Kaleido Wall transforms Sydney Opera House


Kaleido WallVisitors to the Vivid Sydney event in Australia saw the Opera House in a whole new perspective, thanks to the Kaleido Wall 1.0.

The Kaleido Wall, by Vin Rathod, is a four-feet deep wall covered in a lattice of mirrored panels, which reflect their surroundings.

Located on Sydney Harbour, the wall reflects Sydney Opera House and transforms it into a colourful mosaic.

Take a look at Kaleido Wall here and tell us what you think.

The Situation Room


The Situation RoomAn architect has created a multisensory installation out of pink perforated aluminium.

Marc Fornes’ ‘The Situation Room’ has been formed out of twenty spherical panels of aluminium, which have been constructed into a continuous membrane by using Boolean maths.

This gives the curved structure tunnels and niches for visitors to move through, accompanied by the resonant sounds engineered by sound artist Jana Winderen.

The immersive installation is based in the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, where it will be open to visitors until the 21st November.

Take a closer look at The Situation Room here and let us know what you think of it.

London footbridge opens like a fan


Merchant Square footbridgeA footbridge that opens and closes like a hand-held fan has been completed in London.

The Merchant Square footbridge in Paddington was completed by Knight Architects and AKT II, after winning a competition in 2012.

Their design for a ‘kinetic sculpture’ consists of five steel beams that can be raised with hydraulic jacks to allow canal traffic to pass through.

When the bridge is down, pedestrians can use the three metre wide crossing, which has an LED-lit handrail at night, over the Grand Union Canal.

Take a look at the bridge here and tell us if you’ll be taking a stroll over it.

Art that uses mirrors to reflect its true image


Anamorphic artA late Renaissance art form is making a comeback and Bored Panda has collected some of the best results.

Mirror anamorphosis is an artistic technique that uses distorted mirrors placed on an abstract image, transforming the details into a recognisable picture.

The examples, by a range of artists, include a rocky seascape transformed into author Jules Verne and a circular pattern reflected as an eye.

Take a look at the collection here and tell us which is your favourite.

Laser cut paper art inspired by architecture


Eric Standley laser cut paper artAn artist creates intricate paper sculptures inspired by architecture.

Eric Standley’s ‘stained glass windows’ are stacks of paper, which are individually laser-cut into beautiful patterns.

Inspired by Gothic and Islamic architecture, Standley’s pieces take months to complete, from planning to assembly.

The Virginia-based artist’s complex structures have been compared to mandalas, which are geometric patterns that represent the infinity of the cosmos.

See more of Standley’s work here and tell us what you think of the art.

The Kodatrope


The KodatropeAn interactive sculpture lets users view hundreds of photographs as it spins around them.

The Kodatrope, by Lee Pivnik, is made from over five hundred photographic slides and is large enough to be placed over a viewer’s head and shoulders.

The photographs, which were mainly taken in the 1960s and 1970s, have been collected from a variety of families for the project.

As the light passes through the rotating Kodatrope, different photos catch the viewer’s eye, focusing them on complete strangers and their unknown stories.

Find out more about the Kodatrope here and let us know what you think of it.

Lifelike paper bird models


Paper bird modelA Colombian artist creates stunning, lifelike paper figurines of colourful birds.

Diana Beltran Herrera uses nature photographs as inspiration for her amazing three-dimensional renderings, which are made of hundreds of pieces of coloured paper.

Her sculptures include a kingfisher in flight, a proud cockerel, and a striking greater bird of paradise.

Herrera, who is currently studying for a Fine Arts Master’s in Bristol, also works on display windows for fashion brands and a number of commissioned projects.

See more of her work on Flickr here.

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