Strolling along Peyzazhnaya alley in Kiev one always notices amazing benches, created by Ukrainian artists. My favorite is the one with a rug and a pillow for it looks cozy even in nasty weather. When I was sitting on it, I recalled a picture from my childhood: grannies take a long plank out from the house, put it with one end on a stub and the other one on the railing of the porch and it becomes a bench.
Doesn’t it look like a designer’s miracle? It turns out that not only “newsmakers of the house” come up with complex constructions in order to nibble sunflower seeds and pick the neighbors to pieces. There are bizarre benches around the globe, on examining them one realizes: this isn’t merely a posterior’s throne in front of your eyes, it is one true art object. Take, for instance, a “pin” from Italian Milan. Moletta bench has already become a signature of RIVA 1920 company. Its authors, Michela and Paolo Baldessari, claim that such a bench is able to ornament an office, an art café and a living room. Designers are thinking about launching a series of benches in the shapes of common objects.
While Italians dry their pants with a help of pins, in Korea they came up with a turning bench that altogether saves your trousers from dampness. After the rain one can manually and with little effort switch wet surface for a dry one – the bench is double-sided. This might be a simple use of leverage and a track-type mechanism, but inventive Koreans are somehow the first to hit upon this idea.
In Barcelona they aren’t afraid of rain for even the very famous “Camp Nou” stadium where world’s most renowned team plays, has no roof. Sun loves the city while tourists and locals, in their turn, like spending warm days there in Park Güell. Here fabulous bench by Gaudi is situated that turns adults into children. Visitors claim that it is all about the magic of surrounding objects: thank to them sensation arises that reality and fiction have blended together.
On the border between the Old world and Asia, in Turkish Istanbul municipal government decided to develop imagination otherwise. Creative book-shaped benches were placed in the city. It must be easy to be carried out to a different world when reading Bradbury or Tolkien on such a bench.
Yet not all extraordinary solutions are relaxation-friendly. “Nike” company created benches that encourage people to move with a clear sign “Run!” and therewith have only a backrest… There are already quite some provoking benches of the kind in American cities.
Meanwhile brave Bangkok citizens have imperturbable rest in all but shark’s jaws. Don’t believe it? Well then, look at this Asian pretty little thing. She doesn’t seem scared at all.
Due to the modest territory of the state in the Netherlands space is as good as gold. Benches in the city of Utrecht are second to none substantiation to the point. Want to have some rest – pull the leverage in the wall of the nearest house and a bench will literarily upspring from the pavement. Had enough of sitting – and an effortless hand move sends the construction back into the ground not to detain neither cars nor pedestrians.
Unfortunately in all countries of the world from time to time groups gather on benches and, after inordinate amount of alcohol consumed, fancy themselves to be rockstars and deprive people of their sleep. The saddest thing is that street guitar players are very enduring so they can bawl and squall till the very morning. If unprintable expressions from balconies and buckets of poured out water don’t help then what will?
An unhackneyed solution to the situation was suggest by Fabian Brunsing. He came up with the bench called “Pay & Site”: if you want to settle – insert coins into a special money drop. When time’s up, a caution signal goes up and, should a posterior remain unseparated from the surface, barbs stick into the rump. By the way, in designer’s native Germany no one dared installing such benches instead they are being ordered from China in full swing.
Land-art is not simply the landscape design but also the whole direction in art which in thee 21-st century considered one of the most important when only lazy people do not speak about the ‘green technologies’ and environment. The names of stars of such an activity have sturdily come into the speech of the tutors, critics, and connoisseurs, especially they outline Patrick Dougherti with his unbelievable works.
"Dali in a skirt", "The greatest provoker of the last century", shocking and inspiring confidence in the almost limitless potential of man, Frida Kahlo surprised contemporaries and continues to admire the admirers of her work today. The people of Kiev can now look behind the scenes of the life of the Mexican genius. With the support of the Embassy of Mexico in Ukraine in the National Museum named after Taras Shevchenko an exhibition of photographs devoted to the relations between Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera was opened.
Yesterday I created a Universe. I took some peas, rice, buckwheat, millet, black and white pepper seeds and cardamom. Grabbed a handful of coffee and aniseeds. Then it all acquired a centre. It kept growing and calming my thoughts. When the last seed landed in the circle, I felt forgotten harmony again, heard birds singing through the noise of cars on the avenue, sensed fragrance of violets that a neighbor of mine was growing on her balcony and a recollection of Funtik from floor 5 and his tail evoked a flush of tenderness towards the shaggy monster.
Dazzling flashes of ancient knowledge manifested in colourful shimmering beads and in elaborated yarn mosaics by Huichol Indians, captivate the imagination calling for an endless journey through branches of the world tree. Spiritual images take on flesh in intricate ornaments that accompany a Mexican peasant throughout his life. Twilight land of legends always have a shelter for a weary traveller: no one is alone on the paths of spirits.
