“Casa Macaco”, a refuge in the heart of Brazil

“Casa Macaco”, a refuge in the heart of Brazil

Emanuele D'Angelo · 2 months ago · Design

Casa Macaco is the latest project of Montenegrin architect Marko Brajovic, nestled in the southernmost of Rio de Janeiro’s municipalities.
A unique place in the heart of nature among the forests of Paraty that now hosts a small refuge hidden among the thick vegetation.

“We designed Casa Macaco as an observatory. A place to connect with other species, to observe the outside and our inner Nature.”

In fact, the choice of the name, the design and even its shape is not entirely accidental; the project is linked to a strange event that happened shortly before the architect and his team began designing the small shelter.

“A few years ago, the monkeys that lived in Paraty disappeared. It was said that it was due to yellow fever that would spread among the primate families. We were very sad. At the beginning of the 2020 pandemic, the day we started thinking about a home that is related to the size of trees, there they appeared. A family of capuchin monkeys, a complete tribe! They came back and showed us why, where and how to design.”

Although to design the backbone of the house, the team had to work hard. First of all, because the project does not want in any way to affect the surrounding fauna and flora, but rather wants to adapt and become an integral part of it. Precisely for this reason, Atelier Marko Brajovic created a series of thin and dense pillars, inspired by the morphology of the roots of the juçara palm, thus ensuring the stability of the vertical construction.

– Read also: La Invernadera, the house in the Chilean forest

It’s not over here Casa Macaco is also able to accommodate two or more people, the project includes a kitchen, a bathroom and two bedrooms that can be transformed into living spaces.
In addition, three beautiful terraces are added where you can observe the view and one of them also offers a multifunctional space for physical activities, study, or meditation.

A magical place to retreat to reconnect with nature and yourself.

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JR’s “Homily to Country”, from Italy to Australia

JR’s “Homily to Country”, from Italy to Australia

Giulia Guido · 10 hours ago · Art

After collaborating with Italian director Alice Rohrwacher on the short film “Omelia contadina” and presenting it at the 77th Venice Film Festival with a real procession, JR and his project have now arrived in Australia on the occasion of the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) Triennial

Read also: JR and Alice Rohrwacher in Venice with “Omelia Contadina”

While in Italy the project was born to shed light on the dramatic situation of the Alfina Plateau, where the landscape has been almost totally destroyed to make room for hazelnut monoculture, in Australia, the French artsist has adapted the project to another critical situation, that linked to the decline of the Darling River (in local dialect Baaka or Barka), in the state of New South Wales.

The almost total disappearance of the river is the result of years of intensive extraction of water used for irrigation, climate change and drought and, as always, JR’s work aims to raise awareness of both the environmental and human implications. 

“I started this project in Italy, very far from Australia, yet farmers have similar issues : protect their environment and live decently from their work.”

Homily to Country” is developed in three equally important elements. The first is an actual procession that took place yesterday: local farmers carried giant pictures of themselves on their shoulders through the dry riverbed. 

The second is a chapel built inside the National Gallery’s Equiset Garden in Victoria with a series of stained glass windows depicting life-sized natural elements of the disappearing Darling River and the farmers themselves. 

Finally, to complete the project, there is a film that shows the making of the work and lets us discover the places that inspired JR. 

The installation and the film of “Homily to Country” are viewable until 18 April as works of the NGV Triennial and will then remain in the museum’s permanent collection

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A possible new Banksy outside the prison in Reading, UK

A possible new Banksy outside the prison in Reading, UK

Federica Cimorelli · 4 hours ago · Art

We are used to it by now, it always happens like this: Banksy acts in the shadows, he makes a new artwork, rumors start to circulate and we have to wait for his claim before we can be sure that it is really him. In this case, the last step hasn’t happened yet, but this work is so provocative that we can’t wait to talk about it.

For the occasion, we have to take a trip to the UK and go outside Reading prison, a famous place that between 1895 and 1897 housed one of England’s greatest writers: Oscar Wilde.
It is on the walls of this building that a few days ago appeared what we believe to be Banksy’s latest work, an image starring a prisoner with a typewriter – very similar to the late 19th-century writer – who escapes from the prison walls thanks to a row of sheets tied together.

This artistic intervention pays homage to the writer while conveying a very strong message of protest. For more than five years, Reading Prison has been in disuse, and activists have fought to see it transformed into an arts center, but the government’s intentions have always been adamant and directed towards more commercial choices.

We could be wrong, but with this in mind, an action by Banksy could be a game-changer. We’d like to believe that he is the author, that his move could be a nod of encouragement to shake up decisions at the top, a way to relaunch the art project and support the struggle.

Read also: The new Banksy appeared in Bristol

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InstHunt Special Edition – Black & White

InstHunt Special Edition – Black & White

Giordana Bonanno · 3 days ago · Photography

InstHunt Special Edition is a collection of your best photos that follow a specific theme. Each month it will have a dedicated title and you will give it life through your shots. 

This month’s theme was “Black & White“: a photograph without colors does notnecessarily constitute a loss of informations. A black and white image can be striking, engaging, breathtaking and definitely moody.

The selection of your best photos below!

Stay tuned and go follow our Instagram @collateral.photo page to discover the theme of the next issue InstHunt Special Edition. 

Be creative Be part of @collater.al

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Eric Marrian’s sensual and elegant shots

Eric Marrian’s sensual and elegant shots

Buddy · 3 days ago · Photography

The female body is a work perfectly composed over ten thousand years. A magnetic field. A map to explore. Every line of the body, the commas that compose it; the curves, the voids and the solids that the legs, the arms, the hips, draw in the background; its imperfections.

There is something extremely fascinating in the imperfect geometry of a woman’s body, however, it is done. Eric Marrian has noticed that, as a good architect of geometry and perfection, he has been taking care of it for a long time.

Marrian, with his photos, scrutinizes the symmetry of the female body, its generous curves, its sinuous features, its caressing softness, then giving it, through the use of color, the hieratic and the concrete perfection of the statues.

That body that we see every day, that we take care of, love, look in a distracted way, can compose that soft symmetry, that perfect geometry of lines and curves?

To discover it you just have to scroll through these shots or scrutinize the mathematically imperfect body of the woman who chose you.

Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
Eric Marrian - Architettura geometrica del corpo
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