Expo 2020: the first pavilions

Expo 2020: the first pavilions

Giulia Guido · 2 weeks ago · Design

Exactly one year to the inauguration of the Expo 2020 in Dubai. The 2020 edition of the Universal Exposition should have started a few days ago but, due to the pandemic, the appointment has been postponed for a whole year. 
A few months ago we talked about the entrance realized by the architect Asif Khan and now, to increase the curiosity of the whole world, Expo has released more pictures of some of the main Pavilions. 

One of the most talked-about is definitely the Sustainability Pavilion by Grimshaw, a demonstration of how to use 100% solar energy. In fact, the shape of the building, in addition to creating a large shaded area, functional to the event, creates clean energy: the huge funnel-shaped roof has been completely covered by photovoltaic panels and at the same time will be used for water collection.

Another pavilion that has already made much talk about itself is that of the United Arab Emirates designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The structure, which will take its place next to that of Grimshaw, has a shape reminiscent of a hawk in flight. This figure was chosen to best represent the country and the great momentum it has been going through in recent years. 

Finally, the Al Wasl Plaza project by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture is the centerpiece of the entire exhibition. It looks like a huge dome with a texture reminiscent of the official logo of Expo 2020. The entire area will be surrounded by architectural elements designed to create perpetually shaded areas and paths. 

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Monte Immagine, Alberonero’s installation in Vallo di Nera

Monte Immagine, Alberonero’s installation in Vallo di Nera

Giulia Pacciardi · 3 weeks ago · Art

On Friday 2nd October, as part of the project “Umbria, a land that moves you”, promoted by C.U.R.A., Alberonero presented Monte Immagine, his latest temporary environmental installation, in collaboration with STUDIO STUDIO STUDIO, in Vallo di Nera.

Monte Immagine consists of five installations made with natural materials found in the surrounding woods, all concentrated within a single clearing.
Tree trunks and branches, the pillars of the works, resins and colored fabrics, dialogue openly with all the elements of the surrounding landscape, including the atmospheric agents that characterize it, the clouds first and foremost.

The environmental installation stems from Alberonero’s desire to explore and investigate the landscape of Vallo di Nera through the natural elements that make up its bond with man, placing the accent on places and symbols of the village that have now become invisible.

In my works, I try to make a practical experience of the site that leads me to be in balance without modifying it, but rather to alter it temporarily. An approach that, in the past, I shared with local workers. Here, not by chance, I met Giuseppe, a shepherd who helped me think that here I could have worked on the moods that derive from the extraordinary and solitary moments with the site

Ph Credits: Roberto Conte

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“The mute mirror”, the latest work by David De La Mano

“The mute mirror”, the latest work by David De La Mano

Emanuele D'Angelo · 3 weeks ago · Art

With his last work “Fragil” he really amazed us, (we talked about it here). We are talking about David De La Mano, a multifaceted artist who ranges from drawing to sculpture.

He recently finished his latest artwork for Vigo, Cidade De Cor, an art festival held in the city of Vigo, Galicia, Spain.

It is entitled “The mute mirror”, a beautiful and complex mural where silhouettes of human and animal figures are repeated.

As always the characters represented are imaginary men, they are simple silhouettes that walk in one direction but assume different positions.

Once again David De La Mano has given us a deep and beautiful work, rigorously in black and white, colors chosen by the artist because they are able to mark a rhythm that is sometimes circular, undulating or directed towards a single direction.

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The delicate artworks by paper artist Kanako Abe

The delicate artworks by paper artist Kanako Abe

Giulia Guido · 3 weeks ago · Art

Just a quick glance, Kanako Abe‘s works look like pen illustrations on a white sheet of paper. Instead, you only have to touch the surface to realize that you are far from the art of drawing.  
Kanako Abe, of Japanese origin based in Seattle, after working for a period as a costume designer and toolmaker in the San Francisco Bay Area, decided to completely change direction, dedicating herself to a centuries-old art of her country of origin. 

Kiri-e (切り絵), a word that derives from the union of “kiri” or cutting and “e” or image, is the traditional Japanese art of paper cutting. The cuttings, besides being used to decorate houses and closed places, have been used for centuries to create templates, called Ise-katagami, to decorate kimonos. 

Equipped only with paper and a precision cutter, Kanako Abe creates cut-outs that mix traditional Japanese images in which there is a strong presence of nature and typically Western subjects such as portraits and silhouettes.  

As a result, we have surreal, almost dreamlike creations, which when placed on another sheet of paper look like illustrations, but when taken in hand they reveal all their delicacy and fragility.

We have selected some of Kanako Abe’s works, but to find out more visit her Instagram profile

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Present day seen through Reuben Dangoor’s illustrations

Present day seen through Reuben Dangoor’s illustrations

Giulia Guido · 2 weeks ago · Art

Born and grown up in Hackney, East London, Reuben Dangoor began drawing as a child, inspired by the creativity that he breathed in his family thanks to his father’s photographs and his mother’s paintings.

In 2015 Reuben Dangoor made a name for himself with his series of illustrations entitled “Legends of the Scene” in which he represented Skepta, Stormzy and D Double E as noblemen of the 1700s, on horseback or posing in elegant salons.
Music is not the only thing that makes the illustrator’s heart beat faster. Among his recurring subjects, we also find sport, especially soccer and especially Arsenal, a team for which Ruben is a fan.

But, there is also another very frequent subject in Reuben Dangoor’s illustrations, the so-called Britishness, the typical British character. Ruben is an Englishman who tells the British, their manias and contradictions, touching on issues related to politics and current affairs.

With simplicity and intelligence, the artist creates conceptual illustrations that are impossible not to understand and, precisely because of their direct and universal character, Instagram proved to be the right place to show them.

We have selected only some of Reuben Dangoor’s illustrations, but not to miss his next works follow him on Instagram.

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