The “Festival of World Culture” is well-known for original and unique works of art. My personal favourite was Edgar Müllers’ super-sized 3-D Street Art in 200 where he metamorphosed a large piece of the East Pier of In Dun Laoghaire into a spectacular Ice Berg aspect.
3D Sidewalk Art Culture – Edgar Mueller is a true captain of street painting.
The art of fake tilt-shift photography has become something of a phenomenon in the last several years. By altering the light levels and focus depth in a photograph through Photoshop or another photo editing software, it is possible to make the picture look as though it depicts a miniature scene. While most tilt-shift photographers use landscape photos or other real life scenes, Artcyclopedia has brilliantly chosen to reinterpret classic Van Gogh paintings as spectacular tilt-shift artworks.
It is worth mentioning that there is absolutely no pressing need to change or improve on Vincent Van Gogh’s artwork. His paintings are some of the most compelling images ever created. However, this project brings out surprising details in these paintings that most of us have gazed at many, many times.
The tilt-shift effect was applied to the paintings in Photoshop by adjusting the color saturation, depth of focus and contrast. Obviously, no priceless masterpieces were harmed in the exercise. Nothing has been added or removed. But the results are absolutely stunning: the paintings, which were already breathtaking, take on a whole new context. They become more real in a sense.
Van Gogh’s paintings were particularly well suited to an experiment like this thanks to their rich details and surreal textures. Manipulated by the tilt-shift technique, small details which tend to be overlooked normally pop out and announce themselves to the viewer.
There are, no doubt, many art lovers who would protest even the harmless digital manipulation of these masterpieces. But the changes seen here are not meant to be improvements on the originals – they are simply a different way to look at Van Gogh’s work.
Just as tilt-shift photography of landscapes can bring out aspects of a familiar city or street that we have never before noticed, these slightly altered paintings make the textures just a bit more noticeable and the colors just a bit more vivid.
It comes as a bit of a surprise that the tilt-shift technique works so well on paintings. The distorted depth of focus transforms each two-dimensional painting into a three-dimensional world of its own. These images were all prepared for Artcyclopedia by Serena Malyon.
Undulating water is an immensely soothing and calming sight. That’s why many urban planners incorporate water features into city centers, whether in the form of fountains, lakes or ponds. But international design studio Urban Art Projects wants to put the soothing effects of water into an unlikely place: the side of Brisbane, Australia’s airport car park.
The amazing large-scale project is being developed with artist Ned Kahn. The project is called a “kinetic wall,” and it will essentially be an eight-story-tall public art installation. Seen from the outside, the installation will look like a vertical body of water, complete with gentle waves and natural movement. From the inside of the building, the movement of the facade will create beautiful patterns in sunlight on the interior surfaces.
The effect is created with 250,000 aluminum panels which are loosely suspended so as to move gently with the wind. The huge kinetic artwork captures the ever-changing movement of the wind in a graceful way that also happens to be naturally calming. Maybe the road rage that results from trying to fight your way out of a crowded parking garage will be lessened by the smoothly rippling panels that look eerily like a displaced lake.
But this wonderful art project isn’t just about making a boring building more interesting. It will also help provide passive cooling and ventilation for the car park, cutting down on energy costs and keeping the building more comfortable all year long. The new parking garage, complete with the unique facade, will be completed in late 2011.
Ron Mueck was born on 1958 is an Australian hyper realist sculptor working in Great Britain. Mueckâ€™s early career was as a model maker and puppeteer for children’s television and films, notably the film Labyrinth for which he also contributed the voice of Ludo.
Mueck moved on to establish his own company in London, making photo-realistic props and animatronics for the advertising industry.
Although highly detailed, these props were usually designed to be photographed from one specific angle hiding the mess of construction seen from the other side. Mueck increasingly wanted to produce realistic sculptures which looked perfect from all angles.
In 1996 Mueck transitioned to fine art, collaborating with his mother-in-law, Paula Rego, to produce small figures as part of a tableau she was showing at the Hayward Gallery. Rego introduced him to Charles Saatchi who was immediately impressed and started to collect and commission work.
This led to the piece which made Mueckâ€™s name, Dead Dad, being included in the Sensation show at the Royal Academy the following year. Dead Dad is a rather haunting silicone and mixed media sculpture of the corpse of Mueckâ€™s father reduced to about two thirds of its natural scale. It is the only work of Mueckâ€™s that uses his own hair for the finished product.
