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The Obscenity, Profanity and Heartache in Neon

The Obscenity, Profanity and Heartache in Neon

Tracey Emin at Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, 2014

Tracey Emin at Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, 2014
Tracey EminTrust Yourself, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Miami, USA, 2014

Neon lights are commonly used to make attractive business signs and are mostly preferred for outdoor use especially at night. The colorful array of neon light options makes it a creative marketing tool since lights are used to illuminate an underlying text message or image. There is no limit to what medium an artist can use to express themselves and for Tracey Emin (b.1963), it has been over 26 years of using neon consistently as a creative medium. The process of creating an art piece for her often begins with coming up with a message, usually a thought or a feeling. This is then followed by bending light tubes to assume the curves and profile of what has been written. Many artists have used neon lights as a medium since the 1960s but while many preferred to use molded letters and neutral writing, Tracey Emin stands out because she has chosen to use her own handwriting. Art critics will admit that using one’s own handwriting is rather daring but also a way to stamp personality and individuality in all pieces created.

It is ironic how the artist uses simple every day phrases to provoke feelings and thoughts in the audience. By expressing her own emotions, thoughts, and aspirations, she connects to the soul of the observers. This is the role that art should play in people’s lives and finding the best medium to achieve it is the greatest hurdle for many. By incorporating poetry, mystery, color and light into an art piece, the artist immortalizes herself in the work she does.

Tracey Emin at Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, 2014
Tracey EminTrust Yourself, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Miami, USA, 2014

Tracey Emin at Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, 2014
Tracey EminTrust Yourself, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Miami, USA, 2014

Tracey Emin at Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, 2014
Tracey EminTrust Yourself, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Miami, USA, 2014

Tracey Emin at Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, 2014
Tracey EminTrust Yourself, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Miami, USA, 2014
Tracey Emin - Be Faithful to Your Dreams, 1998, blue neon on plexiglas, 40.5 x 223.5 x 7.5 cm
Tracey EminFaithful to Your Dreams, 1998, blue neon on plexiglas, 40.5 x 223.5 x 7.5 cm

Tracey Emin - For You, 2008, neon, 186 x 174 cmTracey EminFor You, 2008, neon, 186 x 174 cm

Tracey Emin - Her Soft Lips Touched Mine and Every Thing Became Hard, 2008, neon, 99.7 x 213.8 cm
Tracey EminHer Soft Lips Touched Mine and Every Thing Became Hard, 2008, neon, 99.7 x 213.8 cm

Tracey Emin - I Cried Because I Love You, 2015
Tracey EminI Cried Because I Love You, 2015

Tracey Emin - I Kiss You, 2004
Tracey EminI Kiss You, 2004

Tracey Emin - I Listen to The Ocean And All I Hear is You, 2011, Neon, 91 x 211 cm
Tracey EminI Listen to The Ocean And All I Hear is You, 2011, Neon, 91 x 211 cm

Tracey Emin - I Loved You More Than I Can Love, 2009, Neon, 76.2 × 191.7 cm
Tracey EminI Loved You More Than I Can Love, 2009, Neon, 76.2 × 191.7 cm

Tracey Emin - I promise to Love You, 2010, Neon, 145.8 x 143 cm
Tracey EminI promise to Love You, 2010, Neon, 145.8 x 143 cm

Tracey Emin - Is Legal Sex Anal?, 1998, pink neon, 34 x 148 cm
Tracey EminIs Legal Sex Anal?, 1998, pink neon, 34 x 148 cm

Tracey Emin - Meet me in Heaven I will wait For You, 2004, Blue neon, 32.5 x 164.1 cm
Tracey EminMeet me in Heaven I will wait For You, 2004, Blue neon, 32.5 x 164.1 cm

Tracey Emin - Meet Me In Heaven I Will Wait For You, 2016, 110 x 359 cm
Tracey EminMeet Me In Heaven I Will Wait For You, 2016, 110 x 359 cm

Tracey Emin - People Like You Need To Fuck People Like Me, 2007, Neon, 45 x 72.01 in
Tracey EminPeople Like You Need To Fuck People Like Me, 2007, Neon, 45 x 72.01 in

Tracey Emin - She Lay down Deep Beneath The Sea, 2012
Tracey EminShe Lay down Deep Beneath The Sea, 2012

Tracey Emin - The Kiss Was Beautiful, 2012, Neon 135 x 120 cm
Tracey EminThe Kiss Was Beautiful, 2012, Neon 135 x 120 cm

Tracey Emin - Trust Yourself, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Miami, USA
Tracey EminTrust Yourself, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Miami, USA, 2014

Tracey Emin - With You I Want To Live, 2008, neon, 76.2 x 99.1 x 5.7 cm
Tracey EminWith You I Want To Live, 2008, neon, 76.2 x 99.1 x 5.7 cm

