Posts tagged ‘installation’

Floating green space?

If the idea of a a park underneath the New York City streets is a bit too intangible for you, not to worry, there’s always the fully realized floating green spaces of Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno. While the project’s images are similarly mind-blowing, the experience of Saraceno’s ‘Cloud Cities’ installation is a bit easier to grasp as it’s currently on display at Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, Germany.

photograph via bold magazine

While I haven’t been (and, sadly, won’t be) able to wander in and around the pieces myself, I do have a couple friends who were lucky enough to do so – and they say it really was as amazing as it looks.

conceptual drawing via designboom

The designboom article has great photos and sketches of the ‘Cloud Cities’ installation, as well as an interview with Saraceno while climbing in the piece itself. Some great mid-installation shots are also available on inhabitat (as is an article on an unrelated installation of nature-themed bubbles in Paris in 2010, in case you’re digging this kind of art).

February 27’s daily design idea is when your concept alone dazzles, make sure your execution lives up to the hype. Saraceno seems to have succeeded, on both counts.

February 27, 2012 at 11:57 pm Leave a comment

Poor little trees.

In the spirit of avoiding climate change and protecting nature, here’s a graphic design by Steven Burke (discovered on Graphic Safari):

March 5’s daily design idea is the activist’s intention and the action’s context are key factors in determining whether or not an action is activist or not (in my opinion). But the presence of an audience might be just as important. In other words, if an activist action happens and no one is around to witness it, does it make an impact?

March 5, 2011 at 9:56 am Leave a comment

We are all workers (even this billboard).

Subtlety thrilling moving billboard for the Levi’s “We Are All Workers” campaign, near Houston and Lafayette:

Art direction by Stefan Sagmeister. Design by Jessica Walsh (and above photo from her portfolio). Production by Atomic Props. More info at Sagmeister Inc.

December 12’s daily design idea is people pay attention if you present something simple with a twist.

December 12, 2010 at 4:53 pm Leave a comment

Replay: Christo

Earlier tonight, the Architectural League of New York hosted a presentation by Christo (and by Jeanne-Claude in spirit). Christo energetically shared some very candid insight into his current projects, his professional history, and his process.

The bulk of the presentation was centered on “Over the River, Project for the Arkansas River, Colorado,” described on the project’s website as “a two-week temporary work of art” with plans to intermittently suspend 5.9 miles of silvery, luminous fabric panels across the banks of a 42-mile section of Arkansas River in south-central Colorado.


Over The River Life-Sized Test For aesthetic and technical considerations, four life-size prototype tests were conducted in 1997, 1998 and 1999 on private property near the Colorado/Utah border. Photo: Wolfgang Volz, © Christo 1999. More images can be seen in Over The River’s gallery.

Christo described the project (and others) with a humorous  and surprisingly endearing bravado. He discussed the permitting process and other forums of critical feedback (for example: the definitively non-supportive “Rags Over the Arkansas River” organization) as an integral part of the project development process. He joyfully explained how fulfilling it is to receive feedback (positive and negative) during these parts of their projects since “people don’t talk about the sculpture until it is sculpted, or the painting until it is painted.” But people talk about Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s projects at length, often for years, before they are installed.

If the permitting process for “Over the River” continues as planned (including a review of the project’s Environmental Impact Statement – a first for a work of art – by the Bureau of Land Management), the installation will be up for two weeks in August 2014 – after 22 years of development.

December 6’s daily design idea is open up about your process.

December 6, 2010 at 11:27 am Leave a comment

Two more design actions in the public realm.

The first via Core77 (Nov 2, 2010):

Artist Catie Newell has used reclaimed wood from an arsoned house in Detroit to create Salvaged Landscape, an installation within the burnt building itself. “Demolition of this severely damaged house was imminent, but instead of a traditional tear-down, Newell removed the charred wood timbers from the frame of the house and stacked them on their sides to form an outside wall that extends to become a moody passageway inside. The surface highlights the unburnt insides of the timber in its cross section, exhibiting the contrast between the char of the surface and the warmth underneath.”


