An Arboreal Bus Shelter

Nara bus stop

A recent photoset of sculpted trees (real or photoshopped?) on PartIV reminded me of a couple of bus stops I saw in Nara during last year’s trip to Japan. Although not as…forced as the unusual tree-forms, the bus shelters are an elegant, natural alternative to standard bus stops that are perfectly suited to the surrounding park and reinforced all my positive feelings about Japan. Bonus pics of a couple of the more useful tree-forms after the jump. Continue reading “An Arboreal Bus Shelter”

Erwin Wurm

This weekend, a friend introduced me to the work of Austrian artist Erwin Wurm, whom I suppose could best be described as a conceptual sculptor. His medium varies – from drawings to photography to foam to performance – but regardless of form and material, there are common themes throughout the work. Most notably, a sort of demystifying of art and it’s related fields – a figurative, and sometimes literal, deflation.The following examples aren’t particularly representative of his work as a whole, but since this is supposed to be an architecture blog, they’re probably the most interesting to you, dear reader. Plus, the field of architecture can always use a little deflating.
Guggenheim
Fat House Moller/adolf Loos
Am I a House?
House Attack. image via flickr usr Dom Dada]
More of Wurm’s work can be seen at Artnet.