A Landmark Chicago Intersection, Reborn With 76K Square Feet of Vinyl By Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan, fastcodesign.com
The city of broad shoulders gets a dash of color. Several thousand dashes, actually.
Planting a kiss on Mona Lisa’s cheek, riding the legendary Pegasus and even getting peed on by a baby, it’s all possible at one of South Korea’s Trick Eye Museums.
This highly technical installation by artist Susan Hiller features 400 speakers suspended from the ceiling, simultaneously running audio of different people recounting their extraterrestrial encounters. The exhibited work titled Witness offers an out-of-this world experience. The constructed piece itself resembles a celestial entity, adding to the astronomically alien sensation in the room. I imagine that hearing all of the voices communicate their observance of UFOs and other unearthly occurrences can be a bit overwhelming, as though you’ve stepped into an episode of The X Files. One may laugh at the idea of a UFO sighting, but for the London-based artist there is a direct connection with these recorded sightings and religious faith. Hiller says, “Listening to these people whispering in your ears is like being a priest in a confessional. The whole piece is built upon the shape of the cross and the circle. There are four pathways where you can enter the inner circle of the installation…The religious symbolism of the cross in the circle is crucial because the stories are examples of contemporary visionary experience. Only today people see UFOs where once they saw angels.”
ARTS MADE BY JOHNNY DEPP
1st) KEITH RICHARDS
“He was one of the people I admired for what he has done and how he’s handled it. Forty-whatever years of being a god. And he’s just cool.” Johnny Depp
2nd) TIM BURTON
“I respect him so much and love him so much as a filmmaker.” Johnny Depp
“She’s just one of the smartest, funniest, greatest people I’ve ever been lucky enough to know. She’s truly one of my best friends.” Johnny Depp
CD cover art for Divinidylle, released September 3, 2007
This basically proves there’s nothing he can’t do good.
Upgraded Childhood of the Day: Artist Yayoi Kusama made a whole bunch of dreams come true for kids in Australia by letting them run wild with stickers inside her “domestic installation” at the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane.
Last month, the museum’s youngest visitors were invited to give Kusama’s white space a colorful makeover, and they happily obliged.
The hanging garden, a collaboration between Clorofilas and Aer Studio, uses basic technological components to enable plants to communicate by placing sensors in their soil to detect moisture levels. The design studios, respectively based in Manchester and Barcelona, linked the sensors to LED lights that illuminate when moisture levels get too low and the plants need watering. The heart of the project, the open-source Arduino platform, takes the information received by the sensors and relays it to the corresponding LED light. This communication apparatus between plant and human life removes a variable of uncertainty when it comes to providing a plant with the right amount of water at the appropriate time.