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November 15, 2021

“Tomorrow Land” by Studio Proba and enjoy the weather in the Miami Design District

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Alex Proba’s virtual playground in the Miami Design District

Every winter, to celebrate Art Basel Miami Beach, the Miami Design District invites an artist to reinvent the neighborhood’s pedestrian crossings with a public installation. This year’s commission, called Tomorrow Earth designed by Studio Proba and curated by Anava Projects, goes one step further with a virtual experience that turns the area into a playground. Visitors not only interact with Studio Proba’s cheerfully designed sculptures and seats that adorn the aisles of the neighborhood, but also place their own totems throughout the neighborhood in a dedicated app built by Enjoy the Weather.

Built around AR technology, the app allows visitors to “collect”, digitally personalize and locate Studio Proba’s shapes in the neighborhood for other attendees to discover. “[Tomorrow Land] is not only huge for us in terms of the color and scale of our art, but especially important because it is interactive and will bring people out, move around the city and contribute to a better future, ”said Alex Proba. Its vibrant sculptures and lively seating elements will also greet visitors at the entrance to Miami Design /, giving a whimsical tone to the highly anticipated 17th edition of the collector’s design fair.

“DMZ Migratory Birds on an Asymmetric Lens — Kyott Kyott Vessel (Pale Thrush)”, 2021, by Haegue Yang in a former DMZ guardhouse. Photography by Shinwook Kim

Visitors need a military escort to visit a new museum in the Korean Demilitarized Zone.

A former customs facility in the Korean Demilitarized Zone was transformed by architect Hyunjun Mihn, who designed the Seoul Museum of Modern Contemporary Art, into the new Unimaru Museum. The inaugural exhibition, “2021 DMZ Art and Peace Platform”, will feature works by 32 artists, including Francis Alÿs, Nam June Paik, Olafur Eliasson and Haegue Yang. “I thought maybe art could demilitarize the DMZ, maybe art could disarm and artists could talk about more complex issues.” Says Artistic Director Yeon Shim Chung. Visitors must have a military escort but official tours from both countries are available.

Christopher Walken deliberately destroys a Banksy piece of art in a BBC comedy finale.

In the BBC’s new comedy series The Outlaws, a team of misfits revitalize a dilapidated community center in Bristol as part of their community service. One particular scene in the final episode sparked viewers’ interest when Christopher Walken’s character Frank painted graffiti of a rat with the words “Banksy” on it. So was it real? “We can confirm that the artwork at the end of The Outlaws was an original Banksy, and that Christopher Walken painted over this artwork while filming this scene, ultimately destroying it.” says a spokesperson for The Outlaws. The show will be available on Amazon Prime in the New Year.

One River North by MAD Architects in Denver

MAD Architects’ beautiful new building in Denver has nature carved into its facade.

In the wake of its unveiling of the state-of-the-art Los Angeles office building, “The star,” MAD Architects released designs for a magnificent residential tower in Denver. Called One River North, a descending nature trail is carved into the façade in a remarkable fusion of a built and natural environment. In total, the structure will house 13,000 square feet of outdoor space, including a water feature and trail-shaped walkways inspired by the Colorado landscape. “One River North is the model of our way of life, surrounding us with the natural environment, bringing nature into our homes and creating authentic, biophilic experiences combined with modern comfort and amenities. ” says Kevin Ratner, co-founder of Max Collaborative, one of the developers of the project. One River North is expected to be completed in 2023.

Sean Kelly Gallery will open a new permanent space in Los Angeles next spring.

Partner and director Thomas Kelly will move to LA to run the new gallery, which will be located in Hollywood near Regen Projects, Divers Small Fires and Kohn Gallery. The 10,000 square foot space will be designed by Toshiko Mori, who previously designed the gallery location near Hudson Yards in New York City, in collaboration with local firm Hye-Young Chung Architecture. The kick off will be a solo exhibition by London artist Idris Khan.

The latest exhibition from the Museum of Craft and Design shines a light on accessible fashion.

“Mode Brut” puts accessible fashion on a pedestal and includes contributions from the Creativity Explored studio and gallery of Victor Molina, who has created four collections by 50 artists. Each artist worked with donated fabrics and used clothing, often in the same garment; a jacket, for example, features an illustration of one artist and a patchwork of another. “There were so many different hands involved, and each outfit has five or ten writers,” curator Ariel Zaccheo said. Hyperallergic. “This is the most widely accessible show we have ever put on. Often, for people of different body types, their access to fashion is limited. These artists don’t necessarily make clothes that are out there and crazy and wacky. They want things that are wearable and that make sense to the artists who helped create them.

Chromarama tapestries by Kukka

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