Art Madness!

“People in Glass Houses…”
March 1, 2009, 9:45 am
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… Should send me photos!


I have been aware of this type of artistic construction for years, and have always wanted to give it a try.  The basic concept is that you build an exterior wall that is made from whole colored glass bottles.  Mortar (a cement and gravel/sand mixture) is used in between each bottle to keep them in place and stabilize the wall.  When the sunlight hits the outside of the wall, the view from within is a beautiful combination of colors and shapes.


I love the idea of using recycled materials to create a usable space for friends and family to enjoy that is colorful and unique.  This style of construction doesn’t have to used for large scale building projects, like the living room shown above.  You could create a small wall in your garden, or fill one window of your house, or the end of the sun porch…  Thanks to Vitreosity for these images.

Another thought, bottles might not be the only material you could use.  What else is out there that would create an interesting surface for an enclosure wall?  What about using old pottery, mirrors, tiles, etc.  It worked for Nikki de Sant’ Phalle, check out her beautiful sculptures that are covered in recycled and found materials.



Back to Art…
February 8, 2009, 11:01 am
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Dorobanti TowerI love architecture, but I often find myself drawn to ancient structures, as you all know!  However, I also really enjoy some of the newer architects who are creating these fantastic structures that function as sculpture as well as useful buildings.  The architect Zaha Hadid is pushing the modernist trend to the limits, creating an amazing structure that is truly stunning!

Check out this website that presents a new building in Bucharest, Romania that is designed by Zaha Hadid.  This building, called the Dorobanti Tower, is proposed for the center of the city, and would be a sculpture/building that towers over the current architecture that Bucharest now has to offer.  Now, imagine how unique this building will look compared to the other architecture in this very old European capital.  Do you think that this building will be awkward among the older, more traditional city structures?  Or will this original and dynamic new style bring a breathe of fresh air to a city in need of a spark?  Look at the photos and you decide…  Send me a comment, let me know what you think.

The Dorobanti Tower is HERE

Thanks to the CrankyProfessor for drawing my attention to the Dorobanti Tower.

Interior Landscapes?
November 25, 2008, 5:27 pm
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Well, here’s something different –


I always love it when people send me links to unique artwork that helps us expand our imagination and rethink the use of everyday materials. Along with my aunts, Dorothy and Melissa, I visited a great exhibition called “Extreme Materials” at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY in the winter of 2006. The show had amazing and creative (and sometimes bizarre) materials that ranged from the household to the biological. With this past exhibit in mind, Aunt Dorothy sent me this new link. This artist, while slightly less extreme, uses household materials to create interior landscapes. Check here for more information about Magdalena Bors. View some of her other landscapes, where she uses material like buttons and sponges. Take a look and enjoy!

Thanks to Dorothy for sending me this site! Anyone and everyone should feel welcome to send me your favorite artists and websites. If I decide to post your suggestions, I’ll be sure to give you the credit for your exciting find.

Respect the Art – Fear the Madness

Lego Art
June 24, 2008, 6:51 pm
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What can art be made of? Is art limited to paint, clay, charcoal, and other traditional materials?

This sculpture is made entirely from Legos!

The answer is, of course not! We often see artists creating great works from all sorts of new and creative materials. In fact, the last post celebrates the artist Andy Goldsworthy who uses stones, ice, leaves and other natural materials to create his sculptures.

For something completely new, how about the artist Nathan Sawaya? He uses Legos (yes, the toys) to create interesting and colorful sculptures. Check out these pictures of his work, but for more, visit his website at the link below. All the images on this blog come from his website, and all credit for the photos and the work belong to Nathan Sawaya. Thank you, Mr. Sawaya!

Respect the Art – Fear the Madness