Art and Sculpture

How artists and designers are using metals today and how long this apparently modern trend has been going on for.
The Cloud Gate Sculpture, Chicago

The Cloud Gate Sculpture, Chicago

Reflections on Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate Sculpture. A discovery The day is gray, drizzle. We’re in the Millenium Park in Chicago; a place of passage and wandering. For the city man, an escape of the daily hustle and bustle, a place of refuge and proximity with nature; for the traveller a must-visit place - an open space, green, within a bustling city. Millennium Park, Chicago, showing the Cloud Gate sculpture against the backdrop of the city buildings 2011. Photography by Ana Lopes Ramos We note a geometric design, a strict green cord. The repetitive and ordered elements send us back…
Arnaldo Pomodoro – Inspiring Architecture in Relief

Arnaldo Pomodoro – Inspiring Architecture in Relief

Discussing the work of this influential sculptor Fill a room full of designers and empower them to brainstorm for their own new studio space, and the sky’s the limit. It’s when our soaring visions collide with the cold, hard reality of budget constraints that we’re faced with the choice to dismiss the vision altogether, or pursue a clever solution. My colleagues and I were presented with precisely this assignment just a few months ago. Encouraged by the adage that limited funds should not deter a great idea, we set-to and mined books, the internet, and our own collective memory for…
In Search of Wonderful

In Search of Wonderful

Looking at the work of master metalsmith Carlo Scarpa By Naomi Evans, Architect at Cox Architecture, Melbourne, Australia As Christmas approaches, an advertisement is currently airing on Australian television for a high- profile department store. The marketing campaign has coined the phrase, “find wonderful” and the ad, with cinematic flair, follows a pretty ingénue as she weaves her way through a whimsical paper city and poses the question, “ever wonder where wonderful went?” As children, the story suggests, we found delight in little details. We were enthralled by life’s small offerings, and “fairies paid good money for teeth.” But as…
Stainless steel and art

Stainless steel and art

Looking at some iconic modern installations and sculptures and examining why stainless steel is such a popular medium for artists Stainless steel is a popular choice for public art, sculptures and outdoor features as it can be welded, machined, bent, and finished with many different surface finishes and colour effects. Stainless steel art In contrast any paint finish is likely to bubble and peel. However the beauty of stainless steel is that it does not rust and strongly resists attack by a great many liquids, gases and chemicals. There are different grades of stainless steel, for instance, a 304 grade…