Glasgow-based artist Jim Lambie can transform any space into a visual delight with his awesome geometric tape designs. Using everyday vinyl tape, he creates angles and lines of contrasting colors that suggest movement and optical illusions. He can convert a once empty and quiet room into a space filled with energy. As viewers enter a converted space, they instantly have a visual interaction with the artwork.
The labor-intenstive installations take up to several weeks to complete. When speaking about his work, Lambie says, “Is the room expanding or contracting? Covering an object somehow evaporates the hard edge off the thing, and pulls you towards more of a dreamscape.”
As a former musician, the artist draws on musical references as inspiration. Often, the titles of his pieces refer to iconic bands or songs, including The Doors, Morrison Hotel (2005), and Careless Whisper (2009). The pieces depend on the architecture of the space, and thus are unique and fleeting installations that cannot be exactly reproduced anywhere else.
Visit My Modern Metropolis to view more photos of Jim’s wonderful tape installations.
“After reading The Five Fists of Science, a retelling of ‘war of the currents’ between [Tesla] and [Edison], [Rob] knew he needed a Tesla gun, the sidearm of the story’s protagonist. Since nothing as stupidly awesome and dangerous as a portable Tesla coil has ever been made, [Rob] needed to make his own.
[Rob] started his build as any good weird weapon build begins: taking apart a Nerf gun. A new Aluminum sand cast body replaced the wimpy plastic body of the Nerf gun and after a few days on a mill, [Rob] had an aluminum Nerf gun perfect for holding the guts of a Tesla coil. The high voltage switch is made of porcelain, and the power supply is an 18 V cordless drill battery and a flyback transformer potted with silicone in a PVC pipe end cap.
[Rob] really has a remarkable build on his hands here, and certainly something no one else has ever tried before. While he hasn’t fired his gun yet, we’re sure we’ll hear about it on the nightly news when he does.”
Want to see more photos? We sure did! Visit Rob’s step-by-step photo diary of the creation process of the Tesla Gun.
[via Hack a Day]
SculptArt Creations make these awesome, limited edition, wading hippopotamus coffee tables. They make other animal coffee tables as well, but the hippos win because their bronze bodies look so natural basking in the “water” of the glass tabletops that we’re amazed we’ve never seen anything like this before. And, yes, our office needs at least two.
[via Design You Trust]
Cover design and illustrations by La Tigre.
“The issue is about evolution and history of italian design. All the illustrations are like technical drawings and design sketches.”
Some ideas are so ridiculous that you have to make them a reality. For instance, Berlin’s Open Urban Space design team Topotek1 asked the question, “What if we dug a hole all the way to china?” This simple but absurd question lead to the creation of The Big Dig, an overzealous dig whose opening emerges in the 2011 XI’AN garden show. This massive installation not only looks amazing but also had a clever audio component that further drove home the concept. Riffing off the megaphone like shape of the hole Topotek1 created a soundtrack of sounds from Argentina, The United States, Sweden, and Germany that would emit from the hole creating the feeling that you could hear sounds from the other end of the hole. These soundtracks piqued the imagination of the visitors, transferring them away from China, away from the garden, away from the hole, and to the other side of the world. Pretty awesome.
[via Beautiful Decay]
Behold the awesome Thermosaurus! Designed by the creative folks at Art. Lebedev Studio, the Thermosaurus is a heat exchanger with a Tyrannosaurus as a backbone. The device is highly efficient and energy-savvy, thanks to its complex structure that includes a skull, spine, ribs, legs, and tail bones. Made of cast iron, Thermosaurus installs like your regular central-heating radiator.
[via Design You Trust]