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Ice Melts


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“For nine decades Fulton Market Cold Storage Company operated in Chicago’s meatpacking district with a full ten stories of freezing storage situated close to major railways. Last summer the company decided it was time to start fresh in a state-of-the-art facility outside of Chicago, so the building was sold to SRAM, a bike component manufacturer who will use the space for its global headquarters. Architects Perkins + Will were hired to help convert the ice-encrusted space into a new, modernized office building and were also tasked with the most epic refrigerator defrost in history. Luckily photographer Gary Jensen was asked to snap some incredible photos prior to the thawing which was actually caught on video (sorry no embed). See more photos on his website. (via gapers block)

UPDATE: I’ve been asked to clarify that the building owner is technically Sterling Bay and the architect of the conversion is Hartshorne and Plunkard. SRAM is a potential tenant in the building and Perkins & Will is their architect.”  via Colossal (amazing art and installation blog)

Cerise Doucède Portrait Series

I have a new computer. Hallelujah I say! I am not going to pretend that it was some travesty that my ‘r’ and ‘f’ and ‘4’ key weren’t working, but the random black screen was putting a damper on my log of display design / exhibition design / art installations / inspiration blogging. And it was putting a damper on your reading, probably.

Today I have an extra special treat. A while back I encountered this fabulous photo-series by the photographer Cerise Doucède. When I talk about this series, I want to say that I’m showing you photography and portraiture, but then I want to say that its sculpture and installation work, and then I just want to say that it ‘crosses boundaries and disciplines‘ and is dang amazing. I love, I mean really, really love, this kind of photography. It is certainly not for everyone, but it seems so honest in fantasy-sort-of-way.

Do you ever fantasize? I don’t mean sexually fantasize (although, hello non-Thor Hemsworth! I heard you and Miley broke up and that you miss being the love interest on a show about an elephant princess…?), I mean life-fantasize. Do you ever pause what you are doing and wonder what it would be like if you were in another time or country? Or if you were dying or in love? (I feel like its a great inspiration exercise..) Or when things are monotonous at work, do you picture yourself breaking out in Hall & Oates? (That was a personal favorite fantasy of mine at work a couple years back..) I’m pretty sure that these photos are my favorite alternate-reality, photography fantasies realized.

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There’s a great article on the series over at ExposureGuide.com, and my favorite excerpt is this:

Usually, removing the strings that hold up objects is done in post-processing, but Doucède chose to leave them visible to create a bridge between reality and fiction. “Otherwise it’s just a fictional or fantastical photo and I didn’t want that…” she says.

I love that very important detail that although the series explores fantasy, it is distinctly real-life.

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What are your fantasies that you have in day-to-day life? Share your non-sexual fantasies below! (Wow, this post is so HBO edgy.)

Art Installation: It was your birthday.

Hey there,
We don’t talk and we’re not really friends, but I wish we were. And it was your birthday last week.  And I noticed, and didn’t say a word.  I wanted to do something even totally casual – facebook at you or something – but I know the time has passed. It would be weird if I did it, it would totally be a big deal.  So I will just say Happy Birthday to you in the universe, and hope somehow the carma-rules work?  I hope it comes back to you.  And also, I have a blog, so I can do this if I feel like it

If we were friends, last week I would have done some of this for you probably, except more awesome.
(They are like a bunch of art installations, except there is a black and white excuse to do/make one)

From top: here confetti system / balloons here / chain-streamers here / balloon room here / blue garland here

All this stuff came up on Pinterest last week, and I didn’t even plan it or look for it, it was just all over my login-to-pinterest page.  So, there that is.  Anyway, have a great birthday! I’m thinking about you, and I hope you are having fun in your life.

Art Installation: Maya Hayuk barn piece

I have loved Maya Hayuk’s work for quite a while. Even though the geometric, neon-y, graphic shapes thing is kinda trendy right now, she has actually been doing it for quite a long time, AND she does it really, really well.  She choses ways to present her work on surfaces or in ways wherein the contrast is actually really beautiful and where it accentuates her piece.  I think that in the way she presents it, it is really not a trend at all.  Its feels so much more honest than so many of the other geometric artwork pieces I’ve seen, and her use of color is PHEnominal.


Images from: here // here

Also, having my blog called ‘Kaleidoscope Brain’ DUH of course I’m into her!  Maya Hayuk: if you ever want to make me a piece go right ahead.  I’m thinking I would love it.


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The first time I ever heard about her was from the Etsy Handmade Portrait video that featured her and her work, and I really recommend giving it a watch. All the videos in the Handmade Portrait videos are amazing, but this one is one of my favorites, and is one I have watched over and over.

