Friday, 28 May 2010

All The Time in the World

Seems as though I have now offically finished with the second year on my degree, and have found myself with quite a lot of time on my hands, preparing to take a year out of education to get some experience in industry, I thought it would be fitting to mention the new art installation at Heathrow Terminal 5... Trokia have installed an Electroluminescent Art Wall called All the Time in the World.

The installment measures 22m long and uses a state of the art electroluminescent display system extending the conventional notion of a world clock, which commonly concentrates on capital cities in different time zones, by linking real time to places with exciting and romantic associations like far-away places, exotic wonders and forgotten cultures.

'All the Time in the World' allows passengers to extend their imagination to far distant locations as they enter the Lounges; the great natural wonders of the world, the highest mountains, the most beautiful lakes, the tallest buildings, the longest rivers, ancient cities, museums with untold treasures, dream islands and exotic deserts, thereby subverting the hard function of the traditional world clock into a poetic, fictional tool. GMT, London’s local time, forms the heart of the clock display, and any places west of London are situated to the left of the large clock, and equally, any places east of London are to its right.
- Trokia, 2010

Following this logic 'All the Time in the World' not only connects the different capitals of the world, but it also celebrates less apparent places including:

• Natural wonders: Grand Canyon, Victoria Falls, Great Barrier Reef

• The highest mountains: Mount Whitney, Elbrus, Kilimanjaro, Everest, Fuji

• Forgotten wonders: Tenochititlan, Abu Simbel, Taj Mahal, Ankor Wat

• Museums: Guggenheim, Louvre, Hermitage, Mori Museum

• Modern wonders: Panama Canal, Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House

Invisibility Cloak

Scientists are actually in the process of developing a real-life invisibility cloak. That's right Harry Potter fans, a cape that would actually allow you to snoop and spy on people around with out anybody knowing! Surely this can only do harm... it may be pretty cool, but inevitably it will be for military use and get into the hands of somebody truly evil. All I know now is that I want one, really, really badly.

They are made with a liquid that reflects all visible light using a process with silver-plated monoparticales suspended in water.

The image above is from The Blind series by Zhao Renhui for the Institute of Critical Zoologists in 2007.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Langoliers: Delta Flood

The new collection from Langoliers Jewellery.
It looks to me as if these beautiful pieces should be swept around the neck of a Ferrel child or the boy in Where the Wild Things Are.
It seems statement necklaces are set to cause a storm again this summer, and I cant think of anything better than a lovely delicately knitted necklace like these ones; the shaping and patterns are simply magical.
I feel a summer project coming on...

Monday, 24 May 2010

Small Victories

A selection of some of my favorite phototgraphs from the 'Small Victories' exhibition in Canada hosted by the bloggers from BOOOOOOOM. It's like flicking though the best Facebook album ever.
Not only do they continue to inspire and amaze me with their blogging but it seems they really know how to put on a good show.

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Light Drawings- Picasso

Picasso's Light drawings taken in Vallauris, France | 1949
Multiple exposures of artist Pablo Picasso using a flashlight to make light drawings in the air.
Photographer: Gjon Mili

On a more light hearted note, here is Picasso in a cow mask:

I watched a wonderful TV programme on Picasso the other day, here it is, give it a go.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Thomas Heatherwick

Thomas Heatherwick is a eccentric British inventor, famous for his work including the rolling bridge. His latest work for the Shanghai Expo is up against 249 pavilions vying to be the public's
favourite. The BBC's Culture Show recently featured a interview with Heatherwick himself:

"The last thing the UK should be doing is some cheesy story having bowler hats and fog and double decker buses and clich├ęs about the UK.

The brief we were given was that the UK pavilion, when there was voting, had to be in the Top 5; and that was quite interesting for a country of mild gentlemanly sensibility.

So this notion came up of a ‘Seed Cathedral’ and ‘seed’ sounds so insignificant and ‘cathedral’ is such a grandiose word. Seeds are trapped in these optics, each of which is 7.5m long, so just at the end, like the DNA of the dinosaur in Jurassic Park was trapped in the amber.

One seed might be the reason your grandmother lived 10 years more from a medicine that was developed from it, or another might be the reason that a country’s economy survives at al, dependant on the crop.

Each piece of amber projects from the outside into an interior space, where you can then look at the ends of 60000 of these optics, and the daylight leaches through from outside to illuminate them like stained glass.”

Jakob Wagner

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Matt Shlian

Matt Shlian is a paper engineer whose work is like no other I have seen.

His drawings and prints move and twist out of the page to meet you eye, and his sculptures are defiantly worth a look too.

Take a look at his website.