Berlin Wall Remembered in Illuminating Display of 8,000 Glowing Orbs

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LICHTGRENZE from Fall of the Wall 25 on Vimeo.

In 1961, the Berlin Wall was constructed and completely cut off West Berlin from East Germany and East Berlin. The infrastructure was taken down in 1989 and with it reclaimed free movement between East and West. To commemorate this occasion, light artist Christopher Bauder and filmmaker Marc Bauder designed Lichtgrenze, a 10-mile reconstruction of the Wall. But, instead of concrete and barbed wire, the original path will feature 8,000 glowing white balloons to be set up for two days. The installation will commence in the middle of the night on November 7 to symbolize the how the original wall was constructed, which was literally overnight.

Lichtgrenze will be erected until November 9 at 7PM. During that time, thousands of volunteers (known as balloon patrons) will attach personal messages to the orbs, disconnect their strings, and send the lit balloons into the sky. The dazzling display will be eco-friendly, too. Researchers at the University of Hanover specially designed the balloons to make sure that they’re completely biodegradable.

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Gigantic Man Crawls Outs from the Earth in this Massive Outdoor Sculpture

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A gigantic man crawls out from the earth in this spectacular outdoor sculpture titled Feltépve (“ripped up” or “popped up”) by Hungarian artist Ervin Loránth Hervé. Crafted from polystyrene, the larger-than-life sculpture was temporarily installed in Budapest’s Széchenyi Square for the Art Market Budapest art fair that took place earlier this October.

With an expressive, snarling face, the colossal figure looks like he is erupting from a deep, underground lair, pulling up the lawn so that he can escape into the open air. The sculpture, which is rendered in subdued shades of gray associated with the earth and nature, is completely selfie-comptabible according to the artist, as Hervé encourages viewers to circulate pictures of themselves and the installation on social media.

“I think that this is a truly contemporary piece of artwork, in an extremely large size. My goal was to show people that pieces of contemporary art can be integral parts of a city, that they can become one of its building blocks,” the artist says in an interview with Funzine. “I say that many more contemporary sculptures should be displayed on the streets of Budapest. I’m positively sure that not only tourists would love them, people living in the city would too. Let’s dare to create!”


Aurora Borealis Photography, Norway

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Photographer Ole Salomonsen has released his spectacular photographs of the aurora borealis taken in northern Norway. He says, “Finally my aurora season gets a proper start! This is one of many shots from Oct 18th/19th, a fantastic night with multicolored auroras all over the arctic night skies of Tromso, Norway.”

Ole’s tips to take great photos of the natural lightshow are: “Auroras are visible from September to April in Norway. For reasons still unknown to scientists auroras are most active around equinoxes (September and March). Autumn is beautiful in Norway, but your best bet for watching auroras are normally from December to February due to colder weather and more clear skies. In my opinion, it is a myth that auroras cannot be seen during bright moon light. I have done several video sequences and [have taken] photos during full moon. It has to be a pretty weak aurora not to be visible during moonlight.”


New Banksy Mural: Girl with a Pierced Eardrum

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Banksy has left several new art pieces the past few weeks including the “Girl with a Pierced Eardrum” work that was put up in Bristol, England near the city’s harbor. The piece is obviously an ode and update to the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, which if you remember was the subject of a Scarlett Johansson-starring movie.

On November 17, 2014 HBO will air “Banksy Does New York,” which according to the LA Times, “uses crowd-sourced footage to recount the 30 days during which the British street artist created public works of art around the city’s five boroughs.”