Jaume Plensa’s Massive New Musical Notes Sculpture

In 2011, more than 250,000 people viewed Jaume Plensa’s otherworldy sculptures at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, making it the Park’s most popular exhibition ever. His first major showing in the UK, it consisted of surreal depictions of human bodies and heads made in metal.

Plensa is back, presenting three sculptures for this year’s FIAC, Paris’s premiere art fair that officially begins October 18 and runs through October 28. As part of this year’s event, Plensa is displaying three monumental sculptures outdoors at Place Vendme, a beautiful square rich with history. (Today, the public square, which has a statue of Napoleon in its center, is known for the high end stores that surround it.)

Among the three works is Istanbul Blues, a gigantic new sculpture of a man sitting, witnessing urban life. Completed in August 2012, the 6.5 meters high (or approximately 21 feet) all white figure is made up of music notes. According to the artist, music is part of a universal language that allows the entire humanity to communicate.

In addition, Plensa is showing two other sculptures, Yorkshire Soul (2011) and Irma's White (2008). (Wish I was in Paris!)

FIAC website
photos via [FIAC], [My Art Agenda], [Lonely Planet]

December 10, 2016

World Map Reveals What Each Country Does Better Than Any Other

Designer David McCandless of Information is Beautiful has created a fascinating world map called International Number Ones. “Because every country is the best at something,” McCandless also offers the caveat that this accolade is “according to data,” which makes perfect sense once you study the map. Being the number one at something isn’t necessarily a compliment. Many countries are the “best” when it comes to issues that are morally reprehensible.

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December 9, 2016

Intricately Detailed Floating Cube Casts Stunning Shadows

We have always been big fans of Pakistan-born artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s mesmerizing art. In 2014, we raved about Intersections, a captivating wooden cube that cast dreamy shadows with a single light bulb. Fortunately for us, Agha is still creating intricate installations in this style, with her most recent, radiant piece being All The Flowers Are For Me. Like Intersections, All The Flowers Are For Me plays with light and space.

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