Killer Pumpkin Arrangements at the Great Jack O’Lantern BlazeHeld every year in New York, the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is a 25-night-long Halloween event featuring some 5,000 hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins arranged into dinosaurs, sea monsters, zombies,and other spooky sculptural forms.
I took a 7 week coast to coast road trip after being laid off from Boeing. I didn’t have a camper but realized that being able to pull off the road at a rest or truck stop was the way to go to make the trip affordable. With a few sheets of 1/2” plywood and misc. hardware this is what I came up with. The effort was well worth the time and materials.
Where fantasy and architectural engineering meet, awesome structures like this incredible Dragon Bridge are born. Not only is the bridge shaped like a dragon, with the arches forming the body, its head breathes giant plumes of fire or jets of water.
Located in Da Nang, Vietnam and designed by the Louis Berger Group, the 1,864-foot-long, 9,000 ton dragon-shaped steel bridge was created to commemorate the 38th anniversary of the capture of Da Nang by North Vietnamese forces during the final days of the Vietnam War. Construction began in the summer of 2009 and the bridge was inaugurated on March 29, 2013. At night the bridge is lit by a system of 15,000 LEDs that enable it to change colour. And it only cost $85 million to build.
Tokujin Yoshioka for Design Miami (2007) - An installation of 300,000 plastic straws
Brent Christensen constructs massive towers that he has coined Ice Castles. The monuments are made entirely out of ice with no supporting substructure. “Christensen’s series of Ice Castlesare unpredictably constructed towers of ice fortified by more ice. The enchantingly frosty structures start off with a pool of water, naturally frozen atop grass, as their foundation. From there, the artist attaches countless icicles, using water to cement them in place, with the help of about 20 crew members who work tirelessly to deliver Christensen’s self-made icicles from his personal rack, where water drips and forms 3,000 to 5,000 icicles per day. Millions of gallons of water are used for each castle’s assembly, allowing it to reach heights of 20 to 25 feet. Additionally, the interior design of the chilly architectural constructions include tunnels, archways, walls, and stairs. At night, they’re even illuminated from within by multi-colored LED lights, heightening the magical air of the setting.”
I am sick to death of everything frozen, snowy or wintry, but even I can admit this is pretty damn cool.
I can’t really explain why, but abandoned places like this have always fascinated me. Maybe it’s the stories they can tell. So much more interesting than the cut and paste type of architecture that has become the norm today….
Megan Mosholder: A Tale of Two Bridges, Savannah GA, 2012, Interior/Exterior Installation, video, found objects, black light, braided mason line, screw eyes, acrylic, wood
Olafur Eliasson - The Weather Project (2003)
“Representations of the sun and sky dominate the expanse of Turbine Hall. A fine mist permeates the space, as if creeping in from the environment outside. Throughout the day, the mist accumulates into faint, cloud-like formations, before dissipating across the space.
At the far end of the hall is a giant semi-circular form made of hundreds of mono-frequency lamps.
Generally used in street lighting, mono-frequency lamps emit light at such a narrow frequency that colors other than yellow and black are invisible, thus transforming the visual field around the sun into a vast duotone landscape.”
Alrighty, it’s time for another Geyser of Awesome field trip! Next stop: China, for the 29th annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival:
“In the far northeastern province of Heilongjiang, the city of Harbin turns into a winter wonderland as sculptors from all of the world descend upon the city to transform ice blocks from the nearby Songhua River into amazing palaces, pyramids and mystical figures. Named by National Geographic as one of the Best Winter Trips you could take in 2013, the Harbin Ice Festival is a feast for the eyes, especially at night when the ice sculptures come alive through LED lights.”
It looks and sounds awesome. Who’s coming with us?
[via My Modern Metropolis]
RainRoom offers an environment of perpetual rainfall that responds to the presence of its visitors. As soon as you approach the installation, a cocoon of dryness is created around you. This leaves you able to wander freely through different areas of the space, surrounded by falling water, and yet to remain completely dry. RainRoom allows the freedom to experience this unique environment; to be untouched by the rain falling all around you.