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Colorful artworks: Designed to be walked over

Colorful artworks: Designed to be walked over

Joan Miró - 1970, earthenware, 10x50m, Terminal B, El Prat Airport, Barcelona, Spain detail
Joan MiróWall of the Barcelona Airport (detail), 1970, earthenware, 10x50m, Terminal B, El Prat Airport, Barcelona, Spain

If you have ever been to Barcelona, you must have walked over one of Joan Miro’s mosaics. The artist began to publicly display his work in 1976 when he chose the centre of Barcelona’s Rambla to permanently incorporate his work into a pavement. This was in fulfilment of a pledge he had made in 1968 to create four pieces of art which he would donate to the city of Barcelona where he was born. The use of different colors in the mosaic brings out the vibrancy that is his style of art. All the artwork that is associated with Joan Miró speaks the language of simplicity; generous use of color and simple shapes. More than four decades after his first outdoor work of art, the works of Joan Miró located in various parts of the world are enjoying facelifts of massive proportions.

For those who grew up in Wichita or attended the Wichita State University campus, the past is reclaiming its space. The mosaic which was made in France was shipped to the United States in 1978. When the restoration was handed over to a conservation service, their focus was to not only restore the original glamor but also retain the integrity of the artwork. Since the piece was an outdoor structure, it disintegrated due to high winds, lightning, thunder, and fluctuating temperatures.

Another notable Miró mosaic is located at the Barcelona Airport, Terminal 2. It is easy to spot because it is inevitably the first thing travellers step on when they get off from a flight. This is a great orientation to visitors coming to the city for the first time and rightfully so because the large mural made up of ceramic pieces is at the entry point to the city. The airport mural which measures 9 metres in length and 5 metres in width was completed in 1970. A ceramicist friend of Joan known as Josep Llorens Artigas, who he had collaborated with on various projects in the 1960s helped him to put the mural together. Joan would spend a lot of his time to create the robust mosaic but some unexpected details occurred at the kiln which fascinated the two friends. It is such details that take a lot of time to preserve that have made facelifts of the various art pieces rather time consuming. The airport mural for instance took a record 9 years to restore but the outcome is worth every second spend.

The third of the four donations dedicated to the city of Barcelona is the Pla de l’Os Mosaic which is a symbol that ushers in visitors coming into Barcelona through the sea. The mosaic, in line with the style of the artist comprises of circular forms to represent the cosmos and depicts entry into the city through the sea. Similar to his other works which have lots of colors and shapes, this mosaic situated at the seaport is made up of round shapes in bright colors. The mosaic was commissioned and installed in 1976.

The Woman and Bird statue is the last work of art done by Miró in the series which he had purposed to act as a welcome to travellers arriving into Barcelona. This particular artwork is to be found in the main train station in Barcelona and was unveiled in 1983.

Apart from the Woman and Bird statue, all the other works of the artist were designed to be walked over in public places. This did not at all bother the artist, in fact, the reality that it would undergo faster wear and tear and thus be restored regularly, could have been inspiring to him.

Joan Miró - 1970, earthenware, 10x50m, Terminal B, El Prat Airport, Barcelona, Spain
Joan MiróWall of the Barcelona Airport, 1970, earthenware, 10x50m, Terminal B, El Prat Airport, Barcelona, Spain

Joan Miró - 1970, earthenware, 10x50m, Terminal B, El Prat Airport, Barcelona, Spain
Joan MiróWall of the Barcelona Airport, 1970, earthenware, 10x50m, Terminal B, El Prat Airport, Barcelona, Spain

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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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Colorful artwork in Las Vegas desert

Colorful artwork in Las Vegas desert

Ugo Rondinone - Seven Magic Mountains Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016
Ugo RondinoneSeven Magic Mountains Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016

Seven Magic Mountains by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone sits comfortably in the desert south of Las Vegas in Nevada. The colossal work is made up of seven towering sculptures of stones weighing up to a ton each. The huge limestone boulders are stacked on top of one another. Each tower is made up of three to six stones and each stone has a specific colour with each stack standing as high as 9 to 10.5 meters. Seven Magic Mountains is now one of the largest land-based art installations in the United States in the last 40 years.

