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Urban City by EVOL

July 28, 2011

Christopher Jobson

German street artist EVOL has constructed this urban “X” in a field outside of Hamburg as part of the upcoming MS Dockville music and art festival. The structure took eight days to dig and construct and you can see an annotated photo series showing the process here. How unbelievably fun is this? Although I’m sure eight days is enough work, I can’t help but imagine what it would be like to scale this even larger into an entire network of entrenched skyscrapers. (via unurth)

 

 



Photography

Tree Chair

July 9, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Photographer Jocelyn Catterson captured this shot of naturally occurring tree furniture in a forest near Morrison, Colorado. (via hard feelings)

 

 



Science

Animals

June 17, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Perhaps a counterbalance to yesterday’s extinction calendar, this wonderful animal video shot on location in Costa Rica by Los Angeles-based filmmaker Douglas Burgdorff. I giggled to read “you just out Malicked Malick with this” in the comments on Vimeo, as I was thinking this is what an episode of National Geographic would look like if directed by Terrence Malick. Visual poetry. Set to Time Lapse by Michael Nyman, and beware bug eating.

 

 



Design

Almost Extinct Calendar

June 16, 2011

Christopher Jobson

The Almost Extinct Calendar designed by London firm The Chase for the BBC Wildlife Fund just picked up accolades at the 2011 D&AD Awards. The calendar displays an endangered animal for every day of the year and is not something I’m particularly eager to hang on the wall, but instead a grim reminder of the inevitable fate many species will soon face due to human interference in their environment. Not too get all soapboxy, but at a time when our culture’s attention is dominated by the internet, television, and other forms of media, it seems the creation of a successful environmental campaign is nearly impossible. That’s what I love about the direct nature of this. At a single glance, without even being able to read, the meaning of the design is painfully clear. Using the interactive calendar you can click to learn more about each animal and then make a donation. (via creative review)

 

 



Art

New work from Gregory Euclide

June 14, 2011

Christopher Jobson

A new large-scale installation from artist Gregory Euclide (previously) using a wide variety of materials including acrylic, acrylic caulk, cast paper from Central Park boulders, eurocast, fern, and foam. Euclide also recently created the artwork for a Bon Iver album which you can read about over on My Love for You, or check out this video. (via behance)

 

 



Art Design

David Harper: Stacks

June 8, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Stacks is an outdoor bookshelf installation by artist David Harper made of books and wood. Via Cazenova College:

The theme for Harper’s installation: “these trees shall be my books,” comes from William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” but the goal of the work goes far beyond Orlando’s wish to immortalize Rosalind. Harper seeks to immortalize the love of knowledge, and the homage owed to the living things we use to create stores of knowledge for all to study. “STACKS” captures the transformation from living tree to store of knowledge.

(via fasels suppe)

 

 



Art

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)