Friedensreich Hundertwasser

o p p p Friedensreich Hundertwasser <-- was an Austrian painter and architect. Born Friedrich Stowasser in Vienna, he became one of the best-known contemporary Austrian artists, although controversial, by the end of the 20th century. Thank you Olesya for the link!! p p p

Melting Building

p p This is not photoshopped. This building mural, a trompe-l'oeil, is located in Georges V Ave. in Paris, France. ' Trompe-l'oeil ' is an art technique involving extremely realistic imagery in order to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects really exist, instead of being just two-dimensional paintings. The name is derived from French for trick the eye, from tromper - to deceive and l'oeil - the eye. Link here. p p

Matchbox Building

y p ' Matchbox building is a 40 unit commercial building with 4.500m2 leasable space. The building will connect to and share facilities with an existing building in Amsterdam North. Conceived of as pre-fabricated units that are stacked one on top of the other. A central atrium garden carves open a space for natural light to filter in, thus allowing maximum use of the site, whereby units can also face inward. ' p

Polyhedron Habitable

p p p Polyhedron Habitable by Manuel Villa. Photos by Sergio Gómez and Manuel Villa. Click here for the link. p

Wrapped Trees

o p p p It's hard to believe that I haven't gotten around to praising one of my favorite artists of all time, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, my heroes. I am sure you've heard of them, they are one of the most well-known collaborative art teams in the world. Shown here, is one of Christo's earlier project called Wrapped Trees. p o

Elastic Plastic Sponge

p p p p ' Elastic Plastic Sponge was created by students from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) led by Benjamin Ball, Gaston Nogues and Andrew Lyon of the Ball-Nogues Studio. The Elastic Plastic Sponge is a large scale installation and can be twisted, arched and curled to form different types of space including a lounge, a theater, or a large sculptural Mobius strip. In the desert heat of Indio, the architectural installation will provide a respite from the sun by making shade and mist while at night, each “cell” within the Elastic Plastic Sponge supports a fluorescent tube–the tubes shift in orientation relative to each other to create the effect of sweeping motion. The motion effect is evident from close-up as well as impactful from across the vast festival grounds–an important asset in an environment of throngs of festival-goers and competing spectacles.' p p

Stephen Hendee

p p Stephen Hendee is sculptor and installation artist who lives and works in Las Vegas, Nevada. His works are fantastic!! p p p p p

Makoto Tanijiri

p p p p ' Makoto Tanijiri of Hiroshima architects Suppose Design Office has completed an installation at the Diesel Denim Gallery Aoyama in Tokyo, Japan. ' (via Dezeen) p p

Jason Peters

" My installations investigate the relationships of actual space, environment and materials with the viewer's inherent and often programmed opinions of them. My goal is to challenge intrinsic perceptions by suggesting that the objects of our reality are not always what they seem. I use found objects because they help redefine prescribed meanings and values, especially when assembled into entirely different structures. The question I want the viewer to ask is, "Are these familiar objects just as recognizable when serving an entirely different purpose? And just as important, does their transformation modify their value?" - Jason Peters


p p p ' P_Wall (2009) was commissioned by the SFMOMA Architecture and Design Curator Henry Urbach for the exhibition Sensate: Bodies and Design. The wall, part of a series started with P_Wall (2006), is an evolution of the earlier work exploring the self-organization of material under force. Using nylon fabric and wooden dowels as form-work, the weight of the liquid plaster slurry causes the fabric to sag, expand, and wrinkle. ' p