Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong was once the most densely populated city in the world. The city was built without a single architect or city planner, resulting in an informal and ungoverned hive of human activity. Most infamously known as a den for drugs, crime, and prostitution, the city was demolished in 1993. Days before the demolition a group of Japanese researchers—including architects, engineers, and city planners—were led by historian and cultural anthropologist Hiroaki Kani into the desolate city to document it before its annihilation.
The researchers created beautiful and meticulously designed cross-sections and panoramic views of the city and interiors of buildings. The drawings bring the city to life highlighting the intricacies of human activity within a city. The spaces people create for themselves and their families form capsules for one’s personal life.
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After Sarah Treanor lost her fiancé in a helicopter crash in 2012, she began to explore and document her grief through photography. What emerges from Treanor’s exploration are beautiful photos of struggle, stillness, growth, and peace. The yearlong process that consists of Treanor taking a photo of herself each week to document her “journey of grief” is aptly titled “Still, Life.”
The photos are admirable because not only is she brave in exposing her vulnerability but also her skill as a photographer is clear. Treanor took all photos by herself in addition to constructing elaborate props such as the human sized bird’s nest in “Sanctuary.” Nearly all of Treanor’s images are unaltered, unedited, original captures. Treanor’s work has not only helped her individually heal but she has built a platform through her blog for others that have lost loved ones to be able to grieve and heal as a community.
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British artist Bruce Munro has created a beautiful light installation at Waddesdon Manor. The installation aspires to create a winter wonderland that warms up Aylesbury’s chilly winter with lush and vibrant lighting exhibits. Munro utilizes several everyday items to cast light upon the Manor—from clothes pins to PET bottles. The most mystical of Munro’s installations is “Moon Harvest” where he wraps bales of straw in plastic then projects light from behind, creating an illusion of small moons, craters and all, resting upon the Earth.
Turner Prize-winning artist Douglas Gordon and acclaimed pianist Hélène Grimaud have partnered for a site specific installation in New York City’s historic Wade Thompson Drill Hall. The installation revolves around an immense field of water that answers Gordon’s questions “How many times have you cried in your life? How much fluid have you given to the world? Every day, every week, every month…A field of water.”
The field of water captures light, reflection, music, and sound to sensorially transform the Hall. For ten nights Grimaud will perform water-themed works by Debussy, Ravel, and Liszt within the Hall—offering audiences a new way to experience the celebrated music. tears become… streams become… defies genres and the confines of space.
The installation opens December 9 and runs until December 23. More information can be found here.
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A new book by Swiss artist Ursus Wehrli—The Art of Clean Up— is the feature by blogger Jeannie Jeannie. The book is a compilation of before and after photographs where the artist takes mundane (albeit visually chaotic) scenes and rearranges the objects into organized patterns by shape, scale, or type. The artist’s vision ranges in scale from grandiose aerial photographs depicting poolside bathers, to the more minute arrangement of letters in a bowl of alphabet soup. The body of work beautifully juxtaposes the art of architecture, found-object sculpture/assemblage, and photography.
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The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) has announced the eleven projects selected for Landslide® 2014: Art and the Landscape, an annual thematic compendium of threatened landscapes and landscape features. The compendium celebrates the projects as well as brings attention to the struggle of maintaining them. All sites are considered land-based art but vary greatly in form, from ancient petroglyphs to eccentrically decorated vacant homes. Each work has a fascinating background. For instance, White Rock Lake Wildlife Water Theater in Dallas, a prized landscape feature that nurtures a symbiotic relationship between nature and man has recently fallen into such disrepair that it is vulnerable to becoming deaccessioned from the city’s Public Art Collection.
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Long time Brooklyn resident David Mandl has spent the last fifteen years photographing parts of Brooklyn that are rarely seen. Mandl’s strict focus is on Brooklyn’s 120 dead-ends. Most of these dead-ends exist on the periphery of the borough, forcing Mandl to explore, as he explains, “the limits of the officially recognized or permitted landscape,” the “no-go zones.” The viewer is hard pressed to avoid experiencing the severity of repetitive, abrupt endings since the views are singular and the path Mandl followed to get to them is not clear. The viewer might contemplate how these “ends” continue to exist in our constantly evolving world.
Featured in Docomomo US, Miriam Kelly’s article “Following Function: Putting the Industrial Buildings that Inspired the modernist Movement Back to Work” describes the influence post-industrial rust-belt buildings had on early modernists and how those buildings are being used today. Kelly notes specific structures—featured in Le Corbusier’s Vers une Architecture—that were of particular interest to early modernists. Buffalo’s silo skyline inspired Erich Mendelsohn and Le Corbusier utilized the city plan of Detroit for his “utopian plans for a linear industrial city.”
Buildings that have gone “back to work” include concrete grain elevators in Buffalo, New York that now serve as a mixed use artist studio and exhibition space and the Brooklyn Army Terminal, purchased by the city of New York City for the Economic Development Corporation, has returned to its roots and is operating as a light manufacturing warehouse.
Beginning at sunset on Thursday, November 13, Waller Creek Conservancy will host the Creek Show: Light Night. Waller Creek between 5th and 8th Streets will turn into a walkable community space and become host to a visual arts exhibit. The creek will be illuminated by five light installations designed by Austin-based architects and landscape architects, including UTSOA Associate Professor Jason Sowell. The installations highlight the intersection between nature, urban infrastructure, and inventive design. The event comes at a perfect time for the public to observe the creek’s present state while imagining its exciting future.
The Waller Creek Conservancy has organized several other events throughout the night including a happy hour, live DJ set, and live music at Empire Control Room. All events are free and open to the public. The Empire Control Room event requires an RSVP for free entrance.
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Dutch design studio We Make Carpets pairs the ancient skill of weaving with unconventional materials to create stunning temporary carpet-like artworks. Artists use accessible and low-cost materials such as chalk, cocktail umbrellas, and fireworks to piece together beautiful palettes. The carpets are not only beautiful but also serve to document and re-purpose mundane objects found in our modern day lives.
Luxury Mindz was inspired so much by Austin-based neon artist Todd Sanders they created a mini-documentary about him. In less than five minutes the documentary not only captures the overlooked industry of vintage style neon designs but also the role the signs play in the urban setting and the fine art world. Sanders also pays tribute to Austin for aiding a self-described odd duck to find success as a working artist. The short film is worth a watch as Sanders is as purposeful with his craft as he is with words, offering sage advice for artists and non-artists alike.
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Web Urbanist has curated an eclectic collection of subtle street art. The collection looks at work that is easily overlooked due to size, stealthiness, or both. The pieces’ motives range from challenging onlookers to examine the illusions of freedom and containment to inspiring a smile by a trash can sporting googly eyes. This art rewards the shrewd city-dweller with a hidden treat, one that many will never know was right under their nose.
Source: Web Urbanist