Check out the vibrant outdoor art gallery coming to NYC’s High Line park

February 24, 2017 by  
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High Line Art , the arm of Friends of the High Line that manages its public art projects, reviewed more than 50 proposals before shortlisting 12 for the inaugural Plinth commissions. The artists, who hail from all corners of the globe, include veterans such as Haim Steinbach and Charles Gaines, mid-careerists like Matthew Day Jackson and Cosima von Bonin, and emerging talents such as Minerva Cuevas, Lena Henke, and Jonathan Berger. “The High Line Plinth will provide artists with an opportunity to work on a larger scale than ever before possible on the High Line, and to engage with the breathtaking vistas that open up around this new site,” said Cecilia Alemani, director and chief curator of High Line Art. “As a new landmark to this space, the High Line Plinth will create a new symbol of this incredible nexus of horticulture, art, and public space in the ever-evolving metropolis that is New York City.” For the 2.3 million visitors the High Line receives annually, the Plinth provides an opportunity unlike any other: “free, world-class artwork 365 days a year,” according to Robert Hammond, co-founder and executive director of Friends of the High Line. “The High Line Plinth will expand the program’s impact by creating a one-of-a-kind destination for public art on the Spur, a new section of the park with even more space for public programming and dynamic horticulture,” he said. The Fourth Plinth has served as a stage for subversive, politically charged, or otherwise controversial pieces that have fueled debate. The High Line Plinth is expected to be no different, Alemani said. Ascent of a Woman , an entry from New York’s Lena Henke, is a “singular, gigantic, upturned” breast that will slowly erode in the face of the elements. The breast’s outer layer of soil, sand, and clay will eventually give way to new forms cast into the inner mold. Unapologetically sensual, the work pits the city and the body in a “surreal entanglement … challenging New York City’s rational and modernist approach to public space.” Los Angeles–based Sam Durant proposes an abstract representation of an unmanned Predator drone, rotating like a wind vane atop a 20-foot column. In the shadow of the aircraft, visitors may imagine the specter of surveillance casting a creeping, growing influence across the world. Paola Pivi, who was born in Italy but lives and works in Anchorage, Alaska, suggests a 20-foot-high reproduction of the Statue of Liberty wearing an inflatable cartoon-style mask in the guise of someone who has gained his or her freedom in the United States, or seeks to do so. The stories of the individuals featured would be made available to visitors online. Less polarizing, perhaps, is Londoner Jeremy Deller’s slide, which takes the form of a giant chameleon. “There is something magical about chameleons; they can do things that we can only dream of,” he explained. To start with, High Line Art wants to whittle the proposals down to two—you can vote for your favorites , or, if you prefer, recommend something else altogether. “I am excited to work with artists who think critically about the meaning of public space and public life, and create artworks that not only respond to the site, but also spark conversations among a wide audience,” Alemani added. + The High Line Plinth + The High Line Via Curbed

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Futuristic canopy made of knitted textile solar panels wins 2017 Young Architects Program at MoMA

February 21, 2017 by  
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Since 2000, New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) PS1 art gallery brings to life experimental outdoor installations every summer—and this year’s winning design is shaping up to be its most innovative project yet. Ithaca-based design practice Jenny Sabin Studio won the 2017 MoMA PS1’s Young Architecture Program competition with their proposal of a futuristic shelter made from robotically knitted textile solar panels. The project, called Lumen, is a “knitted light” structure that will immerse visitors in a cooling microclimate during the day and in an ethereal immersive environment at night that glows using energy collected from the sun. Now in its 18th edition, the Young Architects Program gives emerging architects and designers the chance to build a temporary outdoor installation in the MoMA PS1 courtyard in Long Island City. Proposals were required to provide shelter, seating, and water, while also addressing environmental issues that include sustainability and recycling. Jenny Sabin Studio’s winning Lumen will feature a robotically woven canopy made of recycled photoluminescent textiles that collect solar energy to produce light. Misting systems built into tubular structures called “fabric stalactites” will keep visitors cool during hot days. Related: First Ever Mushroom Tower Sprouts at MoMA PS1 in New York Initially developed for Nike, Lumen’s high-tech fabric canopy is a cross-disciplinary experiment that merges elements of architecture with biology, materials science, mathematics, and engineering. Jenny Sabin Studio writes: “The project is mathematically generated through form-finding simulations informed by the sun, site, materials, program, and the structural morphology of knitted cellular components. Resisting a biomimetic approach, Lumen employs an analogic design process where complex material behavior and processes are integrated with personal engagement and diverse programs. Lumen undertakes rigorous interdisciplinary experimentation to produce a multisensory environment that is full of delight, inspiring collective levity, play, and interaction as the structure and materials transform throughout the day and night.” Lumen will be open to the public at the MoMA PS1 courtyard on June 29, 2017 and will serve as the backdrop for Warm Up, the art gallery’s annual outdoor music series. + Jenny Sabin Studio Via Architectural Record Images via Jenny Sabin Studio