Ugo Rondinone is known to be a lover of nature and some of his works revolve around the sun, the moon, and the cosmos. The artwork goes further to emphasize the kind of interest the artist has in natural phenomena and how they reformulate in art, and refers to the natural world, existentialism and romanticism all concurrently in a mental trinity that the artist’s works have been known for. According to the artist, Seven Magic Mountains brings out the togetherness and unity between nature and human, natural and artificial, as well as the past and the present.

This work became like a special art pilgrim site as it evokes a kind of spirituality that is bound to have spectators engaged and leave them in awe. The location brings about a feeling of stability from the mammoth sizes of the boulders. Seven Magic Mountains is placed strategically such that viewers will be able to view it from different angles and perspectives, and is getting the expected reactions from the public. Whenever people stumble upon it, they smile and bring out their phones to take pictures. It is also making waves on social media as many people are talking about it.

Ugo Rondinone - Seven Magic Mountains Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016
Ugo RondinoneSeven Magic Mountains Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016

Ugo Rondinone - Seven Magic Mountains Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016. Photo by Gianfranco Gorgoni. Courtesy of Art Production Fund and Nevada Museum of Art
Ugo RondinoneSeven Magic Mountains Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016
Photo: Gianfranco Gorgoni. Courtesy of Art Production Fund and Nevada Museum of Art

Ugo Rondinone - Seven Magic Mountains Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016
Ugo RondinoneSeven Magic Mountains Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016 (installation)

Ugo Rondinone, Miami Mountain, The Bass, Miami Beach, 2016
Ugo RondinoneMiami Mountain, The Bass, Miami Beach, 2016

Ugo Rondinone, Miami Mountain, The Bass, Miami Beach, 2016
Ugo RondinoneMiami Mountain, The Bass, Miami Beach, 2016

Ugo Rondinone - Installation view, Clouds + Mountains + Waterfalls, Sadie Coles HQ. Copyright the artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.
Ugo Rondinone – Installation view, Clouds + Mountains + Waterfalls, Sadie Coles HQ. Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

Ugo Rondinone - Unique Stone Sculptures
Ugo RondinoneUnique Stone Sculptures

Ugo Rondinone - Purple Pink Red Orange Yellow Green Mountain
Ugo RondinonePurple Pink Red Orange Yellow Green Mountain

Ugo Rondinone - Black Blue Pink Mountain, 2015, painted stone, stainless steel, pedestal, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
Ugo RondinoneBlack Blue Pink Mountain, 2015, painted stone, stainless steel, pedestal
Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

Ugo Rondinone - Orange Yellow Green Blue Pink Red mountain Mountain, 2015, painted stone, stainless steel, pedestal, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
Ugo RondinoneOrange Yellow Green Blue Pink Red mountain Mountain, 2015, painted stone, stainless steel, pedestal
Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

Ugo Rondinone - Unique Stone Sculpture Blue
Ugo RondinoneUnique Stone Sculpture Blue

Ugo Rondinone - Yellow Pink Red Mountain, 2015, painted stone, stainless steel, pedestal, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
Ugo RondinoneYellow Pink Red Mountain, 2015, painted stone, stainless steel, pedestal
Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

Ugo Rondinone - Blue black white mountain, 2015. Copyright the artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.
Ugo RondinoneBlue Black White Mountain, 2015, painted stone, stainless steel, pedestal
Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

Ugo Rondinone - Blue yellow mountain, 2015. Copyright the artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.
Ugo RondinoneBlue Yellow Mountain, 2015, painted stone, stainless steel, pedestal
Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

Ugo Rondinone - Green yellow orange red pink mountain, 2015. Copyright the artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.
Ugo RondinoneGreen Yellow Orange Red Pink Mountain, 2015, painted stone, stainless steel, pedestal
Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London

Ugo Rondinone - Red silver yellow mountain, 2015. Copyright the artist, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London.
Ugo RondinoneRed Silver Yellow Mountain, 2015, painted stone, stainless steel, pedestal
Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London


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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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Would you pay $58m for this shiny dog?

