Installations

Local Social
Dec18

Happy Holiday Season LS fans!
Due to the overwhelming holiday season, we’ve taken a bit of a break on posting. It’s not that LS doesn’t love you. We’re making some changes and dealing with the craziness that is this time of year. Make sure to tune in next year for more frequent posts and tantalizing features for your inspiration.

with love // LS

Now, onto the post of the day.

yes. I love public art installations. Please shoot us an email whenever you hear of one. I just can’t get enough and would love to post more of them.

"Blok Design" buttons

This installation from Blok Design for Partners for Mental Health is both interactive and thought-provoking. Thanks to Plenty of Color for introducing us to this.

"Blok Design" buttons

"Blok Design" buttons

Posted by on December 18th, 2012 at 7:02 PM | Comments (0)
Dec11

It’s every so often that I come across a sculptor whose work gives me a guteral reaction. I have to wonder why it is that I’m somewhat uncomfortable visualizing myself in some of Henrique Oliveira’s spaces. Is it that the space itself looks like it’s going to swallow me up or that it resembles subject matter that I’m not comfortable walking into to begin with. Whatever the reason, I’m still thinking about it and wishing I could experience it in person, for I’m sure that the mere experience is much more intense than a picture.

"Henrique Oliveria"

"Henrique Oliveria"
Liquid Reality // 2012 // Galerie Millan, Sao Paulo-Brazil

"Henrique Oliveria"
Desnatureza // 2011 // Galerie Vallois, Paris-France

"Henrique Oliveria"
Ursulinens Prolapse // 2012 // Austria

"Henrique Oliveria"
Ursulinens Prolapse // 2012 // Austria

"Henrique Oliveria"
Untitled // 2011 // Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

Photos // Henrique Oliveira website

Posted by on December 11th, 2012 at 9:34 PM | Comments (0)
Nov09

I’ve seen Alex Brewer‘s work before, but this little piece of wonderland I set my eyes upon yesterday from Plenty of Color caught my attention. You know how much we love public/installation art here at Local Social. Art that encourages people to take in the simple happiness or wonder of life in the urban landscape as they pass. There is no missing this.

Alex Brewer

Alex Brewer

Alex Brewer is an Atlanta based artist otherwise known as H.E.N.S.E. Set in Washington D.C., this run-down church was poised for a makeover and I can think of no better person than Alex to take this on. A really cool note is that a 20,000 sq.ft. museum is scheduled to be built right across the street.

H.E.N.S.E, color, church, Washington D.C.

H.E.N.S.E, color, church, Washington D.C.

Photos // via H.E.N.S.E.

Posted by on November 9th, 2012 at 6:55 PM | Comments (1)
Nov07

Imagine walking down the street and stumbling by this home? It would have to be eerie to see a black hole formed in the middle of a residential block.

"Dean Ruck", installation, home, house

Dean Ruck designs large on-site installations that carry a lot of weight for their intensity and ambitiousness.

"Dean Ruck", installation, home, house

"Dean Ruck", installation, home, house

"Dean Ruck", installation, home, house

"Dean Ruck", installation, home, house

work // Inversion (2005)

Posted by on November 7th, 2012 at 5:51 AM | Comments (1)
Nov01

“Your Rainbow Panorama” is a Rainbow-coloured glass walkway on the roof of the Danish art museum ARoS Aarhus Kuntsmuseum, by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. It’s beautiful to look at and must be wonderful to experience in person. I imagine walking through a human kaleidoscope before someone spins it around. The permanent piece consists of a 150-metre-long and three-metre-wide self-contained circular walkway with glass that moves through all of the colours of the spectrum. The piece opened to the public on 28 May, 2011. Something to check out next time you’re in Denmark.

"Aros Aarhus Art Museum"

"Aros Aarhus Art Museum"

Eliasson describes the work:

Your Rainbow panorama establishes a dialogue with the existing architecture and reinforces what was already there, that is to say the view across the city. I have created a space that can almost be said to erase the boundary between inside and outside — a place where you become a little uncertain as to whether you have stepped into a work of art or into part of the museum. This uncertainty is important to me, as it encourages people to think and sense beyond the limits within which they are accustomed to function.

