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Algorithmic Art: Dynamic Display ‘Paints’ Surreal Scenes & Melting Cityscapes

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Drawing & Digital. ]

Abstracting views of the city, this huge installation uses computer algorithms to deform local everyday footage on a massive 14-by-23-foot display canvas.

Ordinary wall art can get old, especially when one passes it every day. In this case, hours of film can become thousands of unique compositions, slowly deconstructed into impressionist-worthy pieces on the screen.

ESI Design developed this trippy solution for the lobby of 515 North State Street in Chicago, a structure design by Pritzker Prize–winning Japanese architect Kenzo Tange built back in the 1990s.

The Empire Has Collapsed: Miniature Scenes Illustrate the Post-Apocalypse

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ]

Nature begins to take back New York City after all the humans are gone in this series of artfully photographed post-apocalypse miniatures. A collaboration between artists Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber, ‘Empire’ is the duo’s second series on this theme, the first focusing on interiors while the latest depicts exterior scenes. Living in New York provides all the inspiration the artists need, particularly subway rides between Brooklyn and Manhattan, and all of the architectural detail that can be appreciated if you just look up.

Architecture with a Twist: Installation Artist Knots Columns & Flips Facades

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Installation & Sound. ]

In his latest work dubbed Birth, Death and Midlife Crisis, artist Alex Chinneck is back at it again, exploring the limits of seemingly solid structures (and observer imaginations). This latest work in Germany deforms a structural column, calling its conventional neighbors into question. “The columns are the prominent feature in the 450-year-old museum and this intervention took an opportunity to defy logic and distort history.”

Graffiti Artists Awarded $6.7 Million from Landlord Who Destroyed Their Work

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ]

Prior to 2013, a warehouse in Queens known as 5Pointz was a graffiti mecca packed with murals and other work by hundreds of artists, many of whom rented space inside the building. That is, until owner Gerald Wolkoff suddenly and without warning whitewashed the entire facade under a messy coat of paint. Wolkoff had been planning to tear the building down for a while, and the artists were in the process of trying to stop him under the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA), which protects “works of recognized stature.”


It’s in the Bag: 13 Ultra-Functional Backpacks for Busy Urban Lifestyles

[ By SA Rogers in Design & Products & Packaging. ]

A bag is definitely not just a bag when you’re commuting in all weather conditions, biking to work, carrying a lot of expensive gear and trying to look professional and stay organized all the while. These next-level backpacks, tote bags, duffels and briefcases are full of all kinds of cool features, like built-in solar chargers, bike safety lights, crash sensors, theft-proof locks, access from virtually any angle, extra durable materials and every manner of pocket, compartment and gear tie-down you can possibly imagine.

Aster: The World’s Safest Commute Backpack

From Chaos to Creative Compositions: The Anamorphic Art of Bernard Pras

[ By SA Rogers in Art & Sculpture & Craft. ]

It takes a special kind of creative brain to sort a pile of random junk into an anamorphic arrangement that looks like complete chaos from most angles, but comes together into a work of art from the right perspective. These compositions are like visual puzzles, requiring the artist to select objects of just the right size, shape and color and place them very precisely within a three-dimensional space to get the right result. French artist Bernard Pras has mastered this unusual medium, creating found object installations that morph from messes to masterpieces.