Ghost Estates by Valerie Anex. »The National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis NIRSA defines a ghost estate as a development of ten houses or more in which fifty per cent or less of homes are occupied or completed. In October 2010, according to official estimates, there were 2846 ghost estates and more than 350 000 vacant homes throughout the Republic of Ireland. Ghost estates can be found everywhere, but most of them are located in the rural areas of the northern and western part of the country, in the counties of Cavan, Leitrim, Longford and Roscommon, which are the estates I visited« the artist commented.
Ghost Estates, Ireland, 2011
This is for the masses, for people who just want to run it: »The space between the tram tracks in Bratislava is 435 mm narrower than the gauge of tracks in Prague or Pilsen (1435 mm). The wooden europallet, a basic feature of any warehouse or storage hall, with its standartized 1200 x 800 mm dimensions, when modified can only run on the tracks in Bratislava.
A new transport vehicle brings change into the spatial perspective of a passenger in motion and generally changes the life of the city, through which the pallet can run, guided by a map of the city lines.« Find out more about riding tram tracks by watching Pallet.
Pallet © Tomáš Moravec, 2008
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Mexican artists Ivan Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, also known as Los Ferronautas, built a self-made rail vehicle (which could also travel by road) to explore abandoned passenger railways of Mexico and Ecuador. Between 2010 and 2012, they both travelled across the two countries in the so-called SEFT-1 (Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada) uncovering hundreds of modern ruins. Altogether, they drove almost 9,000 kilometres collecting stories, film footage and audio surrounding railways that had been abandoned since 1995, when Mexico privatized their rail system. In their first London exhibition, SEFT-1 Abandoned Railways Exploration Probe – Modern Ruins 1:220, commissioned by The Arts Catalyst and presented in partnership with Furtherfield Gallery, the artists explore how the ideology of progress is imprinted onto historic landscapes and reflect on the two poles of the social experience of technology – use and obsolescence. Watch this video to find out more.
All images Ivan Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene, SEFT-1 Abandoned Railways Exploration Probe – Modern Ruins 1:220.
British sculptor Antony Gormley created a giant pixel figure on to the facade of a new hotel in London’s Mayfair. The space inside measures just four square metres, long enough for a bed and wardrobe either side.
Realistic Worlds & Managed Spaces by Ray Ewing.
Skaket Beach Motel. Cape Cod
Gulf of St. Lawrence Room. Montréal Biodôme
Trader Joe’s. Hyannis, MA
VooDoo Beach at The Rio. Las Vegas, NV
Wildwood Inn & Tropical Dome. Florence, KY
All images © Ray Ewing.
A new work of Berlin-based artist Katharina Grosse. psychylustro transforms one of Philadelphia’s major transportation thoroughfares with a series of seven bright, bold installations along the city’s rail gateway between 30th Street and North Philadelphia stations. The work unfolds in a series of seven passages – from vast, dramatic warehouse walls to small buildings and stretches of green spaces — meant to be framed through the windows of the moving train, creating a real-time landscape painting that explores shifting scale, perspective and the passage of time. Magic train world.
psychylustro – The Drama Wall / 2014 / acrylic on wall, floor, and various objects
The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is the largest public art program in the United States. All images © by Steve Weinik.
untitled / 2008 / acrylic on wall and floor