Daily Archives: November 29, 2008

Some Thoughts about Remaking Language

Graffiti, as it has evolved in the last 30 years or so, is not living up to its potential. Instead of aggressively reproducing its own internal code like a machine that has gone out of control and keeps banging its head into the same wall over and over again, the graffiti community should break out of its current deadlock. If graffiti would leave behind the world of custom, convention and fashion and entered a modus operandi in which graffiti was about language first it would be an entire different game and likely much more exciting. The current arsenal of styles, forms and images used by graffiti writers is a limited one. By opening up the frontiers of possibility, by incorporating models and thoughts from all ages, graffiti writers could be entering a field where there is much to discover. Their private graf language would no longer be marginalized and stereotyped by the conservative way things are supposed to be done. In order to achieve this graffiti would need to start communicating with people from outside the scene again, doing so in a smart way and on its own terms. (via  Graffiti and the Obelisk)

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The Hallucinogenic Toreador

ɹopɐǝɹoʇ ɔıuǝƃouıɔnןןɐɥ ǝɥʇ – ıןɐp ɹopɐʌןɐs

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Recycled Subway Cars Turned into Studios

Enterprising young artists in the London scene are
usually presented with the dilemma of having to rent extremely expensive studio
space in order to be able to work. This led furniture designer Auro Foxcroft to
a rather ingenious and environmentally conscious solution. What was it? Take old
subway cars, mount them on a rooftop, and use them for office space!


Madrid Book Fair Pavilion

Olga Sanina + Marcelo Dantas:
Ayuntamento Madrid Book Fair Pavilion


Architects Olga Sanina and Marcelo Dantas won the
international competition for the design of the Pavilion of the Ayuntamento
Madrid with a proposal titled “La Casa Livro” (The Book House), built for this
year’s edition of the Madrid Book Fair.


“Walking through pages” –
such were the words used by blogger Judit
Bellostes to describe this object, like a ‘book
built with pages, vertical sections used to generate an internal cavity of
organic topography.”


via the belly of an

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Field of Light

Bruce Munro”s gorgeous fiber opticField of Light‘ installation is inspired by the beautiful displays of flowers that burst forth from Australia’s desert landscape. The UK based lighting designer conceived of the installation 15 years ago while driving across Stuart Highway on a road trip through Australia. Every night he would stop to rest at roadside campsite, where green grass and surreal sculptures struck a stark contrast to the surrounding red desert. Munro was fascinated by these oases, and how dormant desert seeds would burst into beautiful flowers when it rained. The idea followed Munro for years all the way back to the UK until he could finally bring it to life in a brilliant installation at the Eden Project in Cornwall.

Bruce Munro is a lighting designer with considerable experience in commercial, private and public installations. He is well known for adventurous sculptural light works and is well versed in all types of lighting, including fiber optics and LEDs. His newest installation at the Eden Project is set on a sloping grass roof full of clover between the Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes. The Field of Light is made up of 6,000 acrylic stems fed with fiber optics and capped with glass spheres. Eleven external projectors power the 24,000 meters of fiber optic cable, which covers an area of 60 x 20 meters.

The Eden Project is a well-known education center that encourages people to learn how to look after nature in a time of radical change. They offer educational programs, exhibits, events and workshops and especially focus on educating children and encouraging them to be part of nature.

Naturally, the Field of Light is best viewed at night after the sun has set, when the lights begin to glow and the starry sky appears to be reflected on the ground. The beautiful installation will be on display through the Winter and into Spring 2009. As Munro remarks, “Field of Light, like a giant surreal camp-site banana, is an alien installation in the midst of nature. And like dry desert seeds lying in wait for the rain, the sculpture’s fiber optic stems lie dormant until darkness falls, and then under a blazing blanket of stars they flower with gentle rhythms of light. ‘Field of Light’ is about the desert as much as the roadside campsites.”

+ Bruce Munro

+ Eden Project

via Inhabitat


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