San Francisco is certainly known for its beautiful bridges and although The Bay Bridge may not be as well-known as the Golden Gate there is a man who wants to change all that. Artist Leo Villareal plans to brighten up the Bay Bridge up with 25,000 LED lights, he just needs $7 million first. The Bay Lights Project has been established to do exactly this. With $5.2 million already raised the Bay Lights project has the backing of many art enthusiasts and even economists. Estimated to add $97 million to the local economy, this project shows great promise in boosting the local area and ‘making it shine’.
Farhad Moshiri has created a beautiful installation titled, “Life Is Beautiful”. What you might not see at first glance is that this fantastic installation is created using hundreds of knives which are stabbed directly into the wall. Of course, the knives are a symbolic representation of the statement alone which is full of paradox and sarcastic value. I can only ponder what approach Farhad took that allowed him to insert the knifes with such precision. The use of everyday objects, which on occasion can turn to become lethal weapons, reveals the underlying sarcastic ambiguity of Farhad’s statement.
This installation, by art studio Red Paper Heart, titled The Pool Party, was devised last summer after the lifestyle media company, UrbanDaddy, invited them to plan an amazing party to help promote tequila. Sounds messy right? Red Paper Heart explained the project to us:
UrbanDaddy challenged us to create a memorable interactive experience in water. Our desire was to create animations that partygoers could swim through. Initially we had no idea how to make this a reality.
Pools are not exactly the most projection-ready surface and initial brainstorms produced many more challenges than we had anticipated. In researching a solution, we had to overcome the fact that projection doesn’t work on the surface of water, it becomes distorted if you project through it, and pool parties are notorious for more standing than swimming. To make something truly interactive, we needed to get everyone in that pool!
Above is the Fallen Star sculpture at UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering, the project took seven years in the making and was supported by $1.3 million investment from private donations. Designed by Do Ho Suh particularly famous for his unusual and adaptive approach to architecture and installations. The permanent sculpture balancing off the edge of the building was the 18th such to be built for UCSD’s Stuart Collection, and is fully complete with a front lawn, brick walkway, garden and lawn chairs. Even with the interior is fully furnished. Do Ho Suh explains how to project was about:
Home, cultural displacement, the perception of our surroundings, and how one constructs a memory of a space.
Architecture and design studio LIKEarchitects have designed a spectacular garden of lights for IKEA. Constructed with 1,200 lightbulbs, the installation titled LEDscape acts as an interactive playground for visitors.
The LIKEarchitects studio designed this maze of light to explore and emphasise the beauty of LED technology and its sustainable properties. LEDscape, which comes alive at night interacts with the visitor and lights the lamps gradually, pulsing in different rhythms
‘WORDS CAN FLY A THOUSAND MILES’ is a project whose aim is to provide aid and support to people in Fukushima, Japan.
Photography: Simon Duhamel.
White Note installation used to create a wintered effect by Adrian Merz.
Yayoi Kusama - Fireflies on the Water
Photos taken by Gabrielle Plucknette.
Green House by Kyung Woo Han
These chairs appear to be floating but in fact its all an illusion. The chairs are actually an artistic experiment with wire and paint that shows them as if they were floating around a flooded rom.
A ream of paper scatters in a gust of wind, soaring high into the black winter night, every sheet glowing bright, against a backdrop of the most exquisite 17th century architecture by Paul Cocksedge.
I’ve been fascinated for a long time by the various properties of light: how it emanates, how it diffuses, bends, reflects, and scatters. With these EL sheets I’ve been able to explore much further the idea of light as a flat object.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude - Wrapped Trees
Thread installation work of Gabriel Dawe
Blackpool is a quiet town in the United Kingdom and is located near Liverpool just opposite the Isle of Man, this magnificent piece by Gordon Young, is a huge installation made up of about typographical 2,200 square meters of floor on which they were placed about 160 000 letters (characters) in granite of various colours.
The inverted form of treacle dripping from a spoon. That’s the inspiration behind this truly unique work that is the centrepiece of AHMM Architects’ new Angel Building in London and, at some 22 metres high, the seating cum sculptural installation – courtesy of McChesney Architects – is perhaps one of the most imposing and original works we’ve seen in some time.
Welcome to Foam City, as part of a Sony advertising campaign they filled the streets of Miami with foam. 1,000 litres of water was used to create 2,000,000 litres of foam per minute. The rate at which the foam is produced would fill an Olympic swimming pool in 24 seconds. Pretty impressive and it looks rather amazing.