Public Art

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Dec18

Happy Holiday Season LS fans!
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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)
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)
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)
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)
Sep21

With over 500 million cars on the road, China is now the largest auto market in the world. In an effort to help the environment and encourage people to walk more and drive less, the DDB China and the China Environmental Protection Foundation decided to make an artful statement. They covered a main pedestrian crossing with a large leafless tree canvas, with two large inkpads on either side of the crosswalk containing environmentally friendly ink. As people walked through the intersection, their footprints permanently placed leaf-like images all over the branches, reminding them that by walking they could create a difference.

tree, china, crosswalk

The Green Pedestrian Crossing was carried out in 7 main streets of Shanghai and later expanded to 132 roads in 15 cities across China. A total number of pedestrians that participated exceeded 3,920,000 people.

tree, china, crosswalk

tree, china, crosswalk

Posted by on September 21st, 2012 at 4:49 PM | Comments (1)
Sep07

Tasha Lewis and her current project, The Butterfly Swarm, has descended upon many a metal sculpture, vessel, can, architectural elements, nail, etc. They can attach to almost anything metal through magnets and are light enough that they don’t harm what they are attaching to. While she doesn’t just make photographic reproductions (in a process known as Cyanotype: a printing process that pulls out a cyan-blue of the print) of butterflies, the context of these insects on the sculptures creates a nice symbiotic and fleeting relationship between the object they alights upon. See below for an artist statement and more of her creations.

"Tasha Lewis", butterflies, sculpture, "paper sculpture", guerrilla

Artist Statement
My current work is focused on re-imagining taxidermy and other methods of preserving life. My interest in preservation stems from my fascination with the re-presentational powers of photography. I am fascinated with how we as viewers relate to a leaf that has been mechanically produced to look and feel very similar to a real leaf. I have been scaling up that idea to make animal bodies, tree limbs, and I hope to eventually create whole environments.

"Tasha Lewis"

"Tasha Lewis", butterflies, sculpture, "paper sculpture", guerrilla

"Tasha Lewis", butterflies, sculpture, "paper sculpture", guerrilla

"Tasha Lewis", butterflies, sculpture, "paper sculpture", guerrilla

Posted by on September 7th, 2012 at 4:48 PM | Comments (0)
Sep04

Yayoi Kusama‘s had some fun coming up with this installation, Obliteration Room! What a brilliant piece of public art it turned out to be. Part of The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art was set up as a room painted completely white. Over the course of two weeks, children were given thousands of colored stickers and set loose on the gallery space. The result is only what you could imagine, pure delight and caus turned into art.

Yayoi Kusama, "Obliteration Room", kids, stickers, installation art

Yayoi Kusama, "Obliteration Room", kids, stickers, installation art

Yayoi Kusama, "Obliteration Room", kids, stickers, installation art

Yayoi Kusama, "Obliteration Room", kids, stickers, installation art

Photos // Mark Sherwood

Posted by on September 4th, 2012 at 5:21 PM | Comments (0)
Jul23

I know this is a photography project, but how cool would it be if there really was a group of people who made this an art project! I’d love to be walking down the street and see people doing human sculptures in bright colored shirts in the street.

Human Sculpture

Human Sculpture

Human Sculpture

Art Director // Gem Fletcher
Photographer // Henrik Sorensen

Posted by on July 23rd, 2012 at 10:31 PM | Comments (0)
Jul17

I found these great photos of a light installation by Peter Erskine. The artist’s work is firmly anchored in the architecture and context of each locality in which he is. He uses sun as his source for color and subject creating illuminating displays of happiness on architecture both young and old. His technique consists of using prisms and mirrors to direct the sun at his subject. Each day and hour is a different discovery as the earth moves around the sun.

Rome, light, installation, spectrum, "Peter Erskine"

Rome, light, installation, spectrum, "Peter Erskine"

Rome, light, installation, spectrum, "Peter Erskine"

“New Light on Rome 2000″. Spectrum sunlight on Aula stairs.

via DevidSketchbook

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Posted by on July 17th, 2012 at 3:57 AM | Comments (0)
Jun14

Today I bring to you a somewhat different kind of art form, Improv Art. Improv Everywhere is a group of folks who dedicate themselves to making the normal feel absurd. They are known for staging massive public stunts and watching peoples reactions. I’m kinda in love with this idea for a stunt they staged at an empty warehouse space that later became the art space called Invisible Dog Art Center. The warehouse used to produce those invisible dog collars. Watch what they did. It’s brilliant.

Posted by on June 14th, 2012 at 5:23 PM | Comments (0)