Mueckâ€™s sculptures faithfully reproduce the minute detail of the human body, but play with scale to produce disconcertingly jarring visual images. His five metre high sculpture Boy 1999 was a feature in the Millennium Dome and later exhibited in the Venice Biennale.
In 2002 his sculpture Pregnant Woman was purchased by the National Gallery of Australia for $800,000.
Black Rat Projects is hosting the book launch for “Street Studio” – an exclusive behind the scenes look at how street art has entered the mainstream
When : Thursday 8th July 2010 at 6pm – 9PM
Where : Black Rat Projects, Thru Cargo Garden, Arch 461, 83 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3AY
PlanetPatrol’s summer exhibition will featuring a selection of limited edition prints and original work, including: Matt Stuart (Street Photography), Eelus (Stencil Artist), Sal (Japanese Fine Artist), Peter Taylor (Illustrator), Dran & Bom.K (Street Artists), Alexandros Vasmoulakis (Street Artist) & Sonia Pang (Fine Art).
The exhibition will run from the 9th through to the 18th of July.
Preview on the 8th from 6-9pm.
The Gallery (Entrance situated on Edward’s St)
Stoke Newington Church St N16 OJS
What makes a logo really pop? Clever use of negative space. Using “whitespace” as an active part of the design doesn’t just create visual harmony – it can also produce optical illusions that elevate this vital element of brand identity from forgettable to iconic. Adept incorporation of negative space into a logo helps designers make the maximum visual impact with the simplest elements possible.
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At first glance, this “e” isn’t all that interesting. But consider that the logo was created for a courier service called “Egg-in-Spoon” – with the tagline, “Sameday Couriers – Speed with Care” – and take another look. The reader comments on the design firm’s blog enhance the fun: “i hope no-one poaches it…” “We were thinking eggs-actly the same thing… :)” “Did you have to scramble around for that idea?”
The Brand Union
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Typography design based entirely on negative space can get messy fast, but somehow this design for The Brand Union works. Careful color choice and editing of the negative space in this logo helps the words stand out, so it doesn’t look like a confusing jumble of shapes.
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It’s somewhere in between an excellent use of negative space and an ambigram – using a font to spell the word “truce” that fits within itself when flipped upside-down. Designed by Turner Duckworth, who have also worked with Coca-Cola and Amazon.com.
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It’s just a concept, developed by Schuster for the Bermuda Aquarium, but perhaps they should consider a change. This design is considerably sleeker, more modern and far more eye-catching than the one they’re currently using. Exceedingly simple shapes are all that’s needed to convey an image of fish swimming side-by-side.
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Designed by Jure Klaric for a lounge bar in Croatia, this logo gets more effective the longer you look at it. Not only do the two simple shapes make a somewhat stylized “C” for “café”, they also form a coffee cup on a saucer as seen from above – and the shape of a volume button.
(image via: FedEx.com)
It might just be one of the most famous examples of using negative space in logo design, but it’s also among the most subtle. Fed-Ex’s little white arrow, formed by the space between the E and the X, is a detail that many people don’t even notice, but it’s appreciated by fans of good logo design. In an interview with TheSneeze.com, designer Lindon Leader of Leader Creative explained its inclusion.
“An arrow, in and of itself, is one of the most mundane graphic devices in visual communications. Truly, there is nothing unique or particularly strategic (marketing-wise) in using an arrow as a brand identifier… The power of the hidden arrow is simply that it is a hidden bonus. Importantly, not ‘getting the punch line’ by not seeing the arrow, does not reduce the impact of the logo’s essential communication.”
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Using images of eight fish to illustrate the company’s name would be far too busy for a logo design… if it weren’t as well done as this. Designer Jerrod Ames managed to fit them all into a logo that is still crisp and minimalist.
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Designer Matt Everson says, ““Ogden’s core competency is great service, so I was determined to create something friendly and personal. I focused almost exclusively on the human figure as I knew this could illustrate many things (response, strength, personal service, etc. In messing around with wavy, water-like shapes I developed the running plumber image and saw the opportunity to incorporate the plunger.”