Art Installation: Escapism With 250 000 Books

When I saw this piece on colossal, I knew I had to post it. This is such a wonderful literal translation of the escapism and fantasy and romanticism of books and novels. What is more mysterious than a labyrinth? Seriously?

I just love getting lost in the intrigue of a new book. And even if this is an easier labyrinth, if I were walking through it, and was surrounded by that many books, I’m pretty sure I’d start imagining getting lost in it…

Paint-Chip Rainbow Unicorn!

(Caution: There are no actual unicorns in this post, sorry to mislead. It is just that every time I see the word ‘rainbow’ I just feel this need to put UNICORN! beside it…)

Here is a project I did about 3 years ago in my university year-long-rental bedroom. I used to call it “The Paint-Chip Wall”, but from now on, I’m def’s calling it “Paint-Chip Rainbow Unicorn”.


I love how this installation worked out, and am super proud of it.

When I moved in, I really, really wanted to put up an installation, but since I was living in a rental, I needed something easy to remove, and that wouldn’t mark up the walls.  I also needed something pretty cheap, and not too too long to make. I wanted to see the project finished in less than a month.


After hunting around the internet, I found this article on apartment therapy showing a guy who had modge-podge-ed a whole bunch of paint chip samples to his wall after going to the hardware store once a week and taking colors he knew they had extras of.

For me, I knew the way he installed them would never work.  I could never modge-podge paint chips to a rented room! So, being the resourceful Mechanical Engineer that I am, I instead planned out my color design on Excel. Then went to the hardware store with an awesome friend, and got some paint chips (my wall was actually quite small, and really didn’t require that many paint chips! So, I was able to get all my free paint chips without attracting any attention..), bought some duct tape, and bought some staple gun re-fills.

I went home and taped the paint chips into large panels, and then borrowed my housemates staple-gun and stapled them to the wall.  Because they were in large panels, I didn’t have to put one hundred holes in my wall and they would be pretty easy to remove, with only a bunch of tiny little holes (which the previous tenant had left before me, anyway).


Now, looking at the internet, there are a whole slew of paint chip projects to do! For example, here, here, here and here.  Anyway, make your own art installation in your house! They are so fun and peoples reaction when they enter the room is the BEST! (Seriously, when my landlord was trying to rent the place for the next year, it was so funny to watch people’s faces as they entered my room!)

p.s.: If you feel uncomfortable taking paint chips, ask your hardware store when the new season’s paint chips are coming in! A lot of companies get a new series of colors every year or so, and the hardware stores usually just throw away the extras.  Start your project when they’re throwing them away, and recycle them! Also, if you go into a paint-specific store, you can sometimes buy a package of paint chips to bring home to check colors in your house.  You could also use these for your project, but remember that although these packets have every color (paint chip) the company offers, you can’t get multiples of the same paint chip.

Anyway, happy install-ing!

Artist/Designer Round Up: Wary Meyers

A husband and wife team that I have been watching for the last five-ish years are “Wary Meyers“, i.e.: Linda (formerly Linda Wary) and John Meyers.

John Meyers started as the chief display director for the shop Anthropologie, and began creating innovative installations for the store’s flagship shops in New York City. His designs often reconsider everyday objects, and John tends to focus the display on utilizing the existing features of the objects he’s using.

An example of his style is seen in is this beautiful display he did in this Rockerfeller Center window display:

Clearly, he uses marshmallows as they already are, but re-thinks their application by letting his imagination run wild or go-literal. Here’s some other amazing Anthropologie displays that John has done:

(Here he uses colored chopsticks.)

During the time that John was working at Anthropologie, Linda was doing a variety of her own design work.  She has worked as a graphic designer, a freelance art director, a columnist for the New York times, and doing freelance fashion design work. (article here)

The couple both loved to garage sale hunt, and after collecting an assortment of finds from their travels, a friend one day approached the couple to ask them if they would decorate her apartment for her. She was on a budget, but had a very similar aesthetic to the couple – mid-century-modern and playful, and usually extremely 1960’s-70’s.


After successfully decorating their friend’s home, the couple started their  own company full-time, Wary Meyers Decorative Arts.  In their company the two work on interiors, object design, paintings, illustrations, and soft sculpture.(Interview here.)  Wary Meyers has been featured in DominoTime Out New York and Roomarks.


In 2009 the couple also wrote a book about re-purpose-ing furniture, and let me tell you, having bought this book, it is one of the funnest, most ‘hip’ DIY, furniture refinishing books I have ever seen. It’s called Wary Meyers’ Tossed & Found: Unconventional Design from Cast-offs and its filled with some really unconventional DIY ideas.

Here are a couple photos of projects feature in the book:

Now Linda and John continue to work and live in Portland, periodically working on commissioned art installations, doing interior design projects, collaborating with different companies (Urban Outfitters, etc.) or re-selling some of their amazing finds.

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