World's Biggest Pile Of Leaves - Bangakang
17 feet tall. 60 feet around. Over 1,000 bags and 1 BIG JUMP! @bangakang @nickolasgarrett @iwillpranku "Music courtesy of Kevin MacLeod (www.smartsound.com/royalty-free-music/incompetech)". And youtube user teknoaxe for the last song
You are in for a surprise. French travel company Voyages SNCF uses an “Escape Machine” to market their underlying message that the company’s Escape service lets you travel to any destination you want. The appearing simple, black cube sits in the middle of Palais Royal Square and only a red button is visible. Once the button is pressed and the presser answers the question of where you want to escape, the black box produces a crazy celebration of gigantic walking kisses, and produces a large mock ticket of the wishers destination. An imaginative way to show us that wishes really do come true!
Towering steel swing set holding arrays of mechanical solenoids that create a water plane falling in the path of its riders. Formed from a tangent of ideas raised from the study of interactions of water as space, the swing is the first in a series that play with interaction in rides and installations. Riders pass through openings in a waterfall created by precisely monitoring their path via axel-housed encoders, creating the thrill of narrowly escaping obstacles.
The swing is a collaborative project between Mike O'Toole, Andrew Ratcliff, Ian Charnas and Andrew Witte.
Visitors to Columbus Circle in Manhattan may notice a room perched on scaffolding six stories above the ground at the site of a statue of Christopher Columbus. The 13 foot tall statue, normally solitary atop a 60 foot column, is now encased in the room. Visitors can ascend six flights of stairs to commune with Columbus inside what appears to be a typical American living room. The project, entitled “Discovering Columbus,” is an installation by Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi. Free timed tickets to view the installation are available to the public through November 18.
German designer Dennis P Paul has created an electronic instrument that makes sound based on the contours of everyday objects (video). An object is placed on a rotating mount on the instrument. The instrument then rotates the object rotisserie-style as a precision rangefinding laser reads the contours of the object. The contour data is translated into surprisingly musical electronic sound. Paul calls the device, rather descriptively, “An Instrument for the Sonification of Everday Things.”
"Carmichael Collective is an ongoing project from Carmichael Lynch, a creative company based in Minneapolis, MN. Everything you see here is just creativity for creativity’s sake. If you like it, share it. And if you want to see more, follow it. Or, don’t. It’s totally up to you. After all, art is in the eye of the beholder. "
Rubber Duck Osaka 2009 10 x 11 x 13 meters Inflatable, pontoon and generator
The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn't discriminate people and doesn't have a political connotation. The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!
In the performance piece “One more kilometre” by British art duo John Wood and Paul Harrison, a beautiful stream of flying paper is created using a belt sander and a giant stack of copy paper (video). The paper, if stacked end to end, would cover a distance of one kilometer (hence the name). “One more kilometre” was on display in March at Kulturhusetin Stockholm. http://vimeo.com/channels/388004/37796909
“Slow Motion Car Crash” by Jonathan Schipper is an art installation in which a VW slowly crashes into a wall at 7 millimeters per hour over the course of an entire month (see a time-lapse of week 1 and week 3). The installation was displayed throughout March at the AV Festival in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. The installation was co-commissioned byLocus+ and AV Festival.
"Galvanized steel, perforated metal, Venetian glass. A country church is seen balancing on it’s steeple, as if it had been lifted by a terrific force and brought to the site as a device or method of rooting out evil forces."
"Open Source Ecology is creating the Global Village Construction Set — the blueprints for simple fabrication of everything needed to start a self-sustaining village. At Factor e Farm in rural Missouri, he's been successfully putting those ideas to the test."
"Urbonas describes the experience of riding his "hypothetic euthanasia machine" thusly: "The rider is subjected to a series of intensive motion elements that induce various unique experiences: from euphoria to thrill, and from tunnel vision to loss of consciousness, and, eventually, death... Celebrating the limits of the human body but also the liberation from the horizontal life, this ‘kinetic sculpture’ is in fact the ultimate roller coaster." It's like something out of the biting sci-fi satire film Idiocracy, except it's backed up by "advanced cross-disciplinary research in space medicine, mechanical engineering, [and] material technologies."
Joe Sola leaps through his studio window in his videoStudio Visit, 2005. He trained with a movie stuntman to prepare for the piece.
an excerpt from ArtNews' article "Biting The Hand That Feeds Them":
"The premise behind Joe Sola’s 2005 video piece Studio Visit is simple. Over a period of two years, he invited collectors, curators, and critics to his Los Angeles studio to talk about his art. He would turn on the video camera, chat amiably for a few minutes, and then take a flying leap out the closed window in an explosion of shattered glass. His guests would dash to the window, only to find Sola chortling on top of a pile of strategically arranged cardboard boxes eight feet below. “People would scream with fear and pleasure at the same time,” he recalls. He repeated this act 22 times."
"Using a 19th century style and vintage building materials, this temporary rustic cabin is attached to the Hotel des Arts and about 40 feet in the air above the Restaurant le Central. Measuring about W7 x D8 x H11, the dwelling is meant to be homage to the romantic spirit of the Western myth and a commentary on the arrogance of Westward expansion, sticking out like a sore thumb in the city’s dense landscape."
"A team of French designers have taken recycling to an extreme by building a gigantic mechanical elephant sculpture using over 45 tons of reclaimed wood and steel. Built as a part of the Machines of the Isle of Nantes."
Hosts Henrik Elvestad and Johan Golden play bubble football (Funballz) in a match between local top league rivals Sarpsborg 08 and Fredrikstad. This bit was shown on sports entertainment show Golden Goal on the Norwegian TV channel TV2.
"Details are sparse, but the mechanism can be seen best at 50 seconds into the clip. The action is concentrated around the elongated rear triangle, which swings between two angles to make the bike grow or shrink."
Visually pretty interesting, with the simple act of pouring paint he gets some pretty cool results. Maybe not the most sophisticated work ever, but still a cool thing to check out. Make sure to look at his site and browse all the works.