Archinect - News 2015-11-30T23:05:21-05:00 "Kinetic" steel museum in New Zealand pays tribute to illustrious sculptural artist Len Lye Justine Testado 2015-08-04T15:51:00-04:00 >2015-08-11T18:43:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth, Taranaki in New Zealand stands as an emblem of the sculptural works and philosophy of acclaimed artist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Len Lye</a>, who was a prominent figure in the kinetic sculpture and experimental film movements throughout the 20th century. Celebrating its grand opening late last month with the&nbsp;Govett Brewster Art Gallery, the Centre is the culmination of a more than three-decade endeavor in building a permanent home for Lye&rsquo;s archive of work. As an expansion to the Govett Brewster, the Centre is the only museum in the country that is dedicated to a single artist.</p><p>The New Plymouth District Council financed the building through an extensive government-led fundraiser and commissioned New Zealand practice Patterson Architects Associates to design the new building. Keeping their true client &mdash; Len Lye &mdash; in mind, Pattersons fused significant elements of the artist's inspirations into their design, including Maori motifs, Greek classical temples, and the manipulation of ...</p> Artist Carsten Höller to wrap world's longest tunnel slide around the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower in London Alexander Walter 2015-08-03T15:03:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T15:19:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This week, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London&nbsp;announced that &ldquo;the world&rsquo;s longest and tallest tunnel slide&rdquo; will wrap around Anish Kapoor&rsquo;s &ldquo;ArcelorMittal Orbit.&rdquo; When the sculpture went up in 2009 after winning a design challenge, it proceeded to receive mostly scathing reviews &mdash; and&nbsp;a spot on the shortlist of the 2012 Carbuncle Cup [...].&nbsp;Today, Kapoor revealed that the slide is actually a work of art, designed by none other than Carsten H&ouml;ller at Kapoor&rsquo;s own invitation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In other artsy-slide-related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Artist Carsten H&ouml;ller to install massive slides on London's Hayward Gallery</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carsten H&ouml;ller Is Installing a Slide at New Museum</a></li></ul> Sculptor Larry Bell's influence on Frank Gehry Alexander Walter 2015-07-30T18:34:00-04:00 >2015-08-08T21:55:16-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architect Frank Gehry has often talked about the influence artists have had on his building designs. [...] An early work from the 1960s by sculptor Larry Bell in the Frank Lloyd show offers a partial template for a Gehry design built three decades ago in Toluca Lake. Gehry's World Savings and Loan branch at Riverside Drive and Mariota Avenue is a sky-lighted, one-story hall framed by tall facades out front and in the back, as if a full second story had been planned but never built.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Richard Serra engages with the Qatari desert landscape in his new sculptural piece Justine Testado 2015-04-30T18:51:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T22:19:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="187" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Richard Serra&rsquo;s new sculpture, 'East-West/West-East,' is a set of four standing steel plates rolled in Germany, shipped via Antwerp, and offloaded, trucked, and craned into place in the middle of the western Qatari desert...the steel is the same that he&rsquo;s used in his other pieces, and it will oxidize in the same way, albeit more quickly in the hot, salty conditions of the Brouq Nature Reserve. The plates will [ultimately] turn a dark amber&mdash;approximately the same the Seagram Building.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a title="Richard Serra is the first artist to receive the President's Medal from the Architectural League of New York" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Richard Serra is the first artist to receive the President's Medal from the Architectural League of New York</a></li><li><a title="&ldquo;Serra Gate&rdquo; salutes to Taksim Square protests in Istanbul, will tour city next year" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Serra Gate&rdquo; salutes to Taksim Square protests in Istanbul, will tour city next year</a></li></ul> Edward Snowden statue secretly installed in Brooklyn park (Spoiler Alert: It's already been removed) Alexander Walter 2015-04-06T20:07:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:31:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dressed in reflective yellow construction gear while working under the cover of darkness early Monday, a small group of artists installed a tribute to NSA-leaker Edward Snowden in a Brooklyn park. But it was gone by midday. The Snowden bust stood atop a column at the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument in Fort Greene Park, a site built to honor more than 11,000 American prisoners of war who died aboard British ships during the American Revolutionary War.