Posts tagged art

Bluebonnets — on a street corner in central Houston — *not* in a spot where you’d expect to see Texas wildflowers growing. What a great sight! 
The street corner serves as a METRO bus stop.
[Photo snapped by yours truly (mollyblock) on my trusty iPhone 5 on April 17, 2014, and posted on Flickr here.]

Bluebonnets — on a street corner in central Houston — *not* in a spot where you’d expect to see Texas wildflowers growing. What a great sight! 

The street corner serves as a METRO bus stop.

[Photo snapped by yours truly (mollyblock) on my trusty iPhone 5 on April 17, 2014, and posted on Flickr here.]

unconsumption:

Plastic debris washed up on beaches gets turned into beachfront art: 
"Plastic World" — made by Portuguese artists Carole Purnelle and Nuno Maya — pictured in Australia, on the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, during the 2013 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi exhibition. 
The spherical sculpture is 79” (200 cm) in diameter, in case you’re wondering.
(photo credit: Halans on Flickr)

Auto-reblog: Because every day is Earth day.
Also, there are some really cool pieces associated with Sculpture by the Sea in Australia (link above). 
Also: This.

unconsumption:

Plastic debris washed up on beaches gets turned into beachfront art:

"Plastic World" — made by Portuguese artists Carole Purnelle and Nuno Maya — pictured in Australia, on the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, during the 2013 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi exhibition. 

The spherical sculpture is 79” (200 cm) in diameter, in case you’re wondering.

(photo credit: Halans on Flickr)

Auto-reblog: Because every day is Earth day.

Also, there are some really cool pieces associated with Sculpture by the Sea in Australia (link above). 

Also: This.

relativetoearth:

Jacqueline Lou Skaags- tiny penny oil paintings

More altered currency posts here

If you’re going to give someone cash as a gift, here’s a creative twist: Fold the currency into some interesting shape(s).  
To make this star: 
I (mollyblock) used this tutorial — posted on YouTube by Sweetfire Creations — as a guide for folding bills into a neat star shape that looks pretty good from either side. You can see the other side of my star here.
All that’s needed are five bills — the crisper, the better — and a little time and patience.
In case you’re wondering: These stars do look nice hanging as ornaments!
(If you’re a fan of altered currency origami and/or art, find other examples here.)

If you’re going to give someone cash as a gift, here’s a creative twist: Fold the currency into some interesting shape(s).  

To make this star: 

I (mollyblock) used this tutorial — posted on YouTube by Sweetfire Creations — as a guide for folding bills into a neat star shape that looks pretty good from either side. You can see the other side of my star here.

All that’s needed are five bills — the crisper, the better — and a little time and patience.

In case you’re wondering: These stars do look nice hanging as ornaments!

(If you’re a fan of altered currency origami and/or art, find other examples here.)

In landmark art preservation news: 

It’s hard to miss the 70-foot-tall blue saxophone as you drive down Richmond Avenue [in Houston].
Its name is Smokesax, and it has been at that location on 6025 Richmond for the past 20 years. But Wednesday, the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, a local folk art organization [mentioned previously here], announced it is going to acquire the oversize horn, which is made out of car parts, oil field pipes and a surfboard, as well as an entire Volkswagen Beetle that forms the U-joint at its base.
The big brass was built by legendary Texas artist Bob Wade as a special installation for Billy Blues Bar & Grill. It was fully restored three years ago, and the current property owners, Kensinger Properties Ltd., said they wanted the Orange Show to ensure the piece would be preserved for future generations. 
The saxophone will be removed from its current location at 10 a.m. on Feb. 28. The process to remove the massive piece will take a full day. Then, Smokesax will begin its 13-mile journey from Richmond Avenue to Munger Street. Artist Bob Wade will be overseeing the entire removal and transportation. Once at the Orange Show, it will be housed in the organization’s warehouse until an exact location has been chosen for permanent display.

(via Orange Show Center for Visionary Art to acquire Smokesax - Houston Business Journal)

In landmark art preservation news: 

It’s hard to miss the 70-foot-tall blue saxophone as you drive down Richmond Avenue [in Houston].

Its name is Smokesax, and it has been at that location on 6025 Richmond for the past 20 years. But Wednesday, the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, a local folk art organization [mentioned previously here], announced it is going to acquire the oversize horn, which is made out of car parts, oil field pipes and a surfboard, as well as an entire Volkswagen Beetle that forms the U-joint at its base.

The big brass was built by legendary Texas artist Bob Wade as a special installation for Billy Blues Bar & Grill. It was fully restored three years ago, and the current property owners, Kensinger Properties Ltd., said they wanted the Orange Show to ensure the piece would be preserved for future generations.

The saxophone will be removed from its current location at 10 a.m. on Feb. 28. The process to remove the massive piece will take a full day. Then, Smokesax will begin its 13-mile journey from Richmond Avenue to Munger Street. Artist Bob Wade will be overseeing the entire removal and transportation. Once at the Orange Show, it will be housed in the organization’s warehouse until an exact location has been chosen for permanent display.

(via Orange Show Center for Visionary Art to acquire Smokesax - Houston Business Journal)

unconsumption:

Happy Halloween and Day of the Dead!
Pictured: “Dead Media,” an installation that repurposes 497 VHS tapes. Created by friend of Unconsumption Noah Scalin (mentioned previously several times here), of the Skull-A-Day project. (photo via SkullADay here)
See also: Other videotape-related repurposing examples in earlier posts here.

unconsumption:

Happy Halloween and Day of the Dead!

Pictured: “Dead Media,” an installation that repurposes 497 VHS tapes. Created by friend of Unconsumption Noah Scalin (mentioned previously several times here), of the Skull-A-Day project. (photo via SkullADay here)

See also: Other videotape-related repurposing examples in earlier posts here.

unconsumption:

Dave Bowman, of Dearborn, Michigan-based Design Turnpike, turns vintage license plates into beautifully crafted pieces of art.
For a project like this 60” x 40” American flag, it can easily take Dave 40+ hours to find, prepare, and assemble the 40-50 steel license plates, which get cut and mounted onto a distressed wood base.
Check out photos of some of Dave’s other work on Design Turnpike’s site here, Facebook page here, and Etsy shop here.
Happy Fourth of July!

unconsumption:

Dave Bowman, of Dearborn, Michigan-based Design Turnpike, turns vintage license plates into beautifully crafted pieces of art.

For a project like this 60” x 40” American flag, it can easily take Dave 40+ hours to find, prepare, and assemble the 40-50 steel license plates, which get cut and mounted onto a distressed wood base.

Check out photos of some of Dave’s other work on Design Turnpike’s site here, Facebook page here, and Etsy shop here.

Happy Fourth of July!

theatlantic:

What’s the Difference Between a Parking Lot and a Playground?

‘Urban hactivist’ Florian Rivière and his DIY guerrilla tactics have transformed even the most ponderous of urban spaces and artifacts into gags, visual puns, and humorous critique. Rivière’s latest project “Don’t Pay, Play” divines sports complexes out of the checkered parking spaces of car parks, rendering what is generally perceived as one of the city’s greatest, yet unavoidable ills into potential public spaces.

See more at The Atlantic Cities. [Images: Julie Roth]