Art of the brick is an exhibition of Lego sculptures by Nathan Sawaya, a New York based artist. First ever exhibition to use Lego bricks as the primary medium. Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria, from 2nd June – 2nd August 2011. Also recreated in Lego bricks by Australian Lego artists are a selection of Melbourne icon’s. You’ll get the chance to place your ‘brick in the wall’ and bring to life a mystery mosaic featuring a famous Melbourne icon. Measuring 4.5 metres wide by 2.2 metres high, the mosaic will be made up of 168,000 LEGO bricks when completed and weigh 350kg!
The initial “Walk the book” project was aimed at researching the possibility of a digital literary walking trail for Brisbane. The project provided initial research into the integration of literary history, cultural sites and residential and tourist activities. A literary tourism venture that would link Brisbane’s literary history and cultural sites through a series of walking trails that would be delivered via web and mobile phone technology as well as in print. The ultimately aim… to become a link in UNESCO’s Creative Cities network.
Artists Tim Simpson and Sarah van Gameren have taken the humble weeds of inner London borough pavements and turned them into art. Plants are pressed, dried and then composed between plates of glass that function like photographic negatives in the Victorian process of cyanotype.
Traditional cyanotyping or blueprinting was introduced in 1843. Any naturally observant material can be coated with a mixture of Potassium ferricyanide and Ferric ammonium citrate (green) mixed with water. The coated material is then allowed to dry in a dark place. Objects or negatives are placed on the material which is then exposed to UV light, such as the sun, a light box or a UV lamp. After exposure the material is processed by simply rinsing it in water. A white print emerges on a blue background.
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Arborsculpture : The art and technique of growing and shaping trunks of living trees and other woody plants. By grafting, bending and pruning the woody trunks and or branches are grown into shapes either ornamental. Also known as Pooktre, tree training, and tree shaping.
The most famous of tree sculptors was Alex Erlandson who created over 55 shaped trees that eventually became the basis for his tree circus garden, opened in 1947 as a road side attraction near Santa Cruz, California with the sign, “SEE THE WORLD’S STRANGEST TREES HERE”.
Historically the ancient War-Khasi people of the Cherrapunjee region in India have been aeroponically creating living root bridges for centuries.
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Quilts are visual stories of memories and identity transpired through textiles. Each stitch and choice of fabric provides insights into the lives of the people who created the works. On show at the Gold Coast Arts Center is the annual exhibition by the Gold Coast Quilters Guild A combination of traditional and contemporary works of art, both original and interpretative, are on show until the 24 July in Gallery 2.Vote for your favourite work while you are there.
Michael Ciavarella, ceramic artist and teacher, begun in 2010 to collect ceramics that could fit into a matchbox. The aim is to collect 5000 works of art to create a substantial international traveling exhibition to be shown at the International Ceramics Conference in Finland in 2014. So far he has collected 250 works of art.
For more information and an invitation to visual and ceramic artists from around the world to submit an artwork to the matchbox show collection see…