Massive tree-like sculpture takes over Switzerlands largest train station

July 23, 2018 by  
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An explosion of color has taken over the central train station in Zurich, Switzerland. In collaboration with the Fondation Beyeler , Brazilian contemporary artist Ernesto Neto has installed a stunning and monumental work of art that rises 65 feet to the ceiling height of the Zurich Main Station, the busiest train station in Switzerland . Dubbed the GaiaMotherTree, this sculptural and interactive tree-like artwork resembles a living organism. Crafted from colorful strips of cotton knotted together with finger-crocheting techniques, Ernesto Neto’s GaiaMotherTree is made all the more eye-catching due to its backdrop—the Neorenaissance architecture of the Zurich Main Station, built in 1871. The sweeping organic structure was shaped and stabilized using drop-shaped counterweights filled with ground spices including turmeric, cloves, cumin and black pepper. The central counterweight that hangs above a giant outline of the world in the heart of the GaiaMotherTree is filled with 30 kilograms of plant seeds . No nails were used to support the installation ; in addition to the counterweights, 840 kilograms of earth was used to secure it. “With GaiaMotherTree, Neto establishes a connection to the story of creation,” read a statement about the installation, which took three months to complete. “The work’s title refers to Greek mythology: Gaia, the personification of the Earth , emerges from chaos, the origin of all things. She is the Mother Earth goddess, bestowing the gift of life, but also the goddess of death, to whom the dead return. Neto places ‘Mother Earth’ at the heart of his sculpture.” Related: This minimalist timber writer’s studio in Switzerland is suspended in mid-air As an immersive installation, GaiaMotherTree serves as a community space and visitors are welcome to walk inside and sit on low textile-covered seating. The installation, which was unveiled June 30, has hosted a series of activities including musical concerts, workshops and debates. GaiaMotherTree is open to the public every day until July 29, 2018. + Fondation Beyeler Images © Mark Niedermann, portrait by Niels Fabaek

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Snarkitectures Fun House will take over the National Building Museum

May 2, 2018 by  
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It’s almost that time again—the National Building Museum’s (NBM) Great Hall will undergo another dramatic transformation as part of its ongoing Summer Block Party series, this year under the direction of New York-based Snarkitecture . Returning after their wildly popular ‘The Beach’ NBM installation from 2015, the design studio recently unveiled designs for ‘Fun House,’ a comprehensive museum exhibition housed within a freestanding gabled structure. Created in the image of a giant traditional home, Fun House will comprise rooms exhibiting well-known Snarkitecture projects that trace the firm’s 10-year history. National Building Museum’s Summer Block Party is one of Washington, D.C.’s most anticipated architecture events every year thanks to its interactive, family-friendly installations by major design names including the likes of Bjarke Ingels Group , Studio Gang, and James Corner Field Operations. One of the most popular NBM exhibitions to date has been Snarkitecture’s The Beach, which filled 10,000 square feet of the historic Great Hall with nearly one million recyclable plastic balls. Snarkitecture’s Fun House will, for the first time, take up the entirety of the Great Hall. The exhibition, curated by Italy-based Maria Cristina Didero, will lead visitors through a sequence of interactive rooms with recreations of Snarkitecture’s important projects, such as The Beach -inspired kidney-shaped ball pit. The Fun House opens to the public July 4 through September 3, 2018 and will be complemented by a full schedule of programs and special events. Related: Gigantic swimmable ball pit takes over D.C.’s National Building Museum “Fun House represents a unique opportunity for us to bring together a number of different Snarkitecture-designed interiors, installations, and objects into a single, immersive experience,” said Alex Mustonen, co-founder of Snarkitecture. “Our practice aims to create moments that make architecture accessible and engaging to a wide, diverse audience. With that in mind, we are excited to invite all visitors to the National Building Museum to an exhibition and installation that we hope is both unexpected and memorable.” + Snarkitecture Images via Snarkitecture , photographs by Noah Kalina

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Carsten Hller’s giant spiraling slides explore emotional links between people and plants

March 12, 2018 by  
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German artist Carsten Höller recently announced plans to build two giant spiraling slides in Florence, Italy – and the installation will research the emotional link between people and plants. The Florence Experiment invites visitors to zip through two 65-foot-high slides with a plant in hand. At the bottom, scientists will be on hand to test the plants to see if they register the emotions of the person holding them. Höller, who has a PhD in plant pathology, has often used his signature art medium to make serious commentary on our society. For his latest experiment, the artist will be working with Professor Stefano Mancuso to demonstrate how human emotions can affect plants in an effort to encourage more empathy for the vegetation around us. Related: Mesmerizing light installation is powered by visitors’ collective heartbeat The slides will be installed in the beautiful Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy, as part of a larger exhibition. Visitors to the Renaissance palace can board a slide from the second-floor terrace, where they will be handed a plant. After the fun twisty ride, the plants will be taken to the basement were a laboratory has been set up to test if any of the plants have been affected by the emotions of the humans as they slide down. According to the artists, the objective is not only to investigate the effect on the plants, but also to encourage people to be more empathetic to the botanical world around them. In addition to the slides, a second plant research installation will set up two cinemas in the lab: one showing comedy films while the other shows horror films. The experiment, organized by Höller and Mancuso, will record the audience’s reaction to the two films. These “volatile chemical compounds” will then be piped through tubes to the exterior of the palace in an effort to affect the climbing wisteria plants on the building’s facade. The researchers will study the vines’ growth over the course of the installation to see how it responds to the fear or delight of the audience. A live “plant graph” of the wisteria’s growth, based on these emotions, will be visible from the street. “Palazzo Strozzi will become a site of real contemporary experimentation and reflection, turning an architectural Renaissance masterpiece into a workshop of dialogue between art and science,” said curator, Galansino. Via Dezeen Renderings by Michele Giuseppe Onali

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Pandora-like Arclight mangrove forest pops up in Sydney Harbor

June 8, 2015 by  
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Viagra could be key to preventing the spread of malaria

June 8, 2015 by  
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Originally developed as a treatment for high blood pressure, the world’s favorite “little blue pill” has an array of uses outside the bedroom—it can treat prostate cancer, address pulmonary hypertension and even keep your cut flowers pert . Now, a new study has found that Viagra can also help prevent the spread of malaria. The collaborative research by French and English scientists found that Viagra can alter red blood cells to prevent the parasite carrying the disease from being transmitted from humans to mosquitoes. Read the rest of Viagra could be key to preventing the spread of malaria Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: malaria cure , malaria mosquito , malaria spread , malaria transmission , malaria treatment , mosquito disease , pfizer , viagra malaria , viagra uses

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Tiny prefab Sleeping Pod doubles as a guesthouse and office

June 8, 2015 by  
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Kinematope installation turns Parisian railway station into a trippy science fiction world

December 16, 2014 by  
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A fantastic light installation by artist Pablo Valbuena lit up the Nuit Blanche festival in Paris using light projectors, sounds systems and architecture to create a trippy artificial reality. Valbuena’s 546-yard-long Kinematope installation turned a railway station into a science fiction set that responds to its environment using light and sound that travel from one side to the other at varying speeds Read the rest of Kinematope installation turns Parisian railway station into a trippy science fiction world Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: art installation , interactive art , Kinematope , light and sound installation , light installation , nuit blanche , Pablo Valbuena , Paris , Paris public art , responsive art , responsive environment

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DIY: Recycle last year’s Christmas cards into a colorful bunting garland

December 16, 2014 by  
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Stunning animated Vortex sculpture uses LEDs to show its site’s energy consumption

December 5, 2014 by  
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