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Art Design

The Cloud: An Interactive Thunderstorm in Your House

July 1, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Multidisciplinary designer Richard Clarkson experiments with products, lights, and furniture in time split between his New York and New Zealand studios. One of his most elegant creations is Cloud, an interactive light shaped like a cumulus cloud that simulates a thunderstorm both in light and sound based on external input from either a remote control or motion sensors. From Clarkson’s website:

The Cloud is an interactive lamp and speaker system, designed to mimic a thundercloud in both appearance and entertainment. Using motion sensors the cloud detects a user’s presence and creates a unique lightning and thunder show dictated by their movement. The system features a powerful speaker system from which the user can stream music via any Bluetooth compatible device. Using color-changing lights the cloud is able to adapt to the desired lighting color and brightness. The cloud also has alternative modes such as a nightlight and music reactive mode.

Watch the video below to see how it works, and see the different variations in his online store. (via Really Sh*t!)

Update: The Smart Cloud and RGB Cloud are now available in the Colossal Shop.

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Animation

Paint Showers: A Thunderstorm of Stop Motion Paint by Miguel Jiron

March 24, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Paint Showers is beautiful animated short directed and animated by LA-based Miguel Jiron. Filmed back in 2011, the piece was made by photographing sequences of paint drips and splashes which were then set to sounds of rain creating an otherworldly thunderstorm of paint. You can see much more of Jiron’s animation work right here. (via Vimeo Staff Picks)

 

 



Art Photography

Rainscapes: Hyperrealistic Rainy Windshield Drawings by Elizabeth Patterson

June 17, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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West Duval Street, Lake City, 2013 / Color pencil and solvent on strathmore bristol vellum. © Elizabeth Patterson, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts.

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West Duval Street, Lake City, 2013 (detail) © Elizabeth Patterson, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts.

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Black Lake Road, Odessa, 2013 / Color pencil and solvent on Strathmore bristol vellum. © Elizabeth Patterson, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts.

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Black Lake Road, Odessa, 2013 (detail) © Elizabeth Patterson, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts.

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Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, 2013 / Color pencil and solvent on strathmore bristol vellum. © Elizabeth Patterson, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts.

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Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, 2013 (detail) © Elizabeth Patterson, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts.

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Bay Bridge, San Francisco, 2013 / Color pencil and solvent on strathmore bristol vellum. © Elizabeth Patterson, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts.

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Ventura Freeway V, 2013 / Colored pencil and solvent on Strathmore bristol vellum. © Elizabeth Patterson, courtesy Louis Stern Fine Arts.

Fascinated by the texture and color of water artist Elizabeth Patterson challenged herself to recreate the absurdly complex formation of water droplets on rain-streaked windshields. Her ongoing series titled Rainscapes blends drawing, hyperrealism, and traditional landscape techniques resulting in images that can be seen as both real and abstract.

Patterson begins with her own photography and often utilizes several images for a single drawing, finding the details and patterns that feel right for each composition. Interestingly, the precise nature of the sharpened pencils results in drawings that are more detailed than her source material. You can see more of her work on her website as well as Louis Stern Fine Arts. (thnx, choon)

 

 



Photography

A Massive Rotating Supercell Filmed Near Booker, Texas by Mike Olbinski

June 10, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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On June 3rd of this year after four years of trying, Arizona photographer and storm chaser Mike Olbinski finally got the shot he’d been searching for: the formation of a gigantic rotating supercell. After four trips to the central plains since 2010, Oblinski and friend Andy Hoeland were tracking storms in northern Texas last week when they spotted this unbelievable cloud formation. The duo were actually forced to drive right through the storm system (which didn’t spawn a tornado) to obtain this unworldly footage that might as well have been shot on Jupiter, but in the end it was all worth it. Make sure to view it in HD, full-screen, and you can read more about the once-in-a-lifetime encounter over on his blog. (via vimeo)

Update: Olbinski is offering the photo above as a print.

 

 



Art

The Waterfall Swing

October 15, 2012

Christopher Jobson

From the kabillions of likes on YouTube and Tumblr this project has apparently circumnavigated the internet already, but for some reason it’s been entirely off the Colossal radar. A collaborative installation between Mike O’Toole, Andrew Ratcliff, Ian Charnas and Andrew Witte, the Waterfall Swing is an intelligent swingset made from mechanical waterjets (solenoids) that create a falling plane of water in the path of the swinger. However just as the rider reaches the rainfall the water parts briefly ensuring nary a drop dampens their swinging. The swing was unveiled at the 2011 World Maker Faire, and you can find additional videos and specifications to build your own here, and for more intelligent rainfall goodness checkout the Rain Room. Photos above courtesy Paul Sobota.

 

 



Art

Rain: A Glass Raindrop Installation by Stacee Kalmanovsky

May 24, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Rain is a 2005 installation of suspended glass water droplets by Chicago artist Stacee Kalmanovsky. She really found a perfect spot to install this, right below the giant sky lights. I bet the refraction of sunlight onto the floor and surrounding walls was gorgeous. (via behance)

 

 



Art

A house that rains on the inside

June 6, 2011

Christopher Jobson

The Glue Society is an independent creative collective based in Sydney and New York whose work “encompasses everything from broadcast entertainment, commercial and print advertising, film direction and graphic design to books, art exhibitions, live events, video installations and sculpture.” Their latest creation for the Sculpture by the Sea festival in Denmark is this installation entitled I Wish You Hadn’t Asked, a small house that rains nearly 200 litres of water every minute on the inside. Read more over on Creative Review. Photographs by Nicolai Lorenzen.