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Giant glowing bamboo orbs create a magical hideaway in Taiwan

February 9, 2017 by  
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Bamboo weaving is an ancient and endangered craft but a visionary Taiwanese artist has revived the art with a modern, community-oriented project. Cheng-Tsung Feng , a designer who specializes in bamboo craft design and art, completed Beside, a public art installation featuring two giant and globular installations made from Taiwanese Moso bamboo. These sculptural pieces, installed in Taiwan’s Teng Yu-Hsien Music Culture Park in Qionglin Township, were created with the help of 60 local residents and are lit at night to glow like beautiful paper lanterns. The Beside public art installation comprises two bamboo spheres, the larger of which measures approximately 12.25 square meters in area and 4.3 meters in height, while the smaller measures one square meter and 1.35 meters in height. The sculptures are large enough for adults and children to enter and provide a beautiful space for relaxation day and night. Each steel-framed bamboo sphere was made using circle weaving and random weaving techniques. The porous, lace-like pattern with differently shaped and sized holes allows for views and airflow. Related: Artist Weaves Together Massive Basket-like Bamboo Tunnel for Australian Music Festival Feng designed and constructed the sculptures with help from the community . “If they can participate together, then there will be more feelings attached,” said Feng. The sixty locals who participated in the project had no prior experience with bamboo weaving, however, they were taught easy and simple “random weaving” techniques in as little as a couple hours. “This project enables an opportunity for the residents to be in contact with the endangered traditional weaving culture, which is fading away from our daily life,” wrote the artist. “By means of the co-production with the residents, the traditional craft art is no longer a professional skill, but an approachable wisdom for ordinary people.” + Cheng-Tsung Feng Images by LIN, CI-XIA

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Wool art installation repurposed into blankets for Syrian refugees

February 7, 2017 by  
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Although many of the exhibitions from the 2016 Amman Design Week surely left quite an impression on visitors, there is one art installation in particular whose longevity will be tangible for years to come. ENTRELAC by fiber artist Rayah Kassisieh was initially a monumental installation made up of 350 kilograms of un-dyed, handknitted wool strands that gracefully hung from the ceiling. However, once the event came to a close, the Brooklyn-based artist set out to repurpose her artwork into blankets for Syrian refugees and Jordanian families. The initial artwork consisted of enormous wool strands that represented the relationship between digital design and traditional craft. The artist used computational modeling to determine the intricate design of the strands, but the work was mainly the result of hand-crafted excellence by a team of talented seamstress es. The 28 large knit strands were cut and stitched by hand by twenty Jordanian women working from their homes or small workshops. Related: Ikea flat-pack refugee shelters awarded Design of the Year Once the event was coming to a close, the artist worked in collaboration with NADAAA ,  Boston-based architecture and urban design firm led by  designer Nader Tehrani, and the Amman Design Week team to repurpose her work into blankets. The same women who created the initial piece for the event then took on the responsibility to transform the material into 38 blankets for those in need . + Rayah Kassisieh  + NADAAA Photography by Hareth Tabbalat

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Artists build treehouse ‘Visitor Center’ at Mexican border

