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Tower of Babel

Tower of Babel Built with 30,000 Books

Tower of Babel Built with 30,000 Books sculpture recycling interactive installation books Argentina

Tower of Babel Built with 30,000 Books sculpture recycling interactive installation books Argentina

Tower of Babel Built with 30,000 Books sculpture recycling interactive installation books Argentina

Argentinian conceptual artist Marta Minujin has constructed this massive tower of books at Plaza San Martin in Buenos Aires in reference to UNESCO’s recent nomination of the city as the World Book Capital in 2011. The myriad books were donated by libraries, readers, and over 50 embassies around the world.

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Toothpickture

One man, 100,000 toothpicks, and 35 years: An incredible kinetic sculpture of San Francisco

One man, 100,000 toothpicks, and 35 years: An incredible kinetic sculpture of San Francisco wood toothpicks sculpture San Francisco multiples
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One man, 100,000 toothpicks, and 35 years: An incredible kinetic sculpture of San Francisco wood toothpicks sculpture San Francisco multiples

One man, 100,000 toothpicks, and 35 years: An incredible kinetic sculpture of San Francisco wood toothpicks sculpture San Francisco multiples

One man, 100,000 toothpicks, and 35 years: An incredible kinetic sculpture of San Francisco wood toothpicks sculpture San Francisco multiples

One man, 100,000 toothpicks, and 35 years: An incredible kinetic sculpture of San Francisco wood toothpicks sculpture San Francisco multiples

One man, 100,000 toothpicks, and 35 years: An incredible kinetic sculpture of San Francisco wood toothpicks sculpture San Francisco multiples

One man, 100,000 toothpicks, and 35 years: An incredible kinetic sculpture of San Francisco wood toothpicks sculpture San Francisco multiples

 

Thirty five years ago artist Scott Weaver  began work on this insanely complex kinetic sculpture, Rolling through the Bay, that he continues to modify and expand even today. The elaborate sculpture is comprised of multiple “tours” that move pingpong balls through neighborhoods, historical locations, and iconic symbols of San Francisco, all recreated with a little glue, some toothpicks, and an incredible amount of ingenuity. He admits in the video that there are several toothpick sculptures even larger than his, but none has the unique kinetic components he’s constructed. Via his website Weaver estimates he’s spent over 3,000 hours on the project, and the toothpicks have been sourced from around the world:

I have used different brands of toothpicks depending on what I am building. I also have many friends and family members that collect toothpicks in their travels for me. For example, some of the trees in Golden Gate Park are made from toothpicks from Kenya, Morocco, Spain, West Germany and Italy. The heart inside the Palace of Fine Arts is made out of toothpicks people threw at our wedding.

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Conquering Heights

Face Your Fear of Heights by Walking on Air in this Massive Translucent Aerial Structure by Tomás Saraceno

Face Your Fear of Heights by Walking on Air in this Massive Translucent Aerial Structure by Tomás Saraceno interactive installation flying

Face Your Fear of Heights by Walking on Air in this Massive Translucent Aerial Structure by Tomás Saraceno interactive installation flying

Face Your Fear of Heights by Walking on Air in this Massive Translucent Aerial Structure by Tomás Saraceno interactive installation flying

Face Your Fear of Heights by Walking on Air in this Massive Translucent Aerial Structure by Tomás Saraceno interactive installation flying

Face Your Fear of Heights by Walking on Air in this Massive Translucent Aerial Structure by Tomás Saraceno interactive installation flying

Face Your Fear of Heights by Walking on Air in this Massive Translucent Aerial Structure by Tomás Saraceno interactive installation flying

Face Your Fear of Heights by Walking on Air in this Massive Translucent Aerial Structure by Tomás Saraceno interactive installation flying

Face Your Fear of Heights by Walking on Air in this Massive Translucent Aerial Structure by Tomás Saraceno interactive installation flying

Face Your Fear of Heights by Walking on Air in this Massive Translucent Aerial Structure by Tomás Saraceno interactive installation flying

If staring out of windows from the top of a tall building makes your palms sweat, this might not be for you. On Space Time Foam at HangarBicocca in Milan, is the latest interactive artwork from Argentinean architect and artist Tomás Saraceno who has become famous for his creation of suspended environments that can be inhabited by people. This latest aerial installation was constructed from three levels of clear film that can be explored while suspended several stories off the ground at HangarBiocca, a former industrial plant that was converted to an arts space in 2004.

