Tag Archives: New York City

“Buckyball” in Madison Square Park by Leo Villareal

June 3rd, 2014 | Space

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This geometric light sculpture was made by Leo Villareal using 180 LED tubes driven by custom software to emit random compositions of both color and speed. A word from the artist:

“The sequence’s opacity, speed and scale can all be manipulated through custom software. Ultimately, complex compositions are formed and then displayed in random order and for a random amount of time in the final artwork. The visual manifestation of the code in light is my core interest.”

The title, “Buckyball,” is in reference to the spherical fullerene molecule with the formula C60 (Carbon 60). The molecule is said to look like a soccer ball with twenty hexagons and twelve pentagons, containing a carbon atom at each vertex of each polygon and a bond along each polygon edge (the molecule got its name from the famous creator of the geodesic dome, Buckminster Fuller).

You can read about the interesting history of the Buckyball here.

Unfortunately, this light installation was taken down in February of 2013, so it will only live on in the internet.

-RSB

Infinity Rooms by Yayoi Kusama

November 26th, 2013 | Space
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Infinity Mirrored Room – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away / Courtesy David Zwirner and Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.

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Infinity Mirrored Room, detail – The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away / Courtesy David Zwirner and Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.

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Love is Calling, 2013. Wood, metal, glass mirrors, tile, acrylic panel, rubber, blowers, lighting element, speakers, and sound. / Courtesy David Zwirner and Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc.

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Yayoi Kusama in her 2013 solo exhibition I Who Have Arrived in Heaven at David Zwirner, New York. Courtesy David Zwirner and Yayoi Kusama Studio Inc. Photo: Will Ragozzino.

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Courtesy Rebecca Dale Photography

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Courtesy Steven Meidenbauer

Yayoi Kusama is a prolific artist hailing from Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan, and the Infinity Rooms pictured above are part of her new solo show titled,  I Who Have Arrived In Heaven, which is showing at the David Zwirner Gallery in New York.

Using an array of lights and mirrors, Kusama was able to portray the vastness and wonder of the Universe inside a space no larger than a room in your house. It really is a sight to behold!

The work is on view until December 21st, so if you’re in New York City, be sure to experience this for yourself.

-RSB

[via Colossal]

NYC Tunnels

February 21st, 2013 | Space

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Alien Caverns run deep beneath New York City somewhere near Grand Central Station and Park Avenue.  Patrick Cashin of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority recently captured the NYC Tunnels in the harrowing photographs seen here.

Do they look somewhat familiar? Here’s a screenshot from Prometheus:

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The NYC Tunnel project was first started back in 2006 but it won’t be completed until 2019.

“The tunnels extend from Sunnyside, Queens, to Grand Central, routing 24 trains per hour at peak capacity. That’s an amazing 162,000 passenger trips to and from Grand Central per day. These images by New Yorks’ Metropolitan Transportation Authority show the progress as of February 12, 2013.”

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“Progress continues on the East Side Access project as of February 12, 2013.

This photo shows work on the caverns underneath Grand Central Terminal that will house a future concourse for arriving and departing Long Island Rail Road trains.”

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“This photo shows work on tunnels leading into caverns underneath Grand Central Terminal that will house a future concourse for arriving and departing Long Island Rail Road trains.”

I can’t imagine what it would be like to work in this environment on a daily basis.

Find more from the Flickr site.

-RSB

[via Gizmodo]

‘Daniel’ & ‘Space Babe’ by Twin Sister

May 22nd, 2012 | Space

 

 

Here’s a few tracks from the chillwave band Twin Sister.  They hail from Long Island, New York, and the band consists of lead singer Andrea Estella backed up by 4 skilled musicians: keyboardist Dev Gupta, bassist Gabe D’Amico, guitarist-singer Eric Cardona, and drummer Bryan Ujueta.

Andrea Estella really steals the show in my opinion.  Her style, voice, and stage presence are all top notch.

Head over to their website for some tunes, photos, etc.

-RSB

What Earth Would Look Like With Saturn’s Rings

March 21st, 2012 | Space

This is a video from YouTube User Roy Prol that demonstrates what Earth would look like with Saturn’s rings. He used 3d Max to create some pretty interesting (and apparently accurate) renderings of famous landscape photos from around the world.

The cities included:

  • Paris
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Quito
  • Malmö
  • New York City
  • Ayers Rock
  • Madrid
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Tehran
  • Cologne

-RSB

[via Kottke]