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Street Lamp (Yellow Bench)

October 25th, 2013 | Space

Street Lamp - Ivan Navarro and Courtney Smith

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Street Lamp (Yellow Bench), 2012, Neon, cement, metal and electric energy

Check out this Neon Installation from artists, Iván Navarro and Courtney Smith, titled Street Lamp (Yellow Bench). Iván is a Chilean sculptor known for his mastery of fluorescence and incandescent light and Courtney has spent her career manipulating furniture into unique works of art. The duo melded their styles to create these incredible glowing benches in Miami. Unfortunately, I don’t believe they function as actual seating, but nonetheless, they make for an excellent display of light.


System from Brendan Austin

October 21st, 2013 | Space

Brendan Austin

Brendan Austin

Brendan Austin

Brendan Austin

Brendan Austin

Brendan Austin

Brendan Austin

Brendan Austin is a visual artist who shares his time between Europe, the United States, Africa, and Asia. His work is comprised of architectural and landscape photography taken during his many travels. The photographs are replete with supernatural and celestial undertones. I really like the “over-saturated” rockscape images; they sort of look like the surface of some toxic, extraterrestrial planet, maybe Venus?

Brendan has a very large collection of work that can be found at

I would suggest taking a good look.


The Mauna Kea Heavens Timelapse – Lasers

October 9th, 2013 | Space

Mauna Kea Heavens Timelapse

Wow! This is one of the coolest time-lapse videos I’ve ever seen. Sean Goebel, an astronomy graduate student, ascended the 14,000 ft summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii to capture the observatories at work. The footage was filmed over three nights last April, and yes, the lasers are real.

So what do the lasers do?

They function on the principle of adaptive optics. In brief, they are extremely powerful 15-40 watt lasers (1000+ times more powerful than your laser pointer) that track atmospheric turbulence. Winds in the atmosphere can blur out the fine detail of the stars (the reason stars twinkle), and the telescope can use the information from the lasers to make slight adjustments to cancel out the blurring. This ultimately creates a better image of the sky.

What kind of gear was used?

Straight from Sean:

“I shot the montage on a Canon 5D Mk. II and an old-as-dinosaurs Rebel XT. I’m trying to run the XT into the ground (the shutter is rated for 50,000 photos and I’ve taken about 70,000), but it refuses to die, so I keep using it. When the shutter dies, I plan to fill the mirror box with dirt, plant a cactus in it, and then buy an actually decent second body. Anyway, the 5D II was usually paired with either a Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 or a Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8, and the Rebel XT was usually used with a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8. Additionally, a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8, Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, Bower 35mm f/1.4, and a Sigma 50mm f/1.4 were each used for one scene. I also used a home-built rotary table to create camera motion in some of the scenes. My timelapse dolly lives in a closet in California, so it wasn’t used in this montage.”

mauna kea timelapse setup

I shot all my images in RAW format (yep, that’s a lot of space). Images were edited in Adobe Camera Raw (part of the Photoshop suite). To add adjustable crops/white balance/etc., I ran the images through a moderately buggy program called LRTimelapse. Images were resized to 1080p in Photoshop and saved as jpgs. A few sequences were run through Virtual Dub with MSU Deflicker (for deflickering) or After Effects (for stabilization). The final video was edited together in Adobe Premiere.”

Well I’m certainly impressed!

Find still shots and more information at Sean’s site.


Can Star Wars be Good Again?

October 6th, 2013 | Space

Star Wars JJ Abrams

Many of you are very familiar with the debacle that landed on the big screen in the form of the recent Star Wars prequels. All you had to see was a CGI Jar Jar Binks to know that the gritty, western space odyssey you knew and loved was long gone.

The ad agency Sincerely Truman created the above video to highlight 4 rules that JJ Abrams should follow in his attempt to resurrect the Star Wars franchise.

To sum up the video, the rules are as follows:

  1. The setting must take place in the frontier. Star Wars is a Sci-Fi Western, and the intrigue lies in the outskirts of the universe.
  2. The future is old — no shiny spaceships, metallic droids, etc. It must be gritty.
  3. The Force is mysterious. You don’t need to tell us how it works.
  4. “Star Wars” isn’t cute. This is where I think JJ Abrams will certainly excel. He turned Star Trek into a violent, cut throat universe and I think he can do the same for Star Wars.

If you’d like to join the movement, head to this site to add your support.

Here’s hoping for the best!


Alien Installations from Katharina Grosse

September 20th, 2013 | Space

Katharina Grosse 1

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Katharina Grosse is an artist from Berlin, Germany who merges installation art with sculpture and painting to create expansive alien environments. Viewers are invited to explore and interact with the strange world from multiple vantage points. In the artist’s own words: “I simply love to see how painting can change when it appears in different spots spatially. It can be on or next to a canvas, it can be compressed or expanded, and so on. I never decided to leave the canvas and go somewhere else. All possibilities are available at the same time.”

Grosse uses a spray gun to color the soil and incorporates a variety of unexpected objects including balloons, canvases, and clothing in the work. The result is an imaginative, unearthly space that really excites the mind’s eye.

Find more at Grosse’s site.


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