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A Project Called Capsula Mundi Wants To Make Trees Out Of Dead People

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A final resting place for you and your loved ones just got a little cooler. Instead of a tomb you could now become part of a tree. An innovative project called Capsula Mundi from the minds of Italian designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel have developed a concept that would combine the deceased with a young tree that would eventually grow into a living memorial. It will change the way we visit loved ones who have gone on to the great beyond. Instead of cemeteries we could now visit the deceased in beautiful forests as an alternative, a more civilized, celebratory, and positive way to remember. Presently, we reflect on thoughts and artifacts when a person dies. Perhaps soon we will be able to watch them grow and become part of a living organism again.

The body would be placed in a pod-like sack underneath a seed or sapling in a fetal position. As it transforms it will provide nutrients which will allow the tree to grow and in a sense become one with it. The project has not been officially approved in Italy yet since legislation prohibits cemeteries without proper burial case. The people at Capsula Mundi are looking to change this and make their concept a reality. Once they do it will start a new and wonderful way we can continue to love those we’ve lost with a little help from mother nature. (via boredpanda)

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Jenny Saville

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Oxford, England based artist Jenny Saville, is frightening in how she is so good in what she does. Her paintings always make me feel uncomfortable, and in that way, seduced as well. She is mostly known for her paintings of large, fleshy women that quite often appear similar to landscapes or a huge slab of meat. It’s a desire of mine to one day see her work in person. Amir has, and apparently photographic records of her work does not do it justice.

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Snarkitecture Transforms A Museum Into A Beach With A Ball Pit Filled With 1 Million Plastic Balls That You Can Swim In

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If you can’t get to a beach this summer, then you will be thankful for design duo Snarkitecture‘s new installation at the National Building Museum in Washington DC. The space is filled with 1 million translucent polystyrene balls in a massive wading pool, the floor is carpeted and scattered with deck chairs and beach umbrellas, inviting the beach goers to enjoy a day reading, wading, or playing paddle ball. There is even a summery snack bar available selling popcorn, candy, chocolate bars and soda pop. Every Wednesday the Museum offers different events where the snack bar will also offer bar service.

The Beach is a part of the program the Museum likes to offer each year – they dedicate the 10,000 square foot space to a gimmicky exhibition that will draw the crowds. And this year the honor went to Snarkitecture to produce something that would entertain the masses. Established by Alex Mustonen and Daniel Arsham, Snarkitecture is a design studio that focuses on minimal and intelligent design solutions, not only for spaces, but for objects as well. Drawing their name from Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of The Snark, the team like a challenge and enjoy re-imagining existing objects and architecture. The poem describes an “impossible voyage of an improbable crew to find an inconceivable creature”, and Mustonen and Arsham take on this idea quite literally. They state their mission as:

Snarkitecture’s approach focuses on the viewer’s experience and memory, creating moments of wonder and interaction that allow people to engage directly with their surrounding environment. By transforming the familiar into the extraordinary, Snarkitecture makes architecture perform the unexpected. (Source)

The duo have been responsible for some very clever installations in many different spaces. You can check out their back catalog here. Or take your bathing suit and towel and head to their artificial paradise. The Beach is open until September 7. (Via Washingtonian)

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Amanda Merten

Amanda Merten makes you wonder what sorts of things you could cook up with the time you spend diving deep into the bowels of the internet in search of sacred, yet-undiscovered images of cats to turn into potential memes. From styling to modeling to photography– the skill she contributes to The Smartest Thing She’s Ever Said. Amanda seems to do it all and do it all pretty well. We talk to her here about being a do-it-all, the intriguing story she’s working out with her collaborator Alice Gregory, and the mythic lack of good Mexican food on the East Coast.

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Matt Nichols: Objectified

Artist Matt Nichols takes craftsmanship to a new level by pairing bold symbols with an acute sensibility for surface material.  While stunning as photos, the work is best experienced in person.  Physically interacting with these sculptures definitely forced me to reevaluate the relationship I had to the familiar iconography he often uses as a point of entry for the viewer.  Nichols comes from a serious design back ground, being largely responsible for much of the visual branding associated with the clothing company Neff.  While most would remain comfortable in that roll – he needed to push things further by shifting his focus towards a more physical realm.  With the closing of an exhibition at Hungryman Gallery just behind him, new work is already on the way.  Having recently returned to the Los Angeles area you can expect to see his name popping up in galleries across the SoCal area in the very near future.

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Nicola Constantino’s Fashion Line Covered With Human Nipples

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In 1998, Argentinian artist Nicola Constantino created ‘Peletería Humana’ (Human fur Boutique), a window display with twenty mannequins showing off Nicola’s heeled shoes, dresses and handbags. These elegant designs were fashion forward in a peculiar way: all pieces were made out of real human hair and colored latex cloth which patterns and textures imitated human nipples. The material, reminiscent of real human skin. was a definite erotic but also sickeningly monstrous and abnormal characteristic that made many recoil in disgust.

The attractive yet repulsive pieces delineate the artist’s ideas about two highly addictive societal desires: expensive consumer goods and sex. By creating these garments out of human hair and cloth that reproduced the human skin, she entices the viewer to see, simultaneously, both desires in the same object. We can also say that her ‘elegant’, high end creations (all which are wearable pieces of art) play with notions of the natural and the artificial, ideas of identity in a consumer society, and the materiality of the human body in contemporary times.

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Christo Dagorov’s Captivating Drawings Of Lips Reveal Hidden Worlds When You Go In For A Kiss

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Christo Dagorov’s drawings are beautifully crafted with detail and precision. With a bird’s-eye view landscape that mimics cracked lips, a forest that’s tree trunks create the illusion of small teeth, and perfectly shaped bodies as pursed lip crevasses, his illustrations truly come alive. The work is hauntingly graceful, yet captivating and complex.  Each piece is paired with a precise, one word title, allowing every drawing to become of moment of inquiry.

For example, his drawing titled Aspiration depicts a city. Here we may see a desire for or missed connection to the urban world. Or, perhaps, he is he glorifying the amount of ambition it takes for a city to be built — a sort of homage to the achievements of man.

Next there is Authenticity, illustrating trees with exposed roots. Is this simply a statement that nature is utterly and unarguably the most authentic entity?

Indiscretion shows a figure behind bars, hinting, perchance, at the recklessness of lawlessness. Or, even further, the general rashness of humanity.

The drawing Negligence portrays snakes and jellyfish — animals that can poison. Maybe this drawing acts as a warning for those who neglect either themselves, the purity of nature, or their own relationships with others.

However, Dagorov’s use of lips provoke greater meaning than just that of his titles. Lips have various powers. They have both the power to speak and to seduce. We can use our lips for acts of good, acts of lust, as well as acts of harm. Paired with these sinful versus virtuous words — are the lips creating a platform for which both darkness and light can be portrayed on equal playing ground?

Or, perhaps these lips suggest a discussion of language. Are they used as a means to hint at the the subjective nature of semantics? If language is something that simply comes from ones lips, what does it truly mean? If history proves anything, it is that language is single handedly one of the most dangerous devices of them all.

Christo Dagorov’s work is aesthetically complicated with perplexing purpose. Every drawing demands attention and reflection. For more of his work you can find him here. (via Faith is Torment)

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