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Displays & Installations
Poetic Billboards Lit Up With Neon & Fire

Poetic Billboards Lit Up With Neon & Fire

London-based, Scottish artist Robert Montgomery creates these enormous poetic billboards set in simple type to fill urban landscapes with a little dose of poetry and magic. The ambiguous and often melancholy lines are further emphasized when lit up with crisp neon or set on fire to burn away into the night, with letters slowly dropping...
250,000 Shiny Eurocents Lined Up in Precise Public Art Calligraphy

250,000 Shiny Eurocents Lined Up in Precise Public Art Calligraphy

This installation is pretty old in interweb years– Stefan Sagmeister and his team completed it in 2008– but it still deserves a revisit for the lovely presentation of a statement that many a designer can resound with. On September 13, 2008, Sagmeister and his team began laying out 250,000 Eurocents on Waagdragerhof Square in Amsterdam...
25 Feet High Ornate Ice Castles Built With Thousands of Icicles

25 Feet High Ornate Ice Castles Built With Thousands of Icicles

Brent Christensen built these gigantic, ornate ice castles out of nothing but icicles, which is quite a feat considering that standard ice structures (think igloos) are typically a combination of snow and ice. He starts with a homemade icicle maker, which drips water from racks and forms 3,000 to 5,000 icicles per day, and these...
Five-Story Tall Floating Aluminum Balloon That Weighs A Ton

Five-Story Tall Floating Aluminum Balloon That Weighs A Ton

Japanese architect Junya Ishigami‘s Cuboid Balloon is a marvelously enormous balloon made out of aluminum that weighs over a ton– and yes, it floats! Filled with 1000 m3 of helium, the five-story high parallelotope structure was completely free floating in the atrium of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo in 2008. There’s not too...
20,000 Steel Flowers Etched From Botanical Drawings Show A Surprisingly Vivid Side

20,000 Steel Flowers Etched From Botanical Drawings Show A Surprisingly Vivid Side

London-based artist Zadok Ben David created this incredible installation by planting up to 20,000 metal flowers into a bed of sand. From one side, the darkened “Blackfield” is a work of cold precision: each flower is etched out of blackened steel in the style of botanical drawings, systemically recording the textbook illustrations of old. Viewed...
Two Tons of Refined Sugar, Perfectly Laid Out As A Persian Carpet

Two Tons of Refined Sugar, Perfectly Laid Out As A Persian Carpet

This “Sugar Carpet (Tapis de sucre)” by Montreal-based artist Aude Moreau was made with over two tons of sugar, laid out perfectly evenly across an expansive floorspace, then decorated in a Persian rug motif with charcoal and food coloring. The sheer size and detail in this piece is stunning– its precise in its familiar pattern,...
Giant, Brightly Colored Popsicles That Melt Away In The Art Gallery

Giant, Brightly Colored Popsicles That Melt Away In The Art Gallery

Made by Argentinian artist Luciana Rondolini as part of her “Cosmic Calamity” series, these giant, brightly colored popsicles were placed into the gallery to slowly melt over the course of the day. Visitors could actually interact with the popsicles (lots of sticky hands and surreptitious finger-licking, I bet), and then the next day a brand...
Perfect, Immaculate 3D Paper Patterns Made With No Glue

Perfect, Immaculate 3D Paper Patterns Made With No Glue

Self-taught “paper engineer” Benja Harney recently finished his latest show “New Platonic” which was displayed in Sydney, and his perfect 3D paper patterns are beautiful to behold. The layers of platonic solids form flawless repeating patterns which are all held together with interlocking sheets of paper. There’s not a single touch of glue holding these...
Repainting An Entire Church As An Enormous, Explosively Colorful Mural

Repainting An Entire Church As An Enormous, Explosively Colorful Mural

Here’s a new way to reinvent old landmarks– a fresh coat of latex paint transformed this historic Church in Ward 6 of Washington DC into an explosively colorful mural. Atlanta-based graffiti artist Hense painted this mural/installation as part of the neighborhood’s movement towards art and design: the up and coming area is located directly across...
Giant, Delicate, Unpoppable Plastic Bubbles

Giant, Delicate, Unpoppable Plastic Bubbles

German artist Luka Fineisen created this fun installation in 2010 titled Bubbles– its nothing but enormous, delicate bubbles scattered about the room, made of unpoppable plastic for a delightful effect. Each bubble rises from the ground as if it had just gracefully landed from a giant bubble wand: Unfortunately, there wasn’t much to go from Luka’s...
Astonishingly Delicate Sculptures Made of Pencil Lead

Astonishingly Delicate Sculptures Made of Pencil Lead

Peter Trevelyan‘s delicate sculptures all start with the sturdy base shape of the equilateral triangle, forming larger, elaborate geometric forms. They are also all completely made out of .5 mm pencil lead– that’s right, the spindly structures are constructed out of mechanical pencil lead, fused together at the ends to form solid shapes. The immensely...
Gleaming Strands of Suspended Light: A Champagne-Inspired Installation By Glithero

Gleaming Strands of Suspended Light: A Champagne-Inspired Installation By Glithero

Last week, I had the pleasure of taking a quick 2 day trip to Miami, generously sponsored by renowned champagne house Perrier-Jouët. For a few wonderful hours we were transported to a whirlwind of amazing art, talented designers, and beachy weather at Design Miami, the design fair happening alongside Art Basel last week. Our main...