I’ve said it many times before, that most often the simplest projects can be the most effective ones. The video above is a shining example. If you took two walls and a floor, 3 video projectors and a treadmill, do you think you’d be able to make the music video above? It was directed by Filip Sterckx for the band Willow and their song Sweater. The song is pretty good, it reminds me of old Bloc Party, but the video itself is a massive journey.
The video starts out with a man in his bedroom as he makes his way to the beach via subway. After that things get a bit crazy as he heads under water and ends up in a hole in the middle of the earth. All of this is achieved with some walls and projectors. Pretty amazing if you ask me.
When I was a student, I really didn’t like brick buildings– because brick is rarely used as a load-bearing structural system nowadays and it’s basically really expensive wallpaper for the outside of buildings. Plus, the use of brick in the States is almost uniformly boring. I used to say snarky things like “Oh, how exciting… another monolithic running bond rainscreen interrupted only by efflorescence.” But lately my attitude about brick has started to warm . The first brick building that really surprised me was a small, scandanavian church designed by Sigurd Lewerentz. In the church, St. Peter’s, Lewerentz used brick, manipulating the masonry in ways I hadn’t seen or expected. So maybe it should be no surprise that this project, and its delightful tapestry of brick is also in Scandinavia.
These are images of the Saunalahden Koulu, a school in Espoo, Finland designed by Verstas Arkkitehdit. The recently-completed school serves nearly 800 kids within the metropolitan area of Helsinki. The brick front of the school is a kind of experiment in bricklaying (like the courtyard of Muuratsalo) and the result here is a mix of patterns that might excite a few other brick skeptics. I ran across these images on an online forum here.
Mike Perry’s Twitter bio reads that he’s “busy making stuff,” and after witnessing his latest project in person it’s clear he’s not kidding. He’s an extremely prolific and talented artist with a solid work ethic, and his efforts in the past few years have become more and more ambitious. From his first book, Hand Job: A Catalog of Type, to successive books Iron Me On, Over & Over, and most recently Pulled: A Catalog of Screen Printing, Mike has become a major figure where contemporary art and design collide. His own work has expanded from drawings and screen prints to sculpture, painting, products, and animation, with solo exhibitions across the US, Europe, and Japan.
Verdens første ballongferd (The World’s First Balloon Flight) is a newly released book for children written by Lena Lindahl and illustrated by Rui Tenreiro. The book is about of the world’s first aeronauts and it tells the true-life story of two brothers in 18th century France who set about building the first hot air balloon. The illustrations really looks terrific and wish I could speak Norweigan just so that I could read this.
It’s illustrator, Rui Tenreiro, is a Mozambican author, artist and editor. Dividing his time between Sweden and Mozambique he creates wonderful illustrations filled with detail and character. Some prints from the book will soon be available from Rui Tenreiro’s online shop while the book itself is currently available online here.
Last week saw the release of a brand new trailer for the upcoming The Hobbit film and boy is it stunning looking. Peter Jackson and his team are back, expanding their original vision into an even larger epic. I read The Hobbit back when I was in the 8th grade so I’m not familiar with the exactitudes of the storyline anymore, but if these are anything like the first trilogy they made, we should be in for a treat. The one big character I’m looking forward to seeing, who is absent from the trailer above, is Smaug, though he probably won’t show up until the very end of the first film or perhaps the second. Yes, you read that right, the single book has been expanded into three total films.
The first film comes out December 14 of this year, which is titled An Unexpected Journey, the second will be released December 13, 2013 (The Desolation of Smaug), and the final film July 18, 2014 (There and Back Again). It’s a whole lot of LoTR but I think that’s what the diehard fans want, LOTS of films. December can’t come soon enough.