Aomori Nebuta festival in Japan brings colors to life

Aomori Nebuta festival in Japan brings colors to life

The Aomori Nebuta Matsuri (“Aomori Nebuta Festival” or simply “Aomori Nebuta”) is a Japanese summer festival that takes place in Aomori, Aomori Prefecture, Japan. The festival attracts the most tourists of any of the country’s nebuta festivals, and is counted among the three largest festivals in the Tōhoku region. Large illuminated floats of glowing figures—Nebuta—parade through town, and are newly crafted each year based on […]

Mexican Artist melts thousands of guns to create shovels for planting trees

Mexican Artist melts thousands of guns to create shovels for planting trees

With project Palas por Pistolas, Mexican artist, Pedro Reyes seeks to show “how an agent of death can become an agent of life.”  He has melted 1,527 guns and has turned them into shovels for planting trees. In Culiacán, Mexico, the city with the highest rate of gun deaths in the nation, many people know the devastating consequences these weapons can contribute to. That’s where creative activist Pedro Reyes comes in. Reyes is […]

Neon Artist Cerith Wyn Evans Is Making Statements at the Tate Britain

Neon Artist Cerith Wyn Evans Is Making Statements at the Tate Britain

Give Cerith Wyn Evans two kilometres of neon tubing, and this is what he can do. While he strolled the spacious halls at the Tate Britain as a security guard in the 1980s, Cerith Wyn Evans must have dreamed of filling the neoclassical Duveen Galleries with his future work. What he couldn’t have known then is that, one day, his art would also animate Instagram […]

Funny and Creative Street Art is Popping Up Everywhere

Funny and Creative Street Art is Popping Up Everywhere

We love the “outside the box” thinking!!  Everywhere you look could be an inspiration for a street art installation.  We put together a collection of cool and creative street art for your enjoyment.  It goes to show that the city is probably the best canvas! Every wall, fence or column could be turned into an art piece.  Perhaps this will inspire you to do your own street art project […]

CityTrees are hi-tech living sculptures to combat air pollution

CityTrees are hi-tech living sculptures to combat air pollution

  Design + Plants = Living Sculpture This idea is incredible!  An environmentally conscious German startup has designed a plant-based urban sculpture that it claims has the same air-purifying properties as 275 trees. Green City Solutions’s CityTrees are large, living walls of plants, lichens, and mosses attached to air vents. The greenery absorbs dust, nitrogen dioxide, and ozone gases from the air, and WiFi sensors […]

James Rosenquist, contributor to Pop Art movement, has passed away

James Rosenquist, contributor to Pop Art movement, has passed away

James Rosenquist, who helped define Pop Art in its 1960s evolution with his boldly scaled painted montages of commercial imagery, died on Friday April 28, 2017  in New York City. He was 83 years old. Rosenquist started out in New York City as a sign painter by trade and would work on abstract pieces at night — he translated the in-your-face style of giant advertising […]

French Artist Abraham Poincheval Living Inside a Rock for Art

French Artist Abraham Poincheval Living Inside a Rock for Art

  Abraham Poincheval is attempting to survive inside a 12-ton boulder inside a Paris art museum for a week.  After day 3 in the rock in the Paris’s Palais de Tokyo art museum, he has described the experience as like “tripping”, insisting he would stick it out for a week.  He has carved out enough room for him to sit up in, with a niche […]

Giant Rooster Statue looks like Donald Trump is erected in China

Giant Rooster Statue looks like Donald Trump is erected in China

How it started… Photos of a golden pheasant in Hangzhou Safari Park are going viral on Chinese social media for the bird’s resemblance to President-elect Donald Trump: A journalist in Hangzhou noticed the similarity between Mr. Trump’s mane and the pheasant’s signature golden crest and took pictures of the bird.  As a result, social media dubbed him the “pheasant-elect.” A giant rooster statue resembling Trump […]

Art of Typography

Art of Typography

Typography is the art and technique of arranging type to make written language legible, readable, and appealing when displayed. The arrangement of type involves selecting typefaces, point size, line length, line-spacing (leading), letter-spacing (tracking), and adjusting the space within letters pairs (kerning). Typography is, quite simply, the art and technique of arranging type. It’s central to the work and skills of a designer and is […]

Japanese Yosegi Art

Japanese Yosegi Art

Japanese yosegi art is made by gluing colored wood and cutting it thin like paper.  Instead of using paint, Japanese Yosegi decorations are made out of natural fine grains and textures of wood. First, timbers are cut into rods of desired sections, the rods are then glued together to form a section of geometrical design pattern. The surface is sliced into thin plates of wood, which […]