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

MOLE ANTONELLIANA

mole antonelliana

Turin turns up the style with their latest installation by Philips and an all-star team of architectural minds. Lupi, Milgiore and Servetto brilliantly bring the city’s skyline into focus with this past and present tribute to Italy’s 150th Anniversary of unification. Sitting high atop the Mole Antonelliana, the city’s tallest building, sits three LED bands beautifully boasting the country’s colors. It’s a wonderful blend of contemporary art and historical architecture. We have a few photos posted below. Click Read More to view.

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

FESTIVAL BAIXO CENTRO

FESTIVAL BAIXO CENTRO

We promise no cars were injured during the making of this incredible video. In celebration of Sao Paulo’s Festival Baixo Centro, performance artists took to the streets one morning to pour 200 Liters of water-soluble ink throughout a busy intersection. As cars drove through the colorful puddles, they created a massive installation of literal street art. Naturally, not everyone was thrilled with the social experiment, but it was largely enjoyed by locals in honor of the festival. We have a few images listed below with a video of how it all went down. Click Read More to view.

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Featured in: AUDIO VISUAL / Categories: art & design, film, events

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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DELTA AT ALICE GALLERY

delta alice

One of our favorite artists is currently on show in Brussels. Boris Tellegen aka DELTA presents Abundance at the Alice Gallery. It’s a collection of visually stunning work displaying his signature paintings and sculptures. As he describes it, “My work is in collage, sculpture, drawings, videos and installations. It investigates the tension between planning and happenstance; the semblance of order undone by schematic chaos. Mankind is driven by an unshakeable faith in progress, where modern technology and constant growth leads us to a better world. My work explores a different outcome, where the automated forces unleash developed structures and minds of their own.” We have a few images from the installation posted below. Click Read More to view.

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AI WEIWEI ABSENT

ai weiwei absent

Ai Weiwei’s life is the message. His continued push to exhibit art all over the world, despite being restricted by the Chinese government, adds a civic beauty to each show. His latest installation, entitled Ai Weiwei Absent, is on display at the Taipei Fine Art Museum. It consists of 21 works created over a 30 year period and features several standout pieces – most notably, a set called Forever Bicycles constructed with 1200 bikes that represents an evolving and connected society. We have a few images of the show posted below. Click Read More to view.

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

NEW MUSEUM SLIDE

new museum giant slide

New York’s New Museum recently added an exciting component to its exhibits. It’s a slide – a huge slide that runs from the 4th floor to the 2nd with enough twists and turns to spark anyone’s interest. It’s undeniable that slides are fun, and we have to admit, it feels like they plucked this one straight from our dreams. The Carsten Höller slide is open to the public with other interactive works until January 15, 2012. If you’re in New York City we recommend checking it out. Click Read More for additional information.

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Featured in: TOURISM / Categories: art & design, museums, events, places

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