Archive: 2014
Giant middle finger in front of Italian Stock Exchange

Giant middle finger in front of Italian Stock Exchange

Maurizio Cattelan - L.O.V.E., 2010, White Carrara Marble, roman travertine, 1100 x 470 x 470 cm (36.1 x 15.5 x 15.5 feet), Piazza Affari Milano, Italy 1
Maurizio Cattelan – L.O.V.E., 2010, white Carrara Marble, roman travertine, 1100 x 470 x 470 cm (36.1 x 15.5 x 15.5 feet), Piazza Affari Milano, Italy

“Officially its name is L.O.V.E. – so it stands for love – but everyone can read between the lines and take away the message they see for themselves.”

– Maurizio Cattelan

Introduction

If you stroll into Milan’s Piazza degli Affari, you are bound to feast your eyes on a shocking sight: A 4 to 5 meters high marble sculpture of a veiny hand giving its beholders the middle finger. The middle finger is placed on a 7 m base. The display of the fascist salute has a twist though, all the other fingers have been chopped off to leave the middle finger, considered an obscene offensive gesture. The sculpture by Maurizio Cattelan is right in front of the fascist-styled Palazzo Mezzanotte, the Italian stock exchange building. To many people, it seems to flip it off.

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Please step on this artwork – LikeArchitects

Please step on this artwork – LikeArchitects

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LIKEarchitects with Jen Lewin’s installation The Pool, Colombo Shopping Mall, Lisbon, Portugal, 2014

LIKEarchitects, a Porto-based architecture studio constructed the temporary exhibition at Colombo Shopping Mall in Lisbon, Portugal that would hold Jen Lewin’s highly interactive luminous installation titled ‘The Pool’.

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This is not America – Alfredo Jaar

This is not America – Alfredo Jaar

Alfredo Jaar - A Logo for America, 1987:2014, Times Square, New York

Alfredo Jaar - A Logo for America, 1987:2014, Times Square, New York 4
Alfredo JaarA Logo for America, 1987/2014, Times Square, New York, 1987

About Times Square, New York

The Times Square in New York is characterized by an epic display of contemporary consumerism; it is flooded with tourists from all regions of the world and filled with numerous electric billboards displaying services and a range of products for sale. If you are going to install an art exhibition, and a successful one at that, there is no better location that offers as much visibility as Times Square.

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Iconic video games on 490 meter high Hong Kong building – Cao Fei

Iconic video games on 490 meter high Hong Kong building – Cao Fei

Cao Fei - Same Old, Brand New, 2014, International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong
Cao FeiSame Old, Brand New (rendering), 2015, sound and large-scale led screens, 5min, size variable, Sound by Artist Dickson Dee, International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong, China

About Cao Fei’s 490 meter installation

Same Old, Brand New is the labor of love of Chinese multimedia artist Cao Fei. It was a massive video installation that featured a multitude of different symbols, moving pictures and images as well as logos from well-liked video games such as Pac-Man and Tetris. At the time of the show, the images and symbols that were displayed had become integral elements of culture among the youth not only in Hong Kong but in other parts of the world as well.

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Remarkable: Entire Boeing plane painted in colorful graffiti – Os Gemeos

Remarkable: Entire Boeing plane painted in colorful graffiti – Os Gemeos

Os Gemeos - Boeing 737

Os Gemeos - Boeing 737
Os Gemeos (Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo) on Boeing 737 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2014

In 2014, Brazilian artist duo and twins Os Gemeos painted the whole exterior of a Boeing 737, which then transported the Brazilian national football group from city to city for the 2014 FIFA world cup.

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Life-sized human skull made out of cocaine – Diddo

Life-sized human skull made out of cocaine – Diddo


DiddoEcce Animal, 2004, compression molded Cocaine (street sourced) and Gelatin, 12x18x22cm

Ecce Animal by Dutch artist Diddo is an unusual artwork, crafted with cocaine mixed with gelatin, it was fashioned in form of a human skull. The gelatin was used to hold together the sculpture. The artwork, as strange as it is, calls for a lot of questioning as to what it stands for and what exactly it means.

Before making the sculpture, Diddo tested the purity of the cocaine in a laboratory where it was determined that it was about 20 percent pure. According to Diddo, he feels it isn’t his work to talk about the dangers of using drugs but with the artwork crafted in the form of a human skull, to some a symbol of death, it clearly shows the dangerous side of it. He says the work of art brings to the fore the dynamics of human behaviour. Human beings find it difficult to live together while at the same time cannot quite live without one another. Ecce Animal symbolizes bringing together man’s animal instincts and the modern world we are in today.

Ecce Animal was not made to emphasize on the dangers involved in drug abuse or addiction but rather is about man’s nature in the present world. Man’s nature specifically in the sense that he lives in a society which constantly throws at him situations he may be unable to control, hence the use of cocaine (a dangerous substance) to sculpt the human skull. In the poem that accompanied the work of art Diddo writes, “It is frightening to look at the face of our animal side laid bare by comfortable excess, the spoils of its aggression.”

Is this unorthodox way of passing across a message one that will create a lasting impression? The work of art is definitely a brilliant one and the way and manner it was crafted is ingenious. “Ecce Animal” is a commissioned piece so details about it are not available to the public but since pictures are available on the internet, we can simply view and deduce our own interpretations and just maybe, dwell extensively on it.

Diddo - Ecce animal
DiddoEcce Animal, 2004, compression molded Cocaine (street sourced) and Gelatin, 12x18x22cm

Diddo - Ecce animal
DiddoEcce Animal, 2004, compression molded Cocaine (street sourced) and Gelatin, 12x18x22cm

Diddo - Ecce animal
DiddoEcce Animal, 2004, compression molded Cocaine (street sourced) and Gelatin, 12x18x22cm

Diddo - Ecce animal
DiddoEcce Animal, 2004, compression molded Cocaine (street sourced) and Gelatin, 12x18x22cm

Diddo - Ecce animal
DiddoEcce Animal, 2004, compression molded Cocaine (street sourced) and Gelatin, 12x18x22cm

Diddo - Ecce animal
DiddoEcce Animal, 2004, compression molded Cocaine (street sourced) and Gelatin, 12x18x22cm

Diddo - Ecce animal
DiddoEcce Animal, 2004, compression molded Cocaine (street sourced) and Gelatin, 12x18x22cm


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“Hunger King” is Jani Leinonen’s fast food reply to social inequality and homelessness

“Hunger King” is Jani Leinonen’s fast food reply to social inequality and homelessness

Jani Leinonen - Hunger King, 2014, Hungary, Budapest 1
Jani LeinonenHunger King, 2014, Hungary, Budapest

Located behind a resplendent Opera House in Budapest on the same road as Louis Vuitton, sits Hunger King, a place that seems to be just like any other burger joint, however, it is anything but. Hunger King is a regular fast food outlet that is pushed onto the masses; Hunger King is a critical sociopolitical art installation serving to highlight Hungary’s significant crises of social inequality and homelessness.

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