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Phoenix Flowers

August 09 2010 — by Keith Bradshaw
Inspiration
Our photographer friend Dave Morris recently found himself shooting a new landscaping project in Glasgow by 7N Architects and RankinFraser. These giant flowers - and the bright red paving from which they grow - definitely bring a cheerful eruption of colour to a spot otherwise overwhelmed by the massive M8 motorway roaring overhead.

The project has been picked up by several design and architecture blogs around the web - Fast Company, Contemporist, Arch Daily - and Jonathan Speirs is credited for the advice he offered 7N during its design.

You can also see more photos on the Dave Morris Photography project page.
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Bioluminescence in the Gippsland Lakes

July 23 2010 — by Benz Roos
Inspiration
Photographer Phil Hart has taken these remarkable photos of bioluminescence in Australia’s Gippsland Lakes. On his blog he explains how this unusual phenomenon occurs. Apparently, it requires a chain of events - bushfires, storms and flash floods - to trigger a population explosion of this particular algae. At night the organisms produce a remarkable form of bioluminescence, the water glowing brightly wherever there is movement - in waves breaking on the shore, in ripples in the water and wherever people play in the water. You can see his photos and read his story here - definitely worth a look!
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Bioluminescence in waves lapping at a beach in this 1.5 hour exposure on the Gippsland Lakes, Australia.
Bioluminescence in waves lapping at a beach in this 1.5 hour exposure on the Gippsland Lakes, Australia.

Dieter Rams

July 16 2010 — by Benz Roos
Inspiration
Mini interview by Gestalten tv with legendary industrial designer Dieter Rams. Dieter Rams has been the leading product designer of Braun. He is a big influence on Jonathan Ive's designs for Apple.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

July 14 2010 — by Benz Roos
Inspiration
Very interesting webpage from NASA about astronomy pictures incl. information about the pictures.
Astronomy Picture of The Day

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Sunset as seen from the International space station
Sunset as seen from the International space station

Antony Gormley’s ‘Breathing Room III’

June 29 2010 — by Satu Streatfield
Inspiration
Photoluminescent frames of cuboids glow eerily and intersect to create what appear to be 2-dimensional perspectival 'drawings' in light - drawings that you can walk into and get wonderfully disoriented in.

In effect, the space looks like a flat architectural drawing/diagram of itself - when you stand still and look at it you think you are seeing a 2D diagrammatic representation of a 3D space. The surprise comes when the slightest head movement reveals that it is in fact the 3D space you are looking at! It's like the surprise of opening a pop-up book!

It almost feels like (hesitantly) roaming around inside a retro computer game. Anyone seen that Simpsons episode where Homer falls into a parallel universe that's in 3D and completely freaks out...?! Anyway, the loss of depth perception is quite surreal and profoundly magical.

After all these legibility analyses, it's nice to see light used to render a space completely illegible! I could easily have spent a whole afternoon getting lost and confused in there.

(As Benz rightly pointed out though, it would have been even better if the walls had been painted black as well as the floor.)
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Sound Artists: Brandon Labelle and Finnbogi Petursson

June 29 2010 — by Satu Streatfield
Inspiration
Sound artist Brandon Labelle gave an interesting lecture at Somerset House last month. Apart from subjecting his audience to The Bee Gees' 'Night Fever' in its torturous entirety (twice!), he showed some very cool sound projects.

Icelandic artist Finnbogi Petursson creates beautifully hypnotic sound + light installations, using different frequencies of sound to project rippling patterns of water.

Check out his website and videos:
Finnbogi Petursson's website
Circle 1991, Finnbogi Petursson
Sphere 2003, Finnbogi Petursson

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Finnbogi Petursson's Sphere 2006 - Prefix, Toronto Canada
Finnbogi Petursson's Sphere 2006 - Prefix, Toronto Canada
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