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THE NORWEGIAN CUBE

THE NORWEGIAN CUBE

The relationship between art and museums is fascinating. Museums don’t just house art, in many cases they’re becoming art. That’s a thin line for architects. Creating bold experiential spaces while fairly honoring the potential artwork isn’t easy.

A great example of a museum striking this balance is Norway’s Sogn & Fjordane Art Museum in Førde. Contextually, its exterior design draws cues from the surrounding mountains, weather and a large visible glacier on the European mainland. It stands out among the city’s more traditional architecture. Meanwhile, the interior is a fantastic space that allows the exhibiting work to shine and take center stage. As the architects, C.F. Møller describe, “The museum lies like a crystal-clear block of ice that has slid down from the surrounding mountains. The facade is clad in white glass with a network of angled lines, reminiscent of the fracture lines in ice.” We posted a few images below.

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Featured in: ARCHITECTURE / Categories: architecture, art & design

MONTREAL SWINGS

musical light swings montreal

Although winter is steadily approaching, there’s nothing wrong with looking back at the warmer months. We recently came across an incredible project that took place during Montreal’s spring. Every year the city opens up a high traffic area for art. This year, Daily Tous Les Jours took advantage of the opportunity and built a beautiful set of swings for the public. But these swings have an added bonus. They make music. As they describe it, “21 Swings is a giant collective instrument, a game where together we achieve better things than separately. When in motion, each of the 21 swings in the series triggers different notes and, when used all together, the swings compose a musical piece in which certain melodies emerge only through cooperation.” We loved this installation and posted a few images with a video below.

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Featured in: TOURISM / Categories: art & design, landmarks, people

SCULPTURE FOR MANDELA

nelson mandela sculpture

Recently we came across this incredible sculpture by Marco Cianfanelli honoring Nelson Mandela. Last August marked the 50th Anniversary of his arrest by apartheid police. In 1962 while driving just outside of Howick, KwaZulu-Natal he was pulled over and arrested after successfully avoiding apartheid operatives for 17 months. From that moment, Mandela disappeared from public view for approximately 27 years. The sculpture, located at the spot of his arrest, beautifully displays Mandela’s face from one angle, but from another, eerily reminds the viewer of jail’s isolation. Click Read More for additional information and images.

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Featured in: ART + CULTURE / Categories: art & design

HENDRIK BEIKIRCH IN KOREA

hendrik beikirch

South Korea’s expanding urban center raises the temp on tensions between the working class and big business. High risk, high interest and even higher skyscrapers dominate. But mural artist Hendrik Beikirch offers a counter punch to make people stop and think about aging workers who are hitting 60 without any hopes of retirement. His black and white mural of a working class man is perched high on the face of one of South Korea’s taller buildings. The juxtaposition is brilliant. We posted a few images below. Click Read More to view.

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Featured in: ART + CULTURE / Categories: art & design, landmarks

FLIGHT ATTENDANTS

flight attendants by brian finke

The underground world of flight attendants is rarely documented. The unspoken laws, the routines, the subculture commonalities – they’re all there, but the only way to really understand a flight attendant is to be one. Unless, you come upon the fine work of Brian Finke. A talented photographer and storyteller, Brian spent two years traveling on Delta, Hawaiin, JetBlue, Hooters Air, Air France and others to document the life of flight attendants. As one gallery described his work, “Finke’s ”http://brianfinke.com/flight.html" target="_blank">Flight Attendant series is a vibrant collection of photographs documenting the lives of those adventurous souls who choose to work at 40,000 feet. Shot before, during, and after flights, the photographs capture the allure of the high-flying profession alongside the more quiet moments of the attendant’s daily lives." We really enjoyed this series. We’ve posted a few photos below. Click Read More to view.

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Featured in: TOURISM / Categories: art & design, photography

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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Featured in: ART + CULTURE / Categories: art & design, people

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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Featured in: ART + CULTURE / Categories: art & design, photography, places

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