7 February, 2011

ARTIST Tom Fruin
ARTWORK Kolonihavehus
LIGHTING DESIGN Nuno Neto (Portugal)
SOUND DESIGN Astrid Lomholt (Denmark)
LOCATION Copenhagen, Denmark
DURATION October 15th – November 13th 2010

New York artist Tom Fruin recently presented his latest sculptural work Kolonihavehus, in the plaza of the Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen.  The sculpture was constructed from one thousand pieces of recycled plexi glass, sourced from places such as a local closed down plexi glass distributor, a framing shop and the dumpster outside the Danish Architecture Centre.

The artwork was accompanied by daily performances by ensemble CoreAct, and sound and lighting designs that respond to the movements of passers-by.

Kolonihaveuses were originally small garden sheds located in plots on the outskirts of cities, used as an escape and refuge for apartment dwellers.  Fruin’s sculpture presents a lively take on the original use of Kolonihaveuses. Its brightly coloured panels are reminiscent of a church’s stained glass window panels, and propose a contemporary refuge for Copenhagen’s residents and visitors. By night the Kolonihavehus was internally lit and becomes a beacon of colour on the banks of the canal.

Image via | The Cool Hunter

Image via | Tom Fruin

VIA | The Cool Hunter and Tom Fruin

Atsara / [M]ondes / image by David Houncheringer

PROJECT Festival of Trees and Lights (Festival Arbres et Lumières)
LOCATION Geneva, Switzerland
ARTISTS Thierry Metral, Allegory, Geraud Periole, Jérôme Hutin, Alexandre Hurzeler, Tilt, Katharina Hohmann, Anaïde Davoudlarian & Grégory Burnisholz, Ron Haselden, Atsara, Simona Braga, Sara De Gouy, Bufalino Benedetto & Benoît Deseille
DURATION 26 November 2010 – 2 January 2011

Taking advantage of the longer hours of darkness over the Christmas period, Geneva’s Festival of Trees and Lights invites diverse European artists to contribute temporary installations for the city’s streetscapes. The artworks this year varied from the eerie, suspended [M]ondes by Atsara, to the playful Pacman figures by Bufalino Benedetto & Benoît Deseille, installed on a string of existing lights.

Pac’ / Bufalino Benedetto & Benoît Deseille

Thierry Metral / Réminiscence / image by David Houncheringer

Jérôme Hutin / Les Vénérables  / image by David Houncheringer

via Lost at E-Minor

PROJECT Bodies in Urban Spaces
Cities around the world
Willi Dorner (Austria)
Lisa Rastl
2007: Paris, France; Vienna, Austria
2008: Steiermark, Austria; Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden; Philadelphia, USA; Rouen, France; Bern, Switzerland
2009: Austen, Texas; Loughborough, UK; Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France; St. Etienne, France; Berlin, Germany; Versailles, France; London, UK

“bodies in urban spaces” is a temporary intervention in diversified urban architectonical environment. The intention of “bodies in urban spaces” is to point out the urban functional structure and to uncover the restricted movement possibilities and behaviour as well as rules and limitations.

By placing the bodies in selected spots the interventions provoke a thinking process and produce irritation. Passers by, residents and audience are motivated and prompted to reflect their urban surrounding and there own movement behaviour and habits. “Bodies in urban spaces” invites the residents to walk their own city thus establishing a stronger relationship to their neighbourhood, district and town. The interventions are temporarily without leaving any traces behind, but imprints in the eye-witnesses’ memory.

Read more:
Cie. Willi Dorner Studio | Bodies in Urban Spaces

concept: Willi Dorner
photos: Lisa Rastl

Cloud over London

25 November, 2009

PROJECT Cloud over London
DESIGN TEAM Carlo Ratti, Tomas Saraceno, Alex Haw, Joerg Schleich, Arup Engineering Group, Agence Ter Landscape Architects, Google
ADVISORS Umberto Eco, Antoni Muntadas
YEAR Planned for Olympics 2012

A team of leading architects and engineers has just unveiled designs for The Cloud – a landmark structure to commemorate London’s role as host of the 2012 Olympics. The lightweight transparent tower, composed of a “cloud” of inflatable, light-emitting spheres, would create a spatial, three-dimensional display in the skies of London, fed by real time information from all over the world.

Read more:
World Architecture News | Architects and engineers develop energy producing ‘Cloud’ to celebrate 2012 Olympics

ARTIST Anca Trandafi Rescu
LOCATION Piata Victoriei, Timişoara, Romania

Hot Air is an inflatable and inhabitable head monument created by architect Anca Trandafi Rescu.
The piece commemorates twenty years since the communist romanian government was overthrown
and it’s leader Nicolae Ceausescu executed.

Read more:
designboom | anca trandafi rescu: hot air monument

Her secret is Patience by Janet Echelman_ChristinaOHaver

PROJECT Her Secret is Patience
LOCATION Downtown Civic Space Park, Phoenix, Arizona
CLIENT City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program
ARTIST Janet Echelman
YEAR 2009
PHOTOGRAPHY Christina O’Haver

Her Secret is Patience is the newly inaugurated icon suspended above the new two-city-block Phoenix Civic Space park in the middle of downtown. The sculpture is monumental yet soft, fixed in place but constantly in motion. Responding to the desert winds, the piece welcomes all to come and watch the “wind choreography” play across the net. The large three-dimensional multi-layered net form is created by a combination of handbaited and machine-loomed knotting, and is the result of a collaborative effort with an international team of award-winning engineers. This work redefines the ‘art space,’ by bringing viewers eyes upwards to the sky, focused on a new celestial object.

During the day, the 145-foot-tall sculpture hovers high above heads, treetops, and buildings. The sculpture projects what the artist calls “shadow drawings” onto the ground, which she says are inspired by Phoenix’s cloud shadows that captivated her from the first site visit. At night, the illumination program, developed by Paul Deeb of VOX in consultation with the artist, changes color gradually through the seasons. Using 20 high-intensity metal halide fixtures at five separate locations, Deeb combined a range of blue and magenta filters to enhance without overpowering the richness of the net’s integrally-colored polyester fiber. The lighting design also changes what portion of the sculpture is illuminated, leaving parts obscured in mystery, much like the phases of the moon.

Read more:
Janet Echelman | Phoenix Project