The Sagrada Família in Barcelona is a spectacular building in its own right, but when you throw a healthy dose of the latest lighting and architectural mapping technology in its direction, the facade of famous church becomes truly mesmerizing. That dose comes from Moment Factory, a new media and entertainment studio based in Montreal, Canada, which has produced a 15-minute multimedia tribute inspired by the original color sketches and words of the buildings’ equally famous architect Antoni Gaudi.
Entitled Ode à la vie (Ode to Life), the seven-act show lit up the Nativity (South) facade of the Sagrada Família in “an ode to the creation of the world, humanity and life.”
Sixteen video projectors, 13 computers, 25 moving lights were used to bring the intricate detail of the building to life in a production that took more than a dozen of people four and a half months to prepare.
Incidentally, although work was begun on the Sagrada Família back in 1882, it’s still a work in progress. It is hoped that the church can be completed in line with Gaudi’s original designs by 2026.
Mysteries of Vernacular is an ongoing video series by NYC-based Myriapod Productions that explores the etymology of individual words through a carefully animated book. In its final form, Mysteries of Vernacular will contain 26 etymological installments, one for each letter of the alphabet. Each episode takes more than 120 hours to create between the research, construction of the book, and animation.
You know the robots are coming for you. But did you know they could be made from paper? That’s right, even your crisp, white ream could be plotting against you. This guy built a whole robot out of paper, and it actually works. Check out the piece by piece construction below; watch until the end when it walks. Aside from paper, the robot includes some wooden sticks and a rubber band for power. If you want to build the paper robot yourself, the plans can be found here.
Leonardo Ulian carefully soldered computer components, circuitry and microchips to create these precisely symmetrical mandalas
Caren Alpert combines her loves for photography, food, and art in these gorgeous photos taken with an electron microscope. Alpert captures the microscopic, almost other-worldly surfaces of common foods such as Oreo cookies, shrimp, leaves, and candy, turning what might normally be a scientific endeavor into fine art.
terra cibus no.2 / chocolate Cake (320x magnification)
terra cibus no.3 / celery Leaf (85x magnification)
terra cibus no.34 / pop tart (450x magnification)
Probably not for the kids room, but I love this wicked assemblage light by Justin La Doux made of bicycle parts, knives, a shovel, and other objects.
Certainly one of the most eye-catching out of the over 50 national pavilions at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale is the one representing Russia. Dubbed “easily the most popular pavilion in the Giardini” by World Architects, Russia’s pavilion shocks its visitors as every surface inside of it is covered in QR codes. Visitors are encouraged to enter the innovation city called Skolkovo and use iPads to decode the concept for the actual Skolkovo, which is Russia’s futuristic city-in-planning (their equivalent of a Silicon Valley) which will be located near Moscow.
Grigory Revzin, commissioner of the pavilion, stated: “Skolkovo is a high-tech project, it’s all about innovation, about new level of living, about how science and modern technologies come into human’s life. That is why our exposition is exceptional one this year. We have created a space that is physical and virtual at the same time.”
The 13th edition of the Biennale, which is held every two years, will run until November 25.
Timelapse video of artist Patrick Vale drawing the view of the Manhattan skyline from the Empire State Building.