Asai used local dirt, dust, ash, and straw to produce his wall paintings as a way to appreciate the earth and land that local farmers’ depend upon for their livelihoods. After exhibiting the mud paintings, Asai worked with the children to wipe away his work, returning the material to the soil and teaching the students the meaning of life as a cycle.
In 1979, five carpenters from Japan reassembled an authentic traditional machiya-style house in Boston Children’s Museum.
Designs for a floating paradise: Noah’s Ark: Sustainable City by Aleksandar Joksimovic & Jelena Nikolic, Jelly-fish 45 by Giancarlo Zema Design Group, unknown, Saunalautta, Floating Skateboard Ramp for Bob Burnquist by Jerry Blohm & Jeff King.
United Nations uses iBeacons to simulate a minefield & raise awareness at NY museum (via 9to5Mac):
Using iBeacon, a low energy Bluetooth technology to find a phone’s location, the Sweeper app detects transmitters hidden throughout the exhibit. When a person comes too close to a transmitter, it acts as a landmine and detonates, filling the user’s headphones with a jarring, visceral explosion followed by an audio testimony of someone’s actual experience. Users are then invited to make a small donation of $5 to help ensure no one ever has to go through what they just did.
The video is great, but if you’d prefer to look at pictures and read a bit about the project, WebUrbanist has a nice overview:
While creating a scarecrow for her garden, [Ayano Tsukimi] decided to model the figure after her father, which turned out to be just the beginning. Thus began a strange art project to create full-sized doll versions of all those who had vanished…
Moved to Tears at the Cloisters by a Ghostly Tapestry of Music (NYTimes):
Inside the ancient chapel was the first presentation of contemporary art ever at the Cloisters: “The Forty Part Motet,” an 11-minute immersion in a tapestry of voice, each thread as vivid as the whole fabric.
For this spectacularly detailed series of architecturally influenced drawings, Toronto-based artist Mathew Borrett labored with 005 Pigma Micron pens to create networks of compartmentalized dwellings that appear to be carved into the face of a cliff or dug into the ground with isometric perfection.
Chef’s New App Would Allow Customers to Smell Their Food Before Ordering, via Inhabitat:
Michelin-starred chef Andoni Luis Aduriz is working on an innovative app that would allow customers to smell their food before ordering. Using an attachment called Scentee, food lovers will be able to read menus, see pictures and actually smell samples of Aduriz’s exquisite menu – all from their smartphones.
Winter Scenery of Mochou Lake, Nanjing City, China