Tracey Emin - You Loved Me Like A Distant Star, 2016
Tracey EminYou Loved Me Like A Distant Star, 2016

Tracey Emin - Your Lips Moved Across My Face, 2015
Tracey EminYour Lips Moved Across My Face, 2015

Tracey Emin - Your Name Try Cunt International, 2004
Tracey EminYour Name Try Cunt International, 2004

Tracey Emin - My Heart is With You Always, 2014, laser animation, The Peninsula, Hong Kong, China
Tracey EminMy Heart is With You Always, 2014, laser animation, The Peninsula, Hong Kong, China


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Artist mocks Koons highest priced work using garbage bags

Artist mocks Koons highest priced work using garbage bags

Gimhongsok - Canine Construction, 2009, bronze
GimhongsokCanine Construction, 2009, 164x231x90cm

This Canine Construction by South Korean artist, Gimhongsok is one that anyone would fall in love with, coupled with the enigmatic quality it has. This work is the sculpture of a dog remains one of the artist’s most well-known works in recent times. The creation involved using garbage bags, balloons, cardboard boxes, all assembled with expensive materials like resin.

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Beautiful sculptures made entirely from soap

Beautiful sculptures made entirely from soap

Meekyoung Shin - Crouching Aphrodite, 2002
Meekyoung ShinCrouching Aphrodite, 2002

Meekyoung Shin, a South Korean sculptor, became popular for her Translation series, using soap as her medium of art. Trained in the tradition of European sculpture, her statuettes are made factoring in the Western and Eastern style of relief. Her works are usually made from palm oil, a vegetarian soap.

The free-standing ancient Greek sculptures of nude male youths made by Shin are perfect replicas of the originals. She actually preserved the missing limbs, crack and the other defects that were on the classical sculptures. Shin’s vases are also replica. The originals from China were created and sold in the European market between the 16th and 20th centuries. The vases feature dragons, warriors and other essential elements that depict the Chinese culture. When you look at them, you will notice the careful carving and also will be attracted by the scent of the soap, used to make the works.

While most people choose to go to the public toilets as a last resort, for Meekyoung Shin, this is the best place to place her art and latest pieces. Using the Toilet Project, she has been able to display some of her sculptures in public toilets. This is an art program that is aimed at having galleries display their art in toilets.

Meekyoung Shin has faced some challenges in the line of duty. For instance, the statue of Buddha that was in public toilets has been removed by the Korean Cultural Centre UK after a number of visitors complained. For most people, having a religion icon in the toilet does not seem right, and this has been a big hindrance to the growth of the Toilet Project. Shin’s work is a great wonder for most people who wash their hands using these soap statutes and illustrates the transition that happens in life.

Meekyoung Shin - Untitled (Red Series), 2013, Soap, varnish, pigments, 22x22x43cm and Untitled (Blue Series), 2013, Soap, varnish, pigments, 21x21x33cm
Meekyoung ShinUntitled (Red Series), 2013, Soap, varnish, pigments, 22x22x43cm, Untitled (Blue Series), 2013, Soap, varnish, pigments, 21x21x33cm

Meekyoung Shin - Translation, Vase Series, 2013, soap, pigment, varnish and wooden crate
Meekyoung ShinUntitled (Red Series), 2013, Soap, varnish, pigments, 22x22x43cm

Meekyoung Shin - Translation, Vase Series, 2009, soap, pigment, varnish and wooden crate
Meekyoung ShinUntitled (Blue Series), 2013, Soap, varnish, pigments, 21x21x33cm

Meekyoung Shin - Translation, Vase Series. Korean Cultural Centre, 2013-14, Photo- STF
Meekyoung ShinTranslation, Vase Series, Korean Cultural Centre, London, UK
Photo: STF

Meekyoung Shin - Translation, Vase Series, 2006-ongoing, Soap, pigment, varnish, mirrored stainless steel plates, wooden crates, Dimensions variable
Meekyoung ShinTranslation, Vase series, 2006-ongoing, Soap, pigment, varnish, mirrored stainless steel plates, wooden crates, Dimensions variable

Meekyoung Shin - Translation, Vase series, Soap, pigment, varnish, mirrored steel, fragrance, wooden crate, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art
Meekyoung ShinTranslation, Vase series, Soap, pigment, varnish, mirrored steel, fragrance, wooden crate, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea

Meekyoung Shin - Translated Vases series, 2009, Soap, fragrance, dimensions variable
Meekyoung ShinTranslation, Vase series, 2009, Soap, fragrance, dimensions variable

