le Bon Marché. The exhibition, titled Where are we going?, will feature 150 boats within the French department store’s center, and the ground-floor exhibition will house a giant threaded wave that visitors are encouraged to walk through. More



Art

A Quarter Mile of Reflective Poles Mirror the Changing Tides

A Quarter Mile of Reflective Poles Mirror the Changing Tides

Jan.7.17

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Kate

A quarter mile installation of nearly 250 mirrored posts stood tall on California’s Laguna Beach coast, the work reflecting back the Pacific Ocean’s subtle changes for four days last November. 1/4 Mile Arc is the latest outdoor work by Phillip K Smith III, the Los Angeles born artist who previously built a reflective cabin within Joshua Tree’s expansive desert plains. 1/4 Mile Arc’s 10-foot poles were positioned to specifically mark the curve of the beach just beyond the high tide line, ensuring the work would reflect the waves it faced rather than being swallowed by their force. More



Art

Vertigo-Inducing Room Illusions by Peter Kogler

Vertigo-Inducing Room Illusions by Peter Kogler

Dec.23.16

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Christopher

With dizzying wall graphics reminiscent of warped funhouse mirrors, artist Peter Kogler transforms ordinary galleries, transit centers, and lobbies into near hallucinatory experiences. For over 30 years, the Austrian artist has worked at the intersection of architecture and new media to construct both immersive environments and sculptural elements that seems to redefine physical spaces. By plastering walls with optical illusions he challenges a viewer’s sense of depth (and sanity) with his ambitious monochromatic installations of repeating patterns that incorporate pipes, ants, and bold snake-like patterns. More



Art

Artist Benedetto Bufalino Unveils a Disco Ball Cement Truck

Artist Benedetto Bufalino Unveils a Disco Ball Cement Truck

Dec.13.16

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Christopher

Thanks to French artist Benedetto Bufalino, you can now dance the night away at a construction site turned night club with the help of his new Diso Ball Cement Mixer. The truck was parked from December 8-10 in Lyon, France where bright spotlights pointed at the truck turned the streets and building facades into swirling dance party. The spectacle apparently grabbed the attention of quite a few passersby who stopped to take photos and film the otherwise mundane work site that was transformed for a few hours each night. More



Art Photography

Clusters of White Balloons Photographed Invading Landscapes and Homes by Charles Pétillon

Clusters of White Balloons Photographed Invading Landscapes and Homes by Charles Pétillon

Dec.8.16

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Kate

Photographer Charles Pétillon (previously) captures arranged configurations of balloons in a variety of environments—trapping the illuminated organic shapes momentarily in his photographs. The huddles of balloons are metaphors for Pétillon, a nod to the objects, buildings, and structures we often pass by in our busy lives without taking the time to really notice them. Last year he produced a 177-foot-long installation for London’s Covent Garden, a work that he titled Heartbeat. More



Design

A Public Park in Taipei Welded From Recycled Light Posts

A Public Park in Taipei Welded From Recycled Light Posts

Dec.6.16

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Kate

From the mass of Taipei’s urban waste comes the project “Swings Park,” a public playground area constructed from dozens of unwanted lamp posts. The project is a collaboration between Taipei-based design studio City Yeast and Spanish art collective Basurma, two groups that aim to produce experimental design as positive activations for a city’s infrastructure and its residents. Fabricated in response to Design Capital 2016, the project was one of six selected proposals from the contest whose mission is to provoke urban evolution through public design. More