Girl Scouts of UK
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Another famous and easily recognizable logo utilizing negative space is that of Girl Scouts of UK. Designed in 1978 by Saul Bass, the logo that has adorned many a box of delicious cookies features three feminine faces in profile. Bass also designed the logos of AT&T, United Airlines and Bell Telephone as well as titles for movies like Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho”.
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Just two graphic elements plus the white negative space around them combined to create an incredibly simple and evocative logo for hockey team The Hartford Whalers. Formed between the ‘W’ and the shape of a whale’s tail is the ‘H’ standing for ‘Hartford’. The logo, designed by Peter Good, was updated in 1992 to incorporate a silver background.
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What appears, at first, to be a simple image of a woman doing yoga reveals itself after taking a closer look at the white space created between the woman’s arm and leg. It forms a rough approximation of the shape of Australia, without distorting the figure of the woman.
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In this logo, two ‘H’s – including one formed by negative space – come together to form a structure as seen from an angle, perfect for a company called ‘Harris Structures’. Designed by Ahab Nimry of St. Louis.
Guild of Food Writers
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Like a classic optical illusion, some people will see this logo as a certain object and to others, it is something else altogether. A pen nib, or a spoon? Look carefully, and you’ll see it’s both. Logo design doesn’t get much more succinct than this, created for the Guild of Food Writers by top UK design firm 300million.
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Perhaps it’s just a grand coincidence that the letters ‘E’ and ‘D’, which stand for Elettrodomestici (or ‘household electric appliances’ in English), happen to form the shape of a plug. But what could really explain the stark mathematical perfection of this logo by Gianni Bortolotti, other than artistic genius?
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Identified by the designer as “just practice”, this redesign idea for an effort to help children affected by war in Northern Uganda turns the shape of Africa into a child’s foot, with the words ‘Invisible Children’ formed with negative space.
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No two letters in the alphabet are more perfect for creating a sleek, graphic piano logo than W and M. For a piano shop called ‘Weisinger Music’, a monogram that forms piano keys couldn’t be more harmonious.
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It’s the word ‘mouse’. It’s a mouse (as in the animal) with the ‘o’ as its ear. But it’s also the shape of a computer mouse – a clever combination for Microsoft’s “Mouse” awards, formerly known as the “Microsoft Digital Advertising Solutions Creative Awards”.
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It took NBC a lot of tries to get it right. The television network went through no less than 6 ineffective logos, including a xylophone and a much busier version of its current peacock, before settling on what is now considered a classic example of effective logo design. Designers Chermayeff and Geismar took the peacock, which had already become a widely recognized symbol for the network, and simplified it with the use of negative space.
Bold, bio-inspired, vertical and sustainable: those are the traits that architecture of the future will share, if you go by the trends in current cutting-edge concept designs. While some of these architectural concepts will never become reality, others are already in progress or slated to begin construction soon. From a sparkling urban farm inspired by a dragonfly’s wing to a dystopian concept that embraces genetic engineering, here are 12 amazing designs that give us a peek into what the future may bring.
Songjiang Hotel: Paradise in a Water-Filled Quarry
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The Songjiang Hotel by Atkins Design makes use of a beautiful water-filled quarry in the Songjiang district just outside Shanghai in China. This innovative design features a green roof, geothermal energy and underwater areas including a restaurant and guest rooms. The quarry provides an ideal setting for sports and leisure including swimming, water sports, rock climbing and bungee jumping. The Songjiang Hotel was originally slated to be completed by May 2009, but as of now it’s still just a concept.
Dragonfly, a Metabolic Farm for Urban Agriculture
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From Vincent Vallebaut, designer of the Lilypad concept, comes another stunning sustainable design that aims to meet the food, housing and energy challenges of the future. The Dragonfly is an urban farm concept for New York City’s Roosevelt Island, modeled after the wings of a dragonfly and designed to provide fresh, local food within an urban environment. Fruit, vegetables, grains, meat and dairy would be produced on the Dragonfly’s 132 floors and the entire structure would be powered by a combination of solar and wind power.
The Venus Project: Working Toward Sustainable Global Civilization
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In order to survive global warming, the growing human population and other challenges in the upcoming centuries, some believe that we must start from scratch with a new model of human civilization that directs our technology and resources toward the positive, for the maximum benefit of the people and the planet. The Venus Project is a vision for a brand new world civilization and redesign of our entire culture. Circular cities with built-in farms and public transit, along with sea cities that can accommodate millions, are just part of this complex and visionary idea to take us “beyond politics, poverty and war”.