Meekyoung Shin - Translation, Vase Series, 2006-ongoing, Soap, pigment, varnish, mirrored stainless steel plates, wooden crates, Dimensions variable, Humboldt Lab Dahlem, Berlin, Germany, Foto Uwe Walter
Meekyoung ShinTranslation, Vase Series, 2006-ongoing, Soap, pigment, varnish, mirrored stainless steel plates, wooden crates, Dimensions variable, Humboldt Lab Dahlem, Berlin, Germany
Photo: Uwe Walter

Meekyoung Shin - Translation, Vase Series, 2006-ongoing, Soap, pigment, varnish, mirrored stainless steel plates, wooden crates, Dimensions variable, Humboldt Lab Dahlem, Berlin, Germany, Foto Uwe Walter
Meekyoung ShinTranslation, Vase Series, 2006-ongoing, Soap, pigment, varnish, mirrored stainless steel plates, wooden crates, Dimensions variable, Humboldt Lab Dahlem, Berlin, Germany
Photo: Uwe Walter

Meekyoung Shin - Installation View @Hakgojae Shanghai, 2015 3
Meekyoung Shin – Installation View, Hakgojae Gallery, Shanghai, China, 2015

Meekyoung Shin - Installation View @Hakgojae Shanghai, 2015
Meekyoung Shin – Installation View, Hakgojae Gallery, Shanghai, China, 2015

Meekyoung Shin - Installation View @Hakgojae Shanghai, 2015
Meekyoung Shin – Installation View, Hakgojae Gallery, Shanghai, China, 2015

Meekyoung Shin - Installation View @Hakgojae Shanghai, 2015 5
Meekyoung Shin – Installation View, Hakgojae Gallery, Shanghai, China, 2015

Meekyoung Shin - Installation View @Hakgojae Shanghai, 2015, Translation, Ghost Series(Red), 2007-ongoing, Soap, varnish, fragrance, Dimensions variable
Meekyoung ShinTranslation, Ghost Series(Red), Soap, varnish, fragrance, Dimensions variable, Installation View, Hakgojae Gallery, Shanghai, China, 2015

Meekyoung Shin - Toilet Project 2, 2014, Soap, fragrance, dimensions variable
Meekyoung ShinToilet Project, 2014, Soap, fragrance, dimensions variable

Meekyoung Shin - Toilet Project 1, 2014, Soap, fragrance, dimensions variable
Meekyoung ShinToilet Project, 2014, Soap, fragrance, dimensions variable

Meekyoung Shin - Weathering Project, 2013, Soap, fragrance, dimensions variable
Meekyoung ShinWeathering Project, 2013, Soap, fragrance, dimensions variable

Meekyoung Shin - Gilt Buddha, 2011, Soap, gold leaf, varnish, 90x28x28cm
Meekyoung ShinGilt Buddha, 2011, Soap, gold leaf, varnish, 90x28x28cm

Meekyoung Shin - Toilet project bust, 2013, Soap, fragrance, dimensions variable, photo jim varney
Meekyoung ShinToilet project bust, 2013, Soap, fragrance, dimensions variable
Photo: Jim Varney

Meekyoung Shin - Toilet project, 2013, Soap, fragrance, dimensions variable, photo jim varney
Meekyoung ShinToilet project, 2013, Soap, fragrance, dimensions variable
Photo: Jim Varney

Meekyoung Shin - Toilet Project, Taipei, Soap, fragrance, dimensions variable
Meekyoung ShinToilet project, 2013, Soap, fragrance, dimensions variable, Taipei, Taiwan

Meekyoung Shin - Toilet project, dimensions variable, Unfixed A Solo Exhibition, Korean Cultural Centre UK, London, UK, 2013
Meekyoung ShinToilet project, dimensions variable, Unfixed: A Solo Exhibition, Korean Cultural Centre UK, London, UK, 2013

Toilet Project, 2004-ongoing, Soap, fragrance, Dimensions variable
Meekyoung ShinToilet project, dimensions variable

Meekyoung Shin - Buddha, 2011
Meekyoung ShinBuddha, 2011

Meekyoung Shin - Pensive Maitreya Boddhisatva, dimensions variable, Unfixed- A Solo Exhibition, Korean Cultural Centre UK, London, UK, 2013
Meekyoung ShinPensive Maitreya Boddhisatva, dimensions variable, Unfixed: A Solo Exhibition, Korean Cultural Centre UK, London, UK, 2013

​Meekyoung Shin - Untitled (Black Series), 2013, Soap, varnish, pigments, 24x14x10cm
Meekyoung ShinUntitled (Black Series), 2013, Soap, varnish, pigments, 24x14x10cm

​Meekyoung Shin - Untitled (Black Series), 2013, Soap, varnish, pigments, 47x19x20cm
Meekyoung ShinUntitled (Black Series), 2013, Soap, varnish, pigments, 47x19x20cm

