French photographer Nicolas Rivals is based in Paris. In one of his latest series entitled ‘Eloge de la Stabilité’ (In Praise of the Stability) he creates amazing light paintings. Regarding them he associates: ‘There is always hope that even in the depths of night a glimmer will appear.
German artist Hans Kotter on iGNANT gives physicality to light and asks viewers to explore the infinite quality of space. A selection of materials such as mirrors, plexiglass, metal and LEDs make up the practice of Kotter, perfectly planning their interaction with each other so that their reflections and refractions create complex optical illusions.
Constructed in celebration of Tiffany & Co.’s 175th anniversary, the jewelry-makers wanted to share their legacy in an exhibition of archival jewelry. December 16th, 2013 – The multidisciplinary wizard behind the staging of world-class runway shows for fashion brands like Christian Dior, Hussein Chalayan and Rodarte, has conjured up a reflective spaceship-like pavilion for Tiffany & Co.’s most recent exhibition in Beijing. The man we’re referring to is none other than French designer and fashion show producer Alexandre de Betak, founder of Paris-based creative studio Bureau Betak.
The Festival of Lights in Lyon, France (or Fête des Lumières) kicked off on December 6th bringing with it dazzling light displays by artists from around the world. “Every year we ask the artists to propose their concepts based on locations,” explained Jean-François Zurawik, General coordinator of the festival to Euronews. “We ask them to use the city as a huge backdrop, and to make proposals for parks, buildings, theaters, town hall, etc,” he said. By the end of it, between three and four million visitors are expected to have walked around the French city to see the highly impressive light installations, which this year include 80 works by 120 designers.
Polish artist Monika Grzymala will fill a London gallery with lengths of black and white sticky tape at an exhibition that opens in October.Grzymala applies adhesive tape directly to gallery walls to create three-dimensional drawings that can both wrap around corners and project outwards.
Stairs typically serve the simple purpose of providing a path of elevation for people looking to go from one level to another, but Beautiful Steps is an ongoing series of sculptural steps that lead nowhere, playing with form and function. Simple in color and geometry, each set of stairs by art studio Lang Baumann is placed in a unique setting. Whether they are suspended from above or leading straight out a window, the “functional” element is withdrawn from the structures.
Korean artist Yong Won Song creates life-size thread and wire sculptures that look like scribbled drawings come to life. The artist says, “My work attempts to present ‘a world of dream’ as a combination of unconsciousness and consciousness.” His augmented scenes visualize figures and objects as fragmented subjects. They are incomplete in their presence, reflecting the haziness of one’s memories of their dreams. Song’s sculptures are representations of unconscious, scattered thoughts that one tries to piece together in a lucid state.
Cai Guo-Qiang was born in 1957 in Quanzhou City, Fujian Province, China.”Trained in stage design at the Shanghai Theater Academy, his work has since crossed multiple mediums within art, including drawing, installation, video and performance art. While living in Japan from 1986 to 1995, he explored the properties of gunpowder in his drawings, an inquiry that eventually led to his experimentation with explosives on a massive scale and to the development of his signature explosion events. His newest project is Heritage, 99 life-sized replicas of animals, water, sand, drip mechanism with variables dimensions for Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art.
To celebrate the final O2 hot spot being switched on – at the four shopping malls, 240 cafes, cars and restaurants and 20 acres of parks – the communications company opened a canopy of umbrellas in partnership with Canary Wharf Group.
Dubbed “UK’s biggest umbrella”, the stunning display made up of 500 individual mostly blue umbrellas “keeps passers-by covered” as it not only shelters them from the rain, but also symbolizes the free WiFi provided within the area.
Studio “Pan Generator” created a beautiful installation ”Constellaction” for the Copernicus Science Centre ( Centrum Nauki Kopernik) in Warsaw, Poland. Tetrahedrons arranged on the ground and respond to light.
The Goodwood Festival of speed was held in West Sussex in the UK – Porsche, 50 Years and Gerry Judah.
For this festival the great luxury brand going by the name of PORSCHE, wanted to find a very dynamic and exciting way to share the celebration of the 50th birthday of the 911. The mission was truly accomplished when they commissioned the talented Gerry Judah to create a sculpture specifically for this event.
“Erratic” is an installation piece by Swedish architects Norell/Rodhe that shows a lot of personality. Daniel Norell and Einar Rodhe recently completed the project, which was featured in Helsinki Design Week this past September.
Made from a thick custom-made sack restricted at hundreds of points, the massive 3 x 3 x 3 meter piece illustrates the tension between meticulous design and temperamental materials.
Water Flame is a mind-boggling installation by artist Jeppe Hein that features two opposing elements coexisting—water and fire. The artist, who is based in both Berlin and Copenhagen, leaves viewers guessing at how the anomaly is possible as they look on in awe. Hein says that his work is meant to “surprise viewers and make them question what they are seeing.”The installation, which is essentially a small fountain with a flame dancing atop the stream of cascading water, creates the paradoxical visual effect by dispelling a dose of natural gas through the water, making it flammable and able to emit a ball of fire at the center. Thus, there is the illusion of a cooperative relationship between the two natural elements.
Using delicate materials like layers of glass or paper, artist Ardan Özmenoğlu redefines everyday objects in her visually complex sculptures. In these tree sculptures, the Turkish artist breaks the object down into rows of hand-painted glass. A single sheet appears to be completely abstract, however, by combining the fragmented parts into repetitive rows, she gives new life to the tree which changes appearance based on the position of the viewer.
Just off of Via dei Mercanti, near the heart of the old city, a submarine had apparently pushed its way through the paving stones and damaged a nearby car. The road’s shattered surface lay piled up around, with baffled firefighters looking on. Workers for Europ Assistance IT, an insurance group based in Italy, had come to the street early in the morning to construct the fake submarine.
Yochai Matos is a Tel Aviv based artist who creates mesmerising sculptural installations made from fluorescent tube lighting. Since graduating in 2004 from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Matos’ work has dealt with public space as property.Matos arranges the lights in unusual patterns utilising commonplace pieces of hardware. In his works, he uses images derived from Modern Culture giving them his own unique twist. Matmos also creates non-light based projects that ranging from collage, photography and public interventions.
Head in the Clouds structure’s armature is made from 1.5″ aluminum tubes that use less material and are easier to transport than more traditional materials such as wood. All the materials are recyclable.Klimoski and Chang worked with schools and local organizations, including New York Road Runners and NYCRUNS, to collect the 53,780 milk jugs and water bottles needed to create Head in the Clouds. The jugs were used to create 120 “pillows” that give the cloud its bumpy, organic shape. The bottles, accentuated with organic food coloring and water, create the interior’s blue hue.
A child sits between 1,600 panda figures from papier mache in front of the main station in Berlin, Germany, Monday, August 5, 2013. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has put 1,600 panda bears in front of the train station for two days to symbolize how few of the animals are still alive in the wild. It is the start of a tour of 25 German cities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the WWF. In photos by Thomas Peter / Reuters.