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[Best of 2014] The Year in Viral Art

[Best of 2014] The Year in Viral Art | innovative design | Scoop.it
This is the art that was all-but-inescapable in 2014.

Art Basel Miami offered $3 billion worth of work, Peter Lik sold the most expensive photograph ever ($6.5 million), and a second Mona Lisa was discovered, making 2014 a monumental year for art. Whether it was Kara Walker's sugar sculpture, Miley Cyrus' solo show, or even Shia LaBeouf's #IAMSORRY performance, this year was filled with works we couldn't stop seeing, sharing, or talking about.

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Marco Favero's curator insight, December 24, 6:19 AM

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Inspired by the Big Bang, a Suspended Art Installation Reimagines Light, Space and Time

Inspired by the Big Bang, a Suspended Art Installation Reimagines Light, Space and Time | innovative design | Scoop.it

Japanese watch maker CITIZEN and Paris-based architecture firm DGT reimagine time pieces as art materials in their installation LIGHT is TIME. The duo suspended over 65,000 base plates–the foundation behind a standard watch face–to create a sparkling, golden galaxy.

Inspired by the Big Bang, the installation underscores the natural connection between light and time. Electricity and digital devices–which glow endlessly, despite the hour of the day–have separated humans with natural solar and lunar cycles. With light as the core of human livelihood, the collaborators explain that “without light we never would have had the wonders of the universes, the richness of our planet or the joy and pleasure of our life.”

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Innovative Detail: Mark Thomas Architects Gives Visitors a Bird's Eye View of Cape Town

Innovative Detail: Mark Thomas Architects Gives Visitors a Bird's Eye View of Cape Town | innovative design | Scoop.it

To celebrate last year’s centennial anniversary of the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town, the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) commissioned a 426-foot-long aerial walkway through the garden’s arboretum. The Kirstenbosch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway takes visitors 40 feet up, through, and above a forest of approximately 450 indigenous species against the backdrop of Table Mountain’s eastern face.

The structure was designed by local firm Mark Thomas Architects, in collaboration with local structural and civil engineering firm Henry Fagan & Partners and horticulturist Adam Harrower.

The walkway comprises a series of trusses connected by continuous wood handrails and a 420-foot-long steel tube spine that acts as the bottom chord of the trusses. The project team conducted extensive site surveys to ensure none of the 400-plus trees in the walkway’s path would have to be felled or trimmed during the installation of 19.6 tons of steel columns and abutments. “At one point, where a tree could not be avoided, a branch of a tree extends vertically through the walkway,” Fagan says...

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A Glow-In-The-Dark Bicycle Path By Studio Roosegaarde Inspired By Van Gogh

A Glow-In-The-Dark Bicycle Path By Studio Roosegaarde Inspired By Van Gogh | innovative design | Scoop.it
Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has created an illuminated bicycle path based on Vincent van Gogh’s painting The Starry Night. The solar-powered path consist of “thousands of twinkling stones” covered with a special paint that absorbs energy during the day…
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WestEdge Design Fair 2014 // Photos from Santa Monica's Barker Hangar

WestEdge Design Fair 2014 // Photos from Santa Monica's Barker Hangar | innovative design | Scoop.it

The WestEdge Design Fair held its second annual design event over at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.

Take a virtual tour of the showroom floor and a closer look at a few favorite exhibitors, from lighting design to art installations and custom furniture pieces...

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New Cityscape Sculptures "Sketched with a Bandsaw" from Artist James McNabb

New Cityscape Sculptures "Sketched with a Bandsaw" from Artist James McNabb | innovative design | Scoop.it

When we last covered artist James McNabb, he was launching his series of bandsaw cut cities on Kickstarter, giving city blocks as rewards for support. He’s come a long way since then, recently opening a solo show called Metros at Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami. His imaginative work continues to evolve and grow, just like the cities around us.

His work is a commentary on the “transformations of cities and urban landscapes, their beauty, uniqueness, and overdevelopment.” 

