buildings

Search
Results



Art Illustration

Sky Art: Thomas Lamadieu Illustrates in the Sky Between Buildings

April 15, 2013

Christopher Jobson

For anyone who has lived or visited a narrow courtyard wrapped in buildings it can sometimes be a claustrophobic space with the sky limited in all directions, but the strange geometric gaps formed by the surrounding architecture are often fun to photograph. For instance art director Lisa Rienermann (scroll right) became famous for her award-winning alphabet formed from letters spotted in the space between buildings. However French artist…

 

 



Art

Miniature Displays of Contemporary Urban Buildings by Joshua Smith

March 17, 2017

Kate Sierzputowski

Working at 1:20 scale, artist Joshua Smith builds in-depth works that capture the layered existences of urban environments in cities such as Hong Kong, Sydney, and Los Angeles. His miniature buildings showcase the details and detritus left by the diverse population of each city, bringing in elements of the city’s workers, inhabitants, and street artists. These marks can be seen through heavily graffitied exteriors, and thoughtful…

 

 



Art

Javier De Riba Spray Paints the Floors of Derelict Buildings With Geometric, Tile-Like Patterns

May 28, 2015

Kate Sierzputowski

Javier de Riba spray paints abandoned buildings, but not in the way you might imagine. Instead of working on the interior or exterior walls of the buildings he finds, de Riba spray paints the floors, mapping out bright geometric patterns both large and small. The patterns de Riba creates look exactly like tiled floors, making it seem like an element of the building’s past has been elegantly restored. Like a screen printer, de Riba works…

 

 



Photography

Time Slice: Iconic Buildings and Monuments Photographed Over Time by Richard Silver

August 25, 2014

Christopher Jobson

Colosseum, Rome, Italy   Time Slice is an ongoing series of photographs by Richard Silver that explores how iconic buildings and monuments change in appearance from day into night. Silver shoots some 36 photos at intervals over several hours and then layers them into a final composition. We’ve seen a similar approach by Fong Qi Wei (and in motion), but the focus on a single structure tells an interesting story about each place, and…

 

 



Amazing Art History

From 1975-1980 Activist Adam Purple Built a Circular Urban Garden in New York that ‘Knocked Down’ the Surrounding Buildings

October 1, 2015

Christopher Jobson

Still from Adam Purple and the Garden of Eden / Harvey Wang and Amy Brost In 1975, artist and social activist Adam Purple, known for his permanent purple attire, looked out his window in the crime-ridden Lower East Side of New York City to witness two children playing in a pile of rubble. Struck by his own memories of a childhood spent barefoot in rural pastures and forests in Missouri, he suddenly wished these children could feel the dirt…

 

 



Illustration

Illustrator Thomas Lamadieu Continues to Imagine the Strange Inhabitants Living in the Sky Between Buildings

April 13, 2015

Christopher Jobson

French illustrator Thomas Lamadieu (previously) continues to travel the world to photograph vertical views of the spaces between buildings which he uses as a canvas for his comical illustrations. The gaps between roofs and gutters form the inspiration for different characters who inhabit the irregular patches of sky. To find the unusual vantage points Lamadieu visited Spain, South Korea, Germany, France, Canada and the United States in the…

 

 



Science

A Triple Lightning Strike on Three of Chicago’s Tallest Buildings

July 3, 2014

Christopher Jobson

Even by Chicago standards the weather here in the midwestern U.S. has been bizarre and extreme lately. We’ve seen giant walls of fog caused in part by a bitterly cold winter that chilled Lake Michigan, and numerous lightning storms that last for hours. Local videographer Craig Shimala was filming a timelapse of a derecho from his home this week when he managed to capture a triple lightning strike on three of Chicago’s tallest…