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Asia’s tallest mural in the making 2

Asia’s tallest mural in the making 2

Public Delivery feat. ECB Hendrik Beikirch - Mural in Busan (2012) - 2

Public Delivery feat. ECB Hendrik Beikirch - Mural in Busan (2012) - 1

Public Delivery feat. ECB Hendrik Beikirch - Mural in Busan (2012) - 2

Quick update of the mural. The upcoming typhoon delivers perfect working circumstances but also adds some time pressure for Hendrik Beikirch.

UPDATE: See the result here

(photos by Kim Tae Jeong / 김태정)


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Asia’s tallest mural in the making 1

Asia’s tallest mural in the making 1

Public Delivery - ECB Hendrik Beikirch - Busan in progress mural (2012)

Public Delivery - ECB Hendrik Beikirch - Busan in progress mural (2012)

Beikirch is continuing the mural in Busan, Korea with perfect weather, after a few days of rain break. More updates soon.

UPDATE: More work in progress shows here, the result here


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Watertower made of 1000 scrap pieces of plexiglas

Watertower made of 1000 scrap pieces of plexiglas

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Tom Fruin - Watertower, New York, Brooklyn - 1
Tom FruinWatertower, 2010, 6x3x3m, found plexiglas, steel, bolts

Brooklyn based artist Tom Fruin (1974) just installed Watertower, a large sculpture made by scavenged, reclaimed, and recycled plexiglas and steel. It is installed high upon a water tower platform in Brooklyn, NYC and part of his Icon series, that consists of sculptural tributes to architectural icons around the world.

About one thousand scrap pieces of plexiglas were used, often reclaimed and discarded material, some of it coming from Chinatown sign shops or closed artist studios in Brooklyn. Since the opening in June there are daily light shows beginning at dusk and continuing to morning, using light sequences designed by Ryan Holsopple. Watertower will be installed until June 2013.

Location
On the rooftop of 20 Jay Street and viewable from the parks and streets of Dumbo, the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, FDR Drive and Lower Manhattan.

Prime viewing locations
Brooklyn Bridge Park at Washington Street (map) and the Manhattan Bridge bike path.

Tom Fruin - Watertower, New York, Brooklyn - 2
Tom FruinWatertower, 2010, 6x3x3m, found plexiglas, steel, bolts

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Public Delivery: The work on Asia’s tallest mural started

Public Delivery: The work on Asia’s tallest mural started

ECB Hendrik Beikirch - Busan (South Korea)
ECB Hendrik Beikirch in front of his blank canvas

Public Delivery is proudly presenting the tallest non-commercial painting ever made in Korea, applied by ECB Hendrik Beikirch, stretching over 70m. The artwork is located in Busan, the second largest city, between South Korea’s two most famous beaches, Gwangalli (광안리해수욕장) and Haeundae (해운대해수욕장).

The project is kindly supported by the Busan Cultural Foundation, the Arts Council Korea, Busan Metropolitan City and Suyeong Local Government. We are glad to have MBC, the oldest and one of the major commercial broadcasting companies, as our media partner.

UPDATE: The final photos and everything about the project, preview 1, preview 2


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Uncomfortable: These two couches are made from marble

Uncomfortable: These two couches are made from marble

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Ai Weiwei - Sofa in White, 2011, Zürich
Ai WeiweiSofa in White, 2011, Zürich

It looks like somebody has misplaced two couches right in the center of Zürich, but curious passers looking for a rest will be surprised, the furniture feels hard and cold and doesn’t deliver the expected comfort. The Sofa in White are two artworks made out of marble, created by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei (1957).

For Art and the City, the largest outdoor exhibition of Switzerland, he placed The Sofa in White right in the financial district. The artworks look like a certain model of 1970s furniture, sold in millions especially to the Chinese middle class and turned into an icon of a generation, representing achievable modest wealth and comfort. Weiwei’s couches are handmade by Chinese craftsman using expensive marble, each piece is 1.020 kg heavy. They are currently in front of Credit Suisse, with UBS one of the two big banks that are situated at the Paradeplatz since the end of the 19th Century. This place is one of the world’s most expensive locations and became well known through international tv as almost every report about Swiss banks shows the Paradeplatz. Now it embodies the cliche of Swiss banks like no other and stands for money and gold, bank secrecy and money laundering and for bonuses and financial crisis. The seatings are a symbol for globalization, a source of major profits for the Credit Suisse.

Ai Weiwei’s The Sofa in White and other artworks are on display in the city space until September 23rd.

Art and the City takes place in Zürich right now and shows 40 works by artists like Doug Aitken, Paul McCarthy and others. The public art project coincides with the Venice Biennale and Kassel’s documenta, roughly located between their two venues.

Ai Weiwei - Sofa in White, 2011, Zürich
Ai WeiweiSofa in White, 2011, Zürich

Ai Weiwei - Sofa in White, 2011, Zürich
Ai WeiweiSofa in White, 2011, Zürich

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This Austrian artist is considered one of the most important postwar-artists

This Austrian artist is considered one of the most important postwar-artists

Franz West - The Unconscious Sculpture

Franz West - Drama (Modell), 2001 at Kunsthaus Bregenz
Drama (Modell), 2001 at Kunsthaus Bregenz
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The Austrian Franz West (1947-2012), one of the most important postwar-artists, died less than two weeks ago. His work has been repeatedly exhibited at documenta, the Venice Biennale and in 2011 was awarded the Golden Lion at the Biennale di Venezia in recognition for his life’s work.

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Impressive: 100,000 LEDs lights on river in Tokyo

Impressive: 100,000 LEDs lights on river in Tokyo

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Tokyo Hotaru Festival, 2012

Fireflies have become a rare sight in Japan. Once they used to glow their low light all over the country in the summer time but now they have become an uncommon sight even in rural areas. Last month 100,000 LED lights floated down through Tokyo’s city centre on the Sumida river mimicking a stream of fireflies. This happend on the occasion of the Tokyo Hotaru Festival (Tokyo Firefly Festival) which was first held in 2012 and is intended to revalue the river and its surroundings, similar to what Seoul has done with their prestigious Cheonggyecheon stream renaturation project. The LED lights were sponsored by Panasonic and equipped with solar cells. At the end all of the lights were taken out of the river by using a big net.

Tokyo Hotaru Festival, 2012

Tokyo Hotaru Festival, 2012

Tokyo Hotaru Festival, 2012

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(via, photos by Tokyo Hotaru & Mai Suzuki)


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