Award-winning grass-covered pavilion in India constructed with over 1,000 recycled pallets

February 14, 2017 by  
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Over a thousand discarded shipping pallets went into the making of this partly planted, undulating pavilion in New Delhi. Local architecture firm M:OFA Studios drew inspiration from India’s ruins and their love of upcycling to create Pensieve, an award-winning experimental pavilion with a name inspired by the “memory basin” in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. The temporary installation served as an urban playground and public gathering space that inspired people to contemplate their surroundings. Built as part of India Design ID 2014, the Pensieve is no longer standing though it continues to be recognized in awards, such as its nomination in the Kohler Bold Design Awards 2016. Over 1,200 recycled pallets were stacked together in an asymmetrical shape inspired by the hundreds of stone ruins that dot the capital, where many locals used as playgrounds in their childhood. Compost added inside some of the open pallets was used as a growing medium for grass and other plants. Related: Charming Wine Shop Built with Repurposed Shipping Pallets Pops Up in Poland “The concept initiated from the basic idea of ‘fluid’ thoughts,” write the architects. “Built out of recycled wood , this pavilion was asked on the idea of unobstructed thoughts associated often with the children. The pavilion became a reminder of those simpler times, where the kids looked at the world beyond a 4 inch by 3 inch display screen in their hands.” The large 800-square-foot installation framed a public gathering space that also included solar-powered furniture that lit up when people sat on them and a hundred fiber-optic sculptures that used motion sensors to light up at night. + M:OFA Studios Images via M:OFA Studios

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A river made of 10,000 glowing books flows through Toronto

October 26, 2016 by  
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This large, interactive  art installation is created by group of anonymous artists/activists who “want literature to take over the streets and conquer public spaces, freely offering those passersby a traffic-free place which, for some hours, will succumb to the humble power of the written word.” Related: Alicia Martin’s Amazing Book Sculptures Pour out of Windows and Into the Streets The team has previously carried out the installation illegally in New York and Madrid, received official permission to appear in Melbourne, and has recently visited Toronto during Nuit Blanche Toronto, an annual, city-wide celebration of contemporary art. For this occasion, the group has used 10,000 books donated by the Salvation Army and worked for 12 days alongside 50 volunteers to replace cars with books on Hagerman Street, downtown Toronto . Related: Guy Laramée Carves a Majestic Lifelike Mountain Range Out of an Encyclopedia Britannica Set The artwork was open to the public for one night, during which visitors could immerse themselves in a literal flow of words and paper illuminated by soft lighting coming from the pages. They would sit down to read, take photos and eventually take pieces of the installation home. It took 10 hours for the installation to self-dismantle. + Luzinterruptus + Nuit Blanche Toronto

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Hundreds of colorful swings transform a busy street in Luxembourg

July 21, 2016 by  
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nyr6pIDtr5w The swings are suspended just out of reach of pedestrians, evoking a sense of nostalgia for lazy summer days and childhood memories. With the ropes painted in bright colors, the installation is impossible to miss. In an article published at Dezeen , Mertens explained his intent: “Re-appropriated, multiplied and transposed in an unexpected context – suspended over a downtown pedestrian street – the swing becomes a playful work of art.” This isn’t the first time Mertens has created a magical and slightly surreal outdoor art installation. In the past, he’s created an “urban game” that passersby could play using a giant red balloon controlled by motion detectors, and sculptures involving balloons, chandeliers, and lightbulbs sprouting from the floor like flowers. The installation was created as part of a competition organized by the City of Luxembourg and several local groups. It was selected out of five other finalists for display, taking a month and a half to put together the swings and three days for a team of workers to install. If you’d like to catch it while it’s still on display, don’t wait — it’s only going to be up through August 2016. + Max Mertens

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Momentum brings a psychedelic show of light and color to Vivid Sydney

June 6, 2016 by  
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A dynamic show of light and color has touched down in the land Down Under. As part of Vivid Sydney , the city’s annual light, music, and ideas festival, Australian artists Stephanie Shehata and Erin Slaviero created Momentum , a collection of three vertical freestanding portals that explore the relationship between light, material, form and speed. Viewers can interact with each portal by spinning a wheel that transforms the installation into a moving kaleidoscope of color and reflection. The installation is on view from 6PM onwards every day in Walsh Bay until the end of Vivid Sydney on Saturday, June 18. https://vimeo.com/168824671 + Momentum The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Interactive recycled bottle installation demonstrates delicate balance between light and water

March 23, 2016 by  
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At the “Paesaggi Mirati” art and architecture exhibition, an installation named “Tightrope walker”, interpreted the festival’s social utopia theme as the utopia of balance. Designed and built by Laura Crespi and Corinne Gallotti (a duo of young architects from studio 48nodi ), the installation takes the form of a cabin, whose external walls are made out of 480 transparent plastic bottles and glisten in the sun. Beyond the curtain that serves as an entrance five small suns break the darkness: clear plastic bottles filled with water and attached to the ceiling to amplify the sun’s rays inside the cabin. Under each bottle, suspended by a nylon thread, is a small glass jar holding a germinating plant. Read the rest of Interactive recycled bottle installation demonstrates delicate balance between light and water

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Otherworldly Yaroof installation by Aljoud Lootah celebrates Dubai’s fishing heritage

November 2, 2015 by  
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Traditional Yaroof shore fishermen use beach seine netting made of strong mesh, mainly to catch small fish. Fishermen wade into the sea from the shore, holding the edge of the net. Inspired by this process, Aljoud Lootah designed his installation using four octagon frames, each with patterns of nylon ropes that reference the structure of a fishing net . Arabesque motifs were also used as inspiration for the patterns, which create curves using straight lines. Related: Aljoud Lootah’s Oru origami furniture is made from teak, felt and copper The installation was placed on the beach as a kind of shelter, providing shade for beach goers and promoting this year’s Dubai Design Week, which aims to diversify and develop the design industry in the city. + Aljoud Lootah + Dubai Design Week Via Cool Hunting Photos via Aljoud Lootah

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Jerusalem’s giant red poppies bloom when you walk by

October 30, 2015 by  
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Bizarre giant art village is the largest Atelier Van Lieshout installation ever

August 28, 2015 by  
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2015 Sukkahville winner Roots is a Jewish Sukkah made from grass

August 14, 2015 by  
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Swedish firm Ulf Mejergren Architects won this year’s Sukkahville , an annual international competition that seeks innovative proposals of the Sukkah, a temporary structure built during the Jewish festival of Sukkot. The winning submission, named Roots, re-imagines the Sukkah as a dynamic form that transforms “from an almost dissolved and chaotic structure to a neat and interlaced arrangement.” The large-scale tree-inspired structure will be made from local grass twisted by hand into ropes and will be installed at the end of September on Nathan Philips Square in downtown Toronto . When the installation is taken down, the grass ropes will be reused as feed for farm animals. + Ulf Mejergren Architects The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Zsanett Szirmay weaves music into the fabric of traditional textiles

April 19, 2015 by  
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Hungarian design student Zsanett Szirmay has introduced a new way to appreciate eastern European folk embroidery—with your ears. In her installation titled Soundweaving, Szirmay merges the technology of music box punch cards with traditional textiles. She recreates the embroidery patterns as playable punch cards with laser cut holes. The cards are fed through a punch card player to complement the textile on display. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “Music Box” , eastern european embroidery , eco textiles , folk embroidery , folk textiles , music box punch card , soundweaving , Zsanett Szirmay

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