Tokujin Yoshioka often transforms simple everyday objects into beautiful creations. This is apparent in his piece Tornado that he installed in Miami using 2 million plastic straws.
Installation artwork translates well to 2-d platforms such as tumblr because it encourages you to imagine how the space must look. So dedicate some time to observing this work slowly.
What do you think about Yoshioka’s installation?
WOKmedia (Julie Mathias and Wolfgang Kaeppner ), Once, chopsticks, 2010
WOKmedia created this installation to force viewers to think twice about their consumption: millions of trees a year are chopped down to produce chopsticks.
Themed Thursday: Consumption
Did you know that 106,000 aluminum cans are consumed every 30 seconds in the United States and 60,000 plastic bags are used every five seconds? These facts are presented by Chris Jordan in a clever series of photo-collages, which we will be featuring today along with a variety of sculptures and installations. Every Thursday we focus on one theme for the day, and this week will be showing you how much the world consumes.
Check back throughout the day and let us know which pieces were your favorite. We also love to hear your input and feature your artwork, so if you have created a work of art that portrays consumption, or if you have a suggestion, please drop us an ask!
Crystal Wagner, Urban Kudzu
“My latest installation titled Urban Kudzu explores ideas related to people and their disconnection from the natural world… In my own experience with the world, I have a deep rooted understanding of what the plastic feels like, of what manmade materials and spaces feel like, and tend to perceive the natural world through a very exotic lens,” Wagner said. “With Urban Kudzu I wanted to explore colors that seemed more artificial or synthetic. Maybe fast forward 100 years, where plastic grows by itself? (via)
Peter Coffin, Untitled (Bees Making Honey)
Set amidst the lush greenery of the park, Coffin’s installation will bring a full scale apiary to the garden grounds. As part of the work, Coffin is hiring a professional beekeeper to stand guard, as well as tend to the bees and monitor their production of honey. The beekeeper will also explain the role of the sun in the bees’ production of honey to visitors, as well as give out samples of the Storm King honey and honeycomb. (via)