​Meekyoung Shin - Untitled (Black Series), 2013, Soap, varnish, pigments, 83x18x40cm
Meekyoung ShinUntitled (Black Series), 2013, Soap, varnish, pigments, 83x18x40cm

​Meekyoung Shin - Untitled (Black Series), 2013, Soap, varnish, pigments, dimensions variable
Meekyoung ShinUntitled (Black Series), 2013, Soap, varnish, pigments, dimensions variable

​Meekyoung Shin - Untitled (Black Series), 2013, Soap, varnish, pigments, dimensions variable
Meekyoung ShinUntitled (Black Series), 2013, Soap, varnish, pigments, dimensions variable

Meekyoung Shin - Ghost Series; Pink, Soap, varnish, pigment, 2012. 32 x 42 x 44 cm
Meekyoung Shin Ghost Series; Pink, 2012, Soap, varnish, pigment, 32x42x44cm


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Karl Lagerfeld is one of the few who saw this artwork live

Karl Lagerfeld is one of the few who saw this artwork live

Berndnaut Smilde - Nimbus Green Room, 2013

Berndnaut Smilde - ICONOCLOUDS, 2013, Commission for Harpers Bazaar, Karl Lagerfeld, photo Simon Procter
Berndnaut SmildeICONOCLOUDS, 2013, Commission for Harpers Bazaar, Karl Lagerfeld
Photo: Simon Procter

Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde effortlessly creates fluffy, unusual, yet perfect clouds in different indoor locations. For several years, he has practised this and created a series named Nimbus.

Smilde makes his art possible with the use of smoke, air, light or water. Through the entire world, the presence of clouds often comes with different meanings which mostly fall within the range of misfortune, a heavy rainfall or simply a blemish on a perfectly clear and bright day. Smilde however, has chosen to disregard all these negative connotations and make them into a form of entertainment. Since 2010, he has perfected the art of changing the weather conditions of an indoor space and make clouds appear in the least expected spaces. It is a task that requires elaborate planning and preparation, and consists of taking control of the temperature and weather elements of the space he wants to create his work. The humidity of the space has to be controlled while constantly increasing the moisture content of the air in the space. The lighting is then adjusted to create a realistic and dramatic effect. With the right conditions, the fog machine releases a heavy and damp dense mist which looks just like a real life cloud in the sky.

Nimbus is a project that brings to the fore the idea of creating clouds in spaces that are not supposed to contain clouds so spectators can give such occurrence different meanings and often take places in spaces like elevators, balconies, corridors and staircases. His clouds can be quite threatening and ominous and still bring a strange serenity with them even though they are out of place. This conflicting notion is what makes Smilde’s work unique.

Not many people have seen Smilde’s work live as the clouds only lasts as much as ten seconds which is just about enough time to get photographed. The clouds do not exist for long and having them in photographs is the only way to prove that they ever existed and the fact that the images of the artwork brings reality and representation to fusion makes the work of art even more special.

Berndnaut Smilde - Waterschei, 2014
Berndnaut SmildeWaterschei, 2014

Berndnaut Smilde - Nimbus, 2014
Berndnaut SmildeNimbus, 2014

Berndnaut Smilde - Nimbus, 2010, Cloud in room, Digital C-type Print, 75x112 cm, Probe#6, Suze May Sho, Arnhem, Netherlands
Berndnaut SmildeNimbus, 2010, Cloud in room, Digital C-type Print, 75×112 cm, Probe#6, Suze May Sho, Arnhem, Netherlands

Berndnaut Smilde - Nimbus, 2013, Photo Michael Holly
Berndnaut SmildeNimbus, 2013
Photo: Michael Holly

Berndnaut Smilde - Nimbus Sankt Peter, 2014, Digital C-type Print, 75 x 109 : 125 x 181 cm, Sankt Peter Kunst-Station, Cologne, photo Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk
Berndnaut SmildeNimbus Sankt Peter, 2014, Digital C-type Print, 75 x 109 : 125 x 181 cm, Sankt Peter Kunst-Station, Cologne
Photo: Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk

Berndnaut Smilde - Nimbus Portland Place, 2014
Berndnaut SmildeNimbus Portland Place, 2014

Berndnaut Smilde - Nimbus NP3, 2012, digital C-type print on dibond
Berndnaut SmildeNimbus NP3, 2012, digital C-type print on dibond

Berndnaut Smilde - Nimbus Munnekeholm
Berndnaut SmildeNimbus Munnekeholm

Berndnaut Smilde - Nimbus LOT, 2013
Berndnaut SmildeNimbus LOT, 2013

Berndnaut Smilde - Nimbus II, 2012, Digital C-type Print, 75x112 cm, Hotel MariaKapel, Hoorn, photo Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk
Berndnaut SmildeNimbus II, 2012, Digital C-type Print, 75×112 cm, Hotel MariaKapel, Hoorn
Photo: Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk

