This week I really needed some beauty in my life, so here are three of the most beautiful things I found.
Also, I am putting together an Art Installation, Vacuity, at StorySpace studios in Pretoria on 11 May 7pm, come and join for a glass of wine and a look. Please rsvp on the fb event.
1. Sugar Cane Reapers
Human fragility and the cycle of life, death and resurrection are the main themes embodied in the work of Helena Hugo. Using as a point of departure sugar cane cutters and sugar cane, Hugo explores the human condition and the fate of us all.
Sugar cane – which in essence is nothing but grass - becomes a metaphor for our lives and the impermanence thereof and also represents the cycle of birth, death and resurrection. Like the grass of the field or a wild flower our earthly time is short and our lives are vulnerable and unpredictable -withering away.
I am particularly fond of these two pieces, they become almost abstract expressions of fragility. Some of her work is currently on show at the Trent Gallery in Long Street, Pretoria.
2. Cardboard Houses
I have a thing for simple podhouses, one day I want to live in one, with just my wife, a mattress and an espresso machine (and wifi). In a world where more is better and every new iteration has to have double the speed and features, less is refreshing.
Dutch design company Fiction Factory have spent the last four years designing an eco-friendly, modular home made entirely out of cardboard. Called Wikkelhouse, which means wrapped house, the home’s steel frame is literally wrapped in 24 layers of corrugated cardboard.
and it's pretty.
3. Pencils & Pens
These are just great, simple, elegant and manual (imagine that). Neri by Giulio Iacchetti, an Italian industrial designer, is a family of pens and mechanical pencils made of anodized aluminum.
This is by me, Pierre, each week I post three things that grabbed my attention, and that I like. You can also sign up for the newsletter version here