Saraceno, who refers to himself as “living and working between and beyond planet Earth”, bases his work on themes such as the elimination of geographical, physical, behavioural and social barriers; the research into sustainable ways of life for humanity and the planet; the encounter and exchange among different disciplines and bodies of knowledge; the model of networking and sharing applied to all phases of the invention and execution of works and projects. [...] At HangarBicocca Saraceno creates On Space Time Foam, a floating structure composed of three levels of clear film that can be accessed by the public, inspired by the cubical configuration of the exhibition space. The work, whose development took months of planning and experimentation with a multidisciplinary team of architects and engineers, will then continue as an important project during a residency of the artist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT in Cambridge (MA).

For those who suffer vertigo or do not meet the proper age and medical requirements (!), the piece is always viewable from the ground floor, but the more adventurous tickets can be purchased in the event space through March 2, 2013.

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Swarms 2

Swarms

Swarms surreal sculpture retouching photoshop night light installation fantasy

Swarms surreal sculpture retouching photoshop night light installation fantasy

Swarms surreal sculpture retouching photoshop night light installation fantasy

Photographer Thomas Jackson (previously) has been working on a new series of images based on the idea of swarms, shooting large hovering masses of objects in locations around New York. He says the idea is still a work in progress and that some of these photos should just be considered “sketches.”

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Currency Wallpaper

First Look: Hans-Peter Feldmann Hangs $100,000 in Dollar Bills on the Walls of the Guggenheim Museum

First Look: Hans Peter Feldmann Hangs $100,000 in Dollar Bills on the Walls of the Guggenheim Museum multiples money installation currency conceptual
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First Look: Hans Peter Feldmann Hangs $100,000 in Dollar Bills on the Walls of the Guggenheim Museum multiples money installation currency conceptual

First Look: Hans Peter Feldmann Hangs $100,000 in Dollar Bills on the Walls of the Guggenheim Museum multiples money installation currency conceptual

First Look: Hans Peter Feldmann Hangs $100,000 in Dollar Bills on the Walls of the Guggenheim Museum multiples money installation currency conceptual

Last November German conceptual artist Hans-Peter Feldmann was named the winner of the eighth Biennal Hugo Boss Prize, a bi-annual award bestowed by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation for significant achievement in contemporary art, with an attached honorarium of $100,000. In a unique gesture to the museum Feldmann proposed the idea of creating an installation that would involve tacking 100,000 $1 bills to the walls of a large gallery off the Frank Lloyd Wright ramp.

“I’m 70 years old, and I began making art in the ’50s,” Mr. Feldmann said in a telephone interview from his studio in Düsseldorf. “At that time there was no money in the art world. Money and art didn’t exist. So for me $100,000 is very special. It’s incredible really. And I would like to show the quantity of it.”

It took museum art handlers roughly 13 days to pin the out-of-circulation bills to the wall and to condense the surface area required by so much currency the dollars were slightly overlapped.

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Match Fixing

Claire Fontaine’s Consumption

Claire Fontaines Consumption typography multiples matches installation

Claire Fontaines Consumption typography multiples matches installation

Claire Fontaines Consumption typography multiples matches installation

Claire Fontaines Consumption typography multiples matches installation

Claire Fontaines Consumption typography multiples matches installation

Match installations are hot! Really beautiful work by Paris-based artist Claire Fontaine at Helena Papadopoulos in Athens.

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Swarms, Flocks & Herds

Swarms, Flocks & Herds: Installations by Kristi Malakoff

Swarms, Flocks & Herds: Installations by Kristi Malakoff multiples installation insects animals
Swarms, Flocks & Herds: Installations by Kristi Malakoff multiples installation insects animals

Swarms, Flocks & Herds: Installations by Kristi Malakoff multiples installation insects animals
Swarms, Flocks & Herds: Installations by Kristi Malakoff multiples installation insects animals

Swarms, Flocks & Herds: Installations by Kristi Malakoff multiples installation insects animals
Swarms, Flocks & Herds: Installations by Kristi Malakoff multiples installation insects animals
Swarms, Flocks & Herds: Installations by Kristi Malakoff multiples installation insects animals

I’m really enjoying these large-scale installations of animals and insects by Canadian visual artist Kristi Malakoff

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