While stuck on a plane recently I spent a little time catching up with Dwell on flipboard. One link led to another and then I came across this craziness. An island made out of legos. I’ve been our blog reporter on the lego beat it seems, keeping pulse of interesting items related to this toy we’ve all had a chance to enjoy at some point in our lives in some way. What do you think? Could you ever have an island, counter or piece of furniture in your home made out of legos? Long live legos! Image above is a print screen from the Dwell online article.
Archive for the ‘Film & Art’ Category
With the advancements of technology, hand painted advertisements are quickly becoming a thing of the past. A handful of painters are continuing the craft by painting advertisements on the sides of buildings in New York City, while printed vinyl signs have become the norm. This documentary captures the art of the hand painted advertisement, as well as the stories of the people that continue to carry on the tradition. After watching this, it made me want to abandon my computer and go become an apprentice under an old master, the way a craft used to be passed on. I guess I would have to get over my fear of heights.
Here’s a new way to recycle your old coat hangers! Create art! Scottish artist, David Mach, is doing just that. Now the only question remains where will you display the giant polar bear?
I don’t know about you, but I spent many a Saturday mornings as a child playing with my LEGOs. Hour and hours on end of creating houses, neighborhoods, forts, boats, cars, and so on. You name it and I probably tried to make it with those little bricks. However, as good I was with those little brick, nothing I ever created can compare to the work of this LEGO sculptor, Nathan Sawaya. Watch this video:
After watching this video I couldn’t help but visit the LEGO website to indulge in my memories for a bit. I came across the LEGO Digital Designer program. It’s essentially a Building Information Modeling program for LEGOs. I was impressed with the software. Sketchup is probably the most similar software I can compare it to. Tip: to rotate the bricks use your keyboard arrows, it took me a bit to figure that out. Every brick you can imagine is there, even the people and palm trees. Have fun!
Have you ever watched those intense Christmas light shows in a residential neighborhood that are programmed to be in sync to music? Random International out of London has designed a new interactive light sculpture that is quite similar. It has made its debut at Art Basel 2010 and is called SWARM LIGHT. Watch the video all the way through with your headphones on to understand the full effect.
You are invited to attend the Dallas Premiere of Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio with special guest Deedie Rose.
Film begins at 7 p.m. with reception following. You must register to attend. There is no admission charge.
Magnolia Landmark Theater
3699 McKinney Avenue, Suite 100
Dallas, TX 75204
In 1993 the late architect and MacArthur Genius Samuel Mockbee along with colleague D.K. Ruth started the Rural Studio, a design/build education program at Auburn University in Alabama. At the Rural Studio, students create striking architecture for impoverished communities in Alabama’s Black Belt. Guided by frank, passionate interviews with Mockbee, Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studioshows how a group of students use their creativity, ingenuity and compassion to craft a home for their charismatic, destitute client, Jimmie Lee Matthews, known to locals as Music Man because of his zeal for R&B and Soul records. The film reveals that the Rural Studio is about more than architecture and building. The Rural Studio program provides students with an experience that forever inspires them to consider how they can use their skills to better their communities. Interviews with Mockbee’s peers and scenes with those he’s influenced infuse the film with a larger discussion of architecture’s role in issues of poverty, class, race, education, citizenship and social change.
Happy Earth Day (and 40th one, at that!). If you’re in need of a celebration, Disneynature’s new film Oceans comes out today!
This year at the Academy Awards there was one entry in the animated shorts film that has drawn a lot of attention. Make sure you check out the short film Logorama. EVERYTHING in this entire film is made out of existing logos, from the buildings to the main characters. There is a trailer available on the idsgn blog, and with some inventive searching you can find the entire film. You can also purchase it on iTunes.
Here’s the trailer: