May 24, 2012

The Rhein-Herne slinky

Following the slinky-inspired design of German artist Tobias Rehberger, a colourful ribbon wrapped in a swinging spiral connects the two existing parks either side of the canal.

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March 20, 2012

Boa Mistura: Luz nas Vielas

This street art project by Boa Mistura brightened my day.

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November 18, 2011

Moses bridge at Netherlands’ Fort de Roovere

Sunken foot bridge

Sunken foot bridge

Sunken foot bridge

Sunken foot bridge

"The West Brabant Water Line is a defense-line consisting of a series of fortresses and cities with inundation areas in the south-west of the Netherlands. It dates from the 17th century but fell into disrepair in the 19th century. When the water line was finally restored, an access bridge across the the moat of one of the fortresses, Fort de Roovere, was needed. This fort now has a new, recreational function and lies on several routes for cycling and hiking.

"It is, of course, highly improper to build bridges across the moats of defense works, especially on the side of the fortress the enemy was expected to appear on. That’s why we designed an invisible bridge. Its construction is entirely made of wood, waterproofed with EPDM foil. The bridge lies like a trench in the fortress and the moat, shaped to blend in with the outlines of the landscape.

"The bridge can’t be seen from a distance because the ground and the water come all the way up to its edge. When you get closer, the fortress opens up to you through a narrow trench. You can then walk up to its gates like Moses on the water."

Quoted from ArchDaily.

Sunken foot bridge

Sunken foot bridge

Sunken foot bridge

Sunken foot bridge

Sunken foot bridge

Sunken foot bridge

As much as I hate criticism of intriguing design, I can't help wondering how often this happens.

Sunken foot bridgeFort de Roovere image credit

Sunken foot bridgeFort de Roovere image credit

Architects: Ro&Ad Architects
Location: Halsteren, The Netherlands
Client: Municipality of Bergen op Zoom

If you liked this, you might also like the Rhein-Herne slinky footbridge.

August 17, 2011

Dalton Ghetti, lead sculptor

Dalton Ghetti pencils

Dalton Ghetti pencils

"At school I would carve a friend’s name into the wood of a pencil and then give it to them as a present. Later, when I got into sculpture, I would make these huge pieces from things like wood, but decided I wanted to challenge myself by trying to make things as small as possible."
— Dalton Ghetti

Dalton Ghetti pencils

Dalton Ghetti pencils

Dalton Ghetti pencils

Dalton Ghetti pencils

More of an insight on Vimeo: Pencil artist Dalton Ghetti (embedded below).

In 2002 Dalton Ghetti began working on a memorial project for 9/11 where each person who died is represented by a tiny graphite teardrop about the size of a grain of rice. The Connecticut-based sculptor has been carving one teardrop per day, and when he finishes he'll glue the drops to a white background to form a larger teardrop.

Dalton Ghetti, on Facebook
Finding the Art in a Pencil Tip, on NYTimes.com

Via @myttonwilliams.

February 28, 2011

Things Organized Neatly

wilting rosePhoto by Moochin Photoman.

MacBook iPad Moleskin camera

colored figurines

matchstick typographyThose are matchsticks, by Claire Fontaine.

Nerds candy spiralThe contents of a box of Nerds, organised by size.

Things Organized Neatly. Via The Crossed Cow.

August 3, 2009

The origami of Sipho Mabona

Sipho Mabona, a young artist based in Switzerland, was commissioned by ad agency Nordpol+ Hamburg to design and create the origami models for this stunning five-minute video.

It tells the story of the Japanese sports brand ASICS, and won a Grand Prix at the Eurobest, gold at the New York festival, gold at the London International Awards, silver at the Clio in Miami, and two-times bronze at ADC Germany.

Sipho has a brilliant Flickr set of origami designs that’s worth a look.

Sipho Mabona origami

The "Baby Fugu" is inflatable, seen in motion on Vimeo.

Sipho Mabona origami

Sipho Mabona origami

Sipho Mabona origami

Sipho Mabona origami

Sipho Mabona origami

Reminiscent of Peter Callesen's fragile magic.

Visit Mabona Origami for more.

July 5, 2007

The vortex house of Dan Havel and Dean Ruck

Dan Havel and Dean Ruck altered two buildings in the Montrose neighbourhood of Houston, Texas.

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July 1, 2007

The fine art of Octavio Ocampo

Octavio Ocampo was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, on February 28th, 1943. He showed his skills as an artist and sculptor from an early age and studied at the renowned San Carlos Art School in Mexico (now a museum).

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June 11, 2007

The anamorphosis of Julian Beever

Artists make money in a variety of ways, and there aren’t many more interesting than anamorphic pavement chalk drawings.

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