Delicate plastic sculpture work by artist Daniel Arsham. Though the web site labels the materials as “plastic” my hunch would be these are ping pong balls that have been dyed and somehow adhered into these incredible structures.
The newest installation by famed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei features over 760 bikes. The installation titled Stacked has derived from his countries favorite form of transportation, the bike. China, also a nation known for mass production of bicycles, sees each of the bikes in the installation produced by Forever – the most notable design in the country. Stacked is on display at the Galleria Continua in San Gimignano, Italy, through February 16th, 2013. The exhibition also features various sculptures, installations, videos and photographs by Ai Weiwei.
Have a look at this amazing Crystal Dome. Located at Swarovski Crystal Worlds, a crystal-themed indoor theme park in Austria, the dome is lined with 595 mirrors that give visitors the feeling that they’ve stepped inside a crystal. The multi-faceted walls not only refract light, that shines in various colors, they also gradually reveal hidden works of art. As Swarovski states, “The Crystal Dome is a kaleidoscopic, precision-cut journey into the heart of crystal – right in the middle of the homeland of crystal itself.”
Using modified parts from an old pinball machine, Netherlands-based graduate student Sam van Doorn created a unique drawing device which he calls STYN. The way that it works is that a poster is placed on top of the machine, which has a grid printed on it. Based on this grid you can structure your playing field to your desire. By playing the machine the balls create an unpredictable pattern, dependent on the interaction between the user and the machine. The better you are as a player, the better the poster that you create.
Scattered Crowd is an installation that consists of thousands of white balloons, suspended in a billowing wash of sound. William Forsythe, an artist, dancer and choreographer, refers to the work as being “an air-borne landscape of relationship, of distance, of humans and emptiness, of coalescence and decision”. So far Forsythe has created the installation in numerous galleries, banks and museums. One of them being for instance the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, Germany. The piece will next appear at Bockenheimer Depot in Frankfurt in 2013.
Check out this giant mosaic titled Dream Big by Pete Fecteau. The mosaic is made of 4,242 (!) officially licensed Rubik’s Cubes. It measures 19′ x 8’6” x 2.25” (5.8m x 2.6m x 5.7cm ) and weighs roughly 1000 pounds (454kg). Each cube has been “reversed solved” or twisted so that one of the faces maps it’s nine stickers into the total image, 38,178 stickers total. Fecteau created the mosaic for the 2010 ArtPrize competition. It placed in the top 50 out of 1,700+ pieces entered.
Zimoun, a young artist from Switzerland, creates sound pieces from basic components, often using simple mechanics such as mini motors, ping pong balls, cardboard boxes and wires, that when combined in the correct way they form an original orchestra of sounds. Amazing! Watch the video after the jump!
Dutch visual artist Marjan Teeuwen creates architectonic art installations packed with so many objects that in some cases ceilings, floors and walls are hardly recognizable. She sets up objects by function, others by texture and color. In her project “Verwoest Huis Piet Mondriaanstraat” (engl. Destroyed House in Piet Mondriaanstraat) she even removed the walls from an apartment block in Amsterdam and turned the building’s doors into walls.