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Yellow Street Lines Form a Park Bench Around a Tree in this Temporary Green Space by The Edible Bus Stop

Yellow Street Lines Form a Park Bench Around a Tree in this Temporary Green Space by The Edible Bus Stop

October 16, 2017

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Christopher Jobson

As part of the 2012 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in London, landscape and design consultancy The Edible Bus Stop conceived of a green space that incorporated gardens, artwork, and the conversion of a street into public space. The temporary exhibition titled Riot of Color was conceived as “a post apocalyptic interpretation of the after effects of the 2011 London riots.” More



Design

New Designs Printed Directly From Urban Utility Covers by Berlin-Based Pirate Printers

New Designs Printed Directly From Urban Utility Covers by Berlin-Based Pirate Printers

Apr.19.17

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Kate

Berlin-based art collective Raubdruckerin (which translates to pirate printer) (previously) uses elements of urban design to create guerilla printing presses, adding ink to manhole covers, grates, and street tiles to create utilitarian designs on t-shirts and bags. The experimental print makers view the works as footprints of a particular city, with current designs collected from Amsterdam, Athens, Paris, Lisbon, and their hometown of Berlin. More



Art

Humorous New Contextual Street Sign Interventions by Michael Pederson

Humorous New Contextual Street Sign Interventions by Michael Pederson

Jan.17.17

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Christopher

Look close, or you’ll miss it. Camouflaged like legitimate street signs in public spaces around Sydney you’ll find these fun urban interventions by artist Michael Pederson (aka Miguel Marquez Outside). A park solitude rating guide, oversized emergency panic buttons, or personal space preference cards, all completely ludicrous and yet it’s hard not to think these might be useful in certain situations. 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

Artist Christo Guelov Creates Dozens of Colorfully Alternative Pedestrian Crossings in Madrid

Artist Christo Guelov Creates Dozens of Colorfully Alternative Pedestrian Crossings in Madrid

Sep.23.16

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Christopher

Seeing opportunity just under his feet, artist Christo Guelov wondered how a mundane street crossing could be turned into a thing of beauty. Like the design of a chair or the face of a watch, it turns out the possibilities are probably endless. The Bulgarian artist transformed dozens of pedestrian crossings in Madrid as part of his series Funnycross, working with a palette of friendly colors to paint fun geometric patterns on streets across the city. More



Art Design

A Herd of Cats Fill Advertising Placements at a London Tube Stop for Two Weeks

A Herd of Cats Fill Advertising Placements at a London Tube Stop for Two Weeks

Sep.13.16

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Kate

The Clapham Common Tube station in London is currently covered in cats, and for the most part it’s just as straightforward as it may seem. A project known as the Citizens Advertising Takeover Service (or CATS), took over 68 advertisements in the station as a way to bring cute imagery into the daily vision of passersby, while momentarily ceasing the onslaught of continuous advertising faced during daily commutes, and life. CATS secured the money to finance the project through a Kickstarter campaign six months ago, and in the end raised £23,000. More



Design

Pirate Printers: Shirts and Totes Printed Directly on Urban Utility Covers

Pirate Printers: Shirts and Totes Printed Directly on Urban Utility Covers

Jul.26.16

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Christopher

Using public street fixtures as printing elements, the artist collective behind Berlin-based Raubdruckerin (pirate printer) produces shirts and bags imprinted with manhole covers, vents, and utility grates. The overlooked geometric patterns and typographic forms of urban signage make surprisingly nifty graphics for shirts. The collective applies ink directly to the streets and prints on-site in locations like Amsterdam, Lisbon, and Paris and then sell their creations through an online shop. It would be amazing to see something like this come out of Japan. More



Art

Humorous Street Signs and Other Contextual Street Art Interventions by Michael Pederson

Humorous Street Signs and Other Contextual Street Art Interventions by Michael Pederson

Oct.20.15

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Christopher

Across the urban cityscape of Sydney, in parks, suburban streets, and industrial zones, you’re likely to encounter a plethora of signs and placards while going about your day: warnings, traffic regulations, helpful guides, and city services. But, look closer, and you might find an intervention by artist Michael Pederson who delights in creating humorous and thoughtful signs that blend into the city backdrop. Pederson makes use of pre-existing elements like park benches or abandoned furniture to share messages meant to snap a viewer out of their daily routine and see the world from a more contemplative or even childlike perspective, if only for a moment. More



Art

Three-Dozen Floral Designers Transform a Condemned Detroit Duplex with 36,000 Flowers

Three-Dozen Floral Designers Transform a Condemned Detroit Duplex with 36,000 Flowers

Oct.16.15

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Christopher

Last November, florist Lisa Waud went to a public auction and purchased an abandoned house in Detroit, Michigan—sight unseen. Crumbling and condemned, the aging duplex was filled knee-high with trash, broken bottles, and even a dead dog. Her winning bid: $250. But Waud had a vision. She planned to invite florists from Michigan, Ohio, New York and Canada to fill the house with a temporary art installation of 36,000 flowers. This morning, Flower House opens to the public. More



Design

Traffic Light That Lets You Play Pong with Person on the Other Side Officially Installed in Germany

Traffic Light That Lets You Play Pong with Person on the Other Side Officially Installed in Germany

Dec.6.14

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Christopher

Back in 2012, a trio of interaction design students from HAWK University unveiled a concept for StreetPong, an interactive game of pong installed at a street crossing that allows you to play opponents waiting on the other side. The concept video (above) was viewed a bajillion times around the web, compelling designers Amelie Künzler, Sandro Angel, and Holger Michel to work with design firms and traffic experts to build a fully-functional device. After two years of waiting, the game units have been designed and approved for use by the city of Hildesheim, Germany where they were installed two weeks ago. More



Dance Design

An Interactive Dancing Pedestrian Signal by Smart

An Interactive Dancing Pedestrian Signal by Smart

Sep.17.14

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Christopher

This fun urban intervention from small car manufacturer Smart attempts to redesign the humble traffic light by making it a bit more interactive. The team built a nearby dancing booth rigged with cameras that translates the dance moves of real passersby into a pixelated ‘don’t walk’ silhouette inside a crosswalk light. The video claims the installation resulted in 81% more people stopping at the light instead of walking out into the street. The piece was created for Smart’s promotional/safety campaign titled WhatAreYouFOR. More