Now on view: “Chris Burden: Extreme Measures”
Made out of five thousand toys, sand, plants, and boulders, and weighing approximately 53,000 lbs, A Tale of Two Cities (1981) is a particularly remarkable example of Burden’s large-scale tableaux, taking child’s play and war games to another level of complexity, obsession, and absurdity.
'Reflection' - Old St. Louis County Courthouse - St. Louis, MO
William Clift - 1976
Piero Fornasetti & Gio Ponti, Cabinet, 1951. Milan, Italy.
In Italy this type was known as a trumó or trumeau. Its origins can be traced back to the 1700s. The technique used to make this cabinet was unusual. Lithographs were created for each section, printed on to transfer sheets, and then applied to fibreboard panels. These were fitted to the cabinet and varnished. Fornasetti’s trompe-l’oeil schemes were inspired by 16th century Italian Mannerist art as well as by 20th century Surrealism. V&A
© walter jonas + DAM (model photo) - intrapolis - 1960
From Narcotectural Crimes in Sicily
“…an architectural imagination seemingly oblivious to context, function, community values or coordinated urban development … where the muscularity of pure size informs everything and anything … the psychology of drug financed construction … is informed by the impulse of watching your back rather than looking too far ahead. Here is, therefore, a true architecture of death …” Professor Ina Blom
United Nations Headquarters, New York
1952, Oscar Niemeyer, Le Corbusier and others
Junzo Sakakura, Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura, Japan, 1951
Some quick photos i took of “The Thing” toys. hastily crafted from various GI Joes and super sculpy.
most of these did not survive the commercial shoot.
© gerti struga - mondrian villa - tirane, albania - 2012
© mario botta - ligornetto house - ticino, switzerland - 1975
“The first known globe to include the New World was recently found at a London map fair—an impressive 500 year survival for it being engraved into ostrich eggs.”