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Robert Morris’s Interactive Glass Labyrinth

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In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park, the Hall Family Foundation has supported the commission of a major work by Kansas City native and internationally renowned artist Robert Morris. His Glass Labyrinth is a brilliant, interactive addition that now occupies a prominent site in the south section of the park.

Best known as a sculptor, Morris has also been active as a painter, draftsman, print-maker, performer, choreographer, conceptual, installation and video artist, and writer. Growing up in Kansas City in the 1930s and 40s, Morris visited the Nelson-Atkins to draw and study art from many cultures.

In spirit, Glass Labyrinth acknowledges similar prehistoric markings on stones and cave walls, ancient Greek myths, and Christian metaphors for pilgrimage to the holy city of Jerusalem. Thus, it transcends time and space to remind us of the power of deeply felt archetypes. In form and material…

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Staple Metropolises by Peter Root


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In two projects entitled, Ephemicropolis (2010) and Low-Rise (2006), late artist Peter Root used stacks of staples broken into various sizes to create miniature metropolises.

For Ephemicropolis, Root used approximately 100,000 staples over a floor area of 20 x 10 feet (600 x 300 cm). The installation took a very steady hand and roughly 40 hours to create. You can see a timelapse of the build below. Low-Rise, which is a smaller overall installation took approximately 30 hours to build. You can also find a timelapse of the project below.

Tragically, Peter and his wife Mary Thompson (both 34) died in a road accident in February 2013 in Thailand, while the couple were on a round-the-world cycling odyssey. The couple met in art school and had spent six years saving money and planning their journey. The couple had been posting photos and details of their trip on the…

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Jello San Francisco!


Stephen Kelly Creative


I’ve seen San Francisco in many forms, up and down, good and bad. I’ve seen in portrayed in photos, essays, TV and the movies, which means I’ve seen it attacked by a deranged terrorist (The Rock), overrun with apes (Rise Of The Planet of The Apes), invaded by body snatchers and a giant sea octopus (It Came From Beneath The Sea). I’ve seen all of this and more, but I’ve never seen it made of Jello!

Liz Hickock is a San Francisco-based artist who creates entire miniature city landscapes from this classic dessert which she then lights from underneath to produce this weird but interesting luminous effect. According to the artist, “I drew the inspiration for this project from my immediate surroundings — San Francisco, where the geological uncertainties of the landscape evoke uncanny parallels with the gelatinous material.” Since Jello doesn’t last long…

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RGB Murals that Transform under Different Colored Lights




Carnovsky is a Milan based artist/designer duo comprised of Francesco Rugi and Silvia Quintanilla. In their ongoing series entitled RGB, the duo create incredible artworks that completely transform when viewed through different colored filters. Carnvosky explains:

“RGB is a work about the exploration of the ‘surface’s deepness’. RGB designs create surfaces that mutate and interact with different chromatic stimulus. RGB is an ongoing project that experiments with the interaction between printed and light colours. The resulting images are unexpected and disorienting.
The colors mix up, the lines and shapes entwine becoming oneiric and not completely clear. Through a colored filter (a light or a transparent material) it is possible to see clearly the layers in which the image is composed. The filter’s colors are red, green and blue, each one of them serves to reveal one of the three layers. [Source: carnvosky.com]


Carnovsky have not…

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Long Exposure Photos of Roombas with LEDs = This




Introduced in 2002, Roomba is a series of autonomous robotic vacuum cleaners sold by iRobot. Under normal house conditions, the Roomba is able to autonomously vacuum the floor while navigating a living space and avoiding obstacles.

Roombas do not map out the rooms they are cleaning. Instead, they rely on a few simple algorithms such as spiral cleaning (spiraling), room crossing, wall-following and random walk angle-changing (after bumping into an object or wall). This design is based on MIT researcher and iRobot CTO Rodney Brooks’ philosophy that robots should ‘be like insects, equipped with simple control mechanisms tuned to their environments‘. The result is that although Roombas are effective at cleaning rooms, they take several times as long to do the job as a person would. Roombas may cover some areas many times, and other areas only once or twice. [Source]

Roombas also come equipped…

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