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I remember several months ago looking though my friend´s facebook images and being captivated by one of his posts seen above. It was the late Iraki-born British architect Zaha Hadid´s design of Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan. I kept it in my reading list so I could do some more research on this fascinating artist but never got back to it until this weekend.

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Only last Friday, the new Morpheus hotel was unveiled in the southern Chinese city of Macau, in the heart of The City of Dreams resort. This wonderful architectural piece was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and according to them, the building is the “world’s first free-form high-rise exoskeleton”. As well as its unique appearance, the exoskeleton also allows for flexible interior spaces uninterrupted by columns.

morpheus closupVoids carved into the rectangular block form windows that frame views of the city in a design that was, according to the architects, informed by traditional Chinese jade carving techniques that produce fluid forms from hard minerals.

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Twelve glass elevators run through the Morpheus, giving guests panoramic views of the hotel’s sculptural interiors and Macau spreading out below.

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The building rises to a height of 160 m and takes the form of two towers connected at multiple points.  It is also supported by internal concrete cores that provide additional stability, allowing it to stand up to typhoons and seismic activity.

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A dozen glass elevators move people around and multiple bridges provide choice locations for the hotel’s restaurants, bars and guest lounges.

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Another project which was officially completed earlier in March in New York city was a residential building with steel bands and rounded glass corners. It is named after its address in Chelsea, 520 West 28th Street. It is an 11-storey structure that includes 39 private residences and a number of luxury amenities.

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The building is wrapped in metallic ridges that join across the facade, and jut out from the floor plates to form balconies and terraces with rounded edges. Large floor-to-ceiling windows curve around the corners of the apartments, mirroring glass balustrades.

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The outdoor area is populated with tables and chairs and a stepped design that serves as a water fountain.

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The feature incorporates a glass panel that acts like a skylight for the private swimming pool directly underneath. The 23-metre subterranean lap pool is one of several amenities available to residents, along with an IMAX theatre and a gym.

These and other interior spaces share a futuristic appearance. An entryway has a grey wall with a texture that looks rather extraterrestrial, while planting provides accents for the otherwise monochromatic palette.

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As you may know by now, I can´t get enough of images portraying movement.  For me, it brings the image to life and even though colour mesmerises me, form always beats it.   Here are some shots of some of my favourite dance photographers around.

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Some photographers, like the one above, use simple props to trace the dancer´s movements. This one from Alexander Yakolev, who uses sand as a medium for emphasis, has to be one of the best from this compilation.

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Another prop such as light, is used by Eric Paré which leaves a mark around the dancer illuminating the moves against the dark backgrounds.

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All these images are taken in mid-motion which shows how gracefully the fabric and body move as if the caption is enough to enjoy the dance in a single shot. Such as Ken Browar or Deborah Ory in the image below.

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Or Lois Greenfield and his swerving fabric delicately dancing around.

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Or the repetition of captions put together to show a story-board like image of the dancer as Jan Masny did in the image below.

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Even though I was caught by the free flowing fabric in these former images, I was also captivated by the following images which also convey movement in a more sculptural way by the dancers´ body postures. These below are by Vadim Stein.

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Or this posture in a form X, which in some way is painful to watch from Jordan Matter, but would look so cool as poster with the bright colours background.

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Check out other dance photographers here in mymodernmet.com

Thank for reading.. til next time;)

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When I came across Connecticut´s prop stylist and designer Kristen Meyer´s work, I was mesmerised.  Her meticulous pieces are constructed by organic gatherings she collects and represents them in precise circles or squares.

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Among the natural materials, she uses everything from stones, pebbles, shells to flowers, food and even biscuits.

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Her precise geometric designs are compounded carefully into harmonious images working with colour and texture.

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You can find more of Meyer´s incredible work here on instagram or shop prints of her images on her website Salvage Design.

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Click here to watch a quick video of the making of one of her designs.

Images taken from My Modern Met.com

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Moving Up by Key-Took Geum

Can you guess what you’re looking at? What seems like blobs of delicate translucent strings of colour are actually sculptures of garments made of wire and beads (seen from the bottom).

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Moving Legends by Key-Took Geum

Korean artist Key-Sook Geum has brilliantly made these beautiful ghostly shapes of garments from wire and beads and what impresses me the most is the space and volume she creates and the delicacy in her works.

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Nirvana in White by Key- Sook Geum

Almost like ghostly souls rising from the dead, these pieces are truly remarkable and have a silhouhette of their own.

Not only does she create dresses but other garments too, like coats, vests and shirts.

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Navy Juangpao (detail) by Key-Sook Geum

Here we can see a close up of how detailed the work is.  Quite a masterpiece.

Check out more of her wonderful pieces here in Callan Contemporary

 

Being Spring, it´s that time of year we’ve all been waiting for when flowers are blooming gracefully in meadows and parks and life just seems happier again.

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This video confirms how truly beautiful flowers can be. Not that I ever denied it but, sometimes one forgets these natural wonders Mother Nature has given us.

Watch the following video by Thomas Blanchard how flowers react and `dance´to some elements such as fire, ice and even ink creating spectacular moving shapes and seeing colour at its full glory surrounding the organic form of flowers.

Watch video by Thomas Blanchard here on National Geographic

 

 

 

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As part of my daily research for the course I’m currently taking, I must add any source of inspiration that has caught my eye.  I´d like to begin by posting on my new Inspiration category, this lovely video of the Romanian egg painter, Elena Craciunescu,  whose well-known for her beautiful artwork.  As Easter has almost come to an end for 2018, I´d like to share her amazing techniques to produce these wonderful motifs which are inspired in her town´s buildings in Ciocanesti.

It has taken generations to pass this skill onto grandchildren and thankfully it is still respected and villagers maintain this tradition as a source of income.

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Using a similar process to batik, layers of wax and dye reveal these fine details.

Check out how it´s done in this short video by National Geographic