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Two Artists Live and Work on a Giant Rotating Hamster Wheel for 10 Days

March 6, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Photo by Scott Lynch courtesy Gothamist

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Photo by Scott Lynch courtesy Gothamist

Artists Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley have constructed a giant wood hamster wheel with a 25-foot-diameter where the duo are currently living and working for 10 days until March 9 at the Boiler in Williamsburg, Brookyln. Why? Because …art! Titled In Orbit, the piece is a continuation of numerous installations where the artists live together in public spaces including Counterweight Roommmate and Stability which they refer to as “architectural performance pieces.”

For In Orbit, the rotating house is designed so that Shelley can live on the exterior of the wheel nearly 30 ft. off the floor, while Schweder lives on the inside due to a fear of heights. Through coordinated movements the pair can rotate the wheel to access beds, desks, chairs and even a kitchen-bathroom combo. You can learn more over at Gothamist and Peirogi Gallery. Photos and video by Scott Lynch. (via Laughing Squid)

 

 



Art Illustration

Vibrant Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska

March 5, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Architect and freelance illustrator Maja Wrońska (previously) continues to amaze with her beautifully executed watercolor paintings of iconic cityscapes from around the world. From London and Paris to Prague and even Disney Land, the Polish artist brings a colorful, dreamlike perspective to everything she paints. Wrońska has been extremely active since we first covered her work here back in 2012, see much more on Behance, and pickup prints and other things on Society6.

 

 



Art

Giant Inflatable Balloons Transform Interior Spaces into Otherwordly Environments

February 7, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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El Claustro, 2011. Querétaro, México. 10 x 10 x 11m

Barcelona-based Penique Productions is an artist collective founded in 2007 that creates transformative installations in public spaces. To do this the group utilizes massive plastic balloons that are inflated inside buildings and other interior areas. Coupled with exterior lighting that illuminates the colored plastic, the results can be beautifully dramatic, making the new environment almost unrecognizable from the actual space.

You can see many more views of several installations on their website, and almost all of them are accompanied by videos that document the process. Penrique has upcoming projects next month at both the UB University in Barcelona, and at Galeria N2.

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El Claustro, 2011. Querétaro, México. 10 x 10 x 11m

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El Claustro, 2011. Querétaro, México. 10 x 10 x 11m

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El Claustro, 2011. Querétaro, México. 10 x 10 x 11m

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El Claustro, 2011. Querétaro, México. 10 x 10 x 11m

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La Capella, 2009. Piera, Spain. 5.5 x 6 x 15m.

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El Sótano de la Tabacalera, 2011. Madrid, Spain. 13 x 15 x 7m.

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Sala Buit, 2011. Barcelona, Spain. 12.5 x 5 x 2.5m.

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Palazzo Ducale, 2011. Genova, Italy. 15.5 x 12 x 4m

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Espaço 180, 2013. Lisbon, Portugal. 18 x 15 x 8m.

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Cerveira Creative Camp, 2012. Vilanova de Cerveira, Portugal. 13.2 x 9.5 x 7.7m.

 

 



Animation

Walking City: An Evolving Video Sculpture Morphs in Response to Architecture

February 5, 2014

Christopher Jobson

Anyone who follows Colossal knows that digital animation and motion graphics are a rarity here, but this clip is a solid exception. Created by Universal Everything, Walking City is a slowly evolving video sculpture that gradually changes form through dozens of permutations while the core motion, the act of walking, remains the same. Via Universal Everything:

Referencing the utopian visions of 1960’s architecture practice Archigram, Walking City is a slowly evolving video sculpture. The language of materials and patterns seen in radical architecture transform as the nomadic city walks endlessly, adapting to the environments she encounters.

At almost 8 minutes long it’s a captivating view for such a simple premise, it’s fun to imagine the buildings and architectural designs that inspire each step. (via Colossal Submissions)

 

 



Art

Architectural Renderings of Life Drawn with Pencil and Pen by Rafael Araujo

January 17, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Calculation (Sequence) #2. Acrylic, china ink/canvas.

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In the midst of our daily binge of emailing, Tweeting, Facebooking, app downloading and photoshopping it’s almost hard to imagine how anything was done without the help of a computer. For Venezuelan artist Rafael Araujo, it’s a time he relishes. At a technology-free drafting table he deftly renders the motion and subtle mathematical brilliance of nature with a pencil, ruler and protractor. Araujo creates complex fields of three dimensional space where butterflies take flight and the logarithmic spirals of shells swirl into existence. He calls the series of work Calculation, and many of his drawings seem to channel the look and feel of illustrations found in Da Vinci’s sketchbooks. In an age when 3D programs can render a digital version of something like this in just minutes, it makes you appreciate Araujo’s remarkable skill. You can see much more here. (via ArchitectureAtlas)

 

 



Art

A Reflective Palace of Rainbows by Kimsooja

January 6, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Created in 2006 by multidisciplinary artist Kimsooja, To Breathe – A Mirror Woman was an elaborate installation at the Palacio de Cristal, Parque del Retiro, in Madrid. Originally built in the late 1880s to house a collection of flora and fauna from the Philippines, Kimsooja transformed the Palacio de Cristal into a multisensory sound and light experience. A special translucent diffraction film was used to cover the windows to create an array of naturally occurring rainbows which were in turn reflected by a mirrored surface that covered the entire floor. Additionally, an audio recording of the artist breathing was played throughout the space to further enhance the experience.

Kimsooja most recently wrapped the Korean Pavilion with a similar film treatment at the 2013 Venice Art Biennale.

 

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