A massive design competition to spectacularly light up a slew of London’s bridges has narrowed its entrants down to a final six eye-catching concepts.
Armed with nothing but a rake and a rope, earthscape artist Andres Amador has been creating some of the most striking art installations in the USA. Along stretches of beach on the Northern California coastline, he masterfully etches incredible geometric shapes and patterns into the sand, creating art works that, when viewed from above, form stunningly intricate and eerily other-worldly works of art.
Three South Korean contemporary artists, Hae-Ryun Jeong, Chung-Ki Park and Ail Hwang have collaborated on a project that is sure to bring a fresh perspective to how we view an essential element of infrastructure in our towns and cities; the pylon. As part of the Art Project of the European Capital of Culture exhibition of 2010, they produced what they describe as a “lighthouse”, consisting of coloured acrylic sheets… and an electricity pylon. The effect is stunning. From every angle the tower’s multicoloured panels emit a translucent light that is reminiscent of the stained glass windows we associate with medieval cathedrals.
One of the most damning descriptions of the gallery as an exhibition space for art was provided by Damien Hirst who declared that “museums are for dead artists”. At a stroke, Hirst relegated our existing galleries to the status of functional space on a par with a warehouse and designated them as unfit for purpose for our living artists. I suspect that Hirst was also alluding to the nature of the space itself; often sterile, soulless and deadly quiet inviting the “awkward reverence” that Philip Larkin used to describe his trepidation when visiting a church. And this is apt.
Many, many years ago I came across a recipe suggestion in a magazine that advised thrifty cooks about how they could put an out of date packet of digestive biscuits to good use; the hook being that rather than bin the soft and soggy items, the savvy chef could convert them into an economical but tasty treat. However further inspection revealed that several truffles, a specific and exclusive brand of Belgian chocolate and a couple of shots of liqueur were also involved thus elevating the cost of the recipe to that of a luxury dessert.
Of all the art installations we have reported over the years, this next has to be one of the oddest but its origin is remarkably mundane. Frustrated patrons, tired of queuing to enter a cinema in Seattle, U.S.A. began to stick their used chewing gum to the theatre’s wall. Initially, cinema staff would clean the wall regularly but gave up in 1999 and the practice proliferated to the point that the Gum Wall has become a tourist attraction. Over time, additions to the wall have become increasingly sophisticated, developing from the odd wad into more elaborate and often symbolic.