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American Ninja

May 19, 2011

Christopher Jobson

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.

 

 



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Urban Intervention: A Reclaimed Parking Spot

May 18, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Since we’re on the subject of grass today, check out Green Corner, a collaboration between Helsinki-based artists Otto Karvonen and Jon Irigoyen. Described as an “urban intervention” the idea was fairly straightforward: install a grass turf lawn in a parking space creating a temporary park that calls into question the ideas of ownership and use in public spaces.

Green corner is a spatial artwork consisting of lawn that is installed on a parking space. The lawn is equipped with some comfortable garden furniture, to provide a relaxing break in the middle of the hectic urban space. The work raises questions about public space in general; to whom it belongs and what can be done with it. […] The project functions also as an invitation to a workshop taking place in June. The workshop explores the public spaces in Kallio [a neighborhood in Helsinki] and the future prospects of the area.

It would be fun to see this project expanded to entire street or intersection. I’ll bring the croquet set. (via pixelache)

Update: So I’ve been living in a public art cave. Apparently this project is very similar to, and perhaps even part of, an ongoing worldwide movement called Park(ing) Day in which hundreds of parking spots across the globe are converted into small recreational parks. A million kabillion good shots can be found here. (thnx, @thegcanyon)

 

 



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Tower of Babel Built with 30,000 Books

May 17, 2011

Christopher Jobson

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)

 

 



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Isaac Cordal: Cement Eclipses

May 17, 2011

Christopher Jobson

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.

 

 



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Digital Paintings by Alex Andreyev

May 17, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Artist Alex Andreyev works and lives in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. His incredibly surreal paintings of floating people and objects are digitally painted using Photoshop and Corel. The first thing I thought when discovering this series was that this man needs to animate a movie, and sure enough on his website he mentions that he’s currently working on an animation project called Kin-Dza-Dza. Yes!

 

 



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Book and paper sculptures by Noriko Ambe

May 16, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Noriko Ambe creates intricate sculptures using books and layered paper. Born in Saitama, Japan, 1967 she currently lives and works in New York. Thanks to Elizabeth at Lora Reynolds Gallery in Austin for helping me wrangle the images above. See even more of her work over at Scai the Bathhouse. (via spoon and tamago)

 

 



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Scrap Metal Planets

May 15, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Boulder-based artist Mark Castator (FB) creates planets and moons from hundreds of small scrap metal pieces called “droppings” leftover form other sculpting projects. He’s created dozens of these incredible spheroid objects for this series entitled Moons of Jupiter. Most striking to me is that despite being welded steel they appear extremely delicate, as if a strong wind would cause them to collapse. Castator just finished a show at Walker Fine Art in Denver and has work at Winterowd Fine Art in Santa Fe. Photos courtesy Josh Raymond Photography. Thanks Mark for sharing your work with Colossal!