Would you pay $58m for this shiny dog?

Jeff Koons - Balloon Dog (Orange), executed in 1994-2000

Jeff Koons - Balloon Dog (Orange), executed in 1994-2000
Jeff KoonsBalloon Dog (Orange), executed in 1994-2000, mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, 307 x 363 x 114cm, one of five unique versions (Blue, Magenta, Orange, Red, Yellow)
Sold at Christie’s in 2013 for US$ 58,405,000

The Balloon Dog by Jeff Koons is a work of art that is about celebration for different purposes and times; A simple artwork which in its elegance would evoke a cheery scream from children if showcased at a children’s party. The Balloon Dog sculpture is made from very simple materials – stainless steel and covered with different colours: blue, magenta, orange, red and yellow. There was nothing left out of the creation even though it stands ten feet and weighs a ton. The artwork looks like a balloon twisted to shape to form a dog.

The Balloon Dog was a part of Jeff Koon’s well-known Celebration series from the early 1990s. It has been exhibited all around the world and these sculptures have been sold at huge amounts of money at different auctions. Koons said he only wanted to create a piece that showed the joys of having a celebration when he created the sculpture. As much as his own ideals were different, his work, the Balloon Dog has gone on to make him the creator of the most expensive artwork sold at auction by a living artist. Each edition of the series has sold for a different price at different times but the one that sold at the highest amount of money remains the Balloon Dog (Orange) which sold for $58,405,000 in November 2013, the highest ever paid for a piece of art by a living artist at auction anywhere in the world.

The Balloon Dog (Orange) has a very beautiful colour on a giant swollen body that has a reflective surface. This sculpture depicts weightlessness despite its huge size and heavy weight of one ton. The balloon form was made while paying utmost attention to precise details. There is a knot which serves as the nose, the twists and crimps that show the limbs are well placed and the dog’s tail which is erect and yet looks like rubber. The artist is known for making use of exact standards in his work and the Balloon Dog (Orange) is not an exception. This faultless and flawless creation is admired and loved by the audience. As much work was put into this work of art, the result is an extraordinarily beautiful sculpture which is pleasing to the eyes and makes it an enjoyable sight to behold.

Jeff Koons - Balloon Dog (Orange), 1994-2000 mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, Christie’s, NYC
Jeff KoonsBalloon Dog (Orange), executed in 1994-2000, mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, 307 x 363 x 114cm, one of five unique versions (Blue, Magenta, Orange, Red, Yellow), Christie’s, NYC, USA
Sold at Christie’s in 2013 for US$ 58,405,000

Jeff Koons - Balloon Dog (Orange), 1994-2000 mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich, Connecticut
Jeff KoonsBalloon Dog (Orange), executed in 1994-2000, mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating, 307 x 363 x 114cm, one of five unique versions (Blue, Magenta, Orange, Red, Yellow), The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich, Connecticut, USA
Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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Immaculate larger than life sculptures as sanctified haven

Immaculate larger than life sculptures as sanctified haven

Jaume Plensa - Paula, 2013, Bronze, 179 x 63 x 63 cm, Toledo Museum of Art, 2016, Photo The Blade:Andy Morrison

Jaume Plensa
Jaume Plensa

Jaume Plensa is arguably one of the top sculptors today. He is largely known for creating huge-sized ethereal sculptures, and has also worked with different other types of contemporary art media, including from acoustic installations to video projections.

