Category Archives: art

art is community.

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‘los trompos,’ (spanish for spinning tops)

a giant spinning top art installation,

visits detroit’s beacon park from mexico city

'Los Trompos.' - ABEL KLAINBAUM

the eight giant, colorful tops, designed by *héctor esrawe and ignacio cadena, are large enough for multiple people to sit or stand inside them, and visitors are welcome to take a spin. they were designed to facilitate play, celebrate culture, and bring people together to interact and connect. Los Trompos is an interactive piece that comes to life when people engage with it. the tops are based on the construction of the actual toy and reflect the work of mexican artisans, as well as mexican culture, art, and architecture. 

community comes together to dance in the park
so fun to be here
as all kinds of people stopped by
just to play and connect with each other. 

“simply enjoy life and the great pleasures that come with it.”

-karolina ku

credits: sonia kahleel, metro times

 * héctor esrawe is an industrial designer with a cross-disciplinary design atelier located in mexico city. ignacio cadena is the founder of cadena+asoc. concept design, a mexico-based interior design firm. the two often collaborate with each other, and together they won two interior design best of year awards in 2017

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light and color.

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playing with light and color

creating a new vision.

 

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“light, that first phenomenon of the world,

reveals to us the spirit and living soul of this world through color.”

~ johannes itten, bauhaus colorist

 

parts.

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the theory of loose parts and the right to be creative.

(kinders live this every day)

“in any environment,

both the degree of inventiveness and creativity,

and the

possibility of discovery,

are directly proportional

to the number

and kind of

variables in it.”

-theory credit: Simon Nicholson – The Theory of Loose Parts, 1971

fold.

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i held this gift of a tiny origami star

made from a square of beautiful paper

admiring it in my hand for a time

knowing it will be held in my memory

for a long time to come.

“WHEN YOU FOLD A PIECE OF PAPER,

YOU’RE ESSENTIALLY CHANGING THE MEMORY OF THAT PIECE”. 

-ERIC DEMAINE

the language of trees.

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NYC Parks Are Using a Designer’s ‘Tree Font’ to Plant Secret Messages with Real TreesNew York City Tree Font Alphabet by Katie Holten

Inspired by the nature around her, artist Katie Holten recently developed the New York City Tree Alphabet. Each letter is represented by an illustration of a different type of tree found in NYC. The letter A, for example is depicted as an ash tree, and the letter O is illustrated as an oak.

Holten is one of the first creatives to become an NYC Parks artist-in-residence, where she was asked to explore “the intersection of art, urban ecology, sustainability, nature, and design.” Holten’s resulting NYC Trees font is now available as a free download to anyone who wants to write secret messages in tree code. Not only that, but the NYC Parks Department plans to actually plant some of the messages as real trees in parks and other public spaces.

“Being an artist-in-residence with Parks meant that I could create a ‘real’ tree alphabet. When I say real, I mean legitimate, sanctioned, approved by the city,” Holten explains. “Often, this is exactly what you don’t want with/for an artwork! But in this case, because I really feel the project is a public service—providing a tool that people can use to interact with public space in a whole new way—it needed to be truthful and practical. It had to be something we could actually plant and that the city supported.”

Holten is currently accepting message submissions via her website. From poems to love letters, you can test out how your words would look as trees using the “Write with Trees” function on her homepage. “Right now, we’re leaving it completely wide open, so we’ve no idea what messages we’ll be planting. I’m excited to see what people send us,” Holten writes. “People have been suggesting words like ‘Dream,’ ‘Hope,’ and ‘Peace.’ But we’re also receiving longer messages, love letters, poems, and short stories. We’re curious to see how we could translate a long text into a grove of planted trees. It’s an exciting challenge and we can make up the rules as we go along, so anything could happen.”

Do you have a message you’d like to translate into your own custom forest? Planting begins in April 2019 in New York City. Download the font for free and check out Holten’s website for more details on the project.

Artist Katie Holten developed the New York City Tree Alphabet—each letter is represented by an illustration of a different type of tree.

New York City Tree Font Alphabet by Katie Holten

“i think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree.”
-joyce kilmer

image credit: Katie Holten 

other credits: mymodernmet.com, emma taggert

legends.

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King Arthur at Tintagel, Cornwall. On the cliff by his castle.

Sculptor Rubin Enyon creates unforgettable public artwork using a variety of mediums—from wood and stone to iron and bronze. His recent work, Gallos, was installed in April 2016, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on the cliffs of Tintagel. The stately 8-foot-high bronze sculpture was not only inspired by the legend of King Arthur, but also Tintagel Castle’s history. Commissioned by English Heritage, the public sculpture is located in Tintagel, a village in Cornwall, known as the legendary site of King Arthur’s conception.

 

“all the great legends are templates for human behavior.

i would define a myth as a story that has survived.”

-john boorman

 

 

 

credits: rubin enyon- sculptor, selectcornwall.co.uk, british medieval history, english heritage

 

a story in every line.

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A pencil drawing by a 16 year old Irish girl has won a National Art Competition. Shania McDonagh is tipped as a future top artist. The man she drew is a Fisherman and Seaweed Harvester named Coleman Coyne. There’s a story in every line.

 “His name is Coleman Coyne, and he’s from Connemara in County Galway. He passed away earlier this year. The portrait is done using graphite pencil, and it took around 100 hours of drawing to complete the portrait.” – Shania McDonagh

“youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.”

-stanislaw jerzy lec

 

 

 

 

 

credits: soul alchemy, word porn