Staged Nature

Photographer Noemie Goudal creates natural environments using artificial elements.  Her use of light, clothe, water and photographs help create the illusion of nature.  Her art evokes a sense of wonder and mystery as one is unsure of what is natural and what is artificial.

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Absence and Growth

The absence of humanity within a built form does not mean there is an absence of existence and growth.  The decay of the structure’s finishes such as the wall paper and paint imply an existence of natural forms, a sort of simulation of growth within the decay.  Nature then finds a way to break through the man made forms in a unnatural location.  The lines of nature and built form are blurred in the destruction of a building and overtaking by nature.  The simulation of nature provides a mystery and exploration similar to the experience of nature in a forest.  It is the absence of reality that allows nature to overcome and become a new reality.

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Light peaking through the ruins simulate nature and growth

Nature grows within the ruins of the abandoned structure

Pealing paint and light simulate layers of destruction but also growth

Pealing paint and light simulate layers of destruction but also growth

Greenery grows within the urban ruin providing new life and of a sense renewal within the decay

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Quick Draw

Given 4 words, a pencil, paper and an open mind, the following video is an example of the abstract organic forms that can be produced without over analyzing.  Though it does not specifically relate to my thesis, it is a prime example of a quick study and production of simple, clear and abstractions of ideas.

76 Seeds / Instructional Drawing App / Matt Pyke & Friends from Matt Pyke on Vimeo.

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Your Rainbow Panorama | Olafur Eliasson

Artist Olafur Eliasson new installation to the ARoS Museum of Art in Arhus, Denmark provides a 360 panoramic view of the cityscape.  Every color in the spectrum is present as this design looks to erase the boundaries between indoors and out to question the comfortable limits for which people are accustomed to moving, ultimately altering and defining the perception of the city below.

ARoS Museum of Art | Arhus, Denmark

Rendering of Your Rainbow Panorama | Olafur Eliasson

Your Rainbow Panorama | Olafur Eliasson

Interior of Your Rainbow Panorama | Olafur Eliasson

Interior of Your Rainbow Panorama | Olafur Eliasson

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Stored Potential | Farm, Not Function

Abandoned grain elevators in Omaha, Nebraska that are too structurally sound and too expensive to remove have been given a face lift when the organization Emerging Terrain‘s proposed draping banners of art with an agricultural related theme on the side of the silos.  This addition to the highway has revamped the abandoned shells that overpowered their landscape and has become the biggest thing to hit Omaha since the Great Flood of 1881.

Grain Elevators | Omaha, Nebraska

Grain Silo | Omaha, Nebraska

Grain Elevators | Omaha, Nebraska

Grain Elevators | Omaha, Nebraska

Grain Elevators | Omaha, Nebraska

Grain Elevators | Omaha, Nebraska

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Blue Stick Garden | Quebec, Canada

The art installation Blue Stick Garden in Quebec, Canada is an experiential labyrinth in which visitors wander through experiencing an ever-shifting set of views and vistas.  Tall sticks are painted on three sides a different shade of blue and the fourth is orange representing a pixelated poppy flower.  These sticks are then “planted” into the ground to create a chromatic effect that creates a sensually engaging experience that reinterprets the spirit of colour and movement.

Claude Cormier and Associates

Blue Stick Garden | Quebec, Canada

Pixelated Poppy | Quebec, Canada

Blue Stick Garden | Quebec, Canada

Blue Stick Garden | Quebec, Canada

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Creation from Destruction

Located in Barcelona, Spain, this cement factory has been transformed from one of the most ugly things in the world to a beautiful family compound.  Designed by Ricardo Bofill, Taller de Arquitectura this factory has been reinvented as a green and vibrant environment from its previous dreary, dusty and polluting element.  The use of materials and respect to the original structure intrigue me as it appears in my opinion something new has come from an abandoned, underutilized structure.

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Concrete Factory to Home | Barcelona, Spain

Interior of Concrete Factory to Home | Barcelona, Spain

Interior Concrete Factory to Home | Barcelona, Spain

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