The week of beautiful art
Five-ish things that I loved this week. It's amazing how all the feeds and newsletters I'm subscribed to were sending me beautiful examples of art and design over the past week, from architecture to mind-boggling computer art.
Zillow Gone Wild posted this to their Twitter and Instagram this past week and I'm in love with the interiors of this home. I realize that it requires a real specific taste to enjoy, and I have that taste. Plus, look at all that natural light! It's worth a look at either post to see all the photos of the house, but here's my favorite:
On the complete opposite of the color spectrum (but check out those red floors!) is a beautiful video about Frank Lloyd Wright's stunning home Tirranna.
Now, I love my house but I wouldn't mind the interior design of the first combined with the stunning location and architecture of the second!
This is quite an old video but stunning nonetheless. I came upon it after watching the opening crawl of one of the Star Wars movies and thinking that there were so many stars in the background. Are there really that many stars visible from space? Turns out, yes, there are.
In hindsight, I think I was too tired to think about it rationally. Even with my limited astronomy knowledge I do know that there are many, many stars that can be seen from space that we can't see from Earth. But seeing it in this video is breathtaking nevertheless.
It's a proof of concept item, but I think this speaker/screen is absolutely beautiful. The warmly glowing vacuum tube amplifiers are gorgeous, and the transparent screen adds that bit of futuristic vibe. CNET made a first look video (yeah, lots of videos this week), and from the comments, it seems like a lot of other people are interested in the Dukebox.
Ars Technica seems to think that it's an outlandish display that may never reach an audience (and LG may never produce), but I think it's beautiful. Now, whether I can afford it is another question.
I absolutely love other algorithmic artists and this is one of the best I've seen lately. The artwork is so crisp and the gifs loop so perfectly... I aspire to be as good as Etienne Jacob. Heck, I aspire to be featured on Colossal someday.
Hover to play the animation.
Another piece of algorithmic art, this went viral a while back but I just now stumbled upon it. Since I don't use Twitter anymore I do miss a lot of cool art that's being shared on the platform. I'm absolutely amazed at the physics involved in this piece of art, as well as the use of dual browser windows.
The artist, Bjørn Staal, discusses his work in more detail in a more recent article with Fakewhale, Bjørn Staal and the Art of Connecting Worlds Through the Browser. It's quite an interesting read about modern generative art, open source code, and the creative coding community.