"Aros Aarhus Art Museum"

"Aros Aarhus Art Museum"

"Aros Aarhus Art Museum"

Photos // Ole Hein Pedersen & Studio Olafur Eliasson

Posted by on November 1st, 2012 at 5:50 PM | Comments (0)
Oct26

At first glance, the installation by Chiharu-Shiota feels super eerie, like giant spiders have spun a woolen web over an entire room. At other times, it looks like a painting, flat and melancholy like a charcoal sketch. The work known as In Silence is inspired by Shiota’s own traumatic memories as a child, having witnessed her neighbor’s house burn down. I really feel an emptiness that perhaps Shiota is trying to suggest.

Chiharu Shiota

Chiharu Shiota

Chiharu Shiota

via // My Modern Met

Posted by on October 26th, 2012 at 3:03 PM | Comments (0)
Oct17

Martijn van Wagtendonk is one of the talented recipients of the Artprize 2012 award in Grand Rapids, MI. His work, entitled Song of Lift, is composed of more than 100 kinetic winged birds. The piece is a 5-minute long, fully automated, viewer sensitive opera. The viewer deposits a coin into an old arcade looking machine, the lights dim, the music begins and the winged creatures begin to move in unison with the music. See a video below with the artist.

"Martijn van Wagtendonk", "song of lift", art, installation

"Martijn van Wagtendonk", "song of lift", art, installation

"Martijn van Wagtendonk", "song of lift", art, installation

"Martijn van Wagtendonk", "song of lift", art, installation


video // Brian Kelly

You can view more of the winners at Artprize 2012 here: Artprize 2012.

Posted by on October 17th, 2012 at 7:34 PM | Comments (0)
Oct12

To explore Katerina Lanfranco‘s work is to step into a world of fantasy: imagined landscapes of hand-cut trees, large flowers, and eerie gigantic crustacean like creatures.

"Katerina Lanfranco", paper cutouts

"Katerina Lanfranco", paper cutouts

Above features the exhibit Natural Selection. The exhibition includes a large-scale, handcut paper, site-specific installation. Last winter, Lanfranco came to the west coast (from Brooklyn) to work as an arist-in-residence at her alma mater. The exhibit was made in collaboration with 10 students from UCSC’s Art and History of Art and Visual Culture departments.

Here is more of Lanfranco’s beautiful work.

Posted by on October 12th, 2012 at 4:32 PM | Comments (0)
Oct09

What a wonderful idea it was to support the Summer 2012 Olympics with art installations throughout London. I particularly love this simple design of a mix between work and mirror, transparency and LED lighting. The artist is Italian artist Monica Bonvicini. In daylight, the letters acted as a mirror for visitors and their surroundings, and at night the letters became transparent and glowed with internal LED lighting.

"Monica Bonvicini". mirror, London, Olympics

"Monica Bonvicini". mirror, London, Olympics

Posted by on October 9th, 2012 at 6:25 PM | Comments (0)
Oct04

This post is close to my heart. Being from Oakland, I’ve been watching the new monumental east span of the Bay Bridge being built up over the last 5 or so years, anxiously awaiting the day I can drive over it myself, which will all be possible at the grand opening in 2013.

The west side, meanwhile, is set to have it’s 75th anniversary in 2013. In order to commemorate such a architectural accomplishment, the bridge will feature a light installation, known as The Bay Lights (to be unveiled in early 2013), by Leo Villareal.

The Bay Lights from Words Pictures Ideas on Vimeo.

The Bay Lights honors the Bay Bridge’s 75th Anniversary and celebrates completion of the new East Span in 2013. Created with over 25,000 energy efficient, white LED lights, it is 1.8 miles wide and 500 feet high, viewable from San Francisco and points north but not by drivers on the bridge itself.

Leo Villareal orchestrates complex, rhythmic artwork composed exclusively of points of light; his groundbreaking work is part of the permanent collection of major museums worldwide.

So far the project has acquired $5.5 Million dollars, with only $2.5M to go! If you’d like to get involved to help make this project happen, go to The Bay Lights web site for more information.

Posted by on October 4th, 2012 at 4:29 PM | Comments (0)