2014 in art
What was 2014 in art? Where is the most unusual museum opened, who made the most impressive work of art and where they built the most strange building? The most amazing art news this year – in spectacular photographs. First underwater art museum called MUSA (Museo Subacuatico de Arte) opened off the coast of the West India Islands by sculptor Jason de Kleyrs Taylor. At the bottom of a shallow lagoon installed more than 500 of his sculptures. Gradually they become overgrown with algae and coral, so it’s a real changing museum in a changing world.
Spanish artist David Cata embroiders portraits of important people for himself, family and loved ones, teachers and, in general, those who somehow influences him. He says it hurts, but tries to embroider without blood.
Huge (really huge, more than 100 000 square meters) land art object “Breath of the desert” lost in the sands of the Sahara in Egypt, where the desert meets the Red Sea. 8,000 cubic meters of sand from the authors, the team DAST.Arteam, built sand cones, which are formed in two intertwined spirals, but in their heart – 30-meter in diameter pond. “Breath of the Desert” is particularly impressive when viewed from the plane. The sculpture, though long-term, but not eternal: year after year the winds and the sun will slowly cover it with sand and water will dried up, and sooner or later the object will merge with the desert forever.
French photographer Zachary Gaudrillot Roy cuts architecture into thin slices. From buildings remain a two-dimensional surface embedded in the landscape. Instead of asylum – pure visibility.
11-meter cosmonaut met spectators of Coachella Festival in California. Astronaut, the brainchild of Poetic Kinetic Inc., kinetic: it moves, and its helmet – screen, which makes the projection. In particular, anyone could walk up to the camera and project onto the screen his own face. So, everyone can become an astronaut.
Everybody loves pandas, so does French sculptor Paulo Grangeon. Since 2008, he carries with him to travel 1600 black and white bears made of papier-mache and photographs them against the background of different attractions. Pandas Granzhona traveled over 20 countries. Number 1600 he took not from the ceiling – so much individuals pandas today left in the world.
Redball Project – project by New York artist Kurt Perschke – traveling the world since 2001. Huge (about five meters in diameter) inflatable ball was in Abu Dhabi and Barcelona, Taipei and Toronto, Sydney and Paris. In the summer of 2014 it landed in the French Rennes, in a building of the local opera, the festival of arts Les Tombees de la Nuit.
Favorite topics of British sculptor Robin White – girls (which is understandable) and dandelion (which is nice). He embodies them in the twisted steel wire sculptures. Several of his works are exhibited in the park Trentham Gardens near Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom. And on his website the artist not only talks about his work, but also offers DIY-kits for wire sculptures and teaches all comers.
Brothers Frank and Patrik Riklin turned the field into the vast patchwork in the Swiss region of Appenzell. The project has a social message of BIGNIK – the entire fabric for a “blanket” sacrifice the locals, it’s their household items: towels, tablecloths, bedspreads and other home-rags, the combined efforts transformed into art. In this photo the project is ready for 4 percent, in the plans of artists to finish it by 2040, for the whole country.
Japanese artist Makoto Azuma has launched into space a bouquet of flowers and a bonsai tree. He did it to create a series of photographs of plants on the cosmic background. The project is called “Exobiotanica” and the artist for its implementation, cooperates with dozens of specialists from the company JP Aerospace, sent into the stratosphere plants and photo equipment, balloon inflated with helium.
888246 scarlet ceramic poppies filled the ditch at the Tower of London. This project of ceramic artist Paul Cummins Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. 888,246 – so many British soldiers and colonial troops have not returned from the front. Volunteers “planted flowers” all fall, the last poppy was planted on November 11th.
Sculpture of 10,000 mirrors built in Tonopah (Nevada) by Irishman John Gerrard. Mirrors reflect sunlight so that all the rays converge on the top of the tower-thermal battery, which converts solar energy into electricity. That is a powerhouse, but who said that power can not be the object of public art?
Katharina Grosse transforms the landscape of Philadelphia, painting in bright colors trees, bushes, abandoned industrial buildings along railroad. The project is designed for passengers looking out of the train window, but the pedestrian do not understand what the artist wanted to say.
Few contemporary architects have so unmistakable style, as Frank Gehry. After six years of construction is ready to take its audience his building of Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris’ Bois de Boulogne. Inside: a multifunctional auditorium for 350 visitors, a bookshop, a restaurant and much more.
Hungarian sculptor megaloman Gabor Miklos Szoke has built Giant Eagle in Budapest, which is today Europe’s largest sculpture of a bird. Wingspan – 16 meters, height – 8, weight – 15 tons, for constructing the bird were used 15,000 steel prisms. A statue dedicated to his favorite football team FTC.