Posts Tagged ‘ Installation ’

Höweler + Yoon’s Swing Time Illuminates Boston Park


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‘Swing time’ by höweler + yoon architecture is an interactive playscape composed of 20 illuminated ring-shaped swings. Designed in three different sizes, the welded polypropylene swings enable users to engage, exercise and play as individuals or in groups. The installation activates the temporary urban park and creates a community area between the Boston convention, exhibition center and D street. LED lighting within the swings are regulated by custom micro-controllers that signal their activity levels. This happens thanks to the internal accelerometer that measures the forces of the swing. This means when they are static, they emit a soft, white light and a switching one from white to purple when in motion. These responsive play elements invite users to interact with each other and create more of a community at the Boston park.

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Akacorleone Tricks Eye Anamorphic Installation


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Portuguese artist Akacorleone is presenting a solo show at the underdogs gallery, lisbon, comprised of a vast collection of installations, graffiti works and illustrations. At the exhibit’s centerpiece is the anamorphic ‘find yourself in chaos’, a richly colored circle which bears the piece’s namesake as a bold typographic composition. Comprised of various objects, items and memorabilia, the dynamic teal colored installation is optically different at every angle and tricks the eye by appearing as a two-dimensional surface when viewed straight on. Symbolism behind the work and notions addressed throughout the exhibition are described by the artist as ‘the feeling of excess of information in the brain which makes it impossible to focus on one task alone, the idea that we’re never satisfied making us therefore accumulate, the visual pollution to which we submit ourselves without questioning’. Akacorleone is currently exhibiting ‘find yourself in chaos’ and other works at the underdogs gallery.

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Ai Weiwei – Forever Bicycles in Toronto


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As part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in Toronto this weekend, renowned Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei has recreated his stunning Forever Bicycles installation in the center of Nathan Phillips Square. The gigantic piece dominates the majority of the outdoor space, featuring over 3,000 bicycles and measuring a colossal 100 ft long and 30 ft wide. By using the popular Yongjiu bikes (Yongjiu roughly translates as “forever bicycles” – hence the installation’s name) to create the labyrinth like structure, Weiwei comments on the ever changing and often confusing social environment not only in China, but around the world.

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A Submarine Emerges in Milan for M&C Saatchi’s Campaign


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When it comes to catching people’s attention, advertising agency M&C Saatchi certainly don’t mess around. Their latest stunt took place in the city of Milan, where they constructed a large installation that looks like a massive submarine has surfaced right in the middle of the city’s Piazza Mercanti. The stunt was for client Europ Assistance IT (an insurance group based in Italy) as part of their “Protect Your Life” campaign and included an early morning performance where stunned sailors emerged from the submarine and the car driver ran around in a fit of rage and confusion. To make sure the point of the whole thing wasn’t missed by passers by, a man in scuba diving gear was on hand to speak to people about the importance of safeguarding their possessions.

AUDI Design Wall Installation


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Having just premiered its sport quattro concept coupe at the 2013 frankfurt motor show, AUDI has unveiled a sculptural installation at the Die Neue Sammlung at the Pinakothek Der Moderne, which presents a full-size model of the 700 horsepower two-seater hardtop at the heart of it. The debut of the expansive wall-mounted work–commissioned by the cultural institution following the success of AUDI’s ‘design icons’exhibition presented there earlier this year–that will remain a part of the permanent collection of the die neue sammlung for at least five years. 1800 miniature models of the automotive company’s 1980’s UR-quattro cover the wall of the museum space, acting as a backdrop to the featured sports car. The small-scale maquettes have each been milled from a seven-kilogram block of aluminium–a material which AUDI is no stranger to, having gained expertise in working with it through their automotive engineering for many years. A metal which is often referenced to being the epitome of lightness and stability, each of the resulting UR-quattro replicas weigh 860 grams–manufactured in a small production run–and stand as a testament to AUDI’s toolmaking expertise. A mirror suspended from the ceiling, offers an endless perspective of the rows upon rows of miniatures which soar vertically upwards–an infinite space where the viewer is immersed in the world of AUDI.

