April 25, 2017

Poetry and magic from Boa Mistura

Five years after Boa Mistura’s first project in Vila Brasilândia, the art collective returned to the São Paulo favela to bring some poesía y mágica to the alleyways.

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February 16, 2017

Analogue Loaders, behind the scenes

Analogue Loaders is the “animated autobiography” of Raphael Vangelis, where he turns well-known digital symbols into something analogue and playful.

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February 9, 2017

The Met makes 375,000 images free

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a new policy known as Open Access, making 375,000 images of artworks freely available for unrestricted use (including commercial) in accordance with the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) designation.

The museum’s director and CEO, Thomas Campbell, said in a statement:

“We have been working toward the goal of sharing our images with the public for a number of years. Our comprehensive and diverse museum collection spans 5,000 years of world culture and our core mission is to be open and accessible for all who wish to study and enjoy the works of art in our care.”

Any image in The Met collection that has a “public domain” tag directly beneath can be downloaded and used as you see fit.

I particularly like these from Swiss-German artist Paul Klee (1879-1940).

Paul Klee Three HousesPaul Klee, Three Houses, 1922.

Paul Klee Movement of Vaulted ChambersPaul Klee, Movement of Vaulted Chambers, 1915.

Paul Klee The Firmament Above the TemplePaul Klee, The Firmament Above the Temple, 1922.

Paul Klee Colorful ArchitecturePaul Klee, Colorful Architecture, 1917.

Open Access follows a similar policy last year by the New York Public Library where 180,000 images were made free to download and reuse.

One of those things that’s pretty great about the Internet.

Via Quipsologies.

November 14, 2016

Calvin Seibert’s modernist sandcastles

“Building ‘sandcastles’ is a bit of a test. Nature will always be against you and time is always running out.”

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November 14, 2016

Illustrated gifs capture post 9/11 NYC

Weeks after the dust of the fallen World Trade Towers had settled, a delivery bicycle locked to a traffic sign across the street from the destruction came to symbolise stories of unknown loss.

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July 13, 2016

Scott Naismith landscape art

The colour in these oil landscapes by Scott Naismith is brilliant.

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March 29, 2016

Things Organized Neatly, the book

Things Organized Neatly capitalises on our current obsession with photographing and cataloguing all the objects that we interact with on a daily basis.

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February 17, 2016

Glasgow High Street mural, by Smug

Sam Bates, aka Smug, is an Australian street artist in Glasgow. Here’s one of his latest pieces on the High Street.

Glasgow High Street muralGlasgow High Street, photo by Corrie Martin

It took about a week to paint, though still needs a few finishing touches to the hand. As far as I’m aware it depicts Mungo in modern-day clothes. Mungo is Glasgow’s patron saint, born in the 6th century. The story goes that when he was young, some boys from his village started throwing stones at robins that were pecking on the ground for scraps.

“One bird was hit and fell to the ground. The boys ran away. Mungo ran, too, but he ran to the fallen bird. Picking it up he smoothed and caressed its feathers and prayed over it. After a little while it revived and flew away. Perhaps it was only stunned. The villagers called it a miracle and so it was that a small boy should want to help a fallen bird in trouble.”

Quoted from The Beloved St. Mungo (1989).

I’d much rather see that on gable ends around these parts. Via Lee Vickers.

Update: Photo of the finished piece over on Colossal.

January 5, 2016

Rainbows through the Smithsonian with 60 miles of thread

This stunning art installation is part of the ongoing Plexus series by Gabriel Dawe. Plexus literally means a network of nerves or blood vessels in the body.

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November 10, 2015

Footage of Renoir and Monet painting

I’d no idea the two impressionists were filmed. Interesting glimpses of past masters at work.

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June 1, 2015

Perpetual black water whirlpool

Anish Kapoor's Descension is the type of thing I can see myself falling into in some kind of meditative state.

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January 21, 2015

The craft of neon sign-making

Mike Heist has been working in the neon industry in Portland, Oregon for 30 years. A master in his craft, Mike is responsible for the bending of some of the city’s most iconic signage.

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May 21, 2014

Food art pairings

David Schwen had the idea of making individual Pantone chips out of household objects — sponges, cardboard, and so on. But while finishing off a poster design, he'd taped two Pantone chips together to see how they looked next to one another.

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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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