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.
Exclusive glass vases and Christmas tree decorations that only exist in one or two samples, aside from high price, most often also have in common unique production technology that is mastered by representatives of a rare profession – glass-blower. The history of the craft has lasted for a couple of millennia with some old secrets of handmade production still kept under seal.
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.
The artist from New Zealand Hayley King working under the brand FLOX is well-known all over the world for the fascinating pictures showing the enlightened beauty of wild nature. Her colorful birds, picturesque landscapes, and fairy-tale-like animals remind us about the necessity to get united with the primordial nature. Hayley King creates the type of art giving inspiration and vitality. She is concentrated onto recognition of ancient heritage of the sacral places and making it spread among the wide publics. In the interview the artist told us about her social projects, travels and the modern cultural trends inherent to New Zealand.
When I, as a little girl, for the first time passed my hand over trimmed bush, my palm got scratched with sharp edges of twigs and lasting arborvitae fragrance hit my nose. Mesmerized, I was not able to take my eyes away from the cones, balls and squares that surrounded me in the park of a small resort town. I felt like being inside a fairy tale, where behind the leaves I could notice a smile of the Cheshire Cat.
A mini toast, a slice of cheese and a sip of strong coffee. "That is not a buffet!" a waiter will pronounce indignantly, looking at the disgruntled tourist’s face. The generous Ukrainian soul cannot understand how locals manage to eat their full with that. Therefore, before going to a new country, you need to know exactly whether in the evening you should prepare a couple of sandwiches to indulge them in the morning, whether you need some vegetables, or even some extra litres of water!
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.
You often got convinced that skilful hands of a master who puts life into his creation, can transform humble tree stump into a charming violin, piece of plaster becomes an ancient sculpture, and even clay tile looks like a work of fine art.
Twelve-string guitar, the twilight of Portuguese nights, candles, and soul-gripping voice… Dramatic incentives of fado song tell about unrequited love. It cannot appear in the crossroads of destinies; however, it enables feelings to embody into the touching sounds of Portuguese romances.
The Japanese are one of those peoples who zealously respect the ancient traditions. They respect old age, being interested in ancestors and often know the family ancestry by heart. With such a worldview, it is not surprising that a unique technique for the restoration of kintsugi appeared exactly there. Read about it in Outlook.
The eccentric elder Katsushika Hokusai was the real star of the Edo period, the creative genius and the brutal debtor of the half of his city. He used at least 30 names, changed 93 houses and created a lot of prints, drawings and paintings. His internationally recognized print The Great Wave off Kanagawa is mesmerizing. But only a few people know that this block printing, as well as many other works, was created by Hokusai with assistance of his daughter - artist Katsushika Ōi, lost in time and overshadowed by her genius father crazy about art.
‘Love evolves when one looks in the eyes of the person beloved seeing there God’, in such a way the lines of some Arabian song called Qawali is translated. The authorship of this chant is ascribed to Eastern strangers Sufi who tending to find the sense of existence strolled around the half an Earth bare-footed. In the travels they composed songs where they told narration describing what they had to endure.
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.