A parallel Worlds

Monday February 16 2015 / Art & Design

With bright white painted façades standing out against azure skies, you would think it would be difficult to brighten up the Tunisian village of Erriadh any more.

However, Tunisian-French artist Mehdi Ben Cheikh managed this feat in July and August last year when his ‘Djerbahood’ street art project got off the ground.

The project – named after the island of Djerba, a.k.a. the ‘Island of Dreams’, on which Erriadh is located – saw 150 artists from 30 countries invited to the picturesque village to create 250 murals using the walls of the local streets as their canvas.

Belgian artist ROA gives new life to old walls in Erriadh with both these tentacle-inspired murals above

Watch the video below to see to see a drone’s eye view of this fabulous open-air gallery as well as interviews with some of the participants:

The village is one of the oldest villages in Tunisia, where Jews, Muslims and Christians have lived together for centuries.

German artist Dome has contributed this mural to the ‘Djerbahood’street art project.

Spanish artist Malakkai brightened up the façade of this sewing workshop.

Visitors take photos in front of a mural by French artist Bom.K.

Portuguese artist Diogo Machado, a.k.a. Add Fuel, created this mural that resembles patterned tiles.

Cars in a Erriadh scrapyard have been transformed by Polish artist M-city.

This alley is now the home to a mural by Spanish artist Btoy.

A mural of a cat by French artist C215.

Another playful mural in Erriadh by Polish artist M-city

Artist Deyaa One, from Saudi Arabia, sits in front of the mural he is creating.

French artist Seth has brightened up a corner of Erriadh with this clever painting.

Claudio Ethos, a Brazilian artist, can be seen working on his mural on the corner of a street.

Irish novelist, playwright and poet Samuel Barclay Beckett features in one of the murals by American artist Know Hope and Italian artist Orticanoodles, which decorate an old metal gate.

British artist Phlegm has incorporated objects in the street to create his artwork in Erriadh.

Brazilian artist Tinho has created this mural in Erriadh as part of the ‘Djerbahood’ street art project.

For more information on the ‘Djerbahood’ street art project, please visit: http://www.djerbahood.com/.

Suggested by
Katy Orell

Monday February 2 2015 / Science & Technology - Art & Design

Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde has designed this fabulous glow-in-the-dark cycle path near Eindhoven, the Netherlands, to commemorate the life and work of Vincent van Gogh.

Inspired by the swirly brushstrokes and bright flashes that feature in the renowned painter’s oil-on-canvas classic The Starry Night, the one-kilometre bicycle path boasts 50,000 solar-powered, luminous stones embedded in the ground.

Monday January 19 2015 / Art & Design

For his exhibit entitled Fiction of the Fabricated Image, Korean artist Seon Ghi Bahk has cleverly repurposed small pieces of charcoal into remarkable suspended installations that explore the often-complicated yet interdependent relationship between natural and man-made environments.

While the hundreds of palm-sized pieces of burnt wood in Bahk’s artwork are of the natural world, the shapes that they form – after he suspends them from the venue ceiling using nylon thread – smack of a human-made environment: pillars, columns, stairs, arches and pagodas.

Monday January 5 2015 / Science & Technology - Art & Design

Moscow-based photographer Alexey Kljatov has garnered a well-justified reputation for his superb macro-photography of snowflakes. 

Kljatov’s photographic work reveals amazing, subtle details in the tiny flakes of crystalline ice that we rarely get to appreciate.

You might think that such cool shots – pun intended – involve an ultra-sophisticated, expensive set-up – but you would be surprised at the relative simplicity and low cost of Kljatov’s camera kit.

Monday December 22 2014 / Science & Technology - Art & Design - A Little Levity

Here’s something I bet many of you would like to find under your tree this Christmas: Anki DRIVE.

Described as “part toy, part video game, all out battle-racing action,” Anki DRIVE is an extreme car race that has taken the virtual gaming world and brought it to real life. Well, almost. This Scalextric set on steroids contains artificially intelligent muscle cars that not only steer themselves around a large, oval racetrack, but have built-in weapons capabilities to throw enemies off-course. And it can all play out on your living room floor. 

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