Kelburn Castle Graffiti project
In fact, it is a creation of four Brazilian graffiti artists – identical twins Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, Nina Pandolfo and Nunca. Built in the 13th century, Kelburn Castle is 35 miles from Glasgow, and as you can see, has a rather unusual facade. Renovated by Brazilian street artists in 2007, the facade looks extraordinary. Originally, it all began when the Earl of Glasgow, Patrick Boyle learned that cement that have been added in the process of renovation in 1950 must be removed. At the request of his son, he decided to radically change the look of the castle – so that nothing reminded of the cement restoration. So, he invited graffiti artists to paint cartoon characters and chromatic structures on the castle walls.
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Kelburn Castle Graffiti project
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mosaic stairs Tiled Steps
Launched in August 2005 unique art project by mosaic artist Colette Crutcher and Irish ceramist Aileen Barr – ‘Tiled Steps’ in San Francisco has become known worldwide. Neither urban event or a concert or wedding is complete without a visit the intersection of 16th Ave. and Moraga. In fact, 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, it’s a huge colorful mural. The picture of the mosaic in particular, shows the underwater and Earth life with the inhabitants of the seas and rivers, forests and deserts. Also, feathered inhabitants of the planet, flowers, trees and grasses, as well as celestial bodies, stars and constellations of our galaxy.