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Alcatraz Bathroom Installation by Ai Weiwei

“Blossom” is part of Ai Weiwei’s latest, the @Large exhibit on display at Alcatraz. Displayed in a medical wing bathroom, the installation draws viewers into one of the most rudimentary sections of the former prison. This space is transformed by Weiwei’s addition of ceramic flowers, which brim from the sink, bathtub, and toilet. Echoing traditional Chinese iconography, the flood of poppies responds to the poem “Let a hundred flowers bloom ...

Van Gogh–Roosegaarde Starry Night Bike Path

In honor of the 125th anniversary of Vincent van Gogh’s death, Studio Roosegaarde designed this magical bike path inspired by “Starry Night.” The glow-in-the-dark cycling trail lights up the ground with swirls of blue and green that resemble the sky in van Gogh’s famous painting. A bright design, the path minimalizes the effect on the surrounding environment and eliminates the need for street lighting. Made just of concrete and faux ...

Soft Souls: New Sculpture by Hoda Zarbaf

“Soft Souls” is the latest series of sculptures by the Iranian-Canadian artist Hoda Zarbaf. Completed in 2014, the work features upcycled textiles and found objects. Bright and folksy, the use of secondhand clothing and toys makes for a textured and imaginative way of looking at items that viewers may associate with childhood. How Zarbaf shapes these materials, however, is decidedly adult. The forms are large, erotic, and ominous. Named to ...

Just Grow It: Nike Sneakers Taken Over by Plants

Just Grow It! is a series of urban, naturalist sculpture by the Frenchman Christophe Guinet, also known as Mr. PLANT. In the collection, plants fill and cover Nike sneakers, taking over one of the most iconic images of consumerism. Flowers break through the fabric, soil and rock cake the trademark swoosh, and layers of bark reimagine a popular style as a tree. Artfully chaotic, the living sculptures are carefully matched ...

Assembled Objects Photo Series by Philip Lüschen

Philip Lüschen’s Assembled Objects exhibited during the 2014 Dutch Design Week. The series of photographs juxtaposes small, common objects and looks at them up close as micro-collages. Driven by curiosity and a love for bright little things, each print is an examination of form and everyday beauty.

Temporary Mosaic Carpets

These stunning found object mosaics were created by the Dutch designers We Make Carpets. Shaped like traditional carpets, the pieces of art are made of drink umbrellas, uncooked pasta, plastic serving ware and cutlery, fireworks, and chalk, among other items. Collected in an exhibition at mu in Eindhoven, the arrangements represent five years of work by We Make Carpets. Via Colossal

Coolrain Creates Astronaut Figure for Zenith

The Korean artist Coolrain created a special figure for Zenith’s new watch store in Singapore. The realistic model is a representation of Felix Baumgartner, an Austrian skydiver, BASE jumper, and all-around dare devil. Coolrain’s interpretation wears a branded astronaut suit, immortalizing Baumgartner’s role in the Red Bull Stratos space diving project and emphasizing the adventurous side of Zenith’s designs.

Wooden Sound Garden Sculpture

Student designer Riley Sykes describes one of his latest pieces, Auda, as a “wooden sound garden.” The sculpture is made of wood and wire, in the image of potted flowers. The artful design echoes musically when touched, and each flower makes a distinct sound.

Michelangelo Pistoletto’s “Réflexions” in Paris

Reflections by the acclaimed Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto juxtaposes sculptures and installations, including pieces from his rag series and mirror paintings. Drawing from the Arte Povera movement, the exhibit plays with high and low art by pairing torn cloth with antique furniture. The exhibition by Galleria Continua is coming to Paris this Monday, October 20, 2014, where it will show at the Galleria Aveline until January 11, 2015. Photography by ...

Animal Sculptures Inspired by Eastern Paintings

“Dreams” is a series of animal sculptures by the Chinese artist Wang Ruilin. Loosely inspired by Eastern paintings such as the work of Xu Beihong, the pieces depict some of the world’s most majestic creatures in moody shades of blue, green, and gray. The painted copper sculptures represent animals with an emotional pull and show that they are a part of nature by incorporating elemental references into their expressive forms.