Finally, going to Church can be seen as something … cool. In Mitterfirmiansreut, Germany, locals built a Catholic church made out of ice and snow. This is part of their hundred-year tradition where town officials in the past refused a request from residents to build a church. To remedy this, locals did what anyone else would do, make a snow fort church.
This is Schildi the bionic tortoise. He was found abandoned and helpless in Germany. The poor little guy was missing a leg and very scared, so some kind veterinarians patched him up and equipped him with a prosthetic wheel. Now he’s probably the speediest tortoise around. This story renewed my hope in humanity.
Artist Tomás Saraceno’s latest art installation In Orbit which is now ongoing at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Germany, is a pretty cool work. Constructed out of safety nets suspended above ground across three levels, the structure is held apart by airfilled PVC balls. Visitors can mess about in mesh nets and pretend they can walk […]
If you guys are into dystopian sci-fi movies checkout this short movie called ZELLE (eng.: cell) by the young German filmmaker, Nicolas Heinemann. The special thing about this one is that the director constructed the whole setting in his shared flat room in Berlin Kreuzberg until his entire home looked like some kind of a […]
The German website Freunde von Freunden (FvF), which means “friends of friends” in English, is an international online interview magazine that portrays people of diverse creative and cultural backgrounds in their homes and within their daily working environments. The magazine was launched in October 2009. In the beginning they literally worked with close friends and […]
German design studio For Real did a series of illustrations centering around the physical anatomy of the planets in the solar system and cheekily dubbed their client as ‘The Universe’. The works are pretty cool, showing planets with viscous liquid cores escaping from the bellies of their spherical hosts. The world can get messy — […]
Somewhere in the Kunsthof-passage of Dresden, Germany, there’s actually an outdoor building wall that makes music whenever it rains. Christoph Roßner, Annette Paul and Andre Tempel, who live in the building, were the ones who decided to rig a bunch of funnels to coax a grand performance out of musical instruments by hydraulic action. It’s […]
In Karlsruhe, Germany, the kids who attend Kindergarten Wolfartsweier must contend with the serious business of walking straight into the mouth of a cat everyday. Artist Tomi Ungerer and architect d’Ayla-Suzan Yöndel are behind the brilliant kindergarten building design of a kitty in a sphinx-like pose. It’s so cool, the cat’s tail at the back […]
Now now, imagine living in a room which lets you flip your furniture about with a quick spin. Students from Germany’s University of Karlsruhe, Christian Zwick and Konstantin Jerabek, designed this pretty cool revolving cylindrical house that offers flexible housing with limited space. In one position, the room is a workspace; in another, it becomes […]
A 2.500 square metre tall net made of multi-tiered wires spans across the piazza in the K21 in Düsseldorf, Germany. It’s the work of Argentine-born artist, Tomás Saraceno, his most complex creation called In Orbit. Floating 25 meters above the ground, his interactive installation is created from three levels of wires and clear and metallic orbs.
If you’d like to read archetypical nightmare design stories, one needs only type in the URL “Clientsfromhell.net” and you’ll find a tonne. If you want to find some unique nightmare design and art stories, though, I’d advise reading Anne Applebaum’s new social history of Stalinist Eastern Europe. In it are tales of dreadful state-artist collaborations, […]
Every dog-owner’s worst nightmare: watch your pet get eaten alive. Until you realise it’s just a heap of expertly stuffed fabric that looks like, oh, a scary alligator from the late Cretaceous period. This dog-devouring stunt was devised by Germany’s Zoo Neunkirchen a few years ago to get people to visit the zoo with the […]
Northern lights, strobe lights, fairy lights; aren’t lights just the best? From October 10-21, you can see lights in all their illuminated glory in Berlin during the annual Festival of Lights. Taking the whole light show craze thing to the next level, the entire city will be lit up like Christmas: from park benches to churches, bridges and trees. The 12 days will open and close with ceremonies, and are filled in between with other arts and cultural events, live jazz and shopping sales. You can choose to view the extravaganza by bus, boat, balloon or (wait for it …) Segway. All in all, a splendid reason to visit Berlin.
Born in Germany and living in London since 2002, Sandra Dieckmann’s work is full of compassion towards nature. Animals feature heavily in her artwork, as do geometrical shapes and mix media methods, to create rich illustrations that not only look pretty, but hold strong messages about how disconnected we can be from the world around us.