Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman goes big – so big, that it’s practically impossible to miss his artistic statements. His latest work is a 46 feet tall and 55 feet long inflatable rubber duck, which today arrived to Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour and will stay there till June 9. Boldly called the Rubber Duck, this floating sculpture is described by Florentijn as a “very positive artistic statement that immediately connects people to their childhood”.
You may think you’re looking at a bizarre painting, but look closer, and you’ll realize that it’s actually an anamorphic 3D sculpture. The massive portrait of Malian actor Sotigui Kouyaté is the latest work of French artist Bernard Pras. It was created entirely out of recycled materials such as clothes and rags, wood, glass lanterns, dishes, rubber and other trash Bernard would gather from the installation site.
Miami-based artist Augusto Esquivel creates incredible sculptures from thousands and thousands of sewing buttons. The artist carefully places these newly found tiny multi-colored art materials on a fishing line and builds magnificent artworks. Esquivel has already made quite a few of them, including a piano, a harp, a gramophone, a fire extinguisher and many more.
If you liked the marker-drawn murals by Charlotte Mann as a way to decorate your room, you’ll also love this like-minded German artist Heike Weber. Based in Cologne, she uses permanent markers to create mesmerizing floor and wall drawings which sometimes cover up to 5000 square ft. By carefully planning and controlling the white spaces between each line, Heike gives her drawings a 3D feeling. The space around the viewer may seem to be constantly swirling and floating, and you might find yourself losing the ground under your feet.
One of the best things in summer are the music and art festivals, ranging from a couple-night affairs with local bands to something as massive as the Burning Man. A smaller Russian version of it, called the Archstoyanie festival, among all other installations presented a 170 ft long trampoline. The massive Fast Track trampoline was constructed last July by an Estonia-based design company Salto in the woods of Nikola-Lenivets, Russia.
An average person would most likely come up with two possible uses for a toilet paper roll: first one being the very private one, and the second one – a high school TP prank. In this case, allow us to introduce you to Sakir Gökcebag, a Hamburg-based Turkish artist, and his Trans-Layers installations, made out of hundreds of toilet paper rolls that drape down the walls creating beautiful patterns.
Clement Briend creates haunting 3D projections on trees as a photographic exploration of his surroundings, placing them on the streets of Paris or Cambodia. The gargoyle and Buddha mirages are created through multiple large format projectors, from which Clement removed the continuous light source with a flash and modified the optical part of the projector to fully optimize the flow of light.
During the gloomy winters we all need something to color and light up our lives. The Japanese devoted a whole botanical garden for that purpose, and transformed it into a 7 million LED light winter illumination. Located on the island of Nagashima in Kuwana, the installations in the Nabana no Sato garden were opened just this week.
Remember the fascinating Rain Room installation in London? The Dash7 Design studio created a similar interactive installation, presenting a swing set with water pouring down… but never actually touching you! The Waterfall Swing is a brainchild of Mike O’Toole, Andrew Ratcliff, Ian Charnas, and Andrew Witte and was first presented in the World Maker Faire in 2011.
Spanish installation artist Alicia Martin transforms thousands of old books into giant waterfalls which pour out the windows straight into the streets. Her massive installations have been installed in various places across Europe, however Martin’s most recent series, known as Biografies, are based in her hometown, Madrid. These gravity-defying book sculptures from her Biografies series were installed in the three of Madrid’s historic buildings, each installation consisting of approximately 5,000 books.