Who would think that masking tape could be art? Well, art director and graphic designer Koji Iyama has made it just that. With his new installations across Japan, the latest arriving in the city of Sendai, Iyama has certainly been leaving his colorful mark.
His product of choice? Mt-masking tape. His setting of choice? Old warehouses with high ceilings create the perfect space for him to hang the rolls of tape. He covers the entire floor as well, and even proceeds to cover any objects in his way — bikes, tables, other installations. The result of his final design is pretty cool, and we can imagine very interactive for the people lucky enough to visit his presentations. What do you think of Iyama’s art ventures?
Photo credit: Spoon & Tamago
Check out these absolutely brilliant photos by Japanese chemist and photographer, R. Tanaka.Â HisÂ goal was to capture a microscopic look into some of the world’s most photogenic elements, and he’s managed to do just that. We’re blown away by this rare mix ofÂ art + science, and his ability to turn these mysterious substances into a work of beauty and intrigue. He’s managed to bring theÂ periodicÂ table of elements to life with his fascinatingÂ project.
Watch him turn elements such as bismuth, platinum, and even lead into art below.
Photo credit: NeatoramaÂ
Unique art is our passion. So it’s no wonder why we’re so inspired by Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto, and his breathtaking art installations made from one of the most sought-after minerals in the world — salt. His project, titled “Saltscapes”, features incredibly detailed works of art created with basic table salt. His large installations have been known to take up entire gallery, church, and even soy brewery floors.
His installations take up hundreds of hours of time, and he must be very meticulous with pouring to avoid too many mistakes. While he does follow a basicÂ guidelineÂ for each piece, most of his works of art are actually improvised. He often leaves his mistakes and imperfections intact as he is working.
Yamamoto uses salt as the main material in his art, as a way to honor his sister who passed away from brain cancer in 1994. Salt is often used inÂ JapaneseÂ culture as a way to cleanse one of grief. To him the material signifies life, death, and above all, rebirth. Once the artistÂ disassemblesÂ one of his complex installations heÂ releasesÂ the salt back into the ocean, often inviting his fans to help him with the process. It’s a way of bringing new life to his masterpieces.
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Video credit: The Avant/Garde Diaries
We were intrigued when we came across this video by PBS Offbook, about the future of 3D printing and theÂ opportunitiesÂ it could bring to the world. 3D printing is a revolutionary newÂ technologyÂ that allows you to take a digital file, and turn it into a physical product — toys, shoes, iPhone cases, replicas. Based on this video, it seems like theÂ possibilitiesÂ are endless!
Who knows where the future will take us — perhaps one day 3D DNA Portraits willÂ exist?
Now this is an example of Â ingenuity at it’s finest! Viennese artist Andreas Franke has recentlyÂ unveiledÂ his photo project,Â The Sinking World, in an underwater art gallery. The exhibition is dubbed the Stavronikita Project, and will take place on the deck of the sunken SS Stavronikita, right off the coast of Barbados. We’re absolutely blown away by this mix of innovation and unique art. Via You the Designer:
In his most notable project called “The Sinking World“, Andreas Franke brings a strange, forgotten underwater world back to life by capturing some stills of sunken ships, then recreated what life could have been like aboard the ship with real actors. The amazing images are displayed on the deck of the shipwrecks where divers and art lovers can see his underwater gallery.
He has created two projects so far in The Sinking World series. The first one wasÂ The Vandenberg Project, featuring a gallery of surreal photographs of the sunken ship off the coast of Florida and combined the stills with images of staged actors representing everyday life, thus, creating aÂ re-imaginedÂ and forgotten world of the sunken giant.
Another set of his Sinking World wasÂ TheÂ Stavronikita ProjectÂ featuring a gallery staging the European era, theÂ age of decadence with all its intoxicating extravagance and vanity, on the deck of the sunken ship of the same name right off theÂ Caribbean island of Barbados.
TheÂ Stavronikita Project, underwater on SS Stavronikita, will run until April 2013.
Ever wonder what poetry emulated in a lighting fixture could look like? We are always searching for new designs that inspire us, and designer Laurent Corio has done just that with the unveiling of his Fioriness Lamps. His designs manage to be both dreamy and modern at the same time, and are sure to create a romantic ambiance in any room they light up. Via laurent-corio.com:
In my imaginary world, Fioriness is the expression of a latin attitude where the word â€śflowerâ€ť is the poetic link between french and italian: â€śfioriâ€ť, â€śfleursâ€ť, â€śflirterâ€ť which means â€śto flirtâ€ť.Â The emotions and play of a candle light diner or august summer sunlight. These sparkles of light define the flower standing in its vase as the witness of aÂ promisingÂ story.
Laurent Corio is a Paris-based designer who created this collection of hand blown glass lamps for design gallery Secondome. What do you think of Corio’s fuse of poetry and function?
