Is it Art or is it Achitecture??  –   New Image for Automobile Museum

Is it Art or is it Achitecture?? – New Image for Automobile Museum

Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) has proposed surrounding the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles in a “cloak of steel ribbons” as part of major refurbishment. Housing one of the world’s largest automotive collections, the Petersen Museum  occupies a former 1960s department store on Wilshire Boulevard. In 2014, the museum will celebrate its twentieth anniversary and […]

The Longest Emboidered Tapestry in the World

The Longest Emboidered Tapestry in the World

The Great Tapestry of Scotland goes on display in the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh tomorrow.  The project was developed by Scottish writer Alexander McCall Scott, artist Andrew Crummy and historical writer Alistair Moffat and involved hundreds of volunteer stitchers to create the longest embroidered tapestry in the world at 143 metres long, which is double […]

From Death to Death and other small tales in Edinburgh

From Death to Death and other small tales in Edinburgh

Just caught it before it closes this week, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art yet again has a show of international quality with this gem of an exhibition which puts together about fifty works from a private collection of a wealthy Greek collector, with a similar number of major works from its own collection. […]

Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco “Thinking in Circles” in Edinburgh

Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco “Thinking in Circles” in Edinburgh

One of the highlights of the Edinburgh Festival is the solo exhibition by the Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco at the Fruitmarket Gallery, whose sculptural work was exhibited at Tate Modern a few years ago.  The exhibition includes a series of never before exhibited, large geometric works on acetate, that were made in the mid 1990s […]

What to do with your old skateboard?

What to do with your old skateboard?

Old skateboards?  Recycle them as sculpture of course… Earlier in the year at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York, Japanese artists Haroshi had a solo exhibition ‘virtual reality’ celebrating a decade of creating sculpture from skateboards which gives the work striking coloured layers, without the need for any additional colouring or paint. Read more…. […]

Can waste carbon be used as a construction material??

Can waste carbon be used as a construction material??

Renewables and Environment has an interesting report by Michael Fisher on a $9 million research grant to the University of Newcastle in Australia to investigate the feasibility of forming captured carbon into large bricks, possibly for use in construction. Apparently, these bricks could have a similar structure to limestone, which has been used in construction since […]

New Student Centre for LSE rises to create a new heart for the campus

New Student Centre for LSE rises to create a new heart for the campus

The London School of Economics new Saw Swee Hock Student Centre is progressing well.  The striking architecture, the result of an architectural competition by Dublin architects O’Donnell Tuomey, will provide new student facilities and a striking new building at the heart of the campus.  It is great to see the imaginative use of brick instead […]

Fashion and Status in Tudor and Stuart times

Fashion and Status in Tudor and Stuart times

After visiting the State Rooms and Coronation exhibition, visitors could do no worse than going to see the current exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery.  Somehow many people miss it, perhaps because its subject appears unexciting, but it has had stunning reviews – by Richard Dorment in the Telegraph and, most unusually, from Brian Sewell in the Evening Standard who […]