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Art Design

A Massive Wave Crashes in a Seoul Aquarium as Part of the World's Largest Anamorphic Illusion

May 17, 2020

Grace Ebert

An enormous aquarium with perpetually crashing waves has popped up amidst an urban landscape in South Korea, but don’t expect to hear the water sloshing around if you walk by. Designed by District, the elevated tank is actually a massive anamorphic illusion. The digital media company created the public project utilizing an advertising screen that spans 80.1 x 20.1 meters. As shown in the video, the deceptive aquarium looms over the outdoor area and splashes repeatedly into the sides.

For more of District’s illusory works, check out Vimeo and Instagram. (via Design You Trust)

Update: This article has been updated to correct an error that stated that the advertising screen was the world’s largest.

 

 

 



Science

Watch the Aquatic Animals at Monterey Bay Aquarium via These Free Live Streams

March 18, 2020

Grace Ebert

You may have had to cancel your spring vacation, but you still can (virtually) visit the aquatic animals housed at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Peek at the groups of jellyfish and sharks, do some bird watching in the Aviary, follow the African penguins as they waddle around, and catch a glimpse at the pulsing moon jellies all through the institutions’ free live streams. And for close-ups of the species, head to Instagram. (via Laughing Squid)

 

 



Art Design

Defunct Old Cars Given New Life as Pools and Pizza Ovens by Benedetto Bufalino

June 18, 2018

Andrew LaSane

French artist Benedetto Bufalino (previously) brings functional fun to existing objects that were built with practicality as a primary objective. Since transforming a cement mixer truck into a disco on wheels back in 2016, Bufalino has continued to create unique urban interventions out of cars, phone booths, and other vehicles and objects from daily life.

While some of his creations are meant to be observed as structures (like his modified aquariums), others are built to be used. Bufalino has transformed a gutted sedan into a working wood-burning pizza oven, outfitted a camper van with a family-sized pool, and modified stretch limousines to serve as outdoor seating or ping pong tables.

Rather than restricting his labor-intensive sculptures to rarefied gallery settings, the artist often installs his work in public spaces to be encountered by the unsuspecting general public. To see more of his projects, including behind-the-scenes looks at the builds, follow Bufalino on Instagram (via designboom).

 

 



Design

Stunning Highlights from the 2016 International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest

November 3, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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#1 (Grand Prize) Takayuki Fukada, Japan / All images courtesy IAPLC & Aquabase.

Since the 1990s, an intrepid group of aquascaping artists have gradually raised the bar of what’s possible with the design of a traditional aquarium. Using only natural elements, the aquariums you see here are years in the making to ensure plants and animals all exist in harmony while trying to achieve merits on an exhaustive list of aesthetic criteria. Over 2,000 participants from 60+ countries submit designs for the annual International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest (IAPLC) and here are some of our favorites from this year.

The 2016 winner was Takayuki Fukada (who also won last year’s grand prize) and you can see more photos on Facebook courtesy André Albuquerque of AquaA3.

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#2 Chao Wang, China

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#3 Junichi Itakura, Japan

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#4 Katsuki Tanaka, Japan

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#5 Adriano Montoro Nicácio, Brazil

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#6 Yoyo Prayogi, Indonesia

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#12 Yi Ye, China

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#14 Yanfei Qian, China

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#18 Wei Chen, China

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#19 Yucheng Pan, China

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#21 Hoai Nam Vu, Vietnam

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#27 Juan Puchades Rufino, Spain

 

 



Design

Minimalist Aquariums Filled With 3D Printed Flora by Designer Haruka Misawa

May 27, 2016

Kate Sierzputowski

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All images via Haruka Misawa.

Designer and founder of Misawa Design Institute, Haruka Misawa (previously), has designed a series of minimal aquariums titled “Waterscapes” that include 3D printed objects inspired by undersea plant life. These works mimic coral and other aquatic flora that small fish use as hiding places, yet are all manufactured digitally. The objects are ones that would normal topple or crumble because of their own weight, yet because of their underwater location are able to exist as buoyant additions to the aesthetically pleasing fish homes.

Within the series Misawa has also designed bubbles of air within the aquariums that allow plants to thrive at the center of her creations. These meta environments appear like miniature fish bowls within larger aquariums, with plants floating at the top of the inner enclosures. These works were displayed recently in Taiwan in an exhibition titled “Waterscape” and you can see them in action in the video below. (via Design Milk)

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Design

Awesome Aquariums: Winners of the 2015 International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest

October 8, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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#1 (Grand Prize) Takayuki Fukada, Japan / Courtesy IAPLC & Aquabase. © Aqua Design Amano Co., Ltd.

While most people are satisfied with giving their pet goldfish some colorful gravel, a plastic plant, and maybe one of those bubbly treasure chests, the entrants to the International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest (IAPLC) have turned aquarium design into an artform. The massive tanks require years of preparation and are focused almost entirely on the aesthetic presentation of plants using only natural elements.

The art of aquascaping is still a fledgling endeavor, first started in the 90s by Japanese wildlife photographer Takashi Amano. The annual IAPLC competition has grown dramatically since, with the 2015 contest seeing 2,545 entries from 69 countries. Japan, China, Brazil, and France dominate the top finalist spots (only 13 entries were from the United States). Finalists were announced in September.

The scoring of each aquarium is based on a complex matrix of six criteria: the recreation of natural habitat for fish; the creator’s technical skills; the long-term maintenance of the habitat; the originality and impression of the layout; presentation of natural layout; and the overall composition and planting ‘balance’. Participants face severe penalties for reconfiguring elements from their own past entries, stealing ideas from others, and using plants that may not last long-term in the environment presented.

This year’s grand prize winner was Takayuki Fukada from Japan with his aquarium titled Longing. You can see our previous coverage of the IAPLC here. All images courtesy IAPLC and AquaA3. (via Vice)

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#2 范博文, China / Courtesy IAPLC & AquaA3. © Aqua Design Amano Co., Ltd.

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#4 Paulo Pacheco, Brazil / Courtesy IAPLC & Aquabase. © Aqua Design Amano Co., Ltd.

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#5 叶毅, China / Courtesy IAPLC & Aquabase. © Aqua Design Amano Co., Ltd.

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#7 刘勇, China / Courtesy IAPLC & Aquabase. © Aqua Design Amano Co., Ltd.

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#8 タナカカツキ, Japan / Courtesy IAPLC & Aquabase. © Aqua Design Amano Co., Ltd.

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#10 Luis Carlos Galarraga, Brazil / Courtesy IAPLC & Aquabase. © Aqua Design Amano Co., Ltd.

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#12 Ana Paula Cinato, Brazil / Courtesy IAPLC & Aquabase. © Aqua Design Amano Co., Ltd.

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#16 张大东, China / Courtesy IAPLC & Aquabase. © Aqua Design Amano Co., Ltd.

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#19 薛海, Taiwan / Courtesy IAPLC & Aquabase. © Aqua Design Amano Co., Ltd.

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#21 Andre Longarco, Brazil / Courtesy IAPLC & Aquabase. © Aqua Design Amano Co., Ltd.

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#22 Olivier Thebaud, France / Courtesy IAPLC & Aquabase. © Aqua Design Amano Co., Ltd.

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#23 Michaël Leroy, France / Courtesy IAPLC & Aquabase. © Aqua Design Amano Co., Ltd.