Berndnaut Smilde - Nimbus Green Room, 2013
Berndnaut SmildeNimbus Green Room, 2013

Berndnaut Smilde - Nimbus Green Room, 2013, digital C-type print on dibond
Berndnaut SmildeNimbus Green Room, 2013

Berndnaut Smilde - Nimbus Dumont, 2014, Digital C-type Print, 75 x 110 : 125 x 184 cm, Minebuilding Waterschei, Genk, photo Cassander Eeftinck, Schattenkerk
Berndnaut SmildeNimbus Dumont, 2014, Digital C-type Print, 75 x 110 : 125 x 184 cm, Minebuilding Waterschei, Genk
Photo: Cassander Eeftinck, Schattenkerk

Berndnaut Smilde - Nimbus Duguan Himalayas Museum, 2015, Digital c-type print, framed, 150 x 220 cm, photo Nina Chen
Berndnaut SmildeNimbus Duguan Himalayas Museum, 2015, Digital c-type print, framed, 150 x 220 cm
Photo: Nina Chen

Berndnaut-Smilde-Nimbus-DAspremont-2012
Berndnaut SmildeNimbus Daspremont, 2012

Berndnaut Smilde - Nimbus Cukurcuma Hamam I, 2012, digital c-type print on dibond
Berndnaut SmildeNimbus Cukurcuma Hamam I, 2012

Berndnaut Smilde - Nimbus Cukurcuma Hamam II, 2012
Berndnaut SmildeNimbus Cukurcuma Hamam II, 2012

Berndnaut Smilde - Nimbus Bonnefanten, 2013, digital c-type print on aluminium
Berndnaut SmildeNimbus Bonnefanten, 2013

Berndnaut Smilde - Nimbus Atlas, 2015, LIAN Art Space, Shanghai 2
Berndnaut SmildeNimbus Atlas, 2015, LIAN Art Space, Shanghai, China

Berndnaut Smilde - Nimbus Atlas, 2015, LIAN Art Space, Shanghai 1
Berndnaut SmildeNimbus Atlas, 2015, LIAN Art Space, Shanghai, China


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Would you consider these gigantic blow-up sculptures art?

Would you consider these gigantic blow-up sculptures art?

FriendsWithYou - Light Cave, The Standard High Line Plaza, NYC, USA 4

FriendsWithYou - Happy Rainbow, Tuen Mun Town Plaza, Hong Kong, 2012
FriendsWithYouHappy Rainbow, Tuen Mun Town Plaza, Hong Kong, 2012

Highly interactive visual art has forged its way into the hearts and minds of the public. This new caliber of art is quirky, but it manages to so effortlessly fuse art, technology, and fashion in a trendy way that has us all captured.

One such collective is run by Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III, who were born in Florida and Havana respectively. The Los Angeles based duo is more commonly referred to by their moniker, FriendsWithYou. The pair has collaborated since 2002 to produce joyful pieces of work intended to “spread Magic, Luck, and Friendship.

FriendsWithYou brings a flair of kid-friendly fun to any proceeding with its bouncy castles, smiling and at times, glowing celestial bodies, brightly colored balloons and blow up structures. The pair uses a broad range of pop-infused media including extensive experiential installations, sculptures, paintings, playgrounds, published artwork, as well as live performances to exhibit their installations.

The two collaborative artists embrace play while subtly highlighting themes of technological innovation, iconography and religion. Their works challenge the progression of mechanical innovation while effectively juxtaposing human feelings such as delight and gratification. This art is effectively bringing change to how people socially experience places, spaces and other people around them, therefore supplying individuals with an enriching experience every time.

Often, Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval have been aptly described as progenies of Takashi Murakami and Yayoi Kusama. Since their work is so calculatingly playful, it might be difficult for some people to classify it as fine art. Instead, the artists represent their art disguised as bouncy castles or as anthropomorphized items. Recently, the crew introduced the first wave of a virtual reality experience aimed at giving people the opportunity to explore their emotions. For instance, their virtual reality ‘Light Spirit’ piece occurs in a metaphysical plane designed to affect people’s sentiments.

When asked why the size of their installations matter, the pair feels that size is essential as it dwarfs the audience, which helps in cultivating a sense of serenity and peace. At the end of it all, their pieces are intended to inspire emotions such as love, magic, and peace into the hearts of the audience. The pair continues to produce art that creates a blur between reality and imagination. Their focus remains to supply people with an active experience that is also interactive at the same time. So if you feel the need to undergo a calming and delightful experience that makes you yearn for light and love, watch out for the duo’s next installation.

