Zaha Hadid is by far one of the world’s most well-known and versatile visual artists and designers. Major corporations in the United States, Japan, Sweden, China, the United Kingdom and everywhere in-between have commissioned her.
Hadid is so amazing, that if I were to somehow win a large sum of money through a poker tournament or by other means, I would almost immediately hire her to create the ultimate house.
Her latest project is known as “The Z Boat” and it is a stunning and futuristic vessel that appears to possess the capacities to shred through water at incredibly high speeds without compromising the aesthetics that are Hadid’s trademark.
Hadid and are associates describe their new work as follows:
“The asymmetrical design is sculptural in appearance while practically affording more seating accommodations. In a sense, the bespoke boat is as much a work of art as a Cisitalia sports car in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The idea is to think of vessels and vehicles as highly individualistic expressions of art, architecture and design reflecting the edge of what is possible using the most advanced means, including materials, software systems and methods of fabrication.”
“Kilian Martin: Altered Route (A Skate Film)” is one of the coolest skateboarding films that I’ve ever seen.
When I first watched “Altered Route”, I immediately realized that Brett Novak is a cinematographic genius and that Kilian Martin has to be one of the most gifted freestyle skateboarders in the history of the sport.
“At times, the simplest form with least manipulation from its original form can offer visual amenities and adapted solution to the context.
“California Roll” prefabricated house takes this methodology to create its morphological adaptation to its environment : desert.
Homogeneous exterior material which provides high grade of energy efficiency and reflects heat from the sun covers the entire surface except for glass panels which is electronically controlled to change its transparency. Modularization of every structure members and finish materials are maximized to provide mobility with rapid assembly and disassembly on site.”
“Russian daredevil, Tyomka Pirniazov free climbed the ornate Soviet star at the top of the 577 foot tall Stalin-era Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Building in Moscow. With every precarious step, serial building climber, Tyomka Pirniazov hauls himself to the top of the skyscraper. Filming himself as he climbs, he recorded this video with a camera clenched in his mouth.”
Motoi Yamamoto’s salt-based installations are some of the most aesthetically impressive works of art that I have come across this year, through the blogosphere.
“Salt has a special place in the death rituals of Japan, and is often handed out to people at the end of funerals, so they can sprinkle it on themselves to ward off evil. While the material holds great personal significance for Yamamoto, who had to come to terms with the tragic death of his sister at a young age, this piece reflects on the devastating effects of earthquakes.
The sculptural salt staircase known as “Utsusemi” is an amazing body of work that has been presented several times in Japan and even made its way to P.S.1 in New York. It is more than a simple stationary piece. The work, though sculptural in its structure, has an interactive element to it. Blocks of salt are stacked atop each other to form a narrow flight of stairs that crumble at the presence of a simulated earthquake. At once, the piece echoes architectural ruin as well as the pouring of salt for the lives lost in the aftermath of the natural disaster that is so prevalent in Japan.”