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Fusterlandia, Havana, Cuba

Travel to Havana and see the most amazing mosaic neighborhood by the artist Fuster. Fusterlandia is the studio, residence and wild kingdom of José Rodriguez Fuster. Geographically we are in Jaimanitas, at the northwestern edge of the Cuban capital, but Jaimanitas has changed a lot since Fuster (as everyone here calls him) got to town 30 years ago and set about remaking the neighbourhood in his own image.

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"When I got here my house was in wood, small," Fuster recalls. "So I decided to do something about it. I started building my dream." He had visited Europe and had came back to Cuba with plenty of inspiration. He had seen Gaudi in Barcelona and Brancusi in Romania. "It seemed impossible to me to do anything like that in Cuba. But all dreams get realised over time."

While Fuster's art can't really be described as groundbreaking (his visual language owes a heavy debt to Picasso and Jean Dubuffet), he has certainly covered a lot of ground with it. Roofs, walls, doorways and benches, stretching for blocks around the epicentre of his studio enclave, are adorned with his brightly coloured sculptures and mosaics : mermaids, fish, palm trees,roosters and Santería saints; quotations from Alejo Carpentier, Onelio Jorge Cardoso, and Ernest Hemingway. More than 80 neighbours have allowed Fuster to use their homes as his canvas.

 

 


Public Art Project Using FIle Shares

This is a very clever idea to help facilitate all types of sharing - including your artwork.

Over four years ago, Aram Bartholl installed his first USB drive in a brick wall in New York City. His public art project Dead Drops was designed to create an anonymous, offline file-sharing network in public spaces and see what happened.

 

 

If you’re curious as to what people are sharing on Dead Drops, Bartholl told PSFK that there’s a tremendous variety. While he always encourages artists to share their work, you’ll also find things like personal photo albums. “I really liked this downhill sledding video posted by a couple in Switzerland,” Bartholl recalls. “The personal stories and traces left by Dead Drops users are always the most interesting.”

Bartholl started this project during his residency at the Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in Brooklyn and had no specific expectations for the the project. “I never expected so much attention back then and it was a huge surprise,” he admits. “The project has become popular from time to time in waves, especially after events like the Eric Snowden revelations when the topic of surveillance is top of mind for people.”

 

 

 


Ariel Zuckerman Studio Uses Graffiti in Furniture Design

An inventive Israel furniture company is using graffiti in its designs.Tel Aviv-based Ariel Zuckerman Studio lets young designers create works of art on wooden boards attached to walls in small alleys

Designers Eran Shimshovitz and Ariel Zuckerman of the Ariel Zuckerman Studio in Tel Aviv are working on a project that brings graffiti on the streets to the world of furniture-making.

Their project called Street Capture combines street art and furniture. The designers attach wooden boards to the walls along hidden streets and small alleys – providing anonymous graffiti artists with a clean canvas for them to work on. After the wooden boards have been filled with street art, the designers take them down and bring them back to their workshop. The wooden boards are then used to create functional furniture like drawers, chests, and tables.

Here is how it works:

 

According to their submission on Designboom, the designers didn’t tell people what the wooden boards were for because they wanted the street art to evolve naturally as if it were any other wall on the streets and allow the street artists to add their work anonymously.

It takes a couple of days or more for the wooden boards to be covered in graffiti art. Sometimes the boards remain untouched the morning after they were installed and sometimes only a few lines were added. The designers wait a few more days before they consider the art on the wooden boards as “complete.”

So far the designers have already been able to create a dresser called “Zerifin 35″ after the street address of the wooden board it was made from, a pair of bedside drawers, and a table from wooden boards they installed on street walls. The project is an ongoing series.


700,000 tombs come to life as part of a project to reinterpret public spaces

This by Ross Brooks:

Panteon de Dolores is the largest cemetery in Mexico with a staggering 700,000 tombs spread over 590 acres – many of which house more than one person. In a strange twist of fate, it was recently brought back to life in the form of an animated video. It’s all part of a project called Ciudad Intervenida, which challenged emerging talent from six of Mexico’s best animation studios to reinterpret public spaces through animated interventions. Don’t miss out on the mind-boggling video.

Directed by Alejandro Garcia Caballero of the Mexico City-based Llamarada, a firm that specializes in traditional and digital animation, the video features strange creatures that come to life in the night. Unlike the sombre nature of death in the West, the video also features a fairly upbeat marching tune that makes you feel like you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole.

Through this short films, the directors aim to reinvent iconic places of the city to modify the predetermined cultural value that each city space already has. Whether through a computer or a mobile device, viewers can experience places like the Sonora Market, the Vasconcelos Library or the Dolores Cementery, as new and transformed.

Even though Panteon de Dolores is just one of six different animations on offer, all of the video share the same goal:

The project’s purpose is not only to promote the work of the directors and studios involved, but also to create work that invites the public to see the spaces of the city as they’ve never been seen before.

If you haven’t already watched the video, then now is the time.


The Graffiti Run - 2014

What will they think of next? One part Holi, one part marathon the annual graffiti run in Miami looks like great fun!

The instructions are to arrive in your whitest attire to create a perfect blank slate, then walk, jog, roll, or line dance your way through this delightfully pigmented course. Using nontoxic, corn-starch-based color powder, you'll be sprinkled... okay, blasted with pain-free and glorious color throughout the race until you resemble living tie-dye as you cross the finish line. After the race, make friends with the colorful citizens of our city at the post-5K Color Party with music, food, and festivities. Take the tots away from the tube for an event that will animate the entire family.

Sunday October 12, 2014 at the Virginia Beach Key Park in Miami.

 


Dangerdust - Anonymous Artists Doing Amazing Chalkboard Art

Columbus College of Art and Design has two anonymous, very talented artists who prowl the halls and see chalkboards in the classrooms to create beautiful masterpieces in chalk. The anonymous duo responsible for these works, simply known as “Dangerdust”, are seniors in Advertising & Graphics, which perhaps accounts for their remarkable talent and also for their choice in quotes that speak of artistic and personal growth.

Beautifuuly rendered, thought provoking and simply a wonderful idea. Enjoy the video:

 


The New York Dance Parade - May 17, 2014

The New York Dance Parade is one of the most unique and fun parades I know. It is one long dance festival that winds its way through Greenwich Village. And this year it is scheduled for May 17, 2014. Learn more at their site -  http://danceparade.org/EE/

Their mission is "To promote dance as an expressive and unifying art form by showcasing all forms of dance, educating the general public about the opportunities to experience dance, and celebrating diversity of dance in New York City by sponsoring a yearly city-wide dance parade and dance festival."

Groups can register now on the site.

 


The Burning of the Heidelburg Project

When a neighbor who travels to Detroit often told me about how the buildings in the Heidelberg Project were being burnt I was shocked. Why would anyone purposely burn down these amazing art installations? I really don't understand people.

Fires destroysHere is the gist of it:

DETROIT (WWJ) - A fire has destroyed one of the few remaining houses at the famous Heidelberg Project in Detroit, which has been targeted by arsonists for nearly a year. The fire broke out early Friday morning at the Party Animal House, at the corner of Elba and Mt Elliot streets, which had dolls and stuffed animals covering the exterior.

Firefighters rushed to the scene, but the home was already engulfed in flames. All that remains now is the cement foundation and a pile of rubble. The house next to the Party Animal House is still standing, but has some fire damage on the second floor. No injuries were reported.

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