Universe of Words is an incredible installation of 140,000 pieces of paper and was created by Tokyo-based French architect and designer Emmanuelle Moureaux, known to the public for a long time because of the original use of color in her creations.
The work was designed to celebrate the centenary of a Japanese soft drink company: each piece of paper is cut into a symbol of the Japanese hiragana writing system. Universe of Words was inaugurated this Summer during the Tanabata Festival and is inspired by the Japanese tradition of writing wishes on paper and hanging them on bamboo branches.
“The universe created by these floating hiraganas evokes a strong emotion through its quietness and its infinity”.
The installation features 46 hiragana characters that have been aligned by color in three-dimensional grids. The sections of the installation have been removed so that visitors can come into contact with an immersive and all-encompassing reality.
Universe of Words is part of Emmanuelle Moureaux’s 100 Colors series, if you want to know more, visit the artist’s website here.
Anya-Lee Temple‘s NSFW illustrations are as alluring and flirtatious as their creator. The Instagram @anyaleeartaccount presents itself to the public as a sort of diary where the artist alternates her works with provocative self-shots that almost always have her body as their subject.
Just on Instagram we find what is the slogan of the artist “body–positive | self positive”, the message is quite clear: there is no eros without love for themselves. You always have to considerate the positive side.
The sensuality of the images is played down by the constant of the millennial pink solid background. The sinuous and charming shapes are very reminiscent of a kind of eroticism that can be traced back to a sort of modern Lolita, citing Nabokov’s masterpiece:
“Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta”.
Vile is the Portuguese graffiti artist, so skillful with spray cans that he seems to carve with a laser, the walls on which he works. He sculpts his name in concrete and stone, showing, in each letter, what is behind the wall, exactly as if the characters pierced the wall.
His career as a street artist began as a teenager. Over time he has deepened his skills with courses in animation and illustration. In practice, his are nothing more than optical illusions, which aim to show the decaying environment behind his own “canvas”. His works have been so successful thanks to the wise choice of colors and their combinations. The artist’s wise skill and patience are visible at first glance.
Although some still do not want to believe it and others do not think that it is as serious a problem as they make us think, the problem of climate change is a real drama that we are experiencing every day on our skin and that is drastically changing the face of our planet.
Starting from the idea that very soon different species of plants and trees will become something rare to see and that probably the only way to enjoy their beauty will be to enclose them all in special parks – such as zoos for animals -, the artist Klaus Littman, with the help of the architect Enzo Enea, has designed and built FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature, an installation to celebrate nature in all its glory.
Inside the Wörthersee Stadium in Klagenfurt, Austria, 300 trees of different species were planted instead of the field. From 8 September to 27 October, FOREST – The Unending Attraction of Nature will be visible to the public, who will be able to enter the stadium free of charge, walk on the steps, admire the installation from all sides or simply sit back and watch nature change according to the light and time of day. In addition, the time of year has been chosen to show the effects of the transition from summer to autumn, from when the branches are covered with green leaves to when the ground will start to be covered with yellow and red leaves.
Klaus Littman’s idea was inspired by the 1970 work of artist Max Peinter entitled The Unending Attraction of Nature, which shows a stadium full of people admiring a small forest in the middle of the field. Today that dream has become a reality and must serve as a wake-up call: if in the future we would like to continue to admire nature on the street, in the parks and just outside the city we should all start, seriously, to take care of it, before it is too late.
After talking about Posti sinceri and chiusodidomenica, we continue with an Instagram profile dedicated to small details that populate all cities, small or large. It’s called lettere.urbane, it’s managed by @jacopobaco and @_fabriziofalcone_ and it contains a series of examples of how typography is found in every corner, at every intersection, and in every small street, just stop for a moment and look better.
If in your daily journey from home to school or from home to work your gaze is always captured by a letter, a sign or a word on a road sign, you just have to photograph it and post it with the hashtag #lettereurbane.
Below you will find a selection, all the others found on Instagram.