Animaris Percipiere by Theo Jansen
Kinetic sculptures and the robots that build them.
and the artist’s page
As an addition to art day, allow me to introduce a new feature here at MNP: Architect [or firm] of the week. I was going to start off with a lil bit of this from FOA [man...architects LOVE acronyms], but then I saw OMA here in the NY Times and decided we’d start there instead [you avid MNP readers might remember a shout to them the other day].
The Office for Metropolitan Architecture [OMA] is a Rotterdam based firm that was founded in the ’70s by two [married] couples: Rem Koolhaas and wife Madelon Vriesendorp, along with Koolhaas’ former professor Elia Zenghelis and his wife Zoe. Long story short, they proceeded to make a name for themselves through their competition work, which while often time earned them first place awards was rarely built for some time. Koolhaas himself also received a great deal of attention for his book, Delirious New York, and later for S,M,L,XL. They then encountered increased success in Europe, and now around the world, as one of the most progressive architecture firms out there [also famous for producing ill ass architects, who go start their own great firms]. In 2000, Koolhaas was even awarded the Pritzker Prize…crazy prestigious architecture award.
The firm is now in the news [that NY Times piece I mentioned] for their new skyscraper in Beijing, for the Central Chinese Television [CCTV] company, shown here.
Really tho, you should go check out OMA’s webpage to view/more of their work [I can only show you so much], or check out Koolhaas‘ list of projects on his page at Harvard [he's teaching / lecturing there this semester]. Get your learn on ninjas.
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Anyway, people, it’s ART DAY! and you know what that means. Wait, you don’t? Click on any Friday in the calendar on our sidebar and knowledge yourself.
And here is a dude who gets ill with his crutches. Watch that video.
And that right there is a painting by Wayne Forte. And the other is his version of the Conversion of St. Paul (Caravaggio).
Ill right? Riiiight. Check him out!
Jon Beinart‘s Obsessive Compulsive Drawings and Toddlerpedes
Designed by the Dutch artist Lepe B.T. Rubingh, this work for the first annual Singapore Biennial at the Asian Civilizations Museum is and Angsana Tree that rains on passers by without warning. Lepe said he ‘discovered’ the trees unique abilities after talking to it for weeks. Here’s a better description, from Lepe himself:
‘after three weeks of talking to an Angsana Tree in Singapore it started raining out of the crone just before the opening of the Singapore Biennale. It is said that the rain of the tree washes away sins, cures diseases and even makes us younger. So we took the test and had a shower last sunday.
This time I could bring the Miracle Team from Berlin with me to Singapore. They worked closely together with local specialists. And then of course there was the help of allround support from Tokyo by Michi ‘KO’ Ogura, who is an outstanding specialist on metaphysical issues.’
Whats the best way to get a client’s attention? Originality, and being ill.Apparently the landscape architecture firm of Tur & Partners [can't find a link to them, sorry] was thinking the same thing when they designed this post card with their business info on it…that grows when watered.The card has a building’s plan on it, and when shown a lil lovin, sprouts greenery around the depicted site. Pretty sick.
[ed. note: so, they finally posted on this over at treehugger, and found the Tur & Partners website. enjoy]
Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century. So, we here at MNP have only bought one copy, which we’ll have to share for now [hey, we're broke over here: providing you with all this incredible free entertainment and news got us all fired from our part time jobs]. But all of you should go out and find yourself a copy [I'd suggest amazon...cheapest I've found]. Created by a group from Worldchanging.com, including fellow bloggers extraordinaire Sarah[worldchaning's managing editor] and Jill from Inhabitat [one of our favorite blogs, other than our own, in case you didn't notice], and with a foreward by Al Gore, AKA Captain Planet himself, the book is full of helpful info on how to help save the planet while living a normal life. Here’s one of the comments left on amazon, from one happy reader:
‘If Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Truth‘ moved you, then Steffen’s "Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century" will move you to action. This is a beautifully crafted book that should be cherished - so full of resourceful ideas from around the world on how to live a more eco-friendly, sustainable life - without having to turn your back on the comforts of the 21st century. It’s the ultimate feel-good book that lets you know there’s hope for the planet if you’re willing to make changes here and there in your daily life that really aren’t all that inconvenient. Don’t worry - the book doesn’t lecture. It just INSPIRES.’
And here’s a sample of what you’re in for:
‘Buy Local: In the middle of Denver, in the middle of December, you can walk into most any supermarket and buy a ripe mango. This has been true long enough that almost nobody stops to think of the remarkable distance that mango traveled or of the tree it fell from, which is probably enjoying a balmy tropical day on the other side of the planet. Proponents of eating local food balk at the ubiquitous midwinter mango. Why? Because they think about the baggage that mango flew in with.’
Droppin’ gems on ‘em. Go buy the book.