Thursday, August 11, 2011

gulp - world's largest stop motion animation

'gulp' by aardman
all images courtesy aardman

'gulp', a short film created by sumo science at aardman, has broken a world record for the 'largest stop-motion animation'. completely shot using a 12-megapixel cellphone camera on a nokia N8, the project was set on 11,000 m2 of sand on south wales' pendine beach. props include a full-scale boat and a rain-jacket clad actor to tell a harrowing episode of a fisherman's time at sea.

the short involved a large team that raked and smoothed out patterns on the sand to create a seascape--and the inside of a whale's belly--when viewed from above. shot from a large crane overhead, the images were then compiled to run at 25 frames per second to create the stop-motion effect.

make sure to check out the making-up film embedded at the bottom of the page.

camera set up

nokia N8

the team

props used

making of

via WIRED 
via designboom 

wastelandscape by elise morin & clémence eliard

'wastelandscape', an installation by elise morin and clémence eliard

created by french artist elise morin and architect clémence eliard, 'wastelandscape' overtakes the 'halle d'aubervilliers' of paris's centquatre with an undulating landscape composed of 65,000 old CDs, sorted and hand-sewn together into a 500-square meter surface. the piece is on exhibition at the centquatre now through september 10th.

in the artists' words:
'made of petroleum, this reflecting slick of CDs forms a still sea of metallic dunes; the artwork's monumental scale reveals the precious aspect of a small daily object.'

'wastelandscape' is planned for exhibition in multiple locations, transforming each time, before eventually being completely recycled into polycarbonate.

the 500-square meter artificial landscape utilizes 65,000 CDs 

installation view 

view from above  

closer view 

detail view 

video view of the exhibition and installation process
via designboom 
via AestheticCircus 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

paper shadowbox sculptures by christina lihan

'uffizi', a paper shadowbox sculpture by christina lihan

originally trained as an architect, US-based artist christina lihan creates elaborate paper relief sculptures, mounted in shadowboxes and ranging from two to six inches deep. as subjects she has taken buildings ranging from the eiffel tower and taj mahal to private residences and american cities.

all carefully assembled in detailed layers, the artworks are composed of unpainted, 300lb. coldpress watercolour paper.
lihan begins her work by photographing and sketching the site, generally creating scaled charcoal drawings that she then enlarges to the planned size of the finished piece. she lays out the buildings directly over these sketched forms, and cutting out details in place and ultimately assembling all the components into the finished composition.
all carving, scoring, cutting, and folding is completed by hand, and lihan admits that, basing her work primarily on its aesthetic effect rather than on mathematical measurement, she frequently resizes the pieces over the course of production to achieve the most accurate perspective.

detail view, 'uffizi'

'taj mahal'

closer view, 'taj mahal'

detail view, 'taj mahal'

'george washington bridge'

'south beach condominium'

'place des vosges'



closer view, 'palladio'

'eiffel tower'

detail view of base of 'eiffel tower'

to create the sculptures, lihan overlays paperwork over full-scale sketches of the architecture

process shot 

via designboom 


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

urban woods by yoshiaki oyabu architects

''urban woods' by yoshiaki oyabu architects in osaka, japan
all images courtesy yoshiaki oyabu architects

japanese practice yoshiaki oyabu architects has shared with us images of 'urban woods', a parasitic installation ad renovation project in osaka, japan. situated adjacent to an exceptionally wide and busy road in the city, the design seeks to reintroduce the concept of nature into the urban fabric while raising commercial appeal to the tenant building. 

street view

conceived as a small forest, the design consists of a grid-like system of lumber pieces that loosely wrap around the building's volume. the natural elements of the installation purposely contrasts itself from the mainly industrial site, creating irregular forms on the otherwise rectangular volume. integrated with the exterior expression of the building, the wood structure lends a distinct identity to the design. 

exterior view

the 'forest' elements permeate into the interior space, spreading on the ceiling like a system of roots. 
a built-in bench which runs along the side of the layout extends beyond the glazing to form a long outdoor terrace which benefits from a level of privacy behind the wood installation. 
as a result, the structure performs as an extra skin to the building, providing additional shading from both sunlight and outside views. as time goes by, the untreated wood structure will age and slowly change its appearance with growing ivy. 

