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A Brilliant Studio Ghibli-Style Ad for Travel Oregon Imagines the State as an Adventurous Dreamland

January 26, 2021

Grace Ebert

Imagine Oregon’s hot springs, hiking trails, and sand-dune escapades “only slightly exaggerated.” An advertisement for Travel Oregon entertains that enhanced view of the western state as it paints it in a magical light, Studio Ghibli-style: cloud figures saunter through the sky, a rock pulls a lever to shift the world from night to day, and packs of dogs frolic in the countryside. Evoking the aesthetics and fantastical imagery of the iconic Japanese animation studio, the promotional piece is the second ad for the tourism agency by creative agency Wieden+Kennedy, production company Psyop, and animation house Sun Creature—watch the equally whimsical…

 

 



Art Design

Wooden Benches Unfurl into Pasta-Esque Strands in Pablo Reinoso's Works

December 10, 2020

Grace Ebert

…May 11, 2021. Until then, explore more of his projects on his site and Instagram.   “Black Sand” (2018), photo by Pia Torelli “Déroulé” (2018), photo by Rodrigo Reinoso “Fire” (2018), photo by Rodrigo Reinoso “Looping One” (2020), photo by Rodrigo Reinoso Left: “Marco Buenos Aires II” (2018), photo by Rodrigo Reinoso. Right: “Marco del Sur” (2018) “Marco Paris IV” (2019), photo by Rodrigo Reinoso “Spaghetti corten” (2008), corten steel and teak, 80 x 344 x 172 centimeters “Fourvière Bench” (2018), carved wood and steel, 454 x 445 x 310 centimeters, photo by Rodrigo Reinoso “Fourvière Bench” (2018), carved wood…

 

 



Design

Clusters of Candy-Colored Domes Designed for Communal Living Populate Iran's Hormuz Island

December 8, 2020

Grace Ebert

…says in a conversation with designboom, noting that the area’s topography inspired much of the architecture. “The sandbags that create the spatial particles (aka domes) are filled with the dredging sand of the Hormuz Dock as if the earth has swollen to produce space for accommodation.” Most of the bulbous structures hold living accommodations with communal dining, laundry, and prayer areas woven throughout. The vibrant venues were designed as part of an initiative to remedy local economic struggles and bring together tourists and the community in a shared cultural space. ZAV expands on the intention of the project: In a…

 

 



Art

Precisely Arranged Stones Coil and Surge Across the Land in Jon Foreman's Mesmeric Works

December 2, 2020

Grace Ebert

All images © Jon Foreman, shared with permission A scroll through Jon Foreman’s Instagram proves just how prolific the Wales-based artist has been this year—he’s collaborated with artist James Brunt (previously) on a few projects, too. From coils arranged in gradients to whirling patterns embedded in the sand, Foreman’s land art sprawls across beaches and grassy patches in an impressive number of locations. Each work is precise in composition, perfectly matching size, hue, and shape into hypnotic works that contrast the man-made construction with their organic backdrops. Because the outdoor projects are ephemeral in nature, Foreman (previously) offers prints of…

 

 



Art

An Anamorphic Mural Transforms a Montreal Street into Undulating Sand Dunes

November 3, 2020

Grace Ebert

All images © NÓS, by Olivier Bousquet, Eloa Defly, Raphaël Thibodeau, Alex Lesage, and Charles Laurence Proulx Along the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, sandy drifts swell and surge in a massive mural by the Canadian architecture firm NÓS. Aptly named “Moving Dunes,” the anamorphic artwork is comprised of neutral-toned lines that undulate along the walkway, creating a deceptive path mimicking deserts and beaches. Chrome spheres sporadically appear along the street in order to reflect the surrounding architecture and rippling patterns on the ground. The 2018 project coincided with the museum’s exhibition, From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-face Picasso, Past…

 

 



Animation

Selfish: An Animated Short Explores the Tragic Impacts of Plastic Pollution

September 8, 2020

Grace Ebert

…by a visit to a small island in Taiwan two years ago: It was the closest I’d lived to the sea, being only a 10 minute drive away. Everyone can enjoy the beach with its white sand and turquoise ocean. At the time, I went snorkeling almost every week. Seeing such alluring tropical fish and coral reefs sill lingers in my mind. However, I also cannot forget the scenes of tons of human waste lying around the shore as if it were a part of nature. See how Chen animated the project—which has garnered an impressive list of awards from…