More than fifteen hundred years ago Romans were awe struck when they caught the very first sight of the Sistine Chapel. After that masters of painting were born and dead as well as whole pictural art styles. And contemporaries of you and me gape on the distinguished temple. However, while admiring another line intricacy and allusive painting theme, bear in mind that beneath the plot of glossy surface, as per usual, stand painfully familiar disputes with an impatient client, unpleasant surprises from nature and damaged health of painters-executants.
Dirty cars are like a host for an artist. One may treat such art differently. Someone will wrinkle his nose and disdainfully wrestle his clothes. Others necessarily want to put a finger in such a picture in order to check the fragility of the "canvas" and smear its outlines. However, others will definitely make a selfie. However, nobody can pass by.
In every art there are formats and rules – once in “mainstream” an Artist won’t have to starve. Even more so in totalitarian times when every sphere of people’s life is controlled and affected and selfhood has to be forgotten as such. It is probably in the face of a system natural talents emerge for their work to become immortal. Today Outlook recalls one of them, artist Kateryna Bilokur.
Only dancing and wearing mask, Korean peasants were able to express their disgust towards rudeness or greed of the hosts or apply to some deity with extraordinary request. Keeping anonymity, the people played out the scenes from life, cried, and laughed. At the end of the performance the destiny awarded the good characters and punished villains.
Behind the window sad eyes of old man peered at Petrograd engulfed by revolutionary fire. This fire spread on his life's work: a proud four-story building was invaded by noisy commissioners and sailors, whose presence seemed a cruel joke after regular customers. Workshop owner Carl Gustavovich Fabergé, apparently, noticed in this chaos approaching decay of his career. However, he could have a secret gleam of hope for another life of his heritage. If only he knew that it would come true, maestro would hardly have lost his spiritual strength...
We have amber flowing through our veins, joke the Balts. They believe that a sunny stone comes from tear drops of their goddess Jūratė. According to legend, she was careless enough to fall in love with a mere mortal fisherman named Kastytis who day by day cast his nets to the Baltic Sea. Jūratė forgot that immortal ones are not allowed to enjoy simple human happiness, she fascinated the young man to the bottom of the sea into her amber castle, and there the couple in love lost count of days and nights. On hearing this, the lord of gods Perkūnas decided to punish them: bolt of lightening stroke mortal lover, and disobedient lady was chained within her precious possessions for all eternity. Since then, the grieving goddess cries dropping yellow tears, and waters of the Baltic carry them to the shore for others to enjoy.
The spouse of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to Ukraine Irina Sultanishvili carried out a meeting of the Ambassadors Spouses Club, in the frame of which some traditional clothes was demonstrated.
In already distant year 1920 authorities of the United States adopted a surprising regulation: prohibition to.... send children by mail. Such a decision may seem weird in 21st century however almost a hundred years ago it was treated with understanding which means that there were caring parents who did send their kids in packages... We talk about amusing accidents that occur in work of post services.
When skeptics say that the greatest things have already been built by humanity, pointing at various and really outstanding works of engineering thought, they are most often poorly informed and hardly look beyond developed Western countries. In the meanwhile, for example, in China, the state raises simply unheard of infrastructure projects. We are going to tell today about one of them - the impressive Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.
In those days when the Persian soldiers were second to none, and both the Roman Empire and the Arabian Peninsula were conquered by their power, skilful fingers of winner nation craftswomen created their first masterpiece. The carpet called The Springtime passed into history as the most precious of all time. It symbolized powerful rule of the Persians, and its beauty told about the divine origin of the king Khosrow I.
At the sight of Flemish lacework it is hard to shake the feeling that miraculous flowers, artfully braided into a wreath of a pattern, were born from loose sparks that had escaped a magic wand. On the inside of the beauty there are efforts and days of jetsam girls, stolen from life by labyrinth of openwork loops. Having compelled self-will of the thread to a dream about heaven, promised for humility, skills defied despair and need – to secure victory.
Fashion is an act. Fashion is a demonstration of freedom. Not being afraid to once seem ridiculous and odd, a person risks to become a part of fashion industry. Some names it remembers, some are wrongly forgotten and for some it becomes a pursuit, the meaning of the whole life.
In Kyiv academic theater of drama and comedy under support of Embassy of Belarus to Ukraine and Kyiv city governmental administration it was the play ‘Marriage contract’ of Minsk Film Actor’s Studio Theater. The performance was going in the frame of the tour in Ukraine.
Airports, railway and bus stations are almost always erected at a human whim, while ports and harbours are joint creation of homo sapiens and nature. In this article OUTLOOK presents you the most beautiful port destinations with their own unique character worth exploring.
Françoise Barbe-Gall teaches how to talk to children about art. She gives practical advices in her books, teaches to see things invisible to many people, to notice details and forget about labels. But we have to admit that among adults there are very few people who can boast with expertise in this area. If you want to change this order of things, today we offer you to go with us to the museums. Yes, it's a good idea, since we have chosen the best.
Modern cities cannot be imagined without murals – large-scale in size works of picture art that decorate buildings. Not only we have gathered most outstanding works in our collection but also tried to learn as many interesting things as possible about this art movement.