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Photography

Foggy Forests of Ancient Trees Pruned for Charcoal in Basque Country Photographed by Oskar Zapirain

June 19, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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Oskar Zapirain's photographs capture eerie forests cast in thick fog, hazy light descending upon the foliage in the same green shade that blankets the floor in moss. Zapirain has been attracted to this landscape for years because of the homogenous light as well as the way it forces the viewer directly into a mystical atmosphere.

The forest Zapirain features is a beech forest in Oiartzun, Basque Country in Northern Spain. This particular forest is unique due to the history charcoal production within the region. Instead of clearcutting like we do today, the trees were instead pruned to preserve the trees and maintain the integrity of the forest across generations. The trees have since regrown with short trunks and dramatically long limbs that shoot outward like arms from almost every angle, adding a ghostly feel to each of Zapirain’s photos. You can explore more of his work on Flickr.

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Art

Squiggly Figures Congregate on a Building in Spain

December 5, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Visual artist SUSO33, known for his abstract human forms comprised of quick gestural lines, recently painted this large-scale mural in Madrid depicting a hundred or so of his figures gathering to form a large one. If you liked this, also check out the work of Craig Alan. All photos courtesy Vandal Voyeur. (via This Isn’t Happiness)

 

 



Design

New Video Depicts the Amazing Final Stages of Construction of the Sagrada Família in Barcelona

September 30, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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The foundation responsible for the construction of the famous Sagrada Família church in Barcelona recently released a video depicting what the final stages of construction will look like as nearly 150 years of building (and delays) finally wraps up in 2026. The breathtaking clip combines footage shot from a helicopter with computer-animated renderings to show what the basilica, designed by Antoni Gaudí, will look like. The structure is said to be “the most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages.” Read more over on Co.Design. (via Design TAXI)

 

 



Amazing

Barcelona Kaleidolapse

September 20, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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The folks over at MyLapse just created this fascinating glimpse of Barcelona using a technique that turns timelapse footage into a kaleidoscope, similar to the Mirror City video we saw back in July. Beautiful.

 

 



Art

Humorous and Political Street Art by Escif

July 25, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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On-Off (Katowice, Poland)

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Wikileaks (Valencia, Spain)

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Ne travaillez jamais (Besancon, France)

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Gentrification (Valencia, Spain)

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HELP (Praghe / Czech Republic)

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El rescate del euro (Niort, France)

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The Enlightened Vandalism (Vila-real, Spain)

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Spanish muralist and street artist Escif hails from Valencia, Spain but is actively globally with recent works popping up throughout Canada, Italy, and France. His use of subdued colors and simple lines helps the artist communicate his humorous and often direct commentary on capitalism, politics, the economy and other sensitive social issues. His work is much more about the message than style. In an interview with Unurth the artist shares:

Although sometimes is not easy to separate, I try to focus my work around concepts, not just shapes. I try to found my style like the consequences of my own ideas. I understand the painting as an exercise of reflection that can be shared with people. I’m not looking for decorative paintings, I try to wake up viewers minds.

Above is just a tiny fraction of Escif’s work over the last two years or so. You can see much more on his blog Street Against, on Facebook, or over on Flickr. (via arrested motion)

 

 



Photography

The 2012 Human Tower Competition in Tarragona, Spain

April 4, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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You’ve probably seen photographs of the Concurs de Castells, the human tower competition held in the region of Catalonia, Spain, but photographer David Oliete got a pretty unique perspective in 2012, shooting the entire event at what appears to be a nearly aerial position. As the throngs of castellers—hundreds of men, women and even children—push forward in a claustrophobic mass to build their best human towers, biological shapes reminiscent of insects or even animal cells begin to form. Oliete shares with me via email about the competition:

The most important Human Tower Competition is called “Concurs de Castells” and it takes place in the city of Tarragona once every two years. Its XXIV edition took place during the 6th and 7th October 2012 with the participation of 32 teams from all around Catalonia and a live audience of more than 20,000 people. During the competition, the higher and difficult to build a tower is, the more points a team gets. Every human tower is usually between six and ten levels high. Teams are made of between 100 to 500 women and men. Young and light members form the top of the tower while heavier members form the base.

The “castells” have also been one of the most important cultural traditions in Catalonia for more than 200 years. “Strength, balance, courage and common sense” is their motto. In 2010, the castells were declared by UNESCO to be amongst the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”.

You can see many more shots from Oliete’ shoot of the Concurs de Castells 2012 over on Flickr, and you can also catch up with him on Facebook.

 

 



Art Food

Blu Mural in Spain Celebrates Vegetarianism

July 27, 2012

Christopher Jobson

StreetArtNews has the scoop on new work from street artist Blu who just completed this hilarious mural in Ordes, Spain that depicts a cheering crowd of fruit and veggies as they witness their suicidal compatriots take the plunge into a massive whirring blender. This vegetarian-friendly piece is quite a departure for the artist whose most recent works in Buenos Aires and Morocco have been rather politically charged. (via streetartnews)