Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Floating Piers

Having now been removed and industrially recycled, The Floating Piers by Christo and Jeanne-Claude exists only in photograph and memory. The project was conceived by the pair in 1970, in 2014 Christo finally found a suitably perfect location, and in 2016 for a total of 16 days the piece was on display on Italy’s Lake Iseo. It was the first piece conceived by Christo and Jeanne-Claude that was finished after Jeanne-Claude’s death. The Floating Piers is ethereal and beautiful. True to all of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work, it is a temporary public artwork meant to be viewed on a human scale.

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FloatingPiers3Christo and Jeanne-Claude The Floating Piers

 

The work floats on Lake Iseo; connecting land, island, and city; creating new passageways for residents and visitors to navigate, allowing people to walk on the water and view their surroundings in new ways.

 

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It is exciting to see Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work continue. We look forward to seeing Over The River and The Mastaba which you can read more about here. All images in this post were pulled from The Floating Piers website and were taken by Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s exclusive photographer Wolfgang Volz.

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Catch It Before It’s Gone: “As Seen” at The Art Institute of Chicago

Ending on August 14th, you still have a few more weeks to get a history lesson at the Art Institute of Chicago. As Seen: Exhibitions That Made Architecture and Design History features research on 11 different group exhibitions from 1956 to 2006.

According to the Art Institute of Chicago’s website the project was “initiated as part of the Istanbul Design Biennial 2014, the research has been brought to Chicago with the aim of continuing the dialogue and illustrating a cross section of creative output to be seen through new eyes. Although it presents only a small sampling of exhibitions—by no means global in scope—the hope is that this installation reignites conversations about the influence of exhibitions on the practice and perception of architecture and design.”

 

As seen 1View of IBM Pavilion by Charles and Ray Eames in the 1964 New York World’s Fair

 

The exhibit is a must-see for historians and designers alike. It shows critical discourse alongside installation images and historical documents to show visually the influence that these exhibitions had during their time. It allows us to know a little bit more, to see a little bit more, and to understand our impact a little bit more. If you happen to be in Chicago, make sure to catch it while you can, we certainly will be!

 

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Pneuhaus Fabric Prism

Featured in last months PVDFest in Providence Rhode Island, Pneuhaus‘s Fabric Prism No. 2 is what happens when a sculpture meets a science lesson in light dispersion. The exterior of the piece exists as a shell of 3-D pyramids colored in primary blues, greens, and reds. While beautiful from the outside, the inside is where the true magic happens.

 

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FabricPrism3Pneuhaus Fabric Prism No. 2

 

Once inside the structure, the viewer is presented with a gradient of color caused by sunlight filtering onto the white interior fabric. The result is a stunning representation of the transformative nature of light and color. The gradient you see is dependent on the time of day and the position of the sun.

 

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FabricPrism6Pneuhaus Fabric Prism No. 2

 

While we weren’t able to see the piece in person, we look forward to seeing more of and hearing more about Pneuhaus’s work in the future. Visit their website to see more spectacular work, and as always please follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and‘Like’ us on Facebook.

BIG goes big at Serpentine Pavilion 2016

As part of the Serpentine Pavilion Architecture Programme 2016, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), has created an unzipped “brick” wall that doubles as a café and performance space. Featured near Queen Caroline’s Temple in Kensington Gardens in London, the wall is one of four conceptual summer houses located on the Serpentine Gallery’s lawn.

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The undulating form of the structure is inspired by the idea of pulling apart a brick wall. The resulting shape is simultaneously organic and manufactured. As part of the guidelines for the exhibition, the usable space in the interior is no more than 25 meters square. Still, within that small space, the architects managed to include seating, performance space, and a café.

 

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Screen shot 2016-06-28 at 11.36.11 AMBjarke Ingels Group 2016

 

The space is contemporary and innovative and we would certainly love to visit! See more work by BIG at their website, and as always please follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and‘Like’ us on Facebook. All images taken from Bjarke Ingels Group website.

Tezi Gabunia: Put Your Head into…

Tezi Gabunia, a contemporary artist from Tbilisi, Georgia, has managed to create a project that is both deceptive and funny. Titled “Put Your Head into Gallery” the series of installation works put the viewer into the piece.

 

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At first glance, it is easy to see these images and assume the works are realistic large-scale sculptures. In reality, the works are realistic small-scale galleries and the heads are the viewer.

 

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The pieces call into question the subject of the work. Is it the viewer? The gallery? Or is it the resulting photograph of both? Tezi Gabunia has successfully created participatory works that are exciting and fun both in action and photograph.

