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Sky Art: Thomas Lamadieu Illustrates in the Sky Between Buildings

Sky Art: Thomas Lamadieu Illustrates in the Sky Between Buildings

April 15, 2013

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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…



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Miniature Displays of Contemporary Urban Buildings by Joshua Smith

Miniature Displays of Contemporary Urban Buildings by Joshua Smith

Mar.17.17

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Kate

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…



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

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

May.28.15

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Kate

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…



Amazing Art History

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

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

Oct.1.15

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Christopher

…to build a concentric garden that would eventually grow to 15,000 square feet. As nearby abandoned structures were torn down the garden continued to grow, a process he metaphorically likened to a garden that knocked down the buildings around it. He physically hauled bricks and building materials away from the site, and hauled in manure from the horses in Central Park. The Garden of Eden not only provided safe haven to the community, but also…



Illustration

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

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

Apr.13.15

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Christopher

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…



Photography

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

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

Aug.25.14

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Christopher

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 conveys…



Science

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

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

Jul.3.14

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Christopher

…ous 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 buildings: Willis Tower, Trump Tower and the John Hancock Building. Even more incredibly, he filmed the same occurrence almost four years ago to the day back in 2010. To see more examples of our wild weather, check out…



Art Photography

An Architect Gone Mad: Mysterious Buildings Assembled from Found Photographs by Jim Kazanjian

An Architect Gone Mad: Mysterious Buildings Assembled from Found Photographs by Jim Kazanjian

Jan.30.13

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Christopher

Without the use of a camera Portland-based artist Jim Kazanjian sifts through a library of some 25,000 images from which he carefully selects the perfect elements to digitally assemble mysterious buildings born from the mind of an architect gone mad. While the architectural and organic pieces seem wildly random and out of place, Kazanjian brings just enough cohesion to each structure to suggest a fictional purpose or story that begs to be…



Design

Buildings and Stars Cut into Blackout Curtains Turn Your Windows Into Nighttime Cityscapes

Buildings and Stars Cut into Blackout Curtains Turn Your Windows Into Nighttime Cityscapes

May.4.17

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Christopher

A Ukrainian blind company called HoleRoll shared this fun set of concept blinds that feature iconic cityscapes cut into blackout curtains. The silhouettes of famous skyscrapers become apparent as light streams in through the window. The images were posted back in 2014 and it looks like their website is currently down, so not sure if they’re available anywhere. Could make a fun DIY project? (via Laughing Squid, Reddit) Update 1:…



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New Murals by ‘1010’ Expose Hidden Portals of Color in Walls and Buildings

New Murals by ‘1010’ Expose Hidden Portals of Color in Walls and Buildings

Mar.3.15

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Christopher

Installatoin view, Limbus. Hashimoto Contemporary Over the last year or so, German street artist 1010 (previously) created several of his fantastic spray paint portals in locations around Germany, Panama, and the United States. 1010 brings surprising layers of depth to drab facades and blank gallery walls by painting concentric layers of color. The artist most recently had a solo show at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco titled Limbus….



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Buildings Shaped Like Letters of the Alphabet Made with Photographic Collage by Lola Dupre

Buildings Shaped Like Letters of the Alphabet Made with Photographic Collage by Lola Dupre

Sep.30.16

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Christopher

…As part of a personal project exploring typography, artist Lola Dupre (previously) imagined a series of unusual structures shaped like letters of the alphabet. The artist utilized her well-known collage technique that incorporates existing photographs that are cut into tiny pieces, often in duplicate, to make each building. Dupre recently started an Instagram account where you can see some of her latest completed works. (via Soft Shock)…