Eric Rieger aka HOT TEA some time ago completed this massive installation at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in Minneapolis, USA. Titled Letting Go, the piece uses 84 miles of colored string that forms the artist’s interpretation of the sun.
In a statement about the work Rieger says:
At least once in our lives we have all had to let go of something we truly love. Whether it be a pet, personal object or in some cases, loved ones. This piece is my interpretation of the sun. The sun brings life and also represents happiness, warmth and energy. When letting go of something or someone we truly love, sometimes it is okay to celebrate their lives along with mourning. This piece represents the warmth and love I have received from those I have had to let go of.
Do check out the timelapse of the installation.
First, a few words of introduction and explanation to those, who have no clue – as I did – what Art Basel is. I also had to do some reading to find out about this massive art fair.
This is the statement from their official website:
Art Basel stages the world’s premier Modern and contemporary art shows, held annually in in the heart of Europe; Miami Beach at the nexus of North and South America; and Hong Kong, the gateway to Asia Founded by gallerists in 1970, Art Basel has been a driving force in supporting the role that galleries play in the nurturing of artists, and the development and promotion of visual arts.
This year’s edition runs Thursday, December 5, through Sunday, December 8, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, with a preview day on Wednesday, December 4 – that would be today. More than 250 galleries from around the world will be showing work.
Since 2002, Art Basel Miami Beach has brought tens of thousands of art enthusiasts and collectors to this tropical paradise. In the past few years, the crowds have started to spread to areas off “The Beach” to Miami’s flourishing art districts like Wynwood and the Design District.
It is Wynwood where a Brasilian street artist and illustrator Alex Senna painted several of his signature black and white adorable murals or bird tags. Here are the photos of this delicate pieces.
The Haʻikū Stairs, also known as the Stairway to Heaven or Haʻikū Ladder, is a steep hiking trail on the island of Oʻahu in Hawaii..The trail began as a wooden ladder spiked to the cliff on the south side of the Haʻikū Valley. It was installed in 1942 to enable antenna cables to be strung from one side of the cliffs above Haʻikū Valley to the other. A building to provide a continuous communication link between Wahiawā and Haʻikū Valley Naval Radio Station was constructed at the peak of Puʻukeahiakahoe, elevation about 2,800 feet (850 m).n 2003, the stairs were repaired, costing the city $875,000. As of early 2012, land usage rights issues have not been resolved. The City and County of Honolulu has stated that there is currently no plan to open the stairs for public use, citing liability concerns.
If, by any chance, you are somewhere near Pudong, Shanghai you may pop in to Kerry Hotel where the World’s Largest Ball Pit with one million balls was recently created. Looks like fun, doesn’t it?
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Just to remind everyone that street art is not only a domain of well-developed, rich, highly urbanized countries -let’s travel to India this time.
AEC from the artistic Ukrainian duo Interesni Kazki has done this piece on the streets of Varkala, a costal town and municipality in Thiruvananthapuram district situated in the Indian state of Kerala. As usual in case of this prolific duo which travels the world with their art, the artist delivers a beautiful series of pieces directly inspired by the Indian culture.
Mademoiselle Maurice is a French artist working with origami which she uses to create larger, colourful pieces of street art. I have previously featured her in here and judging by her website she is quite a busy artist.
An added value of her work, apart from adorning the streets and introducing some colour and imagination into the city landscape, is that on this project – which was a longer work for 2013 ARTAQ Festival in Angers, France - she has collaborated with the local people - Angevins have been at the heart of the project, and become authors and participants of a gigantic urban artistic work. The artist, backed up by the local cultural team, held workshops in nearly twenty places, such as leisure centers, schools (from kindergarten to high school), but also within the prison, for 3 months. As a result 30,000 folds, large and small, were collected.
With these folds Maurice created two works for the festival - a portrait at the banks of river Maine and a geometric composition on the fence of the cathedral. For the second one hundred of volunteers – children, schoolchildren, college students, housewife, retired - turned up to lend a hand in creating the piece at the stairs of Montée St-Maurice. Together, they “partially covered the grand staircase to adorn an impressive color spectrum, the image of a land of flowers in the middle of which you can change.”
Created by the team at Ogilvy 12th Floor for British Airways, these awesome billboards installed in London’s Piccadilly Circus and Chiswick interactively display information about the flight that appears immediately overhead. Using custom-built surveillance technology the billboards display the flight number and route information in sync with a recorded video of a child who appears to be pointing at each plane as it soars above. Pretty fun.