By juxtaposing the poetic and the intellectual, Jaume Plensa manages to come up with evocative sculptures that have a robust conceptual foundation. While most conceptual artists usually feel the need of refusing beauty to convey ideas, the romanticism, and beauty of Plensa’s sculptures are able to make his ideas more tangible. One way that he does this is through introducing his sculptures in public spaces, which enables his works to be appreciated by the inhabitants of the city.

The interaction between his work and the audience and the entire city in general give a breath of life to Plensa’s sculptures. Even in all the chaos and hustle of city life, Plensa’s work provides a sanctified haven where people can play, laugh, collect themselves or reunite.

In most of his work, Plensa’s likes articulating the external and the internal. These ideas can also been seen in his most recognizable sculptures; for instance, in his immaculate sculptures of girl’s faces and human bodies. He uses alabaster stone and a combination of brightly colored LED lighting to highlight the translucency and link the internal psychological thoughts of a human with the exterior façade.

Jaume Plensa is an ardent reader, and his work is inspired by poetry and literature. He cites Shakespeare, Goethe, and Black as some of his major inspirations. The Catalan artist incorporates words and language in his work to pay homage to his deep love of all things literature. This includes works like the Nomade sculpture that allows the audience to look through the spaces between the letters and see mankind as a single unified piece.

All of Jaume Plena’s works do not have any negative assertions. Rather, the artist is always sharing a strong message of unity, hope, and beauty. His works promote unity despite all the barriers that often separate mankind.

Jaume Plensa – Awilda, Salzburg University , Salzburg, Austria 2010, Courtesy Salzburg Foundation, Photo Wolfgang Lienbacher 1
Jaume PlensaAwilda, Salzburg University, Salzburg, Austria, 2010
Courtesy: Salzburg Foundation, Photo: Wolfgang Lienbacher

Jaume Plensa – Awilda, Salzburg University , Salzburg, Austria 2010, Courtesy Salzburg Foundation, Photo Wolfgang Lienbacher 2
Jaume PlensaAwilda, Salzburg University, Salzburg, Austria, 2010
Courtesy: Salzburg Foundation, Photo: Wolfgang Lienbacher

Jaume Plensa – Awilda, Salzburg University , Salzburg, Austria 2010, Courtesy Salzburg Foundation, Photo Wolfgang Lienbacher 3
Jaume PlensaAwilda, Salzburg University, Salzburg, Austria, 2010
Courtesy: Salzburg Foundation, Photo: Wolfgang Lienbacher

Jaume Plensa - Wonderland, 2012, Painted stainless steel, 12 meters high, The Bow, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Jaume PlensaWonderland, 2012, painted stainless steel, 12 meters high, The Bow, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Jaume Plensa - Together, 2014, San Gorgio Maggiore, Venice, Italy
Jaume PlensaTogether, 2014, San Gorgio Maggiore, Venice, Italy

Jaume Plensa - Soul of Words I and II, 2014. Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee. 2015. Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York, Photo Dean Dixon
Jaume PlensaSoul of Words I and II, 2014, Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee, 2015

Jaume Plensa - Paula, 2013, Bronze, 179 x 63 x 63 cm, Toledo Museum of Art, 2016, Photo The Blade:Andy Morrison
Jaume PlensaPaula, 2013, Bronze, 179 x 63 x 63 cm, Toledo Museum of Art, 2016
Photo: The Blade/Andy Morrison

Jaume Plensa - Nomade, 2007, painted steel, Pappajohn Sculpture Park, Greater Des Moines, Iowa, USA, 2010
Jaume PlensaNomade, 2007, painted steel, Pappajohn Sculpture Park, Greater Des Moines, Iowa, USA, 2010

Jaume Plensa - Looking Into My Dreams, Awilda, Millennium Park, Chicago, 2016, Photo City of Chicago : Patrick Pyszka
Jaume PlensaLooking Into My Dreams, Awilda, Millennium Park, Chicago, 2016
Photo City of Chicago/Patrick Pyszka

Jaume Plensa - Looking Into My Dreams, Awilda, Botafogo Beach, Brazil, Photo Christophe Simon
Jaume PlensaLooking Into My Dreams, Awilda, Botafogo Beach, Brazil
Photo: Christophe Simon

Jaume Plensa - Irma's White Head, 2008, enameled stainless steel, Place Vendome, Paris, France, 2012
Jaume PlensaIrma's White Head, 2008, enameled stainless steel, Place Vendome, Paris, France, 2012

Jaume Plensa - Irma-Nuria, 2010, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, West Yorkshire, England 1
Jaume PlensaIrma-Nuria, 2010, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, West Yorkshire, England

Jaume Plensa - Irma-Nuria, 2010, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, West Yorkshire, England 2
Jaume PlensaIrma-Nuria, 2010, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, West Yorkshire, England

Jaume Plensa - Echo, polyester resin, marble dust, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Art Museum, Washington, USA 1
Jaume PlensaEcho, polyester resin, marble dust, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Art Museum, Washington, USA

Jaume Plensa - Echo, polyester resin, marble dust, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Art Museum, Washington, USA 1
Jaume PlensaEcho, polyester resin, marble dust, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Art Museum, Washington, USA

Jaume Plensa - Echo, polyester resin, marble dust, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Art Museum, Washington, USA 1
Jaume PlensaEcho, polyester resin, marble dust, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle Art Museum, Washington, USA

Jaume Plensa - Echo, polyester resin, marble dust, Madison Square Park, New York City in 2011, Photo James Ewing
Jaume PlensaEcho, polyester resin, marble dust, Madison Square Park, New York City in 2011
Photo: James Ewing

Jaume Plensa - Dream, 2009, Dolomite on cast concrete, Sutton, St Helens, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Jaume PlensaDream, 2009, Dolomite on cast concrete, Sutton, St Helens, Merseyside, United Kingdom

Jaume Plensa - Awilda and Laura, Palm Springs Art Museum, California, USA, Photo David Blank
Jaume PlensaAwilda and Laura, 2014, Palm Springs Art Museum, California, USA
Photo: David Blank

Jaume Plensa - Awilda and Irma, 2014, Stainless steel, 400 x 400 x 300 cm (each), Around 600 Kg (each), Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, USA, 2016
Jaume PlensaAwilda and Laura, 2014, Stainless steel, 400 x 400 x 300 cm (each), Around 600 Kg (each), Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, USA, 2016

Jaume Plensa - Awilda and Irma, 2014, Stainless steel, 400 x 400 x 300 cm (each), Around 600 Kg (each), Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee. 2015, Photo Dean Dixon

Jaume PlensaAwilda and Laura, 2014, Stainless steel, 400 x 400 x 300 cm (each), Around 600 Kg (each), Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee, 2015
Photo: Dean Dixon

Jaume Plensa – Body of Knowledge, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, 2010 1
Jaume PlensaBody of Knowledge, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, 2010

Jaume Plensa – Body of Knowledge, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, 2010 3
Jaume PlensaBody of Knowledge, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, 2010

Jaume Plensa – Body of Knowledge, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, 2010 3
Jaume PlensaBody of Knowledge, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, 2010

Jaume Plensa - Air, Water, Void, 2014, 215 x 500 x 500 cm, Schaezlerpalais Festsaal, Kunstsammlungen Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany 1
Jaume PlensaAir, Water, Void, 2014, 215 x 500 x 500 cm, Schaezlerpalais Festsaal, Kunstsammlungen Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany

Jaume Plensa - Air, Water, Void, 2014, 215 x 500 x 500 cm, Schaezlerpalais Festsaal, Kunstsammlungen Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany 2
Jaume PlensaAir, Water, Void, 2014, 215 x 500 x 500 cm, Schaezlerpalais Festsaal, Kunstsammlungen Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany


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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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