Voyage – An Art Installation of 300 Illuminated Paper Boats

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A grand flotilla of 300 illuminated paper boats have invaded Middle Dock in Canary Wharf, London. Titled “Vovage,” the interactive installation is the brainchild of Aether & Hemera, an artistic partnership between architect Claudio Benghi and lighting artist Gloria Ronchi. The paper boats light up from within in an ever-changing and riotous display of colors and patterns, whenever someone with a mobile phone comes in range of them.

People who are passing by can interact with the boats to change colors and patterns. This can be done by connecting their mobile devices to the Voyage Wi-Fi network, opening the web browser, going to voyage.co.uk and following the instructions on the site.

The installation, commissioned for Canary Wharf Group’s award-winning public art program, will be on show until 15 February, 2012,  with the lights coming on before dusk until 2am.

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Tasha Lewis’s Butterfly Swarm Sculptures

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Artist Tasha Lewis has spent the last month traveling around the US to install her ephemeral butterfly swarms onto metal objects in public urban spaces. Her lovely butterflies seemingly liven up the drab locations, just as their real life counterparts do.

Each of her 400 butterflies were made by printing double sided cyanotypes on cotton fabric. After cutting the images, she stiffened them with glue, before hand sewing a small but powerful magnet on the bodies of the butterflies. As she uses magnets, there is no harm done to the objects which she has chosen to attach her sculptures to. Tasha says that this is very important, as for many of her installs, she does “pan-temporal collaborations with artists who create sculptures for public spaces.” She also adds that she hopes her installations will turn into public performances and events, while the swarm grows even more bigger in size.

Tasha is currently based in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can visit her Tumblr where she features an ever growing photo collection of the sculptures.

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Giant Fish Sculpture Made With Plastic Bottles

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Titled ‘The Big Fishes’, this huge sculpture was made from discarded plastic bottles at the Botafogo beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The city is currently playing host to Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, which will run through June 22.

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The Guards of Time – An Installation Art Project in Venice

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Guards of Time” is a spectacular project by Austrian artist Manfred Kielnhofer, which gives tangibility to the idea that humankind has had benevolent protectors since the beginning of time, for both historic, as well as mystical reasons. The light art project is currently on tour in Venice.

The “time guards,” whom Kielnhofer has named “Madonna and sisters,” have been modeled on the human form, as with a lot of his other works.

Snip from the description of the project:

It seems that only man himself is a potential source of danger for his own existence. In his works of art Manfred Kielnhofer deals with the natural human desire for security. Thus his oeuvre reflects genuine exploration, consideration and discussion of current as well as historic moods and sensibilities of his social environment. His works of art captivate with elaborate combinations of light and different technique.

Kielnhofer is a self-taught artist, who was born in Haslach an der Mühl, Austria. He dabbles with various art mediums, which include painting, photography, film, art installation, performance and sculpture. He states that “his work usually concerns the human figure, and its different forms and movements, focusing mainly on the peculiarities of human nature.”

Visit his site to see more artwork (some parts of the site are NSFW).

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