February 6, 2017 by  
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Putting a sardonic, yet poignant twist to typical welcoming centers seen in national parks, Japanese artist collective, Chim?Pom has created a “U.S.A Visitor’s Center” on the Tijuana border. The treehouse shack is perched high in a tree overlooking the border wall that separates Tijuana from San Diego, California. The “Visitors Center” is a rickety wooden structure that sits precariously among the feeble tree limbs located on a family home in Colonia Libertad area. The desolate Mexican neighborhood has seen countless amounts of Mexican migrants pass through on their way to cross the border. The artist collective, (formed in Tokyo in 2005) met the owners, whose self-built house sits adjacent to the treehouse, while visiting Mexico last year. Related: Apartments made out of re-used materials pop-up in protest of the housing crisis in Munich The Japanese team installed the protest art installation last July as a metaphor of the “unreachable USA”. One of the artists in the collective, Ellie, was previously denied entry into the country when working with a Japanese TV crew. In an interview with Hyperallergic, Chim?Pom explained the inspiration behind the project, “National parks like the Grand Canyon have visitor centers to learn about places that you cannot enter. In Tijuana, there are many people who cannot enter the US. So for people like them and Ellie, this is a USA Visitor Center to think about what America is.” In clear view of the treehouse, the artists also placed a white cross on the American side of the border. With a little help from the community, Chim?Pom scaled the border wall to place the cross there as a symbolic gesture to liberty. Next to the cross, the artists dug a circular hole paying tribute to a previous installation. Both of the installations, “Libertad” and “The Ground” represent a place of “in-betweenness and uncertainty”, a state many immigrants can relate to these days under Donald Trump’s immigration ban . Both of the US-based installations will most likely be removed soon by authorities, but the Visitor’s Center is on private land, hopefully ensuring a little longevity. “Since it’s a center to view ‘Libertad’ and ‘The Grounds,’ it’s essentially like an art gallery, but once those two works are removed it won’t have that function,” Chim?Pom said. “But you’ll still be able to look over the US, and if a new wall is built, you would be able to see the construction.” + Chim?Pom Via Hyperallergic Photography via Chim?Pom and MUJIN-TO Production. Lead photo by Osamu Matsuda.

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Polish village heals post-WWII blues with hand-painted homes

February 6, 2017 by  
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The small village of Zalipie, Poland leaves a big, bright, and beautiful impression on travelers. Everywhere you look you will see hand-painted floral designs on homes, barns, bridges, wells, and chicken coops. The tradition began a century ago, but only within the last few decades was it transformed into an annual contest to turn the tiny town into a living piece of art, and heal post-WWII blues at the same time. 100 years ago, locals would touch up their homes for the holidays by painting over soot stains caused by their wood-burning stoves. Often, this would not completely cover up the marks, so people got creative. The practice of painting flowers began informally and blossomed into a town tradition over the years. And the designs spread outside the home to the exterior of buildings and even backyard and community structures. Related: Poland unveils glowing bright blue bike lane that’s charged by the sun The trend continued over the decades, and then a new annual contest was created to bring up the spirits of the local community after WWII . The Malowana Chata (Painted Cottage) competition officially became an event in 1965 and still continues today. The media have improved from cooking fat-based paints to more hardy materials and the villagers have worked hard to preserve as much of the original artwork as they can. Zalipie is only an hour and a half outside of Krakow, so visitors traveling by car can easily enjoy the breathtaking blooms. Via Mental Floss Images via Flickr  (CC BY-ND 2.0)  ( 1 , 2 , 3 ), Wikimedia ( 1 , 2 , 3 )

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Alaska’s Dr. Seuss House is a whimsical tower made of stacked cabins

February 5, 2017 by  
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHt57JVDE48 For 10 years, the original owner worked on it until he died. It sat abandoned for almost the same amount of time until a new owner came along and started to work on it. No one really knows what the inside might look like. As the story goes, the owner originally built the home to get a good view of Denali (Mt. McKinley), American’s tallest mountain. But he built right after a forest fire, so all of the trees were small. As the trees grew taller, he would add another level to see the mountain. Related: Hang Nga “Crazy House” is a creepy fairy tale treehouse in Vietnam You can’t visit the house in person, but if you want to see it, you can get a good view on Alaska’s train north. You could also get the best views hiring a bush pilot and flying overhead. The house is located in the Mat-Su Valley between Willow and Talkeetna. Via Unusual Places Images via Jovell Rennie and Alaska Aerial Footage and Alaska.org

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San Francisco artists form human chain across Golden Gate Bridge in peaceful demonstration