FriendsWithYou - At This is not a toy exhibition Design Exchange - Toronto, 2014 2
FriendsWithYou – at This is not a toy exhibition, Design Exchange, Toronto, Canada, 2014

FriendsWithYou - Super Moon, 2016, Seokchon Lake, Seoul, South Korea
FriendsWithYouSuper Moon, 2016, Seokchon Lake, Seoul, South Korea

FriendsWithYou - Super Moon, 2016, Seokchon Lake, Seoul, South Korea 3
FriendsWithYouSuper Moon, 2016, Seokchon Lake, Seoul, South Korea

FriendsWithYou - Super Moon, 2016, Seokchon Lake, Seoul, South Korea 2
FriendsWithYouSuper Moon, 2016, Seokchon Lake, Seoul, South Korea

FriendsWithYou - Starry Eyes - Inflatable by FriendsWithYou 15 feet H x 10 feet W, 2006
FriendsWithYouStarry Eyes, 2006, inflatable, 15 feet H x 10 feet W

FriendsWithYou - Mafli heads- Inflatable, 8 feet x 8 feet, 2006
FriendsWithYouMafli heads, 2006, inflatable, 8 feet x 8 feet

FriendsWithYou - Starburst, Inflatable Sculpture- Ripstop Nylon, 300 inch diameter, Unique Piece, Brookfield Place Toronto 2013, Photo Ernesto DiStefano 4
FriendsWithYouStarburst, 2011, inflatable sculpture, ripstop nylon, 300 inch diameter, Brookfield Place Toronto, Canada, 2013
Photo: Ernesto DiStefano

FriendsWithYou - Starburst, Inflatable Sculpture- Ripstop Nylon, 300 inch diameter, Unique Piece, Brookfield Place Toronto 2013, Photo Ernesto DiStefano 2
FriendsWithYouStarburst, 2011, inflatable sculpture, ripstop nylon, 300 inch diameter, Brookfield Place Toronto, Canada, 2013
Photo: Ernesto DiStefano

FriendsWithYou - Starburst, Inflatable Sculpture- Ripstop Nylon, 300 inch diameter, Unique Piece, Art Basel Miami Beach 2010
FriendsWithYouStarburst, 2011, inflatable sculpture, ripstop nylon, 300 inch diameter, Art Basel Miami Beach, 2010

FriendsWithYou - Starburst, 2011
FriendsWithYouStarburst, 2011

FriendsWithYou - Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Art Basel Miami, USA, 2013 2
FriendsWithYouSomewhere Over the Rainbow, Art Basel Miami Beach, USA, 2013

FriendsWithYou - Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Art Basel Miami, USA, 2013 1
FriendsWithYouSomewhere Over the Rainbow, Art Basel Miami Beach, USA, 2013

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FriendsWithYouLight Spirit

FriendsWithYou - Rainbow city, Miami Basel 3
FriendsWithYouRainbow city, Art Basel Miami Beach, USA

FriendsWithYou - Rainbow city, Miami Basel 1
FriendsWithYouRainbow city, Art Basel Miami Beach, USA

FriendsWithYou - Rainbow city, Highline
FriendsWithYouRainbow city, Highline, NYC, USA

FriendsWithYou - Rainbow city, Highline 3
FriendsWithYouRainbow city, Highline, NYC, USA

FriendsWithYou - Light Cave, The Standard High Line Plaza, NYC, USA
FriendsWithYouLight Cave, 2014, inflatable, 55ft x 25ft x 14ft, The Standard High Line Plaza, NYC, USA

FriendsWithYou - Light Cave, The Standard High Line Plaza, NYC, USA 4
FriendsWithYouLight Cave, 2014, inflatable, 55ft x 25ft x 14ft, The Standard High Line Plaza, NYC, USA

FriendsWithYou - Light Cave, The Standard High Line Plaza, NYC, USA 3
FriendsWithYouLight Cave, 2014, inflatable, 55ft x 25ft x 14ft, The Standard High Line Plaza, NYC, USA

FriendsWithYou - Light Cave, The Standard High Line Plaza, NYC, USA 2
FriendsWithYouLight Cave, 2014, inflatable, 55ft x 25ft x 14ft, The Standard High Line Plaza, NYC, USA

FriendsWithYou - Light Cave, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery
FriendsWithYouLight Cave, 2014, inflatable, 55ft x 25ft x 14ft, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA

FriendsWithYou - Light Cave, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery 1
FriendsWithYouLight Cave, 2014, inflatable, 55ft x 25ft x 14ft, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, USA

FriendsWithYou - Light Cave, 2014, inflatable approximately 55ft x 25ft x 14ft, Photo Alyssa Ringler
FriendsWithYouLight Cave, 2014, inflatable, 55ft x 25ft x 14ft
Photo: Alyssa Ringler

FriendsWithYou – Inflatable by FriendsWithYou,
FriendsWithYou – 2006, inflatable, 10 feet x 8 feet

