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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.

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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.

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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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See the city through new eyes when colorfully dressed people stack on top of each other

See the city through new eyes when colorfully dressed people stack on top of each other

Willi Dorner – Bodies in Urban Spaces
Willi DornerBodies in Urban Spaces

“Bodies in Urban Spaces” by Willi Dorner is an example of when art comes to life, it is a trail that is ever changing, choreographed specifically for a group of dancers. The dances bring the art to life and take the audience through selected parts of public and semi-public spaces. What the audience experiences is the corporeal elements of a chain of physical interventions that are set up very quickly and briefly, as their existence is only temporary, thus allowing the audience to perceive a space in a completely different way through brand new eyes.

The special quality of each place at various times of the day creates unique presentations. The purpose is to emphasize urban functional structure while also serving to “uncover the restricted movement possibilities and behavior as well as rules and limitations.”

Willi Dorner does this by placing the bodies in specific places in which his interventions serve to provoke a cognitive process and produce the emotional reaction of irritation. The performers bodies, skillfully choreographed by the artist invokes a sense of awe and somewhat disbelief in the audience, as the bodies contort into each other, similar to the non-biological structures we see in the urban settings. Individuals who pass by this work of art, can reflect upon their urban surrounding in addition to their own behavior and habits. What the audience sees is a mouthful, however, most are too stunned or left at a loss of words as they see the brutal beauty yet complicated frustration of the living piece. “Bodies in urban spaces” encourages local residents to play the part of the audience and walk though their own city in order to facilitate a stronger relationship to their neighborhood, or their region. It doesn’t only make people see space differently, but their own place within that space on a deeper level.

Willi Dorner – Bodies in Urban Spaces
Willi DornerBodies in Urban Spaces

Willi Dorner – Bodies in Urban Spaces
Willi DornerBodies in Urban Spaces

Willi Dorner – Bodies in Urban Spaces
Willi DornerBodies in Urban Spaces

Willi Dorner – Bodies in Urban Spaces
Willi DornerBodies in Urban Spaces

Willi Dorner – Bodies in Urban Spaces
Willi DornerBodies in Urban Spaces

Willi Dorner – Bodies in Urban Spaces
Willi DornerBodies in Urban Spaces

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