Using public street fixtures as printing elements, the artist collective behind Berlin-based Raubdruckerin (pirate printer) produces shirts and bags imprinted with manhole covers, vents, and utility grates. The overlooked geometric patterns and typographic forms of urban signage make surprisingly nifty graphics for shirts. The collective applies ink directly to the streets and prints on-site in locations like Amsterdam, Lisbon, and Paris and then sell their creations through an online shop. It would be amazing to see something like this come out of Japan. (via Quipsologies)
In his ongoing series of relief sculptures titled “Wallwave Vibrations,” artist Loris Cecchini appears to liquify the walls of art galleries by turning them into pools of undulating waves caused by sound. Each piece is first digitally produced and then fabricated with polyester resin before being seamlessly applied to a flat surface. He remarks about the pieces:
In my most recent sculptures, the ‘Wallwave Vibrations’ series, one loses the element of the object proper. The concern for alteration is concerned more particularly with the physical manifestation of the vibrations, expressed each time with different frequencies and intensities, wherein the visual pattern becomes “echo” of a phenomenon like a succession of waves on a liquid surface. In this direction it is as if the architecture, or a portion of it, is modified by the relationship between the sculpture and the wall.
You can see much more of Cecchini’s organic and environment-influenced sculptures and installations on his website. (via Synaptic Stimuli, Juxtapoz)
Artist Mathieu Tremblin recently took to the streets of France on a rather quixotic mission to improve the legibility of ugly graffiti. Mimicking the scale, color, and layering of each tag, Tremblin created his own replica in a perfectly crisp font. It’s hard to say if either version is more aesthetically pleasing, but he definitely gets an ‘A’ for effort. (via Design You Trust, thnx Nikki!)
Anyone who has spent time traveling understands the feeling of nostalgia for a city’s cuisine, people, and architecture. Designer Ola Shekhtman understands this feeling and has transformed some of the world’s most iconic skylines and landmarks into a collection of wearable cityscapes.
Her architectural tributes range from the Barcelona ring, filled with Antoni Gaudí’s distinctive work, to the Seattle ring which features the Fermont Troll, a whimsical local public art sculpture.
In addition to wearable homages to major metropolises like London, Hong Kong, and Paris, you can now get your very own skyline ring for Chicago, New Orleans, Los Angeles and many more. All designs come in polished silver, 14k yellow, white or rose gold, 18k gold or platinum. Pendants are also available and earrings are coming soon!
View all of Shekhtwoman’s Cityscape designs here. For updates on her new designs, follow Ola on Instagram and Facebook.
On a recent trip to Antarctica, photographer Julieanne Kost (previously) spent several days weaving in-between icebergs around Black Head, Cuverville Island, and Pleneau Bay, spending her time aboard a zodiac boat in order to experience the beauty of the continent’s blue ice at eye level. Her images showcase the deep gradations of blue peeking out from within the icebergs, wavy impressions in the outer layers revealing dark blue centers.
You can see more of Kost’s photography, including many aerial shots of naturally vibrant landscapes, on her Instagram and Facebook.
Mateo Pizarro’s tiny graphite drawings are scarcely larger than the length of a match but contain enough detail to suggest entire stories, both surreal and terrifying. The Colombian artist refers to these as his Micro-Barroque series, and while the images shown here seem focused on the incredible detail contained in small spaces, Pizarro also explores more macabre and unsettling images in a collection of hybrid creatures titled Bestiary of Improbable Animals. You can see more of Pizarro’s work on Instagram and Behance. (via Juxtapoz)