In a way, this is the journey of a woodworker from the quiet forest into the urban jungle.

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Chapel by AZL Architects features a butterfly roof

Chapel by AZL Architects features a butterfly roof | innovative design | Scoop.it
Vertical lengths of timber mask the interior of this chapel designed by AZL Architects in eastern China, which features a distinctive V-shaped roof.
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The Water Tank Project Debuts in NYC

The Water Tank Project Debuts in NYC | innovative design | Scoop.it

Thirsty? Most of us can just turn on the tap. While filming a documentary in Ethiopia, however, Mary Jordan experienced firsthand the global water-scarcity crisis. It led her to found Word Above the Street, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering environmental awareness through public art. Its inaugural initiative is the Water Tank Project.

Digitally reproduced artwork by such noteworthy names as Andy Goldsworthy, Maya LinMickalene Thomas, Jeff Koons, and Odili Donald Odita as well as by New York public school students will wrap 100 water tanks in the five boroughs through October. The works have been printed on vinyl mesh—measuring as large as 17 by 57 feet. 

Meanwhile, on the street, Trace the Tap, an online curriculum, offers information on potable water from biological, environmental, cultural, and economic perspectives. Jordan plans to take the Water Tank Project to other cities around the world.

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Kinetic Structures Initiate Interaction: 'Distance' by Jeppe Hein

Kinetic Structures Initiate Interaction: 'Distance' by Jeppe Hein | innovative design | Scoop.it

Dynamic, big dipper constructions of Danish artist Jeppe Hein take up residence at Saint-Nazaire, France with his site-specific installation 'Distance'.

Since then, it has travelled across the globe and settled in Saint-Nazaire this summer, at the city’s monumental space LiFE – initially established to store submarines during the war. The 1460-m2 hall has been injected with Hein’s steel tracks, running through the entire exhibition space. When entering the room, visitors might think they are about to go on a thrilling rollercoaster ride, but as the visitor makes an entrance, sensors react and sets a white plastic ball in motion, running the 800-m-long circuit. As the visitor follows the ball on its route, the next visitor triggers a new ball to pop up onto the tracks – resulting in a mesmerising experience of action and reaction when multiple spectators arrive...

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Swing Time: Höweler + Yoon Architecture

Swing Time: Höweler + Yoon Architecture | innovative design | Scoop.it

It’s a cool glow-in-the-dark playground. No, it’s an art installation. Well, actually, husband-and-wife team Eric Höweler + Meejin Yoon of the Boston-based Höweler + Yoon Architecture were striving for both. The temporary installation titled Swing Time, located in a public park space next to the Boston Convention Center in South Boston, consists of 20 glowing oval swings that encase LED lights which activate with the swings’ movement. When forces are static and the swings are not in use, they emit a soft, white light that illuminates the area. When the swings are in motion, the micro-controller switches the light from white to purple, creating a more colorful glowing effect. Swing Time is part of an initiative to create the first interactive public space in the city, with the goal to entice people of all ages to play...

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Minimalism + Poetics : 30,000 Suspended Paper Kites at MOCA

Minimalism + Poetics : 30,000 Suspended Paper Kites at MOCA | innovative design | Scoop.it

Earlier this summer, MOCA's exhibition space at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles was transformed into a multi-dimensional interactive sculpture, with thousands of colorful paper kites suspended throughout the interior volumes...

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A Minimalist Cabin That's Completely Mobile

A Minimalist Cabin That's Completely Mobile | innovative design | Scoop.it

Helmed by the design studio allergutendinge, this minimalist cabin is completely modular, and was created to be a transportable base station for those looking for some R&R. The all white cabin spans 2 levels, with the dining area located on the main floor, and a living space on the upper deck.

The designers built a bed between the 2 floors. The bottom floor wall opens up completely, while the top living space turns into a rooftop deck in a matter of moments – letting occupants enjoy a night under the stars.