 

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Water Block

Located on the 5th floor at the Musee de Orsay, Tokujon Yoshioka’s Water Block benches coexist with impressionist painting. Providing both seating and sculpture to the gallery, the benches are a unique addition to the floor.

 

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Water Block sits effortlessly within the gallery, acting as a modern foil to the impressionist paintings.

 

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Cast Landscape at Tippet Rise Art Center

Opening June 17th in Montana, Tippet Rise Art Center will be a place where landscape, art, architecture, and music live simultaneously to create a unique experience for visitors. Located just north of Yellowstone National Park, Tippet Rise has enlisted artists to transform the land in a way that positively interacts with the landscape. Ensemble Studio answered the call, casting monuments in the landscape itself. Using rebar, cement, and dirt they created structures that are equal parts shelter and sculpture.

tippet 3 tippett 2“Beartooth” Ensemble Studio at Tippet Rise Art Center

 

To create the rock-like forms, Ensemble Studio uses construction equipment to maneuver dirt, covering the indentation with plastic and casting it in cement. The result is a highly engineered process that mimics the imagery of naturally eroded landscape. View a video of their process here.

 

iverted 1“Inverted Portal” Ensemble Studio at Tippet Rise Art Center
both1“Beartooth” and “Inverted Portal” Ensemble Studio at Tippet Rise Art Center

 

The resulting impact on the landscape is minimal and emotional. We are excited to see Tippet Rise Art Center grow. All images courtesy of Ensemble Studio. As always, please follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

Go Before They’re Gone: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Ending this Sunday June 5th, two MCA exhibitions are worth one last view. Alexandre de Cunha’s outdoor sculptures mark the MCA’s fifth Plaza Project. The pieces, made of found materials including a repurposed cement mixer and cement sewer pipes, take found-art to the urban scale. Make sure to take a peek into the cement-mixer to see a kaleidescope of shadows.

 

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daCunhaAlexandre_20150722_099Mix (Americana)  Alexandre de Cunha 2013

 

Once inside the museum, wander over to the Bergman Galleries to view a beautifully curated exhibition called “Surrealism: The Conjured Life”. Per the MCA, the exhibit “presents more than 100 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs that demonstrate the deep currents that Surrealism sent through the international art world—and especially through Chicago—since its emergence in the first half of the twentieth century”. The exhibition shows Surrealist works from the 30’s and 40’s alongside contemporary works influenced by the movement.

 

magritteRené Magritte, Les merveilles de la nature (The Wonders of Nature), 1953
rambergChristina Ramberg, Muscular Alternative, 1979

 

 

We hope you enjoy the works and your weekend, all images courtesy of the MCA’s website. As always, please follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Blog Spotlight

This week, we decided to honor one of many blogs that inspire us daily. Remodelista has been an infinite source for good reads with an emphasis on aesthetic. We look forward to seeing their compositions daily. The personal anecdotes mixed with inspiration and the occasional picture of their own home make Remodelista read like an old friend.

 

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Remodelista’s history is as unique as its layout. Founded in 2008, they became pioneers of online design advice and were bought by SayMedia in 2011. In 2015, the founders bought Remodelista back. Through it all, the heart of the site has remained the same. They describe themselves as “a group of friends who share eerily similar design sensibilities; a collective design DNA”. We thank them for the great articles and continued rainy-day inspiration!

We invite you to read some of our favorite articles this week:

Remodeling 101: How Shaker Peg Rails Saved My Summer Sanity

Current Obsessions: Artistic License

Angel Face: A Lyonnaise-Style Bar in Portland, Oregon

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Galleries and Learning in the Online Age

The Museum of Modern Art, MOMA, in New York has released an online gallery of sorts called MomaLearning. It offers a selection of artists and themes to discover, giving viewers well-curated art history lessons complete with slideshows and worksheets. Our favorite of the day is the “gallery” titled Marcel Duchamp and the Ready Made. Below, we’ve shared some of our favorite pieces of history all courtesy of this great resource!

 

 

Duchamp.-Bicycle-Wheel-395x395Bicycle Wheel, Marcel Duchamp (American, born France. 1887–1968)

 

Dada artist Marcel Duchamp created his ‘Readymades’ as an alternative to representing objects in paint. He chose commercial objects to designate as art, titling them and displaying them in the same way of traditional works. He stated “an ordinary object could be elevated to the dignity of artwork by the mere choice of an artist.” His ideas disrupted centuries of thinking.

 

Duchamp.-In-advance-of-a-Broken-Arm-295x395In Advance of the Broken Arm, Marcel Duchamp (American, born France. 1887–1968)

 

Duchamp was a pioneer for Conceptual Art and these works mark a pivotal moment in history. The movement questioned assumptions of what art should be and still provides inspiration to artists working today. 

 

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