Metalmorphosis is a mirrored water fountain by Czech sculptor David Černý that was constructed at the Whitehall Technology Park in Charlotte, NC. The 14-ton sculpture is made from massive stainless steel layers that rotate 360 degrees and occasionally align to create a massive head. It even has it’s own live webcam. See many more images here.
The Tropism Well by UK-based Poietic Studio is a modernized take on the water fountain. Sensing the approach of an individual the well begins to lean automatically as water is pumped into the stem, pouring enough water to fill a glass. The motion of the fountain is really quite elegant and certainly puts a twist on a common functional object. Via their website:
Through the synthesis of nature and technology, these structures explore the relationships we have with objects and spaces that surround us on a daily basis. The simple gestural connection creates a stimulating and symbolic moment. The Tropism Well uses natural laws of physics to function. Once it has seen you, the gentle bowing motion is created simply by moving water up and down the stem.
The catch is one would need a drinking vessel to successfully get a drink, so we might not see these on every street corner soon. However, I for one welcome our new water pouring overlords.
German artist Felix von der Weppen just posted these striking images from a work in progress. Can’t wait to see where he goes with this. If you haven’t seen his birth sculpture that involves an exploding ostrich egg lit from the inside, you should definitely check it out. (via behance)
I first wrote about Italian photographer and digital artist Albert Seveso late last year when he published a series of his first ink photographs called Disastro Ecologico. His latest project involves little LEGO guys surfing waves of delicately rolling blue ink. It’s hard to believe these are even real. See the full series entitled Ink Riders.
The Glue Society is an independent creative collective based in Sydney and New York whose work “encompasses everything from broadcast entertainment, commercial and print advertising, film direction and graphic design to books, art exhibitions, live events, video installations and sculpture.” Their latest creation for the Sculpture by the Sea festival in Denmark is this installation entitled I Wish You Hadn’t Asked, a small house that rains nearly 200 litres of water every minute on the inside. Read more over on Creative Review. Photographs by Nicolai Lorenzen.