27 posts tagged France
27 posts tagged France
Requiring over 30,000 folded components, the artist relied on help from school children and people living in nearby “leisure centers” to help complete all of the pieces in time for installation. Hundreds of additional volunteers were on-hand to help cover a stairwell leading to Montée St-Maurice which was completed on May 31st.
It’s time for another dose of Awesome Anamorphic Artwork: Swiss artist Felice Varini uses projectors and stencils to create amazing large scale geometric art installations inside rooms and on exterior spaces. These photos show you his latest anamorphic creation at the Grand Palais in Paris, France. In addition to their impressive scale, what’s truly awesome about these pieces is that they only appear proportional when seen from a specific viewpoint. When viewed from any other spot, the piece breaks down into its component parts.
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Here’s an awesome sight that’s as likely to be someone’s dream come true as someone else’s worst nightmare. You’re looking at just over 4 continuous miles of sausage. Three French butchers located in in Ganges, France recently beat the European record for making the longest sausage. It measures 6km and 772m or 4.2 miles. Yep, that’s a whole lot of sausage.
And now, the next time someone asks you to name Europe’s longest sausage, you’ll have the answer.
Photo by Alain Robert
There is a cathedral in western France called the Chapelle de Bathléem, located about 12 miles outside the city of Nantes, that features stone grotesques in the unexpected forms of Gremlins, Mogwai, the Xenomorph, and even Goldorak. You might assume that these photos have been photoshopped, and we wouldn’t blame you, but based on our research it appears that they are completely authentic.
The cathedral dates back to the 15th century, but these awesome cinematic grotesques were created during building restoration that took place between 1993 and 1995. If gargoyles and grotesques are meant to fighten off evil spirits and protect the structures upon which they perch, why not use a few modern creatures from time to time?
We think it’s completely awesome.
Ebullitions is a French company that brings the art and fun of playing with giant soap bubbles to special events. Benjamin Chassat took these photos of Sylvain Letuvée looking rather like a wizard as he expertly manipulates some impressively awesome bubbles. It looks like a blast. We’d like to see what the world looks like from inside one of them.
[via Wave Avenue]
More wonderfully whimsical street art by French artist OaKoAK (previously featured here), who likes to play with existing elements of the urban landscape, often making surprisingly small alterations or enhancements to achieve striking results, enabling us to see the world through his eyes.
“Using simple means and materials, OakOak undermines his neighborhood with playful results. He uses a minimal amount of actual original artwork, instead re-purposing signs, facades, cement blocks, chipping paint, and more. OakOak transforms a neighborhood’s imperfections into its own adornments. “
He says of his interventions:
“The less I intervene on the wall or the road, the better, especially if I can totally change the sense of the urban environment.”
[via Beautiful Decay]
In this video you see a large section of pavement in Bourges, France that was implanted with a liquid-filled pad covered in bricks to match the surrounding pavement. It looks like the most uncomfortable waterbed we’ve ever seen, and it also looks like a whole lot of fun to walk on. But it’s a seemingly whimsical project with a serious message.
Entitled La Ville Molle (‘The Soft City’) and created in collaboration with the National Art School of Bourges and FRAC Centre, “The project was meant to question the ‘hardness of the city and its ability to change.’” And perhaps our ability to change as well. Encountering and walking over such an unusual and unfamiliar surface momentarily alters one’s relationship with the ground and the city itself. We think it’s a rather awesome concept and we really want to go jump on it.