“Surreal” sculptures of Fine steel-wire : Shi Jindian

Shi Jindian

Born: Yuxi City, Yunan province, 1953

“I don’t like hard, heavy materials like bronze, stone and clay. I have a fondness for fine and delicate things.”

Shi Jindian

Say sculpture and most people think of something solid and opaque. Shi Jindian’s sculptures are made of steel, yet they are light, transparent, almost ethereal. After searching for years for “a material that was brand new, completely untraditional”, he settled on steel wires. By trial and error, he learned how to crochet the two-dimensional strands into three-dimensional forms, using tools of his own devising. His wire meshes start out as wrappings around some common object. When the mesh is complete, Shi Jindian destroys or extracts the object, leaving only its steel exoskeleton. The result, he says, is a kind of fiction, a virtual reality that can be walked around and touched.

Shi Jindian

Surrealist René Magritte painted a pipe along with the words: “This is not a pipe.” Shi Jindian does something similar in sculpture, making not-quite-replicas of items from musical instruments to machines. His Blue CJ750 (2008) is a replica of the Chiangjiang [Yangtze] 750, a military bike based on a pre-World War II BMW. It took him three years to make, but he found deep serenity in the toil. When people touch his sculptures, he says, they also touch “the state of mind that emerges from the labour of my hands: tranquillity and calm”.

´Saint of Saen Swan´-Sculpture, is inspired By the Soul of this song:

Shi Jindian

Shi Jindian

Shi Jindian

Shi Jindian

Birth no.1 and birth no.2 Shi Jindian

There is going to be an exhibition from Shi Jindian on 09-09-2010 more info click here: 

Contemporary by Angela Li gallery is proud to present “Fabrication – Shi Jindian Solo Exhibition”. On show will be more than 10 works of sculptures, paintings and installations.

There are in Total 3 dealers, who handle the Selling of Shi Jindians’ Works of Art, they are:

1.

A Thousand Plateaus Art Space (Chengdu, Sichuan, Beijing, China)

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Andrew Bae Gallery (Chicago, IL, USA)

3. Contemporary By Angela Li (Hong Kong, China)

For more information You can view this website:

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This website.

I absolutely hope to see alot more from Shi Jindian, as these works of Art are not only a pleasure to watch but also, to realise how much time, energy, passion, and above all: patience, went into them. ..Just-Wow!
Good Luck Shi Jindian and all my respect.
HBeltman

Outstanding Offices: 12 Unorthodox Business Buildings

Why should office buildings be sprawling gray complexes in uninspired shapes, filled with depressing gray cubicles in which workers sit and long for a glimpse of nature? For a space so integral to a company’s most important functions, offices tend to be far too bland – but not these 12 buildings. Like a breath of fresh air in a stale room, the architecture of these structures is a welcome change, from high-energy urban penthouses to peaceful glass lookouts in the woods.

Via weburbanist.com

White Mountain Office, Sweden

Location:Stockholm,
Program: Datacenter
Collaborators: Frida Öster and Jonatan Blomgren
Geology Consultant: Geosigma AB
Construction: Albert France-Lanord Architects Albert France-Lanord Architects
Client: Bahnhof AB
Construction Area: 1,200 sqm
Project year: 2008
Photographs: Åke E:son Lindman

  

Deep underground in a former anti-atomic shelter is the White Mountain Office, a 1200-square-foot complex that exploits the jaw-dropping contrasts between raw, rustic rock faces and the sleek curvature of modern glass and steel architecture. Albert France-Lanord Architects admit that science fiction films and even James Bond served as inspiration for the office structure, saying “The client is an internet provider and the rock shelter hosts server halls and offices. The starting point of the project was to consider the rock as a living organism. The humans try to acclimate themselves to this foreign world and bring the ‘best’ elements from earth: light, plants, water and technology.”

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Red Bull Headquarters, London

 

What else would you expect from the signature beverage of the hyperactive than an office building featuring a gigantic slide? Outfitted in the brand’s red, blue and silver color scheme (along with plenty of steel), the building is thoroughly modern and adult yet retains a sense of playfulness.

(images via: design verb)

 

 

 

 

Selgas Cano Architecture Office, Spain

Everyone needs a window in their office so they can take a moment every now and then to gaze out at nature for a while and recharge before getting back to work. But what if half of your office building’s roof were open to the sky, framed by a canopy of trees? The Selgas Cano Architecture office building in Madrid is set partially into the ground with one side entirely transparent, giving employees the ideal inspiration to design more incredibly architectural masterpieces.

 

 

(images via: iwan baan)

 

 

 For many more Outstanding Offices and Beautiful Business Buildings head over here:

http://weburbanist.com/2010/08/20/outstanding-offices-12-unorthodox-business-buildings/

10 MooTools Image and Content Sliders

Today i found Free Hugely-handy Software-Tools on SpeckyBoy.com read on and see a small selection of what is to find: (link below)

 

With CSS3 stealing all of the design headlines recently, and with jQuery as popular as it is, it is very easy to forget about any other image and content slider/gallery options you may have. And as such, in this post, we take a look at the best of what MooTools can offer. As you will see, the results are pretty impressive.

This is our weekly section were we highlight the Top 10 resources from any given field from within the design community. These mini-articles give us an opportunity to share some really useful resources which would be either-wise ignored and difficult to justify with a full blown article.

 

Floom

Floom is a super-stylish blinds-like slideshow widget for MooTools 1.2.2+.
http://nouincolor.com/floom/1.1/Demos/

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slideGallery

slideGallery

slideGallery Docs & Download →  

slideGallery Demo →  

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 Nivoo-Slider

Nivoo-Slider

The Nivoo-Slider is an image gallery, featuring 14 different transition effects that has been based on the jQuery Plugin NivoSlider (http://nivo.dev7studios.com/).

Nivoo-Slider Docs & Download → 

Nivoo Slider Demo → 

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For More MooTools Image and Content Sliders head over to: http://speckyboy.com/2010/08/19/10-mootools-image-and-content-sliders/

108 Mono Icons: Huge Set of Minimal Icons

Over at http://www.tutorial9.net/resources/108-mono-icons-huge-set-of-minimal-icons/ You can download a Huge set of Mono-Icons. This Free Icon Pack is for use in your personal and commercial projects, and can be used without attribution. It may not be redistributed.

This icon pack comes with 108 gray icons, but feel free to customize the color. In Photoshop, use layer styles and apply Color Overlay to customize. In Fireworks, simply apply Filters → Adjust Color → Color Fill and choose your color!

 

 

 

Head over to: www.tutorial9.net to download this set.

Power of People: Human-Electric Hybrid Muscle Car

I’m in a bit of Flintstone Mood…so, to build upon this topic: Here is a rather stunning idea, It’s the: ‘Human-Electric Hybrid Muscle Car”!

 

http://www.humancar.com/

“The HumanCar is an arrangement of mechanical parts that convert oscillatory motion into rotational motion about one axis. Simultaneously, it converts oscillatory motion about another axis into oscillatory motion about an axis connected to a reference frame.
The energy available from multiple human beings is converted by the mechanism into rotational power creating useful work, such as to propel a wheeled frame capable of supporting the mechanism and its occupants. A bi-directional power interface allows occupants to face forward or backward or in any combination. If each pair of occupants is placed back-to-back, and each adjacent pair is caused to create a controlled torque about a crankshaft, then power pulses may be balanced as much as possible about the crank shaft. The leaning motion from one or more occupants controls direction through a system of connecting members.
Participants may all face forward or backward or in any combination. If each pair of occupants is placed back-to-back, and each adjacent pair is caused to create rotational power pulses which are balanced as much as possible about the crank shaft, then the most efficient use of the mechanism may be obtained.”
Version one proves it’s possible. The giant benefit that results is a singular plyometric exercise that does not exist outside of this platform. The HumanCar is based upon original technology that has deep roots in automotive technology. The vehicle shown is of similar concept, with an aircraft quality steel tube ‘space-frame’ chassis, all hand built. This vehicle is very fast, and handles great. The HumanCar has proven to be the same.”
2005 v2.0 Proto
Charles S. Greenwood PE,
HumanCar Inventor

See Video:

For more information head over to: HumanCar.com

 
 

The true Stone House

The true stone house, in the montains of Fafe, Portugal.  Watch a video of the house(no English)in link below.

Photography by Feliciano Guimaraes.

  

“Inspired by the Flintstones, this odd house was constructed between two giant stones on the hillside of Fafe Mountains in Portugal. Like most contemporary homes, it has a front door, roof, and selection of windows, while the huge spherical boulder on the uphill side of the house and scoop-shaped end give it a prehistoric feel.”
 

 

 
Google Maps, here
Photos by Feliciano Guimaraes.

Photography by Feliciano Guimaraes.

For more images visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jsome1/sets/72157615078780504/

 

See video at: http://www.likecool.com/The_true_Stone_House–Building–Home.html

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jsome1/392996757/in/set-72157615078780504/

40 Free Random Textures

Via Caleb Kimbroug’s site www.lostandtaken.com Are 40 Free Random Textures up for Grabs!

Here are a few examples, for the other 35 head over to the links below this article to find all the other textures.

 

Head over to : Lostandtaken website to download the 40 textures for Free!