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Varied Bricks and Ceramic Blocks Comprise the Asymmetric Facade of a Spacious Community Center in Bengal

   26 Jan 00:00:07  |  ThisIsColossal

What began as a task to install a new parking structure in Bansberia, India quickly morphed into an open community center awash with patterned brickwork. Conceived by Abin Design Studio, ?Gallery House? spans 380-square-meters and combines multiple masonry techniques to form the asymmetric facade. The Kolkata-based team alternated ceramic blocks created by a local artist and a mixture of rectangular, chevron, and curved bricks sourced from a nearby field, resulting in a variegated, textured structure that mimics the terracotta temples of Bengal. More

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A Tiled Wave Ripples Across Olafur Eliasson?s New Installation in Downtown Chicago

   25 Jan 00:00:07  |  ThisIsColossal

Last week, artist Olafur Eliasson (previously) unveiled a massive, wave-like artwork that mimics the rippled surfaces of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Comprised of 1,963 curved tiles, “Atmospheric wave wall” sits between the two bodies of water at Willis Tower and shifts in appearance based on the sunlight, time of year, and position of the viewer. It’s the Danish-Icelandic artist’s first public project, which was curated by CNL Projects and commissioned by EQ Office, in Chicago. More

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   25 Jan 00:00:07  |  ThisIsColossal

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An Innovative Installation Embeds Lights into a Five-Acre Field to Spur Crop Growth

   23 Jan 00:00:08  |  ThisIsColossal

Spread across a thick field of leeks in the Netherlands is Daan Roosegaarde?s new installation that illuminates the practice of modern farming, highlighting the plants that feed us and their plights. In “Grow,” the Dutch artist and designer, who’s known for glowing, interactive exhibits, implanted the rows with red, blue, and ultraviolet lights that shine vertically across the crop and shift in entrancing motion.
Spanning 20,000-square-meters, the multi-faceted project is both aesthetic and practical: the radiant landscape is visually stunning, while the embedded elements enhance plant growth and cut pesticide use in half. More

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Trimmed in Gold, Ceramic Vessels by Artist Yurim Gough Challenge Notions of Gender

   23 Jan 00:00:08  |  ThisIsColossal

Through nine ceramic bowls, Yurim Gough untangles the complex narratives surrounding performance, appearance, and gender fluidity. Her identity-centric pieces?which are infused with layers of pencil renderings, thread, and other materials that can require nearly a dozen rounds of firing at multiple temperatures to complete?depict figures outfitted with ostentatious costumes and elaborately painted faces. Drawing on aspects of queer culture, Gough’s vessels are disruptive and revisionary, simultaneously exposing the dated and constructed nature of traditional gender categories while reveling in the history of those who’ve subverted norms. More

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The Blue Hour: Lyrical Illustrations Catalog a Menagerie of Specimens in Earth?s Rarest Pigment

   22 Jan 00:00:11  |  ThisIsColossal

French illustrator and author Isabelle Simler deftly renders the liminal time surrounding dusk through a poetic exploration of Earth’s rarest color. The Blue Hour winds through the natural world on a journey to spot the pigment, from a bluejay resting on ice-coated branches to robin’s eggs to midnight skies and ocean depths. Simler focuses on “this time of day, when daytime animals enjoy the last moments before nighttime animals wake up. More

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Explore Vermeer?s ?Girl With a Pearl Earring? in Incredible Detail with an Interactive 10-Billion Pixel Panorama

   22 Jan 00:00:11  |  ThisIsColossal

Last year, researchers released records from nearly two years of analysis of Johannes Vermeer?s most-recognized artwork, “Girl With a Pearl Earring.” While their findings didn’t include the subject’s highly sought-after identity, they did reveal that the gray backdrop is actually a dark green curtain and that the figure has eyelashes only visible with magnification. Thanks to Emilien Leonhardt and Vincent Sabatier, of Hirox Europe, we all can study the intricacies of Vermeer’s elusive work and peer directly into the paint cracks with an interactive 10-billion pixel panorama. More

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   21 Jan 00:00:04  |  ThisIsColossal

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A Short Film Chronicles Mural Fest Kosovo, Void Projects? Initiative to Infuse a War-Torn City with Public Art

   21 Jan 00:00:04  |  ThisIsColossal

“At that time it wasn?t easy for me to be in the public with my camera because the country was very sensitive to reporters like me,” photojournalist Hazir Reka tells a group of muralists. “Being in the public with a camera was no different to being in public with a weapon because of how much it could affect reality.” Reka’s referring to a tumultuous time in Kosovo’s history when the region was in the midst of war, an experience he shares with the artists who traveled to the region in September 2020 for Mural Fest Kosovo. More

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Rael San Fratello?s Pink Teeter-Totters at the U.S.-Mexico Border Win Beazley Design of the Year

   20 Jan 00:00:09  |  ThisIsColossal

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