FriendsWithYou - At This is not a toy exhibition Design Exchange - Toronto, 2014
FriendsWithYou at This is not a toy exhibition, Design Exchange, Toronto, Canada, 2014

FriendsWithYou - Wish Come True Festival, Luminato 2010, Toronto, Canada 2
FriendsWithYou – at Wish Come True Festival, Luminato 2010, Toronto, Canada

FriendsWithYou - Wish Come True Festival, Luminato 2010, Toronto, Canada 2
FriendsWithYou – at Wish Come True Festival, Luminato 2010, Toronto, Canada

FriendsWithYou - Wish Come True Festival, Luminato 2010, Toronto, Canada 2
FriendsWithYou – at Wish Come True Festival, Luminato 2010, Toronto, Canada


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Photos of world’s biggest statues taken from unusual angles

Photos of world’s biggest statues taken from unusual angles

Fabrice Fouillet - Colosses - Jibo Kannon Kagaonsen, Japan 73 m (239 ft) Built in 1987
Fabrice FouilletColosses, Jibo Kannon, Kagaonsen, Japan, 73m (239ft), Built in 1987

Through several centuries, there have been different statues erected around the world. These statues vary in sizes and what they represent. Photographer Fabrice Fouillet embarked on a tour to study and take photographs of the biggest and most imposing statues in the world; A project he named Colosses. The project brings about a change in how these monuments are viewed, in other words, the idea of the project is not entirely to capture images of the statues or show off their sizes or the symbol they represent. The project however is to show these figures in the environment they are in and how they fit into the landscape and their connections to their immediate surroundings. Colosses is a study of the landscape in which monuments and commemorative statues are erected, and tends to bring out another perspective from which these symbolic representations can be viewed.

There can be different reasons why statues are erected and these include political, ideological or religious. Most times, statues are erected to keep alive the memory of a person or event and with the passing of the years, the statue will eventually become a symbol for the community.

As the series Colosses is all about the landscapes in which these statues are sited, we get to see the connections these gigantic declarations have with their immediate environment. A lot of statues were erected around the world in the 1990s with many of them located in Asia. Right now the world’s highest statue is undergoing construction in India and it will go as high as 182 meters which will be almost twice the size of the statue of liberty.

For this project, Fouillet took photographs of the statues outside their surroundings totally detaching them from their natural environment thereby giving a wider view and perspective to how these huge monuments fit into the landscape. He captures the monuments from a perspective we don’t usually get to see every day. Some of these monuments include the Dai Kanon in Sendai, Japan which he framed from a few blocks away. Christ the King monument in Swiebudzin, Poland was framed from behind. For some of the monuments, Fouillet shoots wide enough to capture the details of the things in the environment of these looming monoliths. For example, in the image of the Grand Byakue Kannon in Takazai, Japan, there is a Coca-Cola machine just down the hill away from the monument. According to Fouillet, his intention is to take out the monument from its regular touristic and religious setting which we are already used to.

So far, the project has spanned through ten countries and Fouillet thinks the project would not be complete if he does not capture the monument of Genghis Kahn riding on horseback which is located on the banks of the Tuul River in Mongolia and the Sardar Patel statue which is under construction in India. For the biggest statue in the world at the moment, the Spring Temple Buddha in Henan, China, Fouillet said he was unable to find a satisfying angle.

Fabrice Fouillet - Colosses - African Renaissance Monument Dakar, Senegal 49 m (161 ft) Built in 2010
Fabrice FouilletColosses, African Renaissance Monument, Dakar, Senegal, 49m (161ft), Built in 2010

Fabrice Fouillet - Colosses - Alyosha Monument Murmansk, Russia 35.5 m (116.5 ft) Built in 1974
Fabrice FouilletColosses, Alyosha Monument, Murmansk, Russia 35.5 m (116.5 ft), Built in 1974

Fabrice Fouillet - Colosses - Amitabha Buddha Ushiku, Japan 110 m (360 ft) Built in 1993
Fabrice FouilletColosses, Amitabha Buddha, Ushiku, Japan, 110m (360ft), Built in 1993

Fabrice Fouillet - Colosses - Ataturk Mask Buca, Izmir, Turkey 40 m (132 ft) Built in 2009
Fabrice FouilletColosses, Ataturk Mask, Buca, Izmir, Turkey, 40m (132ft), Built in 2009

Fabrice Fouillet - Colosses - Christ Blessing Manado, Indonesia 30 m (98.5 ft) Built in 2007
Fabrice FouilletColosses, Christ Blessing, Manado, Indonesia, 30m (98.5ft), Built in 2007

Fabrice Fouillet - Colosses - Christ the King Świebodzin, Poland 36 m (120 ft) Built in 2010
Fabrice FouilletColosses, Christ the King Świebodzin, Poland, 36m (120 ft), Built in 2010

