1. Thomas Heatherwick’s Vessel
Made of bronzed steel and concrete, London-based designer Thomas Heatherwick’s Vessel will be composed of 154 interconnected, climbable staircases with 2,500 steps. The goal of the project is to provide visitors with a breath of fresh air amongst the Hudson Yards developments on Manhattan’s West Side.
Images below of the structure in development and it’s rendered finished design.
2. Zaha Hadid and Gareth Neal’s VE-SEL (2014)
Sculptured from oak, celebrated architect Zaha Hadid and Gareth Neal created the VE-SEL series which juxtaposes traditional wood craftsmanship with new, modern day technologies in woodwork. This particular piece was shown during the Salon Art and Design fair in the Sarah Myerscough Gallery in November.
3. Post War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale Preview
Celebrating some of the leading masters active from 1945 to 1970, Christie’s Post War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale Preview, was an incredible opportunity to witness one of the greatest and most unexpected rediscoveries of the 21st century. The now iconic Leonardo Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi (1500), juxtaposed with Andy Warhol’s Sixty Last Suppers (1987). Additionally, works by Cy Twombly, Anish Kapoor and Jeff Koons were up for sale. It was a wonderful opportunity to experience some of the greatest works of contemporary art.
4. Yves Klein’s Venus Bleue (1962/1982)
Yves Klein is best known for his trademark ultramarine pigment, which he patented as International Klein Blue in 196. Featured at Christie’s, this work combines his signature blue with a cast of the famous Venus de Milo sculpture. By appropriating the famous Greek sculpture and painting in blue, Klein turns the piece into a symbol of popular culture, