Incredible Woven Installation Made of 60,000 Coffee Stirrers


Most people don’t think twice about their coffee stirrers once they’ve fulfilled their mixing duties, but artist Jonathan Brilliant has found another purpose for the common wooden sticks. The Raleigh, North Carolina-based artist has constructed numerous spatial art installations over the years that incorporate the coffee stir sticks, perhaps the most eye-fetching of them being The Sumter Piece.

The site-specific structure, installed in 2007 in Sumter, South Carolina, included 60,000 wooden stirring sticks expertly woven together. Brilliant produced a meticulously crafted sculptural piece that expanded across two floors. It reached over a second floor balcony and suspended from the ceiling of the first floor, artistically wrapping around an illuminated chandelier.

The abstract creation took 14 days to weave together and install on site. It’s hard to believe, but there were no additional tools on hand. Brilliant says, “No adhesive was used and the entire structure holds itself in place because of the tensile strength of 7" rounded end wooden coffee stirrers. After nearly six months the piece eventually separated and the materials were donated to a local school.”








Jonathan Brilliant website
via [My Darkened Eyes]



January 17, 2017

Former Industrialized Area in Belgium Transformed Into Futuristic Eco-Village

Belgian ecological designer Vincent Callebaut is a master of green sustainable architecture. With his new conceptual project, he creates yet another environmentally sensitive fantasy land, this time transforming Brussels’ historic Tour & Taxis. The resulting concept is a sleek, futuristic eco-village that any young professional would love to call home. As a former industrial site, Tour & Taxis was once a symbol of the golden age of Industrialization, and its approximately 100 acres (40 hectares)

Read Article


January 17, 2017

Liberating Portraits of Ballerinas Elegantly Dancing in the Streets of Cairo

Like many dance photographers, Mohamed Taher has a knack for beautifully capturing the body in motion. His interest in movement is evident in his Ballerinas of Cairo series, and the captivating collection of photos also serves a more poignant purpose: it helps women fight sexual harassment and reclaim the city’s streets. After learning about the Ballerina Project, an ongoing series that documents dancers in urban settings across the globe, Taher was inspired to carry out a similar undertaking in the Egyptian capital.

Read Article


Get Our Weekly Newsletter