Art Madness!


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

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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.

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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.

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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.