Stellar Axis | Antarctica(by Lita Albuquerque | photos by Jean de Pomereu)

California-based artist Lita Albuquerque led an expedition to Antarctica, near the south pole in the creation of her global installation ‘Stellar Axis, a creative enterprise which became the first and largest ephemeral artwork created on the continent. Albuquerque and a team of researchers and astrologists situated 99 fabricated blue spheres on the Earth’s icy surface, the placement of each corresponding to the location of one specific stars in the sky above. During orbit, the displacement between the original positions of the stars and the vibrantly colored orbs drew an invisible spiral of our planet spinning in motion, creating a terrestrial constellation at the earth’s pole.

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Light After Death: Mihoko Ogaki’s ‘Milky Way’ Figures Project Stars from Within

In her ongoing series of figurative sculptures titled Milky Ways, artist Mihoko Ogaki explores ideas of life, death, and rebirth. The dead or dying human forms are constructed from Fibre-reinforced plastic and embedded with bright LEDs that when lit project fields of light resembling stars in the surrounding space. You can see many more installation views over on her website. (via mori yu gallery)



Here’s an inside look of our newest installation downtown! Hive, a giant LED light installation by Leo Villareal was recently completed at the Bleecker Street Station. The LED sculpture takes the form of an ever-changing colorful honeycomb, dramatically filling an architectural elliptical-shaped space above the stairs that marks the brand new transfer point connecting the IRT (6) and IND (B,D, F, M) subway lines. Hive (Bleecker Street) has a playful aspect in its reference to games. Riders will be able to identify individual elements within a larger context and track this movement. The work explores the compulsion to recognize patterns and the brain’s hard coded desire to understand and make meaning. The patterns also take inspiration from the research of the mathematician John Conway who invented the Game of Life, the best-known cellular automata program. Whether you concentrate on mapping the movement, or just appreciate the colors changing this piece is sure to catch your eye.

Top: Artist Leo Villareal testing his piece before complete, Photo Credit: Rob Wilson