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Mirrors, Color + Architecture: Daniel Buren installation on Le Corbusier's Cité Radieuse rooftop

Mirrors, Color + Architecture: Daniel Buren installation on Le Corbusier's Cité Radieuse rooftop | innovative design | Scoop.it

The rooftop of architect Le Corbusier's Cité Radieuse building in Marseille is hosting an installation of mirrors and coloured glass by Daniel Buren.

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Amsterdam Light Festival: Interactivity Shines Along Inner-City Waterways

Amsterdam Light Festival: Interactivity Shines Along Inner-City Waterways | innovative design | Scoop.it

The Amsterdam Light Festival illuminates the city centre during the dimmest period of the year. Water Colours – a selection of works visible by boat along Amsterdam’s canals – officially opened last week, and the Illuminade walking route is on display.

Of the 40 works, many artists and designers chose to work with interactivity. Some utilized technology and adopted a more passive approach.Tjep.’s Lightbridge, for example, reacts to traffic on and under the bridge, while Alfred Marseille and Paul Godschalk’s This Is It, Be Here Now is a neon sign that begs to be approached yet flickers off when passers-by stand beneath it.

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Matt Shlian: The Unconventional Artist and Paper Engineer

Matt Shlian: The Unconventional Artist and Paper Engineer | innovative design | Scoop.it
Artist and designer Matt Shlian is a self-professed paper engineer whose work is something of a hybrid between art and science. With a proclivity for both geometry and the medium of paper, he is currently using origami to help engineers consider their work in three dimensions.
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Shop 03 by i29 Interior Architects

Shop 03 by i29 Interior Architects | innovative design | Scoop.it

The Frame Store offers a three-dimensional experience of the magazine – a creative and innovative universe that surprises and inspires. Working within a totally different context, i29 interior architects proposed a radical concept; two shops in one, two contradictory experiences in one space. One white and rectangular installation versus one black and diagonal; A white museological experience apposing a black shop experience full of products.

Frame store works in the intersection between art, design, architecture and fashion. The interior design is based on the changeability of such a diverse shop. Flexibility and being able to change the store identity completely was a main focus.

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Remembering the Divide: Artists Recreate the Berlin Wall With Lights

The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 marked the end of a long confrontation between the Soviet Union and western countries. The Wall was something else entirely: an old-school display of architectural force, slicing through the middle of Berlin, sometimes brutally punching through roadways and buildings. It became a metaphor for the distinction between communist and capitalist ideologies...

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Reciprocal Frame: A Plywood Pavilion Houses Graduate Exhibition at the University of Nottingham

Reciprocal Frame: A Plywood Pavilion Houses Graduate Exhibition at the University of Nottingham | innovative design | Scoop.it

A studio at the University of Nottingham, Ningbo Campus, has designed and built a pavilion celebrating and displaying four years of academic work. Students and faculty collaborated in weekend workshops that ultimately produced a three-part, parametrically-designed structure that the group assembled in the architecture school’s atrium. ‘As the exhibition covers four academic years of student work, the pavilion becomes more integrated and complex through the space, metaphorically following the students’ development in their studies,’ say the faculty. Their execution of a full-scale design, it seems, serves not only as a showcase for their portfolios of work, but also as the culmination of that work.

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Les Astronautes fills Quebec passageway with swimming pool toys

Les Astronautes fills Quebec passageway with swimming pool toys | innovative design | Scoop.it

Canadian design collective Les Astronautes has lined a disused alley in Quebec with hundreds of protruding pool noodles.

Laval University School of Architecture graduates Gabrielle Blais-Dufour, Robin Dupuis and Alexandre Hamlyn from Les Astronautes won a competition to create an installation in a narrow space between two streets.

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Painting With The Earth: A Large-Scale Mural Made of Mud

Painting With The Earth: A Large-Scale Mural Made of Mud | innovative design | Scoop.it

After 2 weeks of labor, Japanese artist and painter Yusuke Asai has completed a stunning mural that looks as though it was created with a large palette of brown paints, but in actuality he used 27 different types of soil. He calls this piece “yamatane”, which is Japanese for “mountain seed”. Surprisingly, the only art training that Asai has had was a ceramics class in high school. When he realized he could not afford art school at a university, he studied folk and tribal art on his own at zoos and museums, and perfected his own techniques...

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Kinetic Sculpture: London's Fan-like Footbridge

Kinetic Sculpture: London's Fan-like Footbridge | innovative design | Scoop.it
Knight Architects and AKT II have completed a moving bridge in Paddington, London, that opens and closes like the blades of a traditional hand-held fan.

Consisting of five steel beams that rise and fall using hydraulic jacks, Merchant Square footbridge by Knight Architects and AKT II spans a 20-metre width of the Grand Union Canal in Paddington Basin, close to Thomas Heatherwick's Rolling Bridge that curls into a ball.

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Umbrellas for Miles: Aerial Views of a Colorful Italian Beach Town

Umbrellas for Miles: Aerial Views of a Colorful Italian Beach Town | innovative design | Scoop.it

German photographer Bernhard Lang went on a pleasant holiday to the seaside resort town of Adria, Italy – a place that is absolutely covered with umbrellas. Located between the coastlines of Ravenna and Rimini on the Adriatic coast, each hotel has its own umbrella design, creating a sea of color that extends for miles. This inspired a photographic project for Lang, who decided that on his next trip he would arrange a plane and shoot the scene from the air. That happened last month, and the photos are fantastic. It almost seems like a beachside Candy Land of sorts...

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Innovative Interior Features Dynamic Spaces, Hammock Seating and Modular Furniture

Innovative Interior Features Dynamic Spaces, Hammock Seating and Modular Furniture | innovative design | Scoop.it

When the studio Ruetemple created a room in a Russian home meant for a young brother and sister, they didn’t take a conventional approach to the design. The two-storey space, called Interior for Students, needed to be a place for the kids to study, sleep, and hang out with their friends.

So, architects Alexander Kudimov and Daria Butahina filled it with some fun details like a mezzanine hammock and a moveable cube. They built a fixed space for school work and dynamic areas for play using none of your typical furniture.
The lower level of the 108 square-foot room features a modular seating and sleeping cube on wheels. It can be arranged as a trio of sofas, as a long continuous line, or even closed up and made into a room within a room. Fixed office furniture occupies the other side of the space, and it includes desks, cupboards, shelves, and a staircase. All items are made from the same materials so that they appear as one cohesive piece of furniture.

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Sensual Wave installation illuminates an empty dock at French harbour

Sensual Wave installation illuminates an empty dock at French harbour | innovative design | Scoop.it

An undulating canopy of lights was strung between two docks to create this installation at a French harbour by architects Marion Moustey and Alexandre Arcens. The project was designed for the Festival des Architectures Vives, which took place across the town La Grande-Motte.


"The Sensual Wave plays with water, without ever touching it, brushes it, goes away from it," said the duo. "As a magical moment, the ephemeral character of the installation evokes a waves that we can't hold back."

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Creative Giants: High-Voltage Pylons in the Icelandic Landscape

Creative Giants: High-Voltage Pylons in the Icelandic Landscape | innovative design | Scoop.it

Known for their innovative and creative designs and experimentation, Choi+Shine submitted a proposal for a High-Voltage Pylon competition in Iceland—put forth by Landsnet, a national power transmission company requesting that careful consideration be given to the appearance of the towers—converting the existing steel-framed tower designs into iconic pylon-figures with minor alterations. The result would transform the Icelandic landscape, adding expression and fun, varying the forms and styles while keeping the cost low through repetition in production and simple assembly. These 150 foot tall giants across the land would silently transport electricity 24/7. Might be a little creepy coming across them on the road at night, but a fun alternative to the norm, nonetheless.

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