Urban Landscape

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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)
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)
Aug28

Thanks to a couple of friends (who are lucky enough to just be finishing a year long continental trip around South, Central and North America) I bring you these pretty unique and beautifully primitive pieces of graffiti art from Brazil. I would love to cut any of these out of the wall and place it in my home.

"Tacubaya Viaja", Olinda, Brazil, graffiti

"Tacubaya Viaja", Olinda, Brazil, graffiti

"Tacubaya Viaja", Olinda, Brazil, graffiti

"Tacubaya Viaja", Olinda, Brazil, graffiti

via. Tacubaya Viaja

Posted by on August 28th, 2012 at 5:11 PM | Comments (0)
Jul13

The ultimate in church going folk, can visit this man, Horace Burgess, up his “Stairway to Heaven” in his treehouse of the Lord. An incredible feat. Over the course of 12 years, and still going, this minister has built the world’s largest treehouse complete with a basketball hoop, chapel and flower garden in Crossville, TN.

"Minister's Treehouse", treehouse, tennessee, public

Photos // Kristin Sweeting

Photo // Roger Smith via flickr

"Minister's Treehouse", treehouse, tennessee, public

"Minister's Treehouse", treehouse, tennessee, public

Photos // Kristin Sweeting

Posted by on July 13th, 2012 at 5:22 AM | Comments (0)
Jul05

I think I would love to take part in this, as well as see some of the other art at Uncommon Common Art in Nova Scotia. The event is a type of treasure hunt for art. You are given a map with a path to different art pieces and possibly encouraged to create your own art in nature as part of your walk.

this is Uncommon Common Art’s description of their project:
“This project was born out of a simple observation of humans sometimes subtle and beautiful impact in nature. We are inundated with news and information about man kinds negative impact on our natural surroundings this project promotes and recognizes our creative and beautiful touches in nature. How a child at the beach may creatively stack a series of rocks and leave them for the next beach comber to find. A hiker may pick a bouquet of wild flowers and leave them as a beautiful present for the next person on the path. The installations in this project are gifts from the artists to the observers of nature to find, explore, talk about, and share.”

Nicole Evans and Pat Farrell are just a couple of the artists who have participated.

"Uncommon Common Art" " Nicole Evans" "Pat Farrell"

“UNBalanced” is by Nicole Evans and Pat Farrell
Photo // Ernest Cadegan

"Uncommon Common Art" " Nicole Evans" "Pat Farrell"

"Uncommon Common Art" " Nicole Evans" "Pat Farrell"

"Uncommon Common Art" " Nicole Evans" "Pat Farrell"

Posted by on July 5th, 2012 at 8:24 PM | Comments (0)
Jun29

On my trip down to LA I passed by a beautiful wall piece on Abbot Kinney. This wasn’t your average wall graffiti. The design looked like someone had plastered the wall and carved out a sketch back to the brick that lay beneath. I quickly ran home to figure out who was behind this. The person was Portuguese street artist VHILS (Alexandre Farto). Using construction tools, VHILS exposes and confronts architectural surfaces. He etches with acid and bleach to de-construct the walls and finishes with the use of hammers, chisels and drills sculpting the stenciled pieces to create texture, dimension and layers. This type of subtractive work is only a piece of the talented pool of techniques he uses to create breathtaking visuals. He’s one artist to keep watching. Watch the video on the making of this work via Arrested Motion filmmaker, Carlos Gonzalez!

VHILS "Abbot Kinney" Venice wall art

VHILS "Abbot Kinney" venice art wall

LS artist VHILS Portugal "Abbot Kinney" Venice


Photos and Video // Carlos Gonzalez with Arrested Motion

Posted by on June 29th, 2012 at 4:22 PM | Comments (0)
May28

Happy Birthday Golden Gate Bridge! 75 years is a pretty amazing feat. I thought today I’d bring to you a list of a few bridges that are often overlooked, but pretty spectacular in architectural design and concept. (some content for post derived via Senior Trend Writer Elsa Blaine from trendhunter.com)

The Golden Gate Bridge
"Golden Gate Bridge"
Photo via Karl Mondon/Staff of the Mercury News

The Infinity Loop Bridge
"Buro Happold" "10 design" bridges

The Infinity Loop Bridge is possibly the most visually beautiful I have seen. In their first collaboration, 10 DESIGN and Buro Happold’s Infinity Loop has won the international design competition for the key signature gateway bridge for the new Shizimen Business District in Zhuhai, China.The winning bridge scheme proposes an undulating ribbon of structure that wraps around the 6 lane road deck in a continuous sculptural loop form.

Henderson Waves
"Henderson Waves", bridge, singapore

‘Henderson Waves’ is Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge. The undulating structure creates sheltered seating areas and walkways for everyone crossing from Mount Faber Park and Telok Blangah Hill Park. (by RSP & http://www.ijpcorporation.com/)

Footbridge
Austin, "Pedestrian Bridge", "wood bridge"

The privately owned footbridge in Lake Austin was built by Miro Rivera Architects. The bridge connects their client’s main house to the guest house. Although the delicate looking bridge appears to be made of wood, it is actually made from welded steel and local stone.
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Posted by on May 28th, 2012 at 2:33 PM | Comments (0)
May09

Pretty funny. I see this opportunity to make an even bigger statement with this idea from the Carmichael Collective.

"Carmichael Collective" "urban art" "plant tags" hydrant

"Carmichael Collective" "urban art" "plant tags" bench

"Carmichael Collective" "urban art" "plant tags" mailbox

"Carmichael Collective" "urban art" "plant tags" stopsign

Posted by on May 9th, 2012 at 6:36 PM | Comments (0)
Apr20

Art with cutlery! Tantalizing. ha. This sculpture of a suspended fish was created by designer Ian McChesney. Made up of over 1,000 forks and a grid of very fine cables, it is suspended over the entrance to Heddon Street in central London to signify the food quarter where restaurants abound. The project was developed in collaboration with Plan Projects, the landowner’s public art advisers.

McChesney forks sculpture london street art installation

McChesney forks sculpture london street art installation

found via Junk Culture
full story here

Posted by on April 20th, 2012 at 5:30 PM | Comments (0)
Apr04

Parking spaces overtaken by mini parks (aka Parklets) are everywhere in SF these days. A larger smattering of greenery and playful architecture would do a lot to bring a sense of community and life to Oakland’s downtown streets. The trend has caught on and we’ve seen some evidence of it in Oakland but not quite at the caliber that exists across the bay. Let’s hope for more of them in the months to come.


Oakland Parklet, From Archpaper


Temporary Parklet outside of Farley’s in Oakland

Below images are all from Ruthfm

SF Parklet


Oakland Parklet!


SF Parklet

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Posted by on April 4th, 2012 at 4:38 PM | Comments (0)