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Bubbletecture: A New Book Explores Decades of Soft Architectural Forms and Inflatable Designs

February 25, 2019

Kate Sierzputowski

Skum, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) (architect), Roskilde, Denmark, 2016. Picture credit: Rasmus Hjortshoj (pages 46-47) Bubbletecture, a forthcoming book from Phaidon, captures the incredible range of inflatable architecture, fashion, art, and design that has been created over the last several decades. From chair-shaped balloon creations by Seung Jin Yang to a blow-up aubergine concert hall by Arata Isozaki (previously) and Anish Kapoor (previously), the included designs range from aesthetic interpretations of puffy inflatables to pieces that highlight their ease and functionality. The book, which was written by New York City-based architect Sharon Francis, presents more than 200 examples of shape-shifting…

 

 



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The Secret Life of the Pencil: An Abstract Portrait Series of Today's Creatives as Seen Through Their Pencils

November 8, 2017

Christopher Jobson

…established artists, designers, and photographers they began to request writing utensils to photograph using a special setup. “For each pencil we art directed the shoot to have a very subtle ‘nod’ to them or their work. When that wasn’t suitable, we let the pencil they had chosen to represent them talk for itself, documenting them in their purest form.” Tinney and Hammond gathered the pencil portraits together in the new book The Secret Life of the Pencil available worldwide through Laurence King. William Boyd Dave Eggers Tracey Emin Thomas Heatherwick Henry Holland Anish Kapoor Nick Park Gerald Scarfe David Shrigley…

 

 



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Anish Kapoor's Perpetual Black Water Whirlpool Installed in the Floor of a Former Movie Theater in Italy

May 24, 2015

Christopher Jobson

Courtesy Galleria Continua, Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNOstudio. Courtesy Galleria Continua, Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNOstudio. Courtesy Galleria Continua, Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNOstudio. Courtesy Galleria Continua, Ph. Ela Bialkowska OKNOstudio. Churning and frothing just below the old wooden floor of a former movie theater in San Gimignano, Italy, a mysterious vortex of ominous black water seems to perpetually drain into nothingness. The artwork is a new iteration of artist Anish Kapoor‘s Decension installation that appeared earlier this year in India. The former cinema and theatre space is now the home of Galleria Continua that hosted the exhibition. Kapoor shared about the piece:…

 

 



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Bean: 1, Tourist: 0 — Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate Sculpture Fed-up with Chicago Weather

March 24, 2015

Christopher Jobson

This photo pretty much sums up the feelings of an entire city as nearly 6 inches of snow fell on Chicago late this weekend. Local photographer Patricia Jones happened to be shooting by Kapoor’s Cloud Gate as tourists were snapping their own photos when the sculpture suddenly attacked. Hilariously perfect timing. (via Reddit, Instagram)…

 

 



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A Perpetual Whirlpool of Black Water Installed in a Gallery Floor by Anish Kapoor

February 10, 2015

Johnny Waldman

Anish Kapoor. “Descension” (2014) ©Anish Kapoor 2015 via webindia123.com “If one is talking about sculpture then scale and skin is everything,” declared Anish Kapoor. He was speaking from India, the birthplace of the acclaimed sculptor, where his latest installation was part of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. The skin of the object is what defines it, he goes on to explain, while scale creates a certain mystery around the object. Kapoor’s latest work, Descension, has both of these elements. Unexpectedly set into the gallery floor is a large, seemingly endless hole. In it, a vortex of black water perpetually froths and churns….

 

 



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An Aerial View of Anish Kapoor's Reflective 'Cloud Gate' Sculpture

August 31, 2014

Christopher Jobson

Photographer Gray Malin was recently in Chicago where he shot a number of amazing aerial photos around the city including beaches, Navy Pier, and spots around Millennium Park. For some reason, even though it’s been on view for nearly 8 years now, I’ve never seen a photo of Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate taken from directly above like this. It looks almost exactly like a small lake filled with Chicago’s skyline. You can see more from Malin’s trip here. (via Art Effect)…