Light Graffiti

The concept itself isn’t anything new – in fact many of us has probably tried our hands on this, drawing faces or names with sparklers. But I thought Michael Bosanko’s execution was quite above the average:




The pictures are not Photoshopped – just long-exposure photography (anything from 10 seconds to an hour) with light torches and carefully chosen backdrops – typically empty urban spaces at night. I particularly like the sense of depth that conforms into the space; in amateur shots the light source are often formed into 2D, flat words or maybe smiley faces, but in this case the light path transverse and flows along with the scene – e.g. the spider on top.

Good stuff!

[via Daily Mail]

Mega (100m) Panorama


The photographer Simon Hoegsberg spent 17 months taking photos from the same spot on a railroad bridge in Berlin in 2007, and put them all together in this megawide panorama (it is 78cm x 100m long), titled “We’re All Gonna Die”  showcasing unique – and mostly unaware – people walking about in their daily lives (I wonder what’s up with that title though).

Check out the full photo here.

The Inside Light


Cinco Design had done a rather intriguing project. The premise is this – inside every designer/creative is a guiding light that shapes our vision and fuel our creativity. So they asked a bunch of people to boil it down to one word, make a light box of it, and take a photo showing the reflection of the word on the person – they even have a making-of:



And here’s the interactive e-Magazine from the result of the shoot – TheInsideLight.

Lehman Art


This, I guess is what happens when a mega-billion dollar company folds and files for bankcruptcy. Artist GV Raymond has a habit of painting a portrait picture of a popular figure and letting others comment on it with markers:

The idea behind the series is to paint the subject during a particularly interesting or controversial moment in time and then offer passersby a chance to comment on the surface of the canvas.

And what better time than now for President of Lehman Brothers Richard Fuld, the person who led Lehman Brothers into bankruptcy after 158 years of operation. A venue to vent – though the frustration and exasperation experienced by Lehman employees could probably not be worth the ‘I-told-you-so’s scribbled on the canvas. Honestly though, I thought it’d be a lot more vulgar or explosive, but all in all the annotations still look comparatively tame, I think.

This could just be the only Lehman derivatives that is worth something.

[High Resolution version]

20 years, 1 owner




Even as it seems like planned-obsolescence and a quick-fix mentality is the flavor of the moment, it is still heartening to see some objects that have served their owners a long time (and very likely became an integral part of their lives). Here are some photos of cars where their owners have held on to for twenty years – and from the looks of it, still roaring to go as ever~!

[Photographer Matteo Ferrari]

Pencil Sculptures




Some artists have great skills with pencils – though most of them use them to draw/sketch, instead of making sculptures like Jennifer Maestre. The sculptures are made by drilling one-inch section on the pencils, and then beaded with ‘peyote stitch‘. Many of them have animal-morphic genes in them. Here’s what the artist says:

Sometimes I have a rough idea in my head for a form, sometimes things go awry, and I end up somewhere I never envisioned. Sometimes I make a ‘pattern’ for myself, and follow it to see what happens. Many times, one sculpture will inspire the next. Originally, I was inspired by the form and texture of the sea urchin, I still make them out of pencils.

For a more comprehensive interview, head over to ReubenMiller.

Bombay Sapphire

Bombay Sapphire has always been somewhat the Patron Alcohol of the design scene – you can see their presence in virtually every major design show. Traditionally they’ve also organized an annual design competition with the theme of designing a martini glass to contain their liquid in. This year, however, it seems like they’ve taken on a different subject.

‘Glass’ was the focus – not just the vessel holding the gin – but the material itself.

Glass is an everyday material that in the hands of a talented artist or designer can be transformed in countless ways to produce stunning results. To spotlight contemprorary glass and to reward the creativity and expertise of artists, designers and architects working with glass, the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Foundation launched the world’s biggest annual glass award.

And here are the winners (there are two! They will be sharing the top prize):


‘Untitled (Chandelier VII)’ by Yuichi Higashionna, Japan is composed of various sized circular fluorescent lamps. In Japan, unlike Western countries, people prefer lighting their home very brightly with fluorescent lamps, favouring the very white light that is emitted from these lamps. Mystified as to their popularity, Higashionna takes this mundane everyday lighting product and creates an elegant chandelier with an extravagant industrial twist. The assembled circular lamps and electric cords are left exposed, giving the piece its rawness. The chandelier is an artwork rather than a lighting appliance, a handmade object, not a product.


The inextricale link between the making process of, and what it represents, is at the root of ‘Capacity’ by Annie Cattrell, UK. It is made by blowing air into malleable glass; therefore the act of breathing creates the organ of breath, the human lungs. Working with borosilicate glass and lampworking techniques traditionally used by laboratory glassmakers, Cattrell constructs and models the overall structure; elegantly assembling and fusing hte blown glass trachea, arm and fine outer branches together to create the human lungs.

The structure’s light aesthetics, suggestive of the breath and the paradox of the fragile yet resilient qualities of glass intensify the connection between the complexity of the body and the transitory nature of life.

I prefer the second one. But if you want to see more finalist, head on to the Gallery at Bombay Sapphire.

[Pet peeve – I know it is required by law, but it’s really irritating (not to mention ineffective) that liquor sites have to have this ‘Are you under 18’ check on their website. As if it’s ever effective in any way. Just simply a little hypocritical device that everyone knows doesn’t work, and everyone still has to put it up for politically correct reasons. Gah.]

Liquid Sculpture

Here’s a nice coverage of an interesting ferrofluid art by Sachiko Kodama:

While most visual artists prefer traditional materials such as oil, acrylic, bronze and ceramic, Tokyo-based SACHIKO KODAMA prefers FERROFLUIDS. Composed of magnetic nanoparticles, ferrofluids often contain high levels of iron and, as such, are deeply affected by and responsive to the presence of magnetic fields.

While the NASA-developed ferrofluids are being used  increasingly for commercial applications – on everything from compact disks to weight-responsive car suspension systems – Kodama is revolutionary in applying their widely dynamic qualities to the fine arts arena.

Using a computer to manipulate electro-magnetic fields in the sculptures, Kodama coerces her stunning ferrfluid pieces to grow and disintegrate, flower and shed, and constantly reinvent themselves without the aid of animatronics or video wizardry.