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Art of glass

If you’ve heard of Luke Jerram before (I hadn’t), it’s probably because of his ‘Play Me I’m Yours’ project, which placed pianos across London for the public to drunkenly hammer out Chopsticks on.

However, another of his projects set out to examine how science visualises sub-visible imagery. What this means in practice is that he designed a series of transparent, three dimensional sculptures of viruses. The sculptures were designed in consultation with virologists from the University of Bristol and made in collaboration with glassblowers Kim George, Brian Jones and Norman Veitch.

The results are beautiful, delicate and intricate, and show the potential of art for revealing beauty in inherently ugly things. You’d think on the back of this it’d be easy to get funding for my preserved puppy chandelier, but oh no, the Tate (and the RSPCA) doesn’t appreciate true art. Phillistines, the lot of them.

Anyway, viruses:

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Justin Hammer Time (sorry)

This is how I’m entering rooms from now on:

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Clock ‘im one

Vinyl wall clocks from Pavel Sidorenko:


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Wolf creek

Unassuming, narrative painting and illustration by Sam Caldwell that for some reason makes me think he lives in the North of England:

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Tebe Interesno appears to be a Russian designer and illustrator. I say appears, because ‘Tebe interesno’ is Russian for very interesting, so I guess it’s just his screen name. Anyway, he seems to have a range of styles, but I particularly like the slightly haunting figures placed into real photos. The style of the characters reminds me of Hayao Miyazaki’s mixed with a little bit of Emo Predator:

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Loop de loop

This is really, really, really good:

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Web of deceit

I am conflicted…

Viennese/Croatian design collective For Use/Numen have created huge, self-supporting cocoons that visitors can climb inside and explore, using nothing but packing tape, inside a former stock exchange building in Vienna.

This is awesome. It makes me happy.

However, in addition to describing themselves as a ‘design collective’, they have also explained their work…“The installation is based on an idea for a dance performance in which the form evolves from the movement of the dancers between the pillars,” smugs For Use’s Christoph Katzler, adjusting his beret. “The dancers are stretching the tape while they move, so the resulting shape is a recording of the choreography.”

This is ridiculous. It makes me angry.

Why can’t it be, just one time… “With great office supplies come great responsibility. So we made a giant funnel web out of packing tape! Brillllllllliant!

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