Fabrice Fouillet - Colosses - Dai Kannon Sendai, Japan, 100m (330 ft) Built in 1991
Fabrice FouilletColosses, Dai Kannon, Sendai, Japan, 100m (330 ft), Built in 1991

Fabrice Fouillet - Colosses - Grand Bouddha Sakayamunee. Ang Thong, Thailande 92 m (301 ft) Built in 2008
Fabrice FouilletColosses, Great Buddha of Thailand, Ang Thong, Thailand, 92m (301ft), Built in 2008

Fabrice Fouillet - Colosses - Grand Byakue Takazaki, Japan 42 m (137 ft) Built in 1936
Fabrice FouilletColosses, Grand Byakue, Takazaki, Japan, 42m (137ft), Built in 1936

Fabrice Fouillet - Colosses - Guan Yu Statue Yuncheng, China 80 meters (262 ft) Built in 2010
Fabrice FouilletColosses, Guan Yu Statue, Yuncheng, China, 80m (262ft), Built in 2010

Fabrice Fouillet - Colosses - Guanyin Foshan, China 62 m (203 ft) Built in 1998
Fabrice FouilletColosses, Guanyin, Foshan, China, 62m (203ft), Built in 1998

Fabrice Fouillet - Colosses - Laykyun Setkyar Monywa, Myanmar 116 m (381 ft) Built in 2008
Fabrice FouilletColosses, Laykyun Setkyar Monywa, Myanmar, 116m (381ft), Built in 2008

Fabrice Fouillet - Colosses - Mao Zedong Changsha, China, 32 m (105 ft), Built in 2009
Fabrice FouilletColosses, Mao Zedong, Changsha, China, 32m (105ft), Built in 2009

Fabrice Fouillet - Colosses - Mother of the Fatherland. Kiev, Ukraine, 62 m (203 ft). Built in 1981
Fabrice FouilletColosses, Mother of the Fatherland, Kiev, Ukraine, 62m (203ft), Built in 1981

Fabrice Fouillet - Colosses - The Motherland Call. Volgograd, Russia 87 m (285 ft) Built in 1967
Fabrice FouilletColosses, The Motherland Call, Volgograd, Russia, 87m (285ft), Built in 1967


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Is this life-size deflated tank entirely made of Italian leather?

Is this life-size deflated tank entirely made of Italian leather?

He Xiangyu - Tank
He XiangyuTank Project, 2011-2013, installation view, leather, 890 x 600 x 150 cm

He Xiangyu’s Tank project commenced in late 2011 and was completed in early 2013. The sculpture is a prototype of the tank, specifically a T34, based on one that was found near a regimen positioned between North Korea and China. The T34 model was used as China’s armed forces principal tank, and furthermore was the same model that was used during specific infamous incidents in China’s recent history.

He Xiangyu had taken his own risks to complete this piece as he had to coordinate a team to sneak into the army base during the night to measure parts of the tank by hand as large-scale measuring tools were unavailable. Determining the measurements took four months. The plans based off of these dimensions were detailed and painstakingly thorough, so thorough that Xiangyu could reproduce an actual tank.

The artist used high grade vegetable tanned leather as his main material for his tank, creating the “outer-coat” by using the dimensions and proportions from the measurements scaled with a very insignificant magnification. Xiangyu together with 35 workers, completed the Tank Project in about two years, using over 250 full-scale leather hides and 50,000 meters of wax string. The finished piece weighs over 4000 pounds. Xiangyu ‘s Tank Project also includes the relating diagrams, and video.

About He Xiangyu

He Xiangyu, was born 1986 in Kuandian, China. In 2008, Xiangyu graduated from Shenyang Normal University with a bachelor’s degree in art, where he studied oil painting. His work has been featured in a number of group exhibitions around the world. He Xiangyu’s works have been in collections such as: Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland; White Rabbit Gallery, Sydney, Australia; Domus Collection, USA; Pinault Collection, France; Long Museum, Shanghai, China; Boros Collection, Berlin, Germany; Mercator Foundation, Essen, Germany; Artron Art Museum, Shenzhen, China; Sishang Museum, Beijing, China.

He Xiangyu - Tank
He XiangyuTank Project, 2011-2013, installation view (detail), leather, 890 x 600 x 150 cm

He Xiangyu - Tank
He XiangyuTank Project, 2011-2013, installation view, leather, 890 x 600 x 150 cm

He Xiangyu - Tank
He XiangyuTank Project, 2011-2013, installation view, leather, 890 x 600 x 150 cm

He Xiangyu - Tank
He XiangyuTank Project, 2011-2013, installation view (detail), leather, 890 x 600 x 150 cm


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