Art in R.L.
No longer is art merely hanging in galleries and decorating brick walls.
From glow-in-the-dark skate parks to subway rides with scenic ceilings, art is infiltrating the everyday.
Korean born Koo Jeong-A has created a sculpture called “Otro” on an island in France’s Vassiviere Lake, but it’s not just any sculpture, bro. The gnarly artwork is a glow-in-the-dark skate park that’s been four years in the making.
Working alongside Brusk, Barricade and L’Escaut Architecture, the skatepark is made from green phosphorescent concrete and spans over 400m2.
The artwork links the urban, practicable, sporting and playful elements of the skate park sculpture and is described as “an art work to live, to experiment, not only from a sporting point of view but also from a sensorial, sensitive and artistic point of view.”
Elsewhere, London is turning train ceilings into pieces of art. No longer reserved for the upper class, art is now on show for the public transport catching plebs too.
Amrita Kulkarni, Matt Bachelor and Emma Laurin from the Royal College of Art have collaborated on the “Canopy” project that will turn the ceiling of London’s underground trains into real-life simulations of the outside world.
The ceilings will project images of the real time weather and landmarks that will link the commuters back to the outside world.
In an interview with The Atlantic, Amrita Kulkarni described the inspiration for the project as stemming from their personal experiences on the London underground, “We believe that commuters on the London underground today are detached from their environment: the city, the movement of the train, communities and events surrounding them. We want to add a new visual reference within the train to restore this sense of movement and place.”
In a city where the tube often fails when mercury boils over 28 degrees, it will be interesting to see how effective a view of the sunshine will be during power outs.
-via The Atlantic