Salvaged Landscape is supported by The Imagination Station.

The second via Inhabitat (Nov 12, 2010):

“In the historic downtown area of Lima, Peru, a new pop up green space has invaded the urban landscape. Invasion Verde, or Green Invasion, is an installation by architects Genaro Alva, Denise Ampuero, Gloria Andrea Rojas and industrial designer Claudia Ampuero, created as part of Gran Semana de Lima – also known as Lima’s Great Week…. Invasion Verde is an attempt to insert extra park space into a packed city, in order to improve the quality of life for Lima’s citizens.”


Photos © Genaro Alva, from Flickr

December 3’s daily design idea is with creativity, any space can be activated.

December 3, 2010 at 6:30 pm Leave a comment

Materializing the digital world.

After a little more research, it turns out that German artist Aram Bartholl (of the Dead Drops project) has done several interesting interventions in physical space involving the critique/exploration/confrontation of virtual space. I think Jonas has some 3D competition…


Map, public installation, 2006-10. In cities such as Szczecin, Poland (pictured above) Bartholl installed his project “at the exact spot where Google Maps assumes to be the city center of the city. Transferred to physical space the map marker questions the relation of the digital information space to every day life public city space.”


WoW, workshop/public intervention, 2006-9. “The WoW project takes this mode of publicizing players’ names that’s typical of online 3D worlds and transfers it into the physical domain of everyday life…. What happens when a person’s customary anonymity in the public sphere is obliterated by the principles operative in virtual worlds online?”


TV-Filter, light installation, 2005. Similar to Jason Eppink’s Pixelator, “TV-Filter allows [you] to downsample an ongoing tv-show to 6 by 8 pixels in realtime…. The different color information of each tv line get mixed to an average color value on each 4 by 4 cm pixel. In this way it is thinkable to reduce every high definition screen to a pleasant information density.”

December 2’s daily design idea is what aspect of your virtual life could use a little physical intervention?

December 2, 2010 at 8:59 pm Leave a comment

From fences to interfaces.

While construction usually leads to more beautiful, safer, better performing, and overall improved environments, being around it mid-process can be far from positive. And the necessary fences that contain all the disruption definitely don’t add any value, which is a hugely missed opportunity.

The good news? People want to change that. Noa Biran and Roy Talmon have installed an interactive fence made out of shutters to replace “standard corrugated fence on construction sites” in Bat-Yam, Israel according to Arch Daily. The project is part of Timing 2010, this year’s Biennale of Landscape Urbanism, which focuses on exploring “the occasionally tense relationships between the city’s attempt to create order through long-term plans, and the everyday chaos that is the product of that process.”


images by Noa Biran and Roy Talmon, via Arch Daily

Closer to home, the Department of Buildings and the Department of Cultural Affairs (with support from The Rockefeller Foundation) just finished hosting a contest “to develop creative artwork for construction fences, sidewalk sheds, supported scaffolds and cocoons in New York City.” Four finalists were chosen in the urbancanvas Design Competition, resulting in four artwork packages being created for “building owners to reproduce on temporary protective structures on or over City property.” Susanna Sirefman, urbancanvas competition advisor, says the designs “promise not only to mitigate the visual impact of construction sites but to delight, engage, and inspire the passerby while fostering safety and maintenance throughout the city,” in a recent Design Trust blog post.


The winning designs are “Green Screen” by Corinne Ulmann, “Color Mesh” by Mauricio Lopez, “My Urban Sky” by Jen Magathan, and “BREATHING_WALL_UC” by Monika Bravo, via NYC.gov

November 17’s daily design idea is disruptive construction will always happen in the built environment; design solutions for the disruption should too.

November 17, 2010 at 3:54 pm Leave a comment

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