American Society for Microbiology (ASM) launched its first Agar Art contest, inviting ASM members to create a piece of art using microbes as the paint and petri dishes as the canvas. The group of microbiologists took their painting skills to the limit with their submissions, showing that bacteria can be beautiful. First place went to Neurons, submitted by Mehmet Berkmen of New England Biolabs, with artist Maria Penil. People's Choice went to Cell to Cell, with almost 3,500 likes on the Facebook album. This image was also created by the group who won first place.
To celebrate the two-year renovation of the Renwick Gallery , the Smithsonian American Art Museum transformed the entire space into an immersive artwork with their debut exhibition, "WONDER". Nine leading contemporary artists are each taking over different galleries in the building, creating site-specific installations inspired by the Renwick. As part of the exhibit, artist Jennifer Angus covered the gallery walls in spiraling, geometric designs reminiscent of wallpaper or textiles, but made using 5,000 specimens of different species of shimmering, brightly-colored insects.
Eric Lafforgue is a French photographer who has spent several years exploring the customs of an Ethiopian semi-nomadic tribe known as 'The Daasanach', a group made up of some 50,000 individuals who re-appropriate discarded objects and manufactured goods. Using bottle caps, hair clips and old wristwatches the women turn these items into beautiful head wear and jewelry, designed to be worn by young and old. Lafforgue says, “Younger girls and children get the most basic version of the wig, while the oldest women are treated to the heaviest numbers with the most embellishment."
Marselleria, "Pop-Up Building Milan" is a new ephemeral architecture project by artist Daniel González inspired by children pop-up books. The artist covered 250 square meters facade of the building with hand cut-out cardboard, tape, zip ties, wood, glues, nylon wires and electric engines creating a massive architectural model gone crazy. Making direct reference to Baroque architecture and the work of Gian Lorenzo Bernini the installation pays heed to some of the city’s best known design icons such as Velasca and Pirelli Towers and le Fabbriche di Lambrate, many surprising cultural references are mixed up in this work as well.
úmul Collective (previously) has created "ONA", a new public art installation presented during the 2015 Cultura de la Calle Festival in Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Spain. Made with cut salvaged tires taken from the Seseña tire cemetery located between Toledo and Madrid, the installation resembles a wave that is reminiscent of the sea of discarded black rubber that threatens our environment. Repurposing old tires as urban art, gives a new sense to these objects while revitalizing urban spaces.