MAD reactivates an abandoned Japanese tunnel using surreal immersive art

August 17, 2018 by  
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How do you bring young people back into Japan’s rural areas? One popular answer seems to be with art and architecture. In one of the country’s latest rural revitalization efforts, Beijing-based design studio MAD Architects was invited to reactivate the long-forgotten Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel in the Niigata prefecture. Created for the 2018 Echigo-Tsumari Triennale, this series of permanent artistic interventions aims to help bring back “the cultural energy that once empowered the region.” Set in the heart of Japan’s snow country, Echigo-Tsumari is a mountainous, agricultural region where more than a third of the community comprises the elderly (at least 65 years of age). In a bid to attract young people back to the countryside, Fram Kitagawa founded the Echigo-Tsumari Triennale in 2000. The art field hosts approximately 160 site-specific artworks across 200 villages in an area greater than 760 square kilometers. For this year’s program, MAD Architects was invited to re-imagine the historic Kiyotsu Gorge Tunnel, a 750-meter passageway carved through rock that offers stunning panoramic views. In a project dubbed “Tunnel of Light,” MAD created five interventions along the historic tunnel to follow the five elements of nature — wood, earth, metal, fire and water. The first installation (wood) is the “Periscope,” a small timber hut that houses a cafe, shop and hot spring foot spa with a circular aperture surrounded by mirrored lenses. “Expression of Color” (earth) marks the tunnel entrance and is outfitted with atmospheric music and different colored lights at each lookout point. The first of the modified lookout points is “Invisible Bubble” (metal), featuring a reflective and introspective capsule-like structure that only allows one-way views from the inside out. “The Drop” (fire) at the second lookout point comprises mirrored “dew drops” attached to the ceiling and walls and back-lit by red light. The “Tunnel of Light” culminates with the “Light Cave” (water), where semi-polished stainless steel elements bring reflections of gorge into the tunnel to create “an infinite illusion of nature.” Related: Futuristic “spaceship” Lucas Museum breaks ground in Los Angeles “MAD’s ‘Tunnel of Light’ is an artistic transformation that demonstrates how art and nature can come together to reinvigorate a community,” the designers said in a project statement. “Each one of the installations forms a poetic space where visitors can transcend the role of observer and become an active participant — allowing individuals to place themselves in nature in unexpected ways.” + MAD Architects Images by Nacasa Partners Inc and Osamu Nakamura

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This gorgeous tiny home is perfect for entertaining guests

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Today’s tiny homes are often built with many incredible features, but creating a spacious living room with ample seating continues to be a huge challenge. However, the innovative designers at Modern Tiny Living have just unveiled the Clover — a beautiful, 24-foot-long compact home that uses an elevated U-shaped sofa to create a spacious “social area” for entertaining guests. The Clover design is actually a hybrid of the Colorado-based company’s two most popular designs, the Kokosing and the Point. Combining the best of these two models, the Clover offers a gorgeous tiny home with a surprisingly spacious and light-filled interior with plenty of room for hosting guests. Related: Tiny Heirloom unveils ‘The Goose’ — a custom tiny home with stunning interiors The exterior of the home is clad in light-hued durable siding. The exterior is enhanced by white trim, giving off a modern, country-home feel. On the inside, the space is flooded with natural light thanks to an abundance of windows. A beautiful vaulted ceiling opens up the interior, which is lined in light wood panels, a feature that provides a fresh, airy aesthetic to the design. To the left of the entrance is the kitchen, which is equipped with concrete countertops, a four-burner stove, large sink, refrigerator and a combination washer and dryer set. A high top table that can be used for eating or working sits under the window. Adjacent to the kitchen is a full bath with a custom barn door. Although the basic package offers a flushing toilet, buyers also have the option of installing a composting toilet . Just off the kitchen space is a narrow set of stairs, complete with built-in storage and a closet, that leads up to a sleeping loft . This space is big enough for a king-sized bed and has plenty of windows to provide light and a natural system of cross-ventilation. However, the true heart of this tiny home is located at the other end of the space — the living room. The elevated seating area features a large U-shaped sofa that wraps around the wall. Outfitted with comfy cushions, the sectional was designed to provide a fun social space with ample seating for guests. The flooring at the center of the couch can also be turned on its end to create a guest bed . The seating space sits on an elevated platform that features built-in shelving and drawers for extra storage. The cost of the Clover Tiny Home starts at $89,000, but comes with many options for additional features. For further inquiries, please contact Modern Tiny Living . + Modern Tiny Living Via Treehugger Images via Modern Tiny Living 

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Become a forest creature in this mind-altering virtual reality experience

October 13, 2015 by  
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If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a dragonfly, flitting through the forest canopy, this virtual reality installation by Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF) is your answer. Through the imaginations of MLF, the forest becomes a dancing stream of bright colors that twist by as you fly through the forest. The virtual reality experience allows users to see the forest as an alien world, first through the eyes of a midge, then a dragonfly, then to a frog and finally an owl. Read the rest of Become a forest creature in this mind-altering virtual reality experience

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Artist Swoon Tackles Climate Change in Superstorm Sandy-Inspired Exhibit

April 11, 2014 by  
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Swoon , a Brooklyn artist famous for her use of recycled materials, has just unveiled her newest exhibit: Submerged Motherlands. Inspired by Superstorm Sandy , this sprawling and immersive art installation calls attention to the consequences of climate challenge on the environment and everyday people. Located in the Brooklyn Museum , this site-specific installation mixes salvaged art with Swoon’s signature life-size figure drawings. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Brooklyn , brooklyn artist , brooklyn museum , Climate Change , climate change art , immersive art , Recycled Materials , salvaged art , site-specific art , swoon , swoon artist

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