outdoor space

interior view at night

view of the street

night street view

site map 

airigami by larry moss

'airigami' by larry moss
(above) 'whistle air's mother'
image © larry moss

former new york street performer larry moss is widely known for his work with latex balloons 
in creating large-scale installations, sculptures, as well as wearable fashion pieces. his latest work 
with the medium - which he has dubbed 'airigami' - is the 'master works' series which consists of 
eight recreations of some of the world's most well-recognized paintings, completely constructed 
out of balloons. including works by da vinci, andy warhol, and jackson pollock, the pieces are 
a playful exploration of the representation of art, as well as a means of pushing the boundaries of 
the underlooked material. 

'master works was inspired in part by the perception of my medium as just a child's toy. I decided to 
create the works of the great masters to gently challenge people's preconceived notions of what art is…
and to make them smile!' says moss. 

the series appeared in a recently published children's book called 'artist eyes' which encourages its
readers to look at their own and other's work with a critical and discerning eye. 

to see more images of moss's work and as well as videos of the construction of some of his 
large-scale pieces, click here

'mona lisa'
image © larry moss

'airmerican gothic'
image © larry moss

'homage to warhol'
image © larry moss

'homage to jackson pollock'
image © larry moss

'vitruvian man'
image © larry moss

'escher's reflecting globe'
image © larry moss

'homage to cezanne'
image © larry moss

moss recently participated in the annual end-of-the-year IMAGINE RIT show at the rochester institute
of technology school of design. click through to read more about the school here

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

m house by takeshi hirobe architects

'm house' by takeshi hirobe architects in tokyo, japan
all images courtesy takeshi hirobe architects
image © koichi torimura

japanese practice takeshi hirobe architects has sent us images of 'm-house', a three-storey house
in a busy neighbourhood of tokyo, japan. abiding by the strict building regulation of the site,
the design aims to connect the interior with the exterior while maintaining privacy for the inhabitants. 

interior view
image © koichi torimura

during the early stages of the designing process, an octagonal staircase was inserted into
the floor plan as a major structural pillar to the house. constructed with reinforced concrete,
the spiral stairwell is topped with a roof light which allows is to double-function as a lightwell. 
the interior surfaces are also finished in white to maximize the natural daylighting effect, 
bringing it all the way down to the basement. round holes of various sizes are randomly 
perforated on the sides of the shell to establish internal visual connections to each floor. 

living room
image © koichi torimura

to further introduce the outdoors to the living space, multiple volumetric voids are carved out 
as outdoor terraces from the corners of the layout. the exterior shell of the house wraps around 
these spaces, acting as a fence-like barrier from the street. all storeys of the house remains 
open and flexible, generating living spaces that are flexible yet private when needed. 

views of stairwell
images © koichi torimura

translucent steps
image © koichi torimura

image © koichi torimura

octagonal shell encasing the stairwell
image © koichi torimura

built-in seating
image © koichi torimura

(left) entry
(right) stairwell at night
images © koichi torimura

interior night view 
image © koichi torimura

floor plan / level -1

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level +1

floor plan / level +2


project info:

site area: 112.40 m2
built area: 63.53 m2
total floor area: 251.78 m2
structure: reinforced concrete
structural consultant: s.form

senUFO pillhead lamps by a+z design

'pillhead table lamp', part of the 'senUFO-originals' series by a+z design

on exhibition at tent london during london design week 2011, 'pillhead lamps' are the work 
of hungarian designer duo a+z design (attila kovacs and zsuzsa megyesi). the floor and table lamps 
are part of their 'senUFO-originals' concept series, in which all products are composed of aluminum 
and in the colours of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. 'senUFO-originals' also includes a 'CMYK turtles' 
line of small tables.

'pillhead table lamp' in yellow
26cm x 68 cm x 33 cm (W x H x D)
stainless steel frame, powder coated paint, anodized aluminum head

'pillhead floor lamp' in cyan
36cm x 168 cm x 43 cm (W x H x D)
stainless steel frame, powder coated paint, anodized aluminum head

'pillhead floor lamp', frontal view

'pillhead floor' and 'table' lamps