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Cut Rice Paper Sculptures of Twisting Rollercoasters by Bovey Lee 

Flower Knot– The Moon Cyclist

Flower Knot–The Moon Cyclist. 35.5×35.5”, 2015. Chinese xuan (rice) paper on silk, hand cut.

Early last year, artist Bovey Lee (previously) made the move from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles, experiencing the overwhelming emotions and turmoil one faces when moving across the country. As a way to reconcile the differences between the two cities, Bovey began working on a new body of cut rice paper artworks that display the features and landscapes of her old a new lives as if twisted together on the spiraling tracks of rollercoasters.

Cut by hand from Chinese xuan paper, the pieces depict collisions of skyscrapers and flower bouquets, buffalos carrying mountainous stacks of suitcases, and in a piece titled Eternity – The Rescuer tumbling wedding cakes are surrounded by storm clouds. She shares with us about the new work:

Speaking to the motivation of my relocation, the works also feature imagery associated with romantic relationships, and wedding bouquets, engagement rings, cakes, and eternity symbols populate the pieces. In these works, I draw parallels between one’s romantic relationship and our relationship with nature. While seeking balance, eternity, stability, and harmony in both relationships, the journey we take on are often complex, dramatic, changing, and lopsided. But there is also incredible beauty, energy, richness, and even whimsy in chaos and imperfections through the ups and downs, and trial and error.

Many of these pieces will be on view starting next week at Gavlak Gallery for her show titled Divertical (a name taken from the world’s tallest water rollercoaster) starting January 9th. What you see here is just a fraction of her latest art, see plenty more in her 2015 gallery.

The Tightrope Walker

The Tightrope Walker 50×27.5”, 2015. Chinese xuan (rice) paper on silk, hand cut.

The Tightrope Walker, detail

The Tightrope Walker, detail

The Tightrope Walker, detail

The Tightrope Walker, detail

The Skateboarder

The Skateboarder 32×19”, 2015. Chinese xuan (rice) paper on silk, hand cut.

The Skateboarder, detail

The Skateboarder, detail

The Ribbon Dancer

The Ribbon Dancer 28.5×17.5”, 2015. Chinese xuan (rice) paper on silk, hand cut.

The Ribbon Dancer, detail

The Ribbon Dancer, detail

Eternity–The Rescuer

Eternity–The Rescuer 26×14.5”, 2015. Chinese xuan (rice) paper on silk, hand cut.

Ring–The Big Wave Surfer

Ring–The Big Wave Surfer 12×12”, 2015. Chinese xuan (rice) paper on silk, hand cut.

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Hundreds of Colorful Café Chairs Take the Form of a Winding Roller Coaster in the Middle of a French Square 

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All images via Baptiste Debombourg

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Baptiste Debombourg (previously here and here) has transformed a public square using the very objects that typically occupy it—taking 1,200 café chairs and forming them into an elaborate roller coaster. Although the installation is static, Debombourg created movement within the sculpture by incorporating six bright colors and four sky-high loops that twist and turn far from the ground.

The installation, titled Stellarwas built as a part of Le Voyage à Nantes, and will be located within the Place du Bouffay in Nantes, France until August 20th. Its inspiration stems from addressing the great presence of outdoor cafés and restaurants within the city center, as well as an artwork Robert Delaunay produced for the Paris World’s Fair in 1937. (via Junk Culture)

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The Centrifuge Brain Project: A Documentary About Impossible Amusement Rides 

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In this brilliantly fun mockumentary from German filmmaker Till Nowak, a man named Dr. Nick Laslowicz from the Institute for Centrifugal Research (ICR) recounts his “achievements in the realms of brain manipulation, excessive G-Force and prenatal simulations,” stating unequivocally that “gravity is a mistake.” What follows is a series of increasingly terrifying and equally absurd roller coasters that fling passengers into the sky in an attempt to theoretically improve their cognitive function. Pulling no stops, the fictional ICR has a fully active Facebook page and website, though in reality the film has won numerous awards in screenings around the world in the last year. (via the creators project, swissmiss)

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Inception Park: Hovering Roller Coasters Fly Above the Streets of Buenos Aires 

This is almost too good for words. A wonderfully clever video directed by Fernando Livschitz of Black Sheep Films, in which hovering roller coasters fly through the streets of Buenos Aires, completely untethered to tracks. I can’t help but wonder if the video somehow had its genesis in the green screen High Wheel video from last year. Regardless this is a splendid evolution. (via vimeo)

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East Campus Roller Coaster 2010: The Reverse Cowgirl 

This September students from MIT built a vertical wooden roller coaster from scratch. What happened to drinking beer and playing video games?

Rush 2010 featured EC’s first fully vertical wooden roller coaster track. The Reverse Cowgirl, designed by Mike Nawrot ’12 and Romain Teil ’11 dropped its riders vertically, then turned them face down as they skimmed 2 feet above the ground, face down and strapped with their backs to the cart, before bringing them back to vertical upside-down.

From what I can gather this appears to be part of an annual coaster tradition that is only vaguely documented online. Additional photos here. (via make)

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