Collected Rainwater Powers the World’s Tallest Indoor Waterfall at Singapore’s Jewel Changi Airport

A seven-story waterfall designed by Safdie Architects has become the shining focal point of Singapore’s Jewel Changi Airport. The 130-foot “Rain Vortex” is supplied by collected rainwater, and flows at the center of a greenhouse topped by an inverted glass dome. Nearly 10,000 gallons of water are pumped through the circular installation per minute from a centralized oculus in the middle of the space. The overhead dome is composed of a gridded glass thick enough to absorb any noise created by the aircrafts taking off and landing, and was tested to ensure Lees verder

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Minimalist Illustrations Celebrate the Beauty of Oscar Niemeyer’s Modern Architecture

Oscar Niemeyer Modernist Architecture Illustration by Levente Szabo

Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre (Avilés, 2011)

Freelance graphic designer and illustrator Levente Szabó is known for his crisp, clean style that has attracted clients like Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, and Penguin Books. Recently, he completed a personal project exploring the modernist architecture of Oscar Niemeyer. The resulting illustrations are a brilliant marriage between Szabó’s minimalist style and the abstract curves of Niemeyer’s buildings.

While Szabó first learned of the acclaimed Brazilian architect’s work during his time at university, at the time he wasn’t a fan of modern architecture. Too cold Lees verder

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Colorful Net Sculpture “Drops In” from High Above the Streets of Hong Kong

Janet Echelman at the Peninsula Hong Kong

American sculptor and fiber artist Janet Echelman brings her colorful nets to Hong Kong with a stunning display at The Peninsula Hotel. Earthtime 1.26 (Hong Kong) is an 89-foot-long and 62-foot-tall net that shifts and moves in the wind, acting as a metaphor for the connection between our cultural and physical worlds. This stunning piece of hotel art, which was created using 31 miles of twine, is a grand introduction to The Peninsula’s new Art in Resonance contemporary art program.

The program cements The Peninsula as a grand patron of the arts Lees verder

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Artist Turns Shadows from Everyday Objects into a Cast of Playful Characters

Shadow Art by Vincent Bal

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Making shadow puppets on a wall is a childhood game we’re all familiar with, but Belgian filmmaker and artist Vincent Bal turns it into an art form. His playful shadow art illustrations are made by combining shadows cast from everyday objects with hand-drawn doodles to create a variety of charming characters.

Bal began his ongoing “Shadowology” series in May 2016 when was working Lees verder

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Dreamlike Narratives of Solitary Figures Lost in Thought

Los Angeles-based artist Andrew Hem paints stylized scenes of solitary figures caught in moments of motion, introspection, and reverence. While integrated into their surroundings through carefully modulated color palettes, the figures’ floating poses and distant expressions suggest a dreamlike state. In an artist statement, Hem cites an early interest in graffiti as informing his current narrative style, which he creates with a combination of gouache, oil, and acrylic paint.

Hem was born during his parents’ flight from Cambodian genocide and was raised in southern California where he graduated from Lees verder

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Winter Is Coming: A Photographic Tribute to ‘Game of Thrones’ by Kilian Schönberger

In honor of the final season of Games of Thrones, German photographer Kilian Schönberger (previously) has translated his ethereal photography of central Europe’s icy landscapes, mystical castles, and foggy forests into a photographic tribute. Inspired by the frozen fantasy world of George R.R. Martin’s books and by the geography of his native lands, Schönberger’s alternate storyline imagines snow-covered trees as menacing White Walkers, towering mountain ranges as The Wall, and ancient stone structures as home to the highborn families of Westeros.

Schönberger tells Colossal that the photographs published in his online tribute were Lees verder

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Rediscovering Joaquín Sorolla: The Spanish Impressionist Known as a “Master of Light”

Joaquin Sorolla Spanish Impressionism

Joaquin Sorolla, “Self-Portrait,” 1909 (Photo: Wikimedia Commons Public Domain)

As the catalyst of modern art, Impressionism has evolved into one of the most influential art movements in history. Pioneered by Paris-based painters in the late 19th century, Impressionism has inspired countless artists over the last 150 years. While many of these figures lived and worked in France, Joaquín Sorolla brought the movement to Spain, where his luminous work earned him the title “Master of Light.”

Background

In 1863, Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida was born in Lees verder

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Designer Creates 3D-Printed Press That Allows Anyone to Print Art From Home

3D-Printed Printing Press by Martin Schneider

Printmaking has been around for hundreds of years, and it’s still popular today among many contemporary artists who want to achieve the traditional, embossed aesthetic. However, printing presses are expensive and extremely heavy, making them inaccessible to a lot of people. That’s why Martin Schneider is on a mission to make basic printmaking machinery available to everyone by designing a miniature, 3D-printed press.

The Open Press Project provides freely available plans for anyone with access to a 3D printer to print their own press. “Using an iterative process, I built 10 prototypes, printed more than 100 proofs, and Lees verder

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Confused Cats and Bewildered Bears Formed From Needle Felted Wool by Lindsey Thomas

Charmingly bewildered animals are the subject of choice for UK artist Lindsey Thomas. The London-based artist carefully felts wool to shape pudgy animals with plaintive expressions that counterbalance their cartoony cuteness and party-ready accessories. Wide-eyed bears ride tricycles with balloons and a donkey with strong side-eye sports a flamingo pool floaty. Thomas graduated from Middlesex University with a degree in illustration, where she also experimented with mixed media. In an artist statement on her website, Thomas explains, “As a child, I was forever drawing animals and imagining what they would be like if they could peel Lees verder

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Animated TED-Ed Video Reveals the Fascinating Life and Work of Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo TED-Ed

Frida Kahlo is one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century, but it could be argued that her life story is just as legendary as her paintings. Her famous biography recently inspired a fascinating TED-Ed lesson by educator Iseult Gillespie. Frida Kahlo: The woman behind the legend summarizes the beloved artist’s short but colorful 47-year life, revealing some of her most defining experiences. Kahlo’s story is beautifully brought to life with painterly animations by Ivana Bošnjak and Thomas Johnson.

The captivating 4-minute video addresses Kahlo’s experience with disability, her turbulent marriage, her strong sense of culture, Lees verder

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