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URBAN ORIGAMI

urban origami

The intricate work of french artist Mademoiselle Maurice finds a striking home on the outdoor walls of Hong Kong, Vietnam and France. Known as Urban Origami, Maurice’s talent creates stunning art as a homage to the symbolic paper crane and general-well being of people across the globe. As she describes it – By moving her work outside, she’s devoted herself to street art which acts as an open air museum where she can achieve huge urban performances deepening the link between art, the environment and the individuals viewing it. We can’t stop looking at these beautiful images. View a sample of her work and a video showing how it all comes together below.

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THE PHOTOGRAPHERS' GALLERY

london the photographers gallery

Last month one of London’s most coveted institutions grew in size and became the city’s largest gallery dedicated to photography. Appropriately named, The Photographers’ Gallery reopened in a new location boasting three viewing floors, a bookshop, café and studio space for classes and other educational activities. It’s a beautiful building. Every detail is cleanly executed – even when you’re inside looking out, the windows feel like perfectly framed images. Plus the curation nicely balances exhibits from new and established artists, which makes everything more interesting. Next time you’re in London don’t miss this fantastic source of inspiration. We’ve posted a few images below.

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SERPENTINE PAVILION

london serpentine pavilion

Each year we look forward to the latest architectural work featured at London’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. Now in its twelfth year, past dignitaries include Peter Zumthor, Frank Gerhy, Zaha Hadid and other visionary talents. This year is no different. As London preps for the 2012 Summer Olympics, it’s only fitting that the Gallery commission Herzog and de Meuron with Ai Weiwei for this year’s exhibit – the same all-star team that created the incredible Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium for Beijing 2008.

Acting as an ode to the works that came before them, this year’s Serpentine Gallery Pavilion takes visitors underground where they’ll find 11 pillars representing each year prior. A twelfth pillar is also in place representing the current year. Each of these columns support a floating platform just 1.4 meters above ground filled with water similar to a reflecting pool. As Julia Peyton-Jones, Director of the Gallery describes, “It is a great honor to be working with Herzon & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei. In this exciting year for London, we’re excited to be creating a connection between Beijing 2008 and the London 2012 games.” It’s an amazing installation and will be on display from now until October 14, 2012. We’ve posted a video with a few images below. Click Read More to view.

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CLOUD CITY

cloud city

Each year New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art greets summer with outstanding rooftop installations. Matching creative art with sweeping city views, the museum wows guests with its inspiring exhibits. From Jeff Koons to Roxy Paine, we’ve enjoyed the varying range of installations. This year, Argentina’s Tomás Saraceno holds center court with an impressive display of ingenuity and architectural might. Cloud City is a collage of mirrored pods imitating natural shapes akin to clouds and water drops. As the museum describes, “Saraceno has established a practice of constructing habitable networks based upon complex geometries and interconnectivity that merge art, architecture, and science. The interdisciplinary project Cloud Cities/Air Port City is rooted in the artist’s investigation of expanding the ways in which we inhabit and experience our environment.” The exhibit is on show from now until November 4, 2012. Be sure to stop by next time you’re in New York City. We posted a few images below. Click Read More to view.

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THE SECRET GARDEN

zaha hadid secret garden

As soon as spring and summer arrive, wonderful installations like the Secret Garden begin to appear. Exhibits like these are great for cities and their visitors because they have the ability to reacquaint people to urban-spaces in new and re-imagined ways. At this year’s Salon del Mobile, Zaha Hadid and Paola Navone created The Secret Garden which served as an ideal model for this concept. The delightful exhibit, located within Milan’s Orto Botanico, boasted brightly colored huts, hanging lamps and other ornate creations to transform the botanical garden into a cozy moment of fantasy with the ultimate goal of engaging visitors. It was a tremendous success and we’d love to see more exhibits like this worldwide. We have a few images posted below. Click Read More to view.

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SILENT WORLD

silent world

Empty. Vacant. Quiet. Silent World by Lucie & Simon is a beautiful project capturing some of the world’s most famous locations free from the din and crowds that usually occupy them. Recently awarded the Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet Prize, Lucie & Simon’s work is characterized as, “The silence of the world, like a quotation, is suddenly endowed with an oppressive eloquence. Small intrusions are the true sparks here, because their disconcerting presence disrupts the majestic calm of the streets and squares. Are the latter guilty or victims? The fate that governs these shots in a tangible way is not the result of decisions taken by metaphysical powers, but stems uniquely from the imagination of the two creators of these photos, Lucie & Simon.” It’s a beautiful series. We’ve posted a few images below. Click Read More to view.

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LOST IN ART

liu bolin lost in art

Liu Bolin paints himself into sceneries that render him nearly invisible. It’s performance art captured through photography. And in each piece, Liu finds a way to embed larger messages. If you look closely – not just for Liu, but for what he’s suggesting – you’ll find a dialogue about relationships. The kind that highlight an individual’s interaction with society at large. For example, the Eli Klein Gallery makes the following point about the above image, “[Liu’s] Panda examines the Chinese newfound preoccupation with commercialism. It confronts the viewer with a palpable materialism, whereby the viewer can sense an infatuation with commodity that has recently supplanted many elements of traditional Chinese culture. Through the numerous identical stuffed pandas, Liu Bolin forces us to acknowledge the pull of material objects and the power that they wield in contemporary China.” You can see works like this and many others by Liu Bolin, from now until May 11, at the Eli Klein Fine Art Gallery in New York City. We posted additional information and a few images below. Click Read More to view.

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