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‘VOYAGE D’HERMES’ by Moebius



French illustrator Moebius created a series of nine illustrations for fashion brand Hermes just before his death, in 2012. As part of their campaign titled ‘VOYAGE D’HERMES’ for a new perfume which was released at the time. No one is quite sure where the works ended up but based on these illustrations, it would have been quite the visual treat. (Via)

Giant Beached Whale is Giant Beach Installation



The Belgian collective known as Captain Boomer in conjunction with Greenwich + Docklands International Festival have created a 17-meter long fiberglass whale and beached on the banks of the river Thames. A cast of performers, acting like scientists, investigated the site as an actual team from the British Divers Marine Association, were on hand to answer any questions about what would happen if the whale was real.

Captain Boomer states, “The psychological archetype of the dead big fish leaves no one untouched. It stirs and mobilizes a local community. During our beachings, we see an intensive interaction among the crowd. People address each other, speculate and wonder. They offer help and ask for information. The different layers of perception create funny games. Some audience members know it is a work of art but feed the illusion to other people. The sperm whale appeals to everyone, regardless of social or cultural background. It is the place where everyone gets together. That’s why it is vital it beaches on a public spot that is freely accessible.”

6,500 Silkworms Build Giant Floating Silky Dome



The Silk Pavilion by MIT media lab ‘explores the relationship between digital and biological fabrication on product and architectural scales’. To create this, The Mediated Matter research group first build a primary structure consisting of 26 polygonal panels, using a CNC machine. Then the 6,500 silkworms are placed at the bottom and spin non-woven silk patches to reinforce the gaps across the structure. The geometry of the base structure was created using an algorithm, which was influenced by the silkworm’s ability to generate a 3-dimensional cocoon. (Via)

Going Underwater with Hengki Koentjoro


Indonesian photographer Hengki Koentjoro has documented the oceans surrounding Indonesia’s 13,000 islands. Inspried by Ansel Adams, the images are captured in a rich, dark, mysterious monochrome. When asked about using monochrome, Hengki says “It is more pliable therefore more freedom in expressing your idea. With the Zone System by Ansel Adams, you are in the practice of seeing things around you in monochrome or learning to see in black and white. This helps a lot in choosing your proper subject matter and forecasting how it’ll look later on in post production.” Via


Tilda Swinton Sleeps in a Box

oscar-winner-tilda-swinton-sleeps-in-glass-box-at-museum-1364148161-1117The Maybe Living artist, glass, steel, mattress, pillow, linen, water and spectacles, 1995-2013

The Scottish actress fell asleep at the MOMA in New York for six and a half hours. In 1995 she slept at the Serpentine Gallery, London and did it again a year later at the Museo Barracco in Rome. The MOMA said that ‘there is no published schedule for The Maybe’s appearance’,

‘Big Air Package’ by Christo at Gasometer Oberhausen

bigair-2‘Big Air Package’ is made from 20,350 square meters of semitransparent polyester fabric and 4,500 meters of rope. The inflated envelope is 90 meters high and 50 meters in diameter, which is installed inside the former gas tank  Two air fans creating a constant pressure of 27 pascal (0.27 millibar) keep the package upright. Airlocks allow visitors to enter the package. Illuminated through the skylights of the Gasometer and 60 additional projectors, the work of art creates a diffuse light throughout the interior. Inside the sculpture, an extraordinary experience of shape, space and light is provided.

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Slinkachu’s O2 commission for ’20 Years of War Child’

play-fighting_2487263kPlay Fighting, Wandsworth Common, London


Slinkachu, the UK-based street artist, has been commissioned to create 3 pieces for the exhibition ’20 Years of War Child’.The exhibition celebrates 20 years of the charity, who have helped saved the lives of over 800,000 children in the world’s most war-torn countries, from Bosnia, Chechnya and Rwanda to Afghanistan, Iraq and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Continue reading “Slinkachu’s O2 commission for ’20 Years of War Child’”