What are we looking at here? Synagogues and Mosques built by Sculpturist Al Farrow. Not technically an Architecture post this time, I’d spent a while looking at something new to bring you in the world of design and assembly in terms of Architecture and came across these and at first and didn’t recognise the small scale of what I was looking at (A friend did beg me NOT to include that because she found that terribly tragic… but, hey in the spirit of honesty!)
Fashioning a mixture of bullets, artillery shells, steel, guns and gunparts Al Farrow ( Sculptor, originally from New York but living in the San Francisco Bay Area) has crafted interesting looking sculptures. I think his work is really really good looking, I prefer though to enjoy it MINUS the political conversations that tend to surround the subject matter of a lot of his work as I find a synagogue or a mosque made from gun parts and artillery a little too literal for me. Though very little of this commentary officially accompanies his work. It’s all great looking though! See more of it here.
If I had to choose between paying the bills or buying beautiful things I’ve always said I’d rather sit in the dark wearing my new beautiful Hermes gown (Ha! Dreams are free…) than pay the power bill BUT Sapeurs take this commitment to a whole other level…How? They ACTUALLY do it, all while living in the slums of a coastal African region.
Sapeurs are member’s of La SAPE’ (Societe des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Elegantes) an exclusive club. Members have their own code of honour, codes of professional conduct and strict notions of morality. Designer brands of suits and accessories are important to sapeurs, and they work hard to save as much money as they can to dedicate to the most beautiful suits and accessories they can find.Their style is based on strict rules of elegance, beauty and harmony of colours.
Apparently, the idea is to dress to impress, whilst also being ambassadors of etiquette, peace and music, as well as the essence of style. The result is a unique and inspiring style, that has captured the imagination of people all over the world. It’s considered by the people who dedicate their lives to this style as more than fashion or trends. I like it because its an observation in human behaviour and identity in one of the poorest and roughest parts of the world. Interesting that Fashion can do so much.
Check out the book Gentlemen of the Bacongo by Photographer Daniele Tamagni for more on this incredible and interesting movement.
The Battery Point Sculpture Trail. Winning a Merit in the 2012 SEGD (Society for Environmental Graphic Design) Global Design Awards The Battery Point Sculpture Trail is a permanent installation of nine sculptures along a walking route through Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania, Australia’s island state. The sculpture trail was conceived as a way to increase visitor movement along the foreshore, encourage exploration of the roads and paths, and raise awareness of the area’s history while giving equal balance to public art and interpretation.
The concept? “sculpture by numbers”: each sculpture presents a three-dimensional number (a variety of dates, times, quantities, weights, and measures) that explores one or two linked interpretive stories related to the location.
While each sculpture is different in form and material, they are unified by a single typeface family, Helvetica. Helvetica Neue the primary typeface—both for sculptural form and interpretive content—as its form lends itself to being constructed from a variety of materials and its clean lines do not detract from the materiality or interpretive content. A bold orange and gray graphic identity visually links each sculpture to the wayfinding signage.
The materials used and construction techniques relate to the stories for each location. For example, 1833, a steel frame filled with stacked sandstone fragments, was the completion date of the first stone warehouses at the New Wharf. 313, fabricated of modern boat-building materials by a professional shipwright, represents the number of vessels built in Battery Point and launched into the River Derwent between 1825 and 1872.
One of the sculptures uses solar-powered lighting, while another is a living topiary sculpture. Several others explore the theme of climate change. The project involved three public land owners, one private land owner, 22 sites, 12 different materials, and 20 fabricators—requiring careful design and coordination to maintain the integrity of the “sculpture by numbers” vision.
The 2013 SEGD Global Design Awards are currently open with Deadlines for entries in Jan 2013. Go here for more info to enter.
If you were Wally DeBacker, aka Gotye how would you top the video made for ‘Easy Way Out’? The 360 degree revolving animated video took nine months to make!
The Australian musician, who has shown a love for animation using them not only in his video’s but also as theatrical visuals throughout his live performances enlisted Blacklist, the New-York based production house to make his newest video for ‘Dig your own Hole’ off the Album Making Mirrors.
Directed by Saiman Chow (Chow is a New York based multi-disciplinary artist, director and designer. His body of work has been featured in numerous publications such as Print, Tokion, IDN, Beautiful Decay and Res Magazine – he’s amazing! Check him out here.) My favourite part of the video is the smoke. I love the eerie green cigarette and snaking white smoke that follows, and puffs and plumes of smoke from the train and clouding the train tracks for me, make this video a black and white animation dream!
The video also acted as stage visuals for his 2012 tour earlier this year – can you imagine it onstage? Gorgeous.
70’s, alien, African, tribal, safari, psych: are the tags that follow one of Signalstarr’s pieces of work.
Sound interesting enough?
With titles like Ii;j,;;ii;,;ii;;ii,,iiijjIIi;, and :.”.;. ∆ ..;;.. you’d want to know more about the maker. Signalstarr known to his mum as Nick Stewart Hoyle, has an active Facebook, Tumblr and Flickr little more is known about this graphic artist online other than being ‘A visual traverser of the etheric and graphic artist, based in London.’ and that he is one quarter of the curatorial team behind MELT.
I love how shrouded in mystery he appears to be, it suits his work and in an age when everything from where you just ate lunch to pics of your moms is so readily available, it’s nice actually to follow someone’s work and work only.
For all those who want to know what the body of visual work looks like that’s tagged to the words above then, check these out here – keep an eye out for the digital collage’s as inspiration for Frontier’s Creative Challenge CUT IT OUT!.