New art for December in Miami.
French photographer Alain Delorme’s Murmurations are inspired by the large, swooping formations of birds typically seen during the winter every year in Europe. Shortly before sunset between November and February, starlings take to the skies, looking for a place to settle in for the night. It is both frightful and stunning to see the natural, undulating curves moving in such massive numbers.
For his extraordinary project, Delorme mimicked this bird behavior in a series of digitally constructed compositions. Reminiscent of the beautiful bird dance, the photographs are actually meticulously placed plastic trash bags that are juxtaposed against vibrant, colorful horizons. The swarms consume the skies in a spectacular example of pollution in nature. While gazing upon the compositions, viewers can almost hear a low hum emanating from the arrangements, which embody an elegant blend of beauty and excess. The series is meant to convey a global message of how harmful products are regularly affecting and damaging our earth.
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Laos’s Majestic Cascading Kuang Si Waterfalls
About 29 kilometers (18 miles) south of the Laos city of Luang Prabang sits a majestic, three-tierded wall of water called the Kuang Si falls. After cascading down the tiered 200-foot rock face, the water collects in a series of pools that are a popular draw for locals and tourists alike.
The turquoise cascading pools, a common feature of travertine waterfalls, are open for swimming and a popular subject for Instagramming visitors.
Tehran’s Azadi Tower (برج آزادی)
For more photos and videos of the Azadi Tower, check out the Azadi Square | میدان آزادی location page.
The Azadi Tower (برج آزادی) sits at the west entrance to Tehran, Iran, and is the city’s most iconic structure. Composed of eight thousand blocks of white marble stone quarried in the Esfahan region, the tower’s construction was financed by a group of five hundred Iranian industrialists. Construction finished in 1971 to commemorate the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian Empire. Originally the structure was named Shahyad Tower (شهیاد آریامهر), meaning “Kings’ Memorial,” but was dubbed Azadi or “Freedom” (برج آزادی) after the Iranian Revolution of 1979.
The tower sits in the middle of Tehran’s famous Azadi Square, the site of many of the demonstrations leading up to the Iranian Revolution on 12 December 1979. With the rich history that surrounds it, the Azadi Tower is part of a greater cultural complex including a museum underneath the structure.
Samuel Gomez Draws a 90-Square-Foot Masterpiece
Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Samuel Gomez is an artist and designer living and working in New York City. Gomez’s style embodies a ‘hybrid surreal-steampunk’ aesthetic and his preferred tools include: graphite, pens, acrylics and inks.
Gomez has also worked over a decade as a Creative Designer and Illustrator for some of the top design agencies in New York and Chicago. He graduated from Altos de Chavon in 1999 and received his BFA in Communication Design from Parsons in New York.
In an ambitious artwork entitled Deadpan Comedy, Gomez drew a colossal triptych for the 2013 ArtPrize competition. The graphite and ink on paper drawing measured 18 ft (5.48 m) long and 5 ft (1.5 m) tall. As per the entry page:
This triptych drawing is a surreal graphic satire in which, instead of depicting the ‘ideally wished’ landscape of the future of nature, Samuel Gomez showcases the very things that are preventing us from moving forward and coexisting with nature in a responsible manner. The first and third panels depict corporations and a capitalist system, the interests that he believes are stopping us from a sustainable future. The center panel is the harvest, an allegorical place where we all come to harvest our dreams, wishes, desires, and goals. It features a clockwork casino with a dandelion flower made of bubbles as the source. People gather here to work, whistling away their dreams. Some dreams grow and some dreams burst, but all of the dreams together make up the intricate landscape of human emotions.
To see more incredible artwork from Gomez be sure to check him out on Behance and Facebook.
Banksy Takes Over the Streets of New York
Last week, English street artist Banksy (@banksyny) embarked on a month-long “artists residency on the streets of New York.” The world-renowned—and anonymous—artist is known across the globe for his satirical and often whimsical critiques of government and social issues.
The project, “Better Out than In,” brings Banksy’s signature site-specific stencil art to the streets of New York City and invites the city’s residents to seek out and document the pieces he unveils each day by posting their general location in his captions.
Follow Banksy’s project through Instagram: @banksyny.