The Brutalist Playground


This summer, RIBA’s The Brutalist Playground will be open to the public as part of the London Festival of Architecture.

Designed as both a sculpture and an architectural installation, this immersive work of art is part of a new commission by the Turner Prize, architecture collective Assemble, and artist Simon Terrill.

The artists are inspired by the post-war playgrounds that now lie abandoned in parts of London like Pimlico and Paddington, images of which will be projected onto The Brutalist Playground’s concrete walls.

Assemble said: “the challenge of reconstructing elements of now forgotten Brutalist play structures within the RIBA gallery is an exciting opportunity for us to explore contemporary issues surrounding play, by looking at the often surreal objects from the past”.

Learn more about this exciting event here and tell us if you’ll be visiting.

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‘The Key in the Hand’ exhibition


A Japanese artist has unveiled an impressive memory-inspired work of art at the 2015 Venice Art Biennale.
 
Chiharu Shiota, who represents the Japan Pavilion, revealed ‘The Key in the Hand’, an exhibition with more than 50,000 unique used keys intertwined over two boats.

Visitors are encouraged to think about the importance of memories and the unknown when walking under the striking maze created by the artistic structure.

The artist said: “keys are familiar and very valuable things that protect important people and spaces in our lives. As I create the work in the space, the memories of everyone who provides me with their keys will overlap with my own memories for the first time.”

Take a closer look at Shiota’s work here and tell us if it inspires you.

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Italian city filled with Gormley statues


Florence is now filled with more than a hundred pieces of art by Antony Gormley, known for the Angel of the North, throughout his career.

The innovative ‘Human’ exhibition, which runs until the 27th September 2015, displays Gormley’s stunning work exploring the human body through ‘blockworks’ and more organic pieces like Critical Mass.

The 16th Century Forte di Belvedere is hosting most of the collection, with the rest, including ‘Critical Mass’, scattered around the historic fortress for a striking effect.

Have a closer look at ‘Human’ here and tell us if you’ll be visiting.

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‘Virtual Beehive’ at the Milan Expo 2015


An artist has created a unique piece of architecture for the Milan Expo 2015.

Wolfgang Buttress’ UK pavilion is a ‘virtual hive’, which gives visitors a ‘lasting flavour of the British landscape’.  

The 14-metre lattice structure, which is made from 169,300 pieces of aluminum and steel, is sure to impress visitors with an ‘immersive sensory experience’ of audio and visual effects that replicate the activity of a beehive.

Find out more about the pavilion here and tell us if you’ll be visiting.

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Giant slides to be installed in London


Carsten Höller has unveiled his new plans for the Hayward Gallery, which includes two giant slides.

The slides are part of Höller’s ‘Decision’ exhibition and will be open to gallery visitors as an exit.

Director of the Hayward Gallery, Ralph Rugoff, said: “’Decision’ will ask visitors to make choices, but also, more importantly, to embrace a kind of double vision that takes in competing points of view”.

Visitors will be able to experience the exhibition from June to September.

Have a look at the design here and tell us if you’ll be having a go.

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White ‘bubbles’ bursting out of ordinary landscapes


A French photographer unveiled a series of photographs that feature white balloons bursting out of empty spaces. Bubbles

Charles Pétillon created ‘Invasion’, in which each photo represents a metaphor, aiming to change our perception of the supposedly ordinary scenes we encounter.

This series will be exhibited at Maison Européene de la Photographie in Paris until March 22, 2015.

Watch Petillon’s stunning work below and let us know what you think.

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Artist recreates famous pictures with Pantone swatches


An artist uses Pantone Swatches to recreate famous paintings. 

Nick Smith uses hundreds of different Pantone swatches in order to give life to work of arts with a pixelated impression.

He has recreated masterpieces of legendary artists such as Andy Warhol, Vincent van Gogh, and Leonardo da Vinci.

You can discover Smith’s artworks at his art show, ‘Psycolourgy’, held at the Lawrence Alkin Gallery in London until 21 February 2015.

Have a look at some of them here and tell us what you think about it.

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