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Traditional African doors art

African doors art. Security doors in granaries, Dogon people of Mali

Security doors in granaries, Dogon people of Mali. African doors art

African doors art

Generally, carving skill spread among all the peoples of Tropical Africa. In addition to well-known and well recognizable sculptures, ethnographers and collectors study doors art that represent much. For example, the ritual, protective, aesthetic and social status. Besides, door art has a historical, narrative, and even instructive function.
Meanwhile, almost all African peoples used images of animals on the carved doors. Animal credited special qualities or traits, and even considered as one of the ancestors of people.
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Harlem Heroes mosaics

Flying Home - Harlem Heroes and Heroines (representatives of Arts). Harlem metro station mosaics by Faith Ringgold

Flying Home – Harlem Heroes mosaics by Faith Ringgold

Harlem Heroes mosaics
African-American artist Faith Ringgold created glass mosaics “Flying Home: Harlem Heroes and Heroines” at the 125 Street (Harlem) metro station, lines 2, 3, in 1996. Faith Ringgold is Professor of University of California at San Diego, an artist, an illustrator of children’s books, sculptor and writer. The most famous of her works – paintings, stories on the quilt. The name “Flying Home” – taken from the name of Lionel Hampton’s “Flying Home” that Feith Ryngold heard in her childhood.
In fact, Hampton’s orchestra was popular during the 1940s and early 1950s. Harlem Heroes mosaics located on the walls of the station platform, depict the famous African-Americans. In particular, as the angels hovering over the equally famous buildings that played an important role in the history of Harlem.
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Olafur Eliasson light installation

Olafur Eliasson light installation

‘Stairs of Gravity’. Olafur Eliasson light installation. The Museum of Art in Seoul

Olafur Eliasson light installation
With an emphasis on light and perspective, installations by Danish artist Olafur Eliasson transform the plane that allows the viewer to experience the illusion of supernatural environment. The interstitial space in the Museum of Art in Seoul, features “Stairs of Gravity”. Composed of luminous spheres attached to the ceiling, all the space – bathed in yellow light, like the sun. Something otherworldly seen in lamps and mirrors on the ceiling, the visitor gets the impression of floating in space, among celestial bodies. Mirrors have essential place in the magic containing in the works of Eliasson. Traditionally, Mirrors defy the usual relation of man and space, recalling our tiny place in the vast universe.
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Manhole covers Art

Manhole covers Art in Moscow – St. George the Victorious. Designed by Lebedev Studio, Russia

Moscow – St. George the Victorious. Designed by Lebedev Studio, Russia. Manhole covers Art

Manhole covers Art
In 2000-2001, in Moscow took place the global mail-art project “Sewers of the World, Unite!”. And its foundation beczme the manhole photos from around the world, as well as the author’s interpretation of the theme in the form of creative projects and facilities.
Located in a completely incomprehensible places, manholes have become an integral part of the city streets. We pass by, without even noticing them –
on the road, or right on the sidewalks. Meanwhile, if the manholes are on the road – they perform utilitarian function. However, with sidewalks the story is different. Noteworthy, manholes on the pedestrian zone can not be ugly, because tourists judge about the city by design of the manholes as well. And in the cities where people love and respect their place of living, the manholes can be a real piece of art.
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Traditional Chinese house decorated with seashells

Traditional Chinese house decorated with seashell mosaics. Creation by a self-taught architect Xiao Yongsheng

Creation by a self-taught architect Xiao Yongsheng. Traditional Chinese house decorated with seashells

Traditional Chinese house decorated with seashells
Beautiful house, located in the Spanish city of Salamanca, became the most famous in the world thanks to its unusual decoration. In particular, three hundred shells which decorate its facade. But in China’s Shandong Province on the island of Lingshan there is a whole building made entirely of shells.
According to a self-taught architect Xiao Yongsheng, he spent two years trying to turn his traditional Chinese home into a real marine wonder. Meanwhile, the total area of the outside of the building – 1500 sq.m. 58-year-old merman Xiao Yongsheng doesn’t regret about time and effort to decorate the house with seafood found on his own private beach.
One morning after a swimming, he saw an unusual shell, and then he got the idea of a wonderful design. During his work, he found a variety of seashells – diameter from a few millimeters to giant specimens weighing up to four pounds! This natural building material master used in different ways – for external walls, tiles, door handles and mosaics.
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Mosaic stairs Tiled Steps

Mosaic stairs 'Tiled Steps'. The unique art project by mosaic artist Colette Crutcher and Irish ceramist Aileen Barr

Mosaic stairs Tiled Steps. The unique art project by mosaic artist Colette Crutcher and Irish ceramist Aileen Barr

The unique art project by mosaic artist Colette Crutcher and Irish ceramist Aileen Barr – Mosaic stairs ‘Tiled Steps’ in San Francisco was launched in August 2005. Neither urban event or a concert or wedding is complete without a visit the intersection of 16th Ave. and Moraga. Mosaic Tiled Steps staircase has 163 steps, decorated with hand-made 2,000 ceramic tiles, decorated with 75,000 pieces of multicolored mosaic, glass and mirrors, which make up a huge colorful mural. The picture of the mosaic shows the underwater and Earth life with the inhabitants of the seas and rivers, forests and deserts, feathered inhabitants of the planet, flowers, trees and grasses, as well as celestial bodies, stars and constellations of our galaxy.
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Floral sculpture Parade Corso Fleur

Storks. Floral sculpture Parade Corso Fleur

Storks. Floral sculpture Parade Corso Fleur

It took landscape designers and artists half a million of dahlias to create a beautiful and colorful Floral sculpture Parade Corso Fleur in a small town of Selestat, in Alsace in north-eastern France. That’s how many flower heads they used to build twelve sculptures, driven on special platforms through the streets of Selestat on August 9. Actually, 0n this day are held two parades – evening and night, with live music and fireworks. Celebration continues the next day, Sunday. Platform with flower sculptures are arranged in the streets and squares for residents and visitors to look and take pictures. Throughout the city organized fairs and folk festivals, street performances, everything is just devoted to flowers.
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