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‘Timepiece’ A Modern-Day Mechanical Sundial


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British artist Conrad Shawcross has turned the London roundhouse into a real-time clock. The installation, ‘timepiece’ is a modern-day mechanical sundial, which transforms the entire room into a time telling system, responding to the circular architecture in a dramatic display of light and shadow. The 8-meter, faceless clock functions from a rotating metal mechanism which hangs from the center of the ceiling. Its three mechanical arms, each with a glaringly bright bulb attached to its end, rhythmically swing and fold. positioned on the floor, marking the center point of the space, is a four-meter high gnomon — the pointed needle of a sundial —  which signals the time. As the illuminated motor whirls, the light it casts onto the ground marks the hours, minutes and seconds in real time. shawcross developed the idea behind the mechanical light sculpture with the realization that he could adopt the roundhouse’s architectural elements into a timekeeper, paralleling its 24 iron columns to the number of hours in the day. The chiaroscuro that defines the piece brings the idea of timekeeping back to the participatory, celestial experience it once was.

Euphony


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‘Euphony’ by los angeles-based collaborative design and fabrication studio ball nogues is a permanent architectural installation at the recently opened music city center in nashville, tennessee. Completed in may 2013, the piece is featured in a large atrium space visible from the exterior of the building. Designer benjamin ball is known for exploring the intersection of architecture, art and product design through physical modeling and the use of digital and more traditional forms of production, as seen in this latest creation. The spiral form gently curves its way down the high void. Made from intricately crafted beaded pieces, the form is at once gentle and bold, the contrasting elements reflect a soft, glowing light from the large full height windows.

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Baitogogo by Henrique Oliveira


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Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira’s striking new installation “Baitogogo” has now opened at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. The complex “network of organic materials” sees existing concrete and plaster pillars transform midway into contorted and intertwining organic material reminiscent of the Amazon rainforest. The piece is typical of Oliveira’s work, which often uses materials from the Brazilian urban landscape such as wood taken from fences surrounding and blocking access to construction sites. Through these materials, Oliveria aims to highlight the organic growth of São Paulo’s favelas as well as the “endemic and parasitic nature of these constructions.” Inspiration is also drawn from medical textbooks and studies of physical pathologies such as tumors.

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Sonic Water


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The fascination of ‘sonic water’ by media artists Sven Meyer & Kim Pörksen, is rooted in their ability to aesthetically express sound as a visual experience. The installation produces constantly transforming images which react when a user adds content to the liquid mix. Water in small containers act as flexible three-dimensional sculptures that translate sounds into kinetic imagery. Through the use of  light and speakers, the water tanks produce wave patterns depending on different audible frequencies, reflecting on the process of changing chaos and order. By following the law of the golden section, the liquid soundscapes react like forces of nature, reproducing identical vibrational patterns found in the tones of the solar system. [Click on the picture below to watch the video.]

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Instalacao Nightclub, Porto, Portugal


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As far as nightlife goes, in Porto, Portugal, it is all happening downtown. A local company, Baixa, has recently added another downtown nightclub to its roster that already includes the Baixa Bar.  The new nightclub, Instalação (installation), was designed by José Carlos Cruz Arquitecto, the same team responsible for the design of Baixa Bar as well as the Farmacia Lordelo. The space for Instalação, opened in late March, was in essence a long, narrow corridor with two dividing structural arches that support the building itself. From this 250 square-meter (2,690 sq.ft.) space the designers created a golden wire tunnel where the main materials are concrete, brass and polished aluminum. Inspired by various works of Olafur Eliasson,the team created a glowing, floating lighting program that helps expand the space visually and draws the attention to reflections and illumination, away from the narrow framework of the room.

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The World Turns Sculpture by Michael Parekowhai


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New Zealand sculptor Michael Parekowhai’s installation titled “The World Turns” is an intriguing piece of work that features an enormous bronze statue of an elephant balancing on its head. Next to the 5-meter-tall structure, there is a tiny, almost undetectable, figure of a kuril (a rodent native to Australia, often referred to as a “water rat”) and a short distance away there is a chair installed for viewers to take a seat and reflect on the statue. In a statement, the museum says, “The World Turns reminds us that history is often recorded to highlight specific moments, but, as the world turns, there are many other stories – and these are central to our understanding of history.”

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Modified Social Benches


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Check out this project by a Danish artist Jeppe Hein called “Modified Social Benches”. It’s a public art installation that distorts everyone’s favorite park seating surface in a variety of crazy ways. Some of the distortions are minor, some add beneficial features to the benches, and some make the benches entirely unusable. But all of the modifications do one thing very well: they draw attention. According to the artist, the goal of the project is to encourage interaction. Interaction between the public and the benches, and interaction between the people who use the benches.

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Tree Roots Ceiling Installation By Giuseppe Licari


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Rotterdam-based sicilian artist giuseppe licari presents a network of tree roots hanging from the ceiling like foreign, organic chandeliers. His site-specific installation titled ‘humus’ –  which refers to the soil layer that is essential for the growth of trees and plants – features the extended prickly roots of trees affixed to the top of a constructed ceiling, transforming the room into a sort of underground lair. The work articulates a world where visitors are able to get an exclusive peek at a hidden world beneath a park or forest. The dead trees are presenting with their roots, the condition of the soil in which they have grown in their urban environment. The relationship between humankind and nature, growth and decay are central themes in licari’s work, which resonates with an echo of arte povera.
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Clinto De Menezes


Clinto De Menezes is a multi-disciplinary artist working in a range of mediums that include installation, painting, drawing and photography. Growing up in the industrialised and mined landscapes of South Africa much of his work is informed by the aesthetic, the history and the changing socio-political attitudes towards the South African landscape and its visual representation. Since his relocation to the United Kingdom in 2007 De Menezes has expanded his visual and conceptual terrain to include research in Topology and in the notions of displacement, migration, ecology, identity and mortality.

The Audi Spectacle.


Audi, a brand exuding an attitude of self confidence and progressive thinking, and associated with the latest technology and innovative design, is a perfect brand to pioneer this entirely original ACCESS/TCH concept, a new breed of “billboard.”  It’s a display of four life-size Audi cars, suspended inside the silver rings of a massive Audi symbol attached to an iconic bridge structure or in front of landmark spaces — the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, Tower Bridge, Venice.

The rings rotate around, light-up at night, and move up and down the bridge. Against the backdrop of spectacular urban architecture, the Audi installation reflects Audi’s continuous challenging of the status quo, its capacity to innovate, and its ability to avoid the bland and the ordinary.  But what will create valuable media attention and social media buzz is not just the actual final display, but the entire anticipation, the process of creation, the engineering feat of the installation and the spectacular launch event.

The manufacturing and transportation of the gigantic rings, the installation of the rings, the hoisting of the vehicles, the first test of the lights, the rehearsals of the launch…  By the time the installation is complete, and the unveiling event is about to start, the news about it will have reached those in the know.

PR — locally and globally — plus participation and rallies by dealers, and other in-town and on-site activities and happenings leading up to the unveiling, will add to the echo effect of this one-of-a-kind promotion.  The anticipation, excitement and buzz will culminate in an epic night-time launch event that we envision including a live symphony orchestra playing on a barge right under the suspended rings or on the bridge itself, a fireworks presentation or a LED light show above the bridge, and the ultimate unveiling of the rings.

Rainbow Origami Street Art?


French artist Mademoiselle Maurice creates stunning geometric figures on urban surfaces in Paris. For her recent project Rainbow, she used hundreds of colorful folded origami figures. Each of simple geometric shapes represents ideas such as harmony, spirituality and balance. Rainbow is a temporary installation.

Office Supplies Art Installations.


I enjoy the show the Office, and everyone needs supplies, plus I’m an art lover, so when I saw this display of ‘office supply art’ I was triply thrilled.  Built in the Lower East Side Bridgegallery, CHROMAtex.me was constructed of 4,416 panels of high gloss photo paper. Each panel is a specific color and geometry to fit its unique placement within the larger form. The entire structure was held together with 17,000 standard office supply binder clips. If you live in NYC, or you’re coming here sometime soon, make sure to check it out.

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The Bombay Sapphire Imagination Installation.


Bombay Sapphire has launched a global campaign called ‘Infused With Imagination’ that pays tribute to the heritage and the origin of the luxury spirits brand.  The artwork was created by a group of designers, led by Darren Simpson, and is formed through a series of illustrated panels decorated with a total of 75,000 crystals.  Illustrator Yehrin Tong was inspired by the definition of infused to create a dream-like image that “feels like an organic mixture of images both natural and mythical”.  The work was installed in a disused church. Panels were positioned to appear as though they were spilling out of the top of a bottle of Bombay Sapphire, if viewed from the right perspective.  Photographs of the installation will be used for print, outdoor and digital ads and a film about its creation will be seeded online and shown in cinemas.