Graphic designer Paul Bailey is a recent graduate of Kingston University in London and his portfolio is filled with lots of fun projects including beautifully designed infographics, these fun biscuit stamps, and even an idea for a tribute bell installed outside recently closed pubs. Most interesting to me though was his hacked typewriter. Beginning with the statement, “the beauty of the typewriter is that, unlike its modern counterpart, it cannot be hacked” (which I couldn’t locate a source, but sure, I’ll roll with it) he set out to redefine the fundamental mechanics of the typewriter resulting in a new interpretation of its core function. Is it useful? Not really. But I find the idea of hacking non-electronic devices to create bizarre new machines really intriguing.
Yesterday marked the opening of ART HK 2011 where 260 galleries from 38 countries have come together to offer the largest display of contemporary art ever seen in Hong Kong. Photographer Duncan Tang was there and agreed to let me share a few of his photos with you, and as you can tell the sculptural work really took my attention. Some of the artists I recognized off the bat while others I’m unsure of, as I lack airfare to China to read the name placards. Recognize an artist? Shoot me a line. See dozens more images in Tang’s photostream.
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Cradle is a sculpture installed on the exterior wall of a parking lot in Santa Monica, California by Ball-Nogues Studio, originally designed by Frank Gehry.
An aggregation of mirror polished stainless steel spheres, the sculpture functions structurally like an enormous Newton’s Cradle – the ubiquitous toy found on the desktops of corporate executives in Hollywood films. Each ball is suspended by a cable from a point on the wall and locked in position by a combination of gravity and neighboring balls. The whole array reflects distorted images of passersby.
I’d pay a nickel to watch this piece from afar during an earthquake. (via journal du design, contemporist)
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All at once delicate and nightmarish these painted polymer clay figures by Seoul-based artist Choi Xooang are nothing short of remarkable. Try as I might it’s hard to find a definitive, trustworthy article to source information from, and even the spelling of his name seems to change from site to site. However it seems generally accepted that Xooang is attempting to draw attention to human rights abuses in Korea, and seeing these somewhat macabre, stunted figures unable to see or speak, it’s hard to dispute that. You can see much more of his work at Mu Um and Slash, though be warned it’s somewhat graphic (generally nudity). I admit the mushroom cloud sculpture is a bit of a one-off, but I saw it was just posted yesterday and couldn’t resist. Also, if you like this, you’ll most likely enjoy the work of Emil Alzamora. (via blaaahg, lustik)
These cement filled beer can nun-chucks (bud chucks, if you will) are a collaboration between Brooklyn based industrial designer Chen Chen and Kai Tsien Williams. See also their cold cut coasters made from industrial materials to look like thick juicy slabs of meat. (via today and tomorrow)
Argentinian conceptual artist Marta Minujin has constructed this massive tower of books at Plaza San Martin in Buenos Aires in reference to UNESCO’s recent nomination of the city as the World Book Capital in 2011. The myriad books were donated by libraries, readers, and over 50 embassies around the world and the structure can be climbed through May 28th after which it will be dismantled. Photos linked to their sources. (via flavorwire)
A new piece from Isaac Cordal who just published a 256-page book entitled Cement Eclipses: Small Interventions in the Big City, a book that chronicles the misadventures of his tiny cement men on the streets of London. See more of his work documented over at Unurth.