January 20, 2017 by  
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Donald Trump ’s inauguration might be unstoppable, but that doesn’t mean people are about to sit around and normalize hate and bigotry. Across the nation, communities are seizing January 20th as an opportunity to demonstrate the power of unity in overcoming darkness, and from inspiring Post-it-covered walls to the eleven-year-old offering “emotional-advice therapy” in the NYC subway, many are doing so in creative and unprecedented ways. To prove that #LoveTrumpsHate and that we are #StrongerTogether, a group of San Francisco artists called “ satoriteller ” organized “ Bridge Together Golden Gate ” – the first human chain across the Golden Gate Bridge. Rain or shine, 25,000 people pledged to wear purple and link hands across the iconic landmark. It took 3000 people to stretch across the bridge itself, and even more linked hands on either side. https://youtu.be/ARsCu2MMKCk The artist collective is rallying locals to hold hands across the bridge to form a “shining beacon of inclusiveness and democracy” and hopes to demonstrate that “the hateful rhetoric of the in-coming president & his administration will not be tolerated.” The group emphasizes that the event is a “community-based demonstration and performance art piece” and not a protest or march. There are no plans to obstruct traffic or cause disturbances of any kind. So far, satoriteller has raised over $20,000 in donations, part of which is being used to fund event necessities like porta-potties and EMTs. The remaining funds will be donated to Southern Poverty Law Center , Planned Parenthood , and The Trevor Project . According to satoriteller, the color purple is a symbol of unity and anti-bullying. Set against the dramatic backdrop of the one of the world’s most famous bridges, Bridge Together Golden Gate is an inspiring reminder of the power of peace and the need to remember that only love can drive out darkness. + Bridge Together Golden Gate + satoriteller Photos via Bridge Together Golden Gate

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The White House website has already been scrubbed of any mention of climate change

January 20, 2017 by  
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Brace yourself. The Trump administration is wasting no time in refocusing the office’s efforts away from climate change and its devastating effects. Any mention of the phenomenon was scrubbed from the official White House website minutes after Donald Trump was sworn in as the new U.S. president. A former page dedicated solely to climate change was deleted and now an unsettling “American First Energy Plan,” which promises to lift restrictions on industries hellbent on destroying the environment, takes its place. The link to the page dedicated to climate change is now broken and now reroutes to a newsletter landing page, but Wayback Machine offers a grim reminder of a time – just days ago – when the U.S. government did, in fact, recognize scientific fact as truth. Motherboard first noticed the changes, which took place moments after the transition of power. Climate change is no longer mentioned as a “Top Issue” on the site. Instead, it is not mentioned at all. https://twitter.com/blkahn/status/822490216963461124 Related: Trump’s inauguration promise to harness the “energies and technologies of tomorrow” isn’t good news for clean energy Now, the closest thing to environmental commentary on the website is mention of an “ American First Energy Plan .” Just reading the plans of what’s to come will send chills down your spine: For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry. President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule. Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years. For now, the Environmental Protection Agency ’s website still recognizes climate change as a thing that exists – but, who knows for how long. It seems the frantic, post-election actions of the scientists who were quickly backing up climate change data in the event that the new administration would set its sights on destroying any and all progress on remedying the pressing issue was a wise move. Via TechCrunch Images via Wayback Machine (screenshot)

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Psychedelic geode-like sculptures made from molten beeswax

January 16, 2017 by  
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New York-based visual artist Laura Moriarty has an unusual use for beeswax , and it’s not for lip balm or candles. Rather, the self-taught artist dyes and melts beeswax to make brilliant geode-like sculptures. These highly pigmented beeswax artworks are so colorful and vibrant that they give off a psychedelic, Alice-in-Wonderland feel. Moriarty’s intricate sculptures express the passage of time through layers. The beeswax is repeatedly heated and cooled to create the desired shapes and patterns, a process inspired by the formation of the earth’s crust. “Taking poetic license with geology , I compare processes of the studio with processes of the earth,” writes Moriarty in her artist’s statement. “Layers of color form the strata of a methodology in which the immediacy of the hand can translate a sense of deep time. Working and reworking molten, richly pigmented beeswax, I build each painting/object through a slow, simple yet strenuous physical engagement, which often becomes a metaphor for the ephemerality of life and civilization.” Related: An army of 60,000 bees built this giant honeycomb teapot Moriarty refers to her pigmented beeswax works as ‘Sculptural Paintings,’ all of which are richly layered and inspired by geologic processes. The Sculpture Paintings are currently on display at the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art in Collegeville, PA as part of the ‘ A Stratigraphic Fiction ’ exhibit through March 19, 2017. + Laura Moriarty Via Colossal Images via Laura Moriarty

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