Frank Gehry / Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Las Vegas / Image via flickr: odanata98

PROJECT The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
YEAR 2010

via WAN | No mirage

Elisse nel Trapezio by Felice Varini / Image via Design Miami

PROJECT Design Vertigo
LOCATION Milan, Italy
PRESENTED BY Design Miami & Fendi
ARTISTS Felice Varini, rAndom International, Graham Hudson, Beta Tank
DURATION 14-18 April, 2010

The latest collaboration between Design Miami and Fendi is fun, and occasionally challenging, but its boundary-breaking properties are sometimes hard to read without a guide.

Four international artists and designers were commissioned to create site-specific installations that showcased the breadth of collaboration across creative disciplines.

via T Magazine: Milan Report | Design Vertigo
Published: April 14, 2010

and Wallpaper | Design Vertigo, from Design Miami and Fendi

PROJECT Key to the City
ARTIST Paul Ramírez Jonas
CURATORIAL Creative Time | Nato Thompson, Shane Brennan
PRODUCTION Creative Time | Gavin Kroeber, Elissa Goldstone
DURATION Keys: June 3 – 27, Locks: June 3 – September 6, 2010

This project by artist Paul Ramírez Jonas reinvents the civic honor of bestowing keys on luminaries into a personal ritual and experience for ordinary citizens. Jonas has created a master key that is able to unlock more than 20 sites across New York Cityʼs five boroughs—such as locks within the Brooklyn Museum and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Members of the public will be able to collect thousands of these custom-made keys which they can then award to each other in one-to-one ceremonies. The keys will be distributed from a kiosk in Times Square, open daily from June 3 to 27.

Key to the City is an innovative public art project that encourages New Yorkers to recognize each other with the quintessential symbol of civic honor—a key to the city,”
said Mayor Bloomberg. “Every day, millions of New Yorkers and visitors from around the world interact with one another in every neighborhood—on subways, at coffee
shops, in parks—and artist Paul Ramírez Jonas’ idea celebrates those interactions by helping bring a tradition typically reserved for special occasions to our everyday lives.
The keys will unlock sites in all five boroughs and will provide New Yorkers with a new way to experience some of our cultural organizations, city landmarks and small businesses.”

The Key to the City will unlock steel gates, padlocks, PO boxes, secret doors, secret compartments, and even new experiences at institutions in all five of New York City’s boroughs.

Via Creative Time

PROJECT Spencer Lane
CLIENT Brisbane City Council
LOCATION Brisbane, QLD, Australia
ARTIST Kate Shaw
CURATORIAL Urban Art Projects
DESIGN Stacie Gibson, UAP Studio
YEAR 2010

Spencer Lane is one of the first laneways selected for reactivation through the Brisbane City Council’s Inhabit/Small Spaces program, designed to transform overlooked and forgotten spaces in the CBD through creative artworks and installations.

Urban Art Projects mentored emerging Melbourne artist Kate Shaw to translate her painting practice into a large scale outdoor wall artwork for Spencer Lane, which is also earmarked for private development with a Laneway Bar.

Based on the artist’s childhood memories from growing up in Brisbane, the 2-dimensional artwork features forms from the surrounding landscape, including the Moreton Bay fig and the Glasshouse Mountains.

Realised partly in mirror vinyl, the artwork makes a contemporary reference to the metalworkers of the laneway’s past. By night the artwork creates an intriguing invitation to the laneway and Laneway Bar.

PROJECT Wandering Thirst
EXHIBITION Floating Land Festival, Noosa Regional Gallery
LOCATION Boreen Point, Lake Cootharaba, QLD, Australia
ARTISTS Tamara Kirby & Corrie Wright
YEAR 2009

Artists Tamara Kirby and Corrie Wright have won the inaugural ‘Truth in Art Award’ for their work, Wandering Thirst.

Receiving over 100 submissions, the awards challenged artists to interpret the relationship between people, parks and the “inconvenient truth” of climate change, which is affecting the environment and the health and wellbeing of society.

Wandering Thirst is an ephemeral artwork originally created for the Floating Land Festival, the artwork responds to the theme “Rising Seas, Changing Climate” by considering the ‘story of water’.

From the artists: “There is only one water source for the entire planet. This water follows a cyclic path and the changes of what happens to this water through the recurring journey affect all of us.”

Wandering Thirst consists of four large Perspex caravan shapes of varying sizes that were positioned in the lake to create a perspective appearance and story. Each shape had numerous cast resin water drops fixed to the Perspex. A viewing booth made from water bottles was positioned on the shore and invited people to enter and look through binoculars at the installation more closely.

Urban Art Projects sponsored the fabrication of the frame for Wandering Thirst‘s caravan forms.

PROJECT Guerilla Furnishing
LOCATION Weimar, Germany
DESIGN Rugwind
YEAR 2009

In an ingenious streetscape intervention to humanise the space outside his apartment block, Nils Volkmann of Rugwind created a cheekily hidden bench. Designed for spontaneous community gatherings of a small scale, the Guerilla Bench appears to be a standard electricity box. For those in the know, however, it is in fact a folding wooden bench to seat three or four. One of a range of socially-focused designs by rugwind, the Guerilla Bench represents new thinking for street furniture, making public spaces adaptable to suit the community.

From the designer:

“Thanks to its urban mimicry the cable distribution box keeps a secret when closed. Just open it and you’ll find a cosy bench, for you and the people in your neighbourhood. A bench as a social catalyst which offers an atmospheric meeting place.”

designboom | rugwind: guerilla bench