Saturday, June 19, 2010

Housing Estate N – An Eccentric World Built of Cardboard

 “Abandoned Housing Estate Number N” is a unique miniature city, made entirely from corrugated cardboard.

So far I’ve seen a city made of toothpicks, another one made of staples, but this is the first cardboard city, for me. Created by a Japanese artist whose name eludes me, Housing Estate Number N is an ever-growing project that started back in 2001. The paradox of this art installation is that although it’s mostly abandoned, it keeps growing and evolving, with each passing day.
 Some of the rooms in the estate are lit and completely furnished, while others are dark and empty. There are even some eerie characters that look like haunting spirits. Though pretty bizarre,Housing Estate N is an inspiring project that will keep growing as long as its creator desires it.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

In Pics, 300th Anniversary Of Meissen Porcelain

Meissen is celebrating its 300th anniversary. Meissen porcelain is the first European hard-paste porcelain that was developed from 1708. Meissen porcelain is still produced by hand, as the locals call it “white gold” because of its high cost.

Today, more than half of production goes abroad, especially popular among collectors of German porcelain from Japan and Taiwan.