Is that food really organic? How much radiation is present? What’s your ideal climate? We discovered the Lapka PersonalÂ EnvironmentÂ Monitor andâ€”in the name of sublime science visualizationsâ€”had to crown it as Inspirational Design of the Week. Via Uncrate:
The various components that make up theÂ Lapka Personal Environment Monitor are useful â€” they can individually test for radiation, whether food is organic or not, electromagnetic fields, and climate â€” otherwise known as temperature and humidity. And yes, they connect to your iPhone using nothing but a simple headphone cable. But what’s really impressive is how they manage to be so stylish while being so unbelievably small.
The device is highly sensitive and responds to the invisible world of particles, ions, molecules and waves, so it can analyze your surroundings and smartly combine the results into guideline values for your comfort.
The Lapka is coming later this year ($TBA) and the company says that “the experience of being able to take precise measurements and the beautiful visualization of what’s beyond our perception are inspiring and addictive”. We can’t wait!
What are your favorite apps for visualizing or applying science in our everyday lives?
Via Ted.com: The more that robots ingrain themselves into our everyday lives, the more we’re forced to examine ourselves as people. At TEDxBerkeley, Ken Goldberg shares four very human lessons that he’s learned from working with robots.
We’re always excited about robots, but we especially liked this video because we caught up on some new robotic advances while being reminded of life lessons we too often forget:
1. Always question assumptions.
2. When in doubt, improvise.
3. When your path is blocked, pivot.
4. There’s no substitute for practice, practice, practice.
Have you been humbled by technology and/or learned any lessons from it?
Ken Goldberg is a Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research in Robotics, Automation, and New Media at UC Berkeley and holds a position at UC San Francisco Medical School where he researches medical applications for robotics.
If you’ve already ordered your DNA 11 Gift Kit but still need something for the science-lover in your life, look no further! We’ve curated a few must-haves of the season, celebrating everything from molecules to DNA, sterling-silver to jellyfish.
Steampunk Rock Star Scientist Poster Art PrintsÂ (above)
If youâ€™re like us, everyday is a celebration of Watson and Crick, the duo who together proposed the double helix/spiral staircase structure of the DNA molecule in 1953. Now you can pay tribute to your favourite scientists in style with these Steampunk Rock Star Scientist Prints.
Intro to Molecular Bonding T-Shirt
If you put six H’s, two C’s and one big O in a room together, what would happen? Consult Figure 1: Alcohol at a Party. Available as both menâ€™s and womenâ€™s tees, itâ€™s a perfect gift for those scientific party animals.
Biochemies DNA Plush Toys
These DNA plush toys magnetically interact where they hydrogen bond! These little guys arenâ€™t available for purchase yet, but you can back the project on Kickstarter for first dibs on a set of your own when theyâ€™re released in March 2012. These happy bases would make great desk toys, educational tools, or gifts for current and aspiring scientists.
Molecular Cuisine Starter Kit
This culinary kit is more like chemistry set, containing sachets of agar-agar, calcium lactate, sodium alginate, soy lecithin and xanthan gum to help aspiring molecular chefs experiment at home. The kit also includes an arsenal of tools like a syringe and silicone tubing, plus a DVD of 50+ recipes for molecular implosion.
Desktop Jellyfish Tank
Because regular aquariums just donâ€™t cut it anymore! This kit includes all the essential tools to get started, from the 7 gallon tank, air pump and feeding tube, to a voucher for moon jellyfish delivery (theyâ€™re guaranteed to arrive alive!). Â Itâ€™s the first affordable aquarium designed specifically for jellyfish and itâ€™s as easy to maintain as a regular fish tank (which jellyfish canâ€™t live in because they get sucked into the air filtration system). Available for pre-order.
Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed
Body art meets popular science in this mind-blowing collection of science-inspired tattoos. Written by renowned science writer Carl Zimmer, each tattoo provides a leaping-off point for reflection on the science in questionâ€”whether it’s the importance of an image of Darwin’s finches or the significance of the uranium atom inked into the chest of a young radiologist.
DNA bases charm bracelet
Charm her with a DNA bracelet! This sterling-silver bracelet was created to honour Rosalind Franklin, who’s x-ray crystallography work was critical in Watson and Crick’s determination of the double helix structure of DNA. The bracelet features charms of the four bases found in DNA: A, C, G, and T.
We could barely contain our excitement when we found Biochemiesâ€™ DNA Molecule Plush Dolls on KickStarter. How could we not back this?
DNA is the most fundamental component in our biology and is composed of 4 bases: adenine (green), thymine (red), guanine (black), and cytosine (blue). Furthermore, the bases interact with each other via hydrogen bonds (accomplished by magnets) to form base pairs. Adenine and thymine form a base pair via 2 bonds while guanine and cytosine form another via 3 bonds.
Backers of $35 or more will receive a set of 4 DNA plush dolls, a set of 4 DNA stickers, plus their name and link on Biochemies website. Pledges will support the dollsâ€™ production, making them available in March 2012.
Biochemies aims to inspire youth to love and pursue science by promoting the positive implications of science in a fun and informative manner. The site features a directory of science games and activities, plus free wallpapers, a blog and more.
Jun is a PhD candidate in chemical biology in San Diego, CA. Her thesis work involves developing targeted cancer drugs. She is a strong advocate of science education and changing cultural attitudes towards science.