The Origami, Seamless Indoor/Outdoor Apartment Living
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By making apartment buildings entirely vertical, we could enhance the livability of urban residences and provide lush green gardens for each apartment dweller to enjoy. The Origami by Kann Finch, designed for Meydan City in Dubai, would give each apartment an open quality that extends the internal living areas to extensive balconies with uplifting window walls. A patterned solid/glass screen gives the building visual interest from the outside and provides shade and privacy for the residents.
Dynamic, Wind-Powered Rotating Tower
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Italian architect David Fischer designed the Dynamic Tower Skyscraper so that each of its 80 floors would rotate according to voice command. Fischer wanted to design a space where you could enjoy the sunrise and sunset from the same room. The rotation takes up to 3 hours and is powered by solar panels and 79 wind turbines, with one turbine located between each floor. Almost the entire structure will be pre-fabricated offsite. Construction is due to be completed by the end of 2010.
Højblokka / Puls High-Rise
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The Højblokka_PULS project by MAPT + DARK architects is another approach to vertical urban living, taking advantage of vertical space to expand the capacity of large cities as the population grows. The idea is to have buildings with smaller footprints that is woven into the circulation of the area, combining office spaces, hotels, leisure and shopping facilities with sunlit public spaces in its low-rise urban block.
Green and Modern Fair & Exhibition Space at the Punta Umbria Pavilion
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MRDP Arquitectos, a Spanish design firm, wanted to create a space for fairs and exhibitions that would remain lively even in between events, maximizing the usage of the space. Their design for the Punta Umbria Pavilion is situated on an urban plaza and is contained under an expansive green roof covered in native, weather-resistant, low-maintenance plants. A 17m tower serves as a ‘lighthouse’ that provides views of the river and its surroundings.
Sky-Terra Skyscrapers: Urban Recreation in the Sky
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As cities become more crowded, green urban space comes at a premium. One idea for preserving recreation space in urban environments is the Sky-Terra Skyscraper by San Francisco-based designer Joanna Borek-Clement. Sky-Terra is a neuron-like network of skyscrapers that tower over the city, bringing public parks, amphitheaters, fields and public pools closer to the sun. The inner core of each structure has elevators to transport people from street level to the top.
The Future World Trade Center
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New York was deprived of its Twin Towers in 2001, but it will soon have a whole new World Trade Center gracing its skyline. Made up of five new skyscrapers, a museum, a transportation hub, a retail complex and a performing arts center, the new design aims to make the World Trade Center a cultural and commemorative destination. The memorial plaza is scheduled to open on September 11th 2011, followed by the underground memorial museum and Tower 4 in 2012 and the Freedom Tower in 2013. The economic meltdown has slowed progress and it’s unknown when towers 2, 3 and 5 will be completed.
‘My Dream, Our Vision’ by Design Act
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Singapore-based design firm Design Act created the ‘My Dream, Our Vision’ concept for the World Expo 2010 Singapore Pavilion Competition. It uses permutated cubes to generate a pixelated-looking sculptural building that that looks like an illuminated ‘digital cloud’ hovering over a constantly changing green pasture. Designed to present Singapore as the ideal example of a city that can transform the lives of everyone who comes into contact with it, the ‘My Dream, Our Vision’ concept encourages visitors to post their dreams inside.
No Man’s Land: Fresh Water, Clean Energy… and Peace
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Can architecture foster peace in the Middle East? The No Man’s Land concept by New York-based architect Phu Hoang Office solves some site-specific issues such as friction over water control and also provides recreation, tourist attractions and renewable energy. The No Man’s Land design is made up of a network of islands, creating an artificial archipelago that actually extracts water molecules from the air to be desalinated, providing fresh drinking water.
Dystopian Farming in Manhattan
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Resembling the nest of an insect, the Dystopian Farming project by Eric Vergne combines farms, worker housing and market places, mixing politically opposing classes – farmers and urban consumers. The idea is to reject the romanticizing of food projection and embrace genetic engineering, airoponic watering and nutrient technologies in a fully man-controlled environment in order to meet Manhattan’s food production needs.