Today I went to the library of the School of Architecture, picked a good chair by a window, gathered a pile of books and had a good time. I’ve always end up getting the El Croquis’ issue of Miralles. I need to get on Amazon and get a copy… if only I had the money.
When French illustrator Thomas Lamadieu looks upward, he sees the world differently than most. In his imaginative mind, he perceives the odd formations created by tall buildings as the basis for playful illustrations. To create his Sky Art, the artist first photographs odd perspectives of various urban skylines. He then fills in the strange shapes between building and atmosphere with whimsical drawings in Microsoft Paint.
Artist Hong Yi, aka Red is always up to something fantastic. For her most recent project, she used chopsticks—a symbol of Chinese culture—as the medium to create a portrait for actor and martial arts master Jackie Chan’s 60th birthday this year. She meticulously tied batches of the 64,000 chopsticks together and strung them in rows to produce Jackie Chan’s likeness. From up close, the portrait is nothing more than a pixelated arrangement of dots. But, from afar, Chan’s smiling face emerges from the wooden sticks as another stunning example of Red’s innovative style.
Created by Athens-based architect Katerina Kamprani, The Uncomfortable is an ongoing series of useless, impractical, and “deliberately inconvenient” everyday objects. Through her work, Kamprani invites her audience to consider how heavily we rely on the basic functions of everyday things, and she reminds us to be grateful to those clever inventors who designed the practical and convenient items that we use without any trouble.