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> #ProtectCity campaign launched in support of Michael Heizer's "City" Alexander Walter 2015-03-19T19:00:00-04:00 >2015-03-20T14:16:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="167" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Located in Garden Valley, Nevada, Michael Heizer&rsquo;s City is one of the most significant works of art in the United States. Begun by Heizer in 1972, the project is now in its final stage of completion. It will, in the future, be accessible by the public. [...] To see the land developed into a site for military, energy, or waste purposes, would ruin it forever. After 43 years of work, can it really be destroyed like this?</p></em><br /><br /><p>Notable American museums publicly expressed their support on Twitter via&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#protectCITY</a>. The LACMA petition to protect Michael Heizer's&nbsp;<em>City</em>&nbsp;and the Basin and Range can be reached&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>Previously on Archinect:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Heizer's massive desert sculpture, "City", will make you cry</a></p> "Textscape" depicts the evolution of printing in 3D-printed documents Justine Testado 2015-01-13T14:00:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T20:51:33-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>"Textscape" by interdisciplinary artist and University of Hawaii at Manoa educator <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hongtao Zhou</a> is a visually engaging work of 3D text documents that nods to one of the Four Great Inventions of Ancient China: printing. The letter-sized documents examine how the role of printing has shifted from duplicating text to producing objects, thanks to the rise of 3D printing.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Reflecting Zhou's background in furniture design, sculptural installation, and architecture, the documents are 3D depictions of their respective subject matters, such as cities or landscapes.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Zhou&nbsp;&mdash; and a group of participating artists consisting of Tyler Francisco, Rhealyn Dalere and Chin Fang Chen from the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture&nbsp;&mdash; created additional Textscapes "written" in braille, different languages, calligraphies, and number systems with the intention to turn the pastime of reading into an interactive process and into works of art that can be widely appreciated.</p> Stereotank’s HEARTBEAT wins 2015 Times Square Valentine Heart Design Alexander Walter 2014-12-15T19:38:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:19:16-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="397" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Here's one for you lovers out there: in the annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design contest, Brooklyn-based, Venezuelan-born firm Stereotank just came out as the winner with their entry "HEARTBEAT." The interactive installation is scheduled to open for an entire month to couples and singles alike on February 9.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>More information on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> A piece about light and life Nam Henderson 2014-11-30T13:17:00-05:00 >2014-11-30T13:18:51-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The tradition I&rsquo;m coming from is not pleasure. It&rsquo;s a certain shamanistic excess"</p></em><br /><br /><p>Ted Loos explores the work of sculptor&nbsp;Thomas Houseago, whose architectural installation&nbsp;'<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Moun Room</a>' is currently showing&nbsp;until&nbsp;January 17th 2015, at Hauser &amp; Wirth New York.</p> The House of Mirrors reinvents the Australian beach hut with a hint of mirror magic Justine Testado 2014-11-11T17:02:00-05:00 >2014-11-11T18:33:55-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="346" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At first glimpse, the House of Mirrors looks like a misplaced stack of wiry boxes randomly cast away along the Australian coast. Up close, the cubical structure further engages passersby as its steel frame draws them right to its mirrory middle, which appears to float inside as it reflects its coastal surroundings.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The House of Mirrors by London and Melbourne-based design studio <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NEON</a> was recently displayed at the Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2014, a large public outdoor exhibition that takes place along the Bondi to Tamarama shoreline in Australia.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For more details, head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> Michael Heizer's massive desert sculpture, "City", will make you cry Archinect 2014-11-04T17:37:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T23:04:17-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;He didn&rsquo;t like people coming into the studio and seeing the paintings before they were finished,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;This is one of the most ambitious artworks ever envisioned, certainly in the United States.&rdquo; Heizer's mammoth masterpiece in the desert is called "City." &ldquo;It was in 1994 when I first saw it, unfinished,&rdquo; Govan said. &ldquo;You do cry. You think, what an incredibly beautiful ambition.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Prada Marfa saved Alexander Walter 2014-09-16T17:46:00-04:00 >2014-09-18T15:59:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The conceptual storefront Prada Marfa, 2005, by Elmgreen &amp; Dragset, has a new lease on life. The Texas Department of Transportation reached an agreement last week with the foundation Ballroom Marfa to preserve the sculpture after nearly one year of negotiations. The government threatened to shut down the work because it could be considered an illegal roadside advertisement under state law. [...] the foundation plans to lease the land underneath Prada Marfa and register it as an art museum.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prada Marfa declared an illegal outdoor advertisement, faces possible removal</a></p> Smiljan Radic unveils egglike 14th Serpentine Pavilion in London's Kensington Gardens Justine Testado 2014-06-24T13:17:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T23:14:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Since <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the announcement</a> this past March, Chilean architect Smiljan Radic has unveiled the 14th Serpentine Pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery's Kensington Gardens in London. For the past 14 years, the Serpentine Gallery has invited famous architects like Sou Fujimoto, Jean Nouvel, SANAA, and Frank Gehry to design the annual temporary structure for the London Festival of Architecture. Their famous designers aside, the pavilions themselves are a story of their own.</p><p>An eggshell. A "Stone Age spaceship". A cocoon. A deformed donut -- Radic's design for the 14th Serpentine Pavilion is already receiving plenty of colorful descriptions. Supported by massive quarry stones, Radic's pavilion is a fiberglass, semi-transparent hollow shell that will be used to host a variety of social and cultural events and will also include a cafe inside. The pavilion's flooring also features gray wooden decking to make the structure feel more like a patio than a fully enclosed space.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Playing on the idea of the f...</p> US student is rescued from giant vagina sculpture in Germany Archinect 2014-06-23T13:37:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T19:13:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="675" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Friday afternoon, a young American in T&uuml;bingen had to be rescued by 22 firefighters after getting trapped inside a giant sculpture of a vagina. The Chac&aacute;n-Pi (Making Love) artwork by the Peruvian artist Fernando de la Jara has been outside T&uuml;bingen University's institute for microbiology and virology since 2001 and had previously mainly attracted juvenile sniggers rather than adventurous explorers.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> End of the Starchitects? Miles Jaffe 2014-03-27T12:36:00-04:00 >2014-03-28T06:39:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="258" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Practitioners create visually dazzling and unexpected forms that&rsquo;re seemingly unrelated to anything as prosaic as function or context. They exploit advances in design and construction technology to build ever more visually arresting and extraordinary buildings. The future of this movement is likely to be limited because the law of diminishing returns inevitably applies to the search for ever-newer and ever-more unexpected architectural forms.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Bright nights at TED2014 Vancouver with Chrome-powered aerial sculpture Justine Testado 2014-03-19T17:47:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T20:58:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Donning a spectrum of colors and moving beams of light, the "Unnumbered Sparks" installation comes to life every night as it hovers near the site of the 30th anniversary <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TED2014 world conference</a> in downtown Vancouver, Canada.</p><p>Artist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Janet Echelman</a> and director of the Google Data Art Group <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aaron Koblin</a> -- who both spoke at TED2011 -- collaborated in designing the aerial sculpture just in time for TED2014. Echelman officially introduced the work earlier this week at the conference.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The 745-foot net, which is powered by Google Chrome and other modern web technologies, can be choreographed by visitors using their smartphones or tablets to "paint" the sculpture in real time.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Visitors in the area will be able to interact with Unnumbered Sparks every night until Saturday, March 22.</p><p>Check out the video below to see the creative process behind the piece.</p> Urban art: soon we’ll all want to walk the Line Alexander Walter 2014-03-18T14:45:00-04:00 >2014-03-25T18:46:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] Dutton and Piper have traced a path, broadly following the Meridian, extending from the 02 Arena in Greenwich across the Thames by cable car to the Olympic Park in Stratford: a largely flat and buggy-friendly three-hour meander through an extraordinarily varied and little-known urban landscape that will be punctuated by striking pieces of modern sculpture. They&rsquo;re calling it the Line, and the hope is that it will be up and running by midsummer.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Park Avenue, the Art Gallery Alexander Walter 2014-03-12T20:06:00-04:00 >2014-03-12T20:10:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Alice Aycock, the sculptor, was holding her breath. [...] a massive crane, blocking traffic, lifted one-half of &ldquo;Cyclone Twist,&rdquo; a swirling series of white aluminum bands, into place, precisely connecting with its other half already standing on the avenue&rsquo;s slim median. [...] Called &ldquo;Park Avenue Paper Chase,&rdquo; and stretching from 52nd Street to 66th, they are inspired variously by tornadoes, dance movements and drapery folds, and will be up until July 20.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Advanced geometry with Oyler Wu Collaborative's "The Cube" Justine Testado 2014-03-05T20:24:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:21:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="519" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>L.A. architectural practice <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oyler Wu Collaborative</a> designed "The Cube" from a fundamental notion: to challenge the spatial and geometric properties of the cube, a geometric form long regarded as a basic element for design, art, and science. Built for the 2013 Beijing Biennale, the sculpture transforms a solid idea into an abstract piece -- and just a really cool-looking installation that surely makes a nifty backdrop for picture-taking.</p><p>We'll let Oyler Wu explain the intricate details behind the project:<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>"The Cube was designed with the intention of challenging the perceptual reading of the volumetric object. Beginning with this iconic and basic geometry, the overall scheme is designed to maintain the clear presence of the six-sided object in space.</p><p>Closer inspection of the scheme, however, is intended to reveal a more nuanced and experiential spatial effect - one that moves beyond the object and offers a radically different reading. Approximately sixteen meters tall and constructed of ...</p> Winning sculpture of 2014 Times Square Heart Design unveiled Justine Testado 2014-02-10T17:39:00-05:00 >2014-02-11T14:32:05-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>How about we start the week with a heart-warming project right on time for Valentine's Day! "Match Maker," the winning sculpture of the 2014 Times Square Valentine Heart Design competition, was unveiled in New York's Times Square today. Designed by Brooklyn-based Young Projects in collaboration with Kammetal, "Match Maker" is an interactive heart-shaped sculpture that matches individuals based on their zodiac sign.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Have a glimpse of the winning and finalist installations:</p><p><strong>Winner:</strong> <strong>Young Projects - Match Maker</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>Haiko Cornelissen Architecten - TWEET HEART NY</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>Pernilla Ohrstedt Studio - O Heart</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>Schaum/Shieh Architects - My Fuzzy Valentine</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>SOFTlab - Sweet Heart</strong><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br><strong>The Living - Vapor Valentine</strong><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>Learn more about each project at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> ‘Out of Hand,’ a Survey of Computer-Assisted Art Alexander Walter 2013-10-25T14:47:00-04:00 >2013-10-28T20:22:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you haven&rsquo;t quite wrapped your head around the concept of 3-D printing, or haven&rsquo;t yet had a digital scanner wrap itself around you, now you can do both in &ldquo;Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital,&rdquo; at the Museum of Arts and Design. [...] And while visionary design shows like that of MoMA are entrancing, there&rsquo;s something to be said for a more down-to-earth, production-focused exhibition.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Sculptures on NYC's Cathedral of St. John the Divine depict a modern-day apocalypse Archinect 2013-10-08T20:09:00-04:00 >2013-10-14T18:25:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On the Portal of Paradise on the western fa&ccedil;ade of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan are sculptures of the end of modern New York. The Brooklyn Bridge is breaking in two, a bus plummeting from it into the water while waves rise up over the toppling skyline. People run in a panic below the Stock Exchange, and next to them a scorpion, snake, and other signs of pestilence swarm a skeleton.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Currently on display in Helsinki: “Erratic” by Norell/Rodhe Justine Testado 2013-10-08T18:46:00-04:00 >2013-10-08T18:46:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Erratic" is an installation piece by Swedish architects Norell/Rodhe that shows a lot of personality. Daniel Norell and Einar Rodhe recently completed the project, which was featured in Helsinki Design Week this past September. Made from a thick custom-made sack restricted at hundreds of points, the massive 3 x 3 x 3 meter piece illustrates the tension between meticulous design and temperamental materials.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Walls Islands Frames Mirrors Exhibition Opens in Beijing croixe 2013-08-26T12:20:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T21:23:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="403" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Walls Islands Frames Mirrors, a joint exhibition by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WAI Architecture Think Tank </a>and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ganko</a> has opened at CU Space in 798 Art District. Co-curated by Hao Chen, and Zhang Yanping the show presents a glimpse of recent projects and experiments by WAI and Ganko in a joint exhibition that far from trying to swipe everything under the deceiving carpet of homogeneity, highlights the contrasts and discrepancies, the variety of approaches and the scope of the thoughts that drive these two young practices.</p> <p> The exhibition includes original collages, photomontages, drawings, models, animations, publications sculptures and objects realized by WAI Think Tank and Ganko during the last two years. Walls Islands Frames Mirrors will be on display until the 31st of August.</p> <p> Walls Islands Frames Mirrors also serves as a prelude to WAI Think Tank / Garcia Frankowski upcoming exhibition &ldquo;Pure Hardcore Icons&rdquo; to be held at the Factory in Dashilar during this year edition of the Beijing Design Week. The ...</p> The Bust of Le Corbusier at MAMO Marseille France Archinect 2013-08-09T13:34:00-04:00 >2013-08-17T17:13:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="338" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A turn of events took place for Cit&eacute; Radieuse in 2010, when the building&rsquo;s rooftop gym and solarium went up for sale. Designer Ito Morabito, who goes by Ora-Ito, purchased it as a collector might. &ldquo;Like you buy a piece of art, but architecture,&rdquo; he noted. After the acquisition, it became Ora-Ito&rsquo;s self-appointed mission to honor the iconic structure. Ora-Ito transformed the rooftop of Cit&eacute; Radieuse into MAMO, a contemporary art center dedicated to exhibitions and creative ateliers.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Corrugated Cardboard Pavilion by Miguel Arraiz García / David Moreno Terrón Alexander Walter 2013-05-07T16:49:00-04:00 >2013-05-13T20:13:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We have received photos and a video of a pretty stunning temporary pavilion built with 3,000 corrugated hexagonal cardboard boxes for the annual &ldquo;Fallas&rdquo; festival in the Spanish city of Valencia. The pavilion design was a collaborative effort between Miguel Arraiz Garc&iacute;a of bipolaire arquitectos and David Moreno Terr&oacute;n of Pink Intruder.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> UCLA engineers will study the stability of Watts Towers Archinect 2013-04-01T16:37:00-04:00 >2013-05-14T14:31:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Watts Towers in South Los Angeles will be the subject of a new study conducted by experts from UCLA to determine the stability of the historic sculptures, which were completed by Simon Rodia in 1954. The study, now underway, is expected to be completed by early next year.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Philip Michael Wolfson featured in VICE's Art Talk Alexander Walter 2013-02-27T17:18:00-05:00 >2013-03-04T21:11:44-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Philip Michael Wolfson is an architect from Philadelphia. He was Zaha Hadid's head of design for ten years and now runs his own studio where he works on sculptural pieces and interior architecture. In this episode of Art Talk, we visit Philip in his London studio and he discusses his creative process and shows us a recent piece called "Tsukumogami."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Hoover Buildings by Frank Halmans Archinect 2013-01-29T18:40:00-05:00 >2013-02-04T20:12:57-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="283" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We often see our homes as sanctuaries from the outside world. We try to leave our problems at the door and just make our dwellings a neat and comfortable place. Dutch Artist Frank Halmans&rsquo; was obviously bored by this syndrome thus he created the &lsquo;Hoover Buildings&rsquo;. The machines literally suck up dirt into the interior of a dollhouse. Halman has created functioning vacuum cleaners and dust busters in the shape of buildings in an attempt to show how &lsquo;dirt and debris&rsquo; clutters our personal space.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Abandoned Monuments of the Socialist Republic Archinect 2012-11-07T12:39:00-05:00 >2012-12-06T05:22:30-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="406" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>These structures were commissioned by former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito in the 1960s and 70s to commemorate sites where WWII battles took place, or where concentration camps stood (like Jasenovac and Ni&scaron;). They were designed by different sculptors (Du&scaron;an D&#382;amonja, Vojin Baki&#263;, Miodrag &#381;ivkovi&#263;, Jordan and Iskra Grabul, to name a few) and architects (Bogdan Bogdanovi&#263;, Gradimir Medakovi&#263;&hellip;), conveying powerful visual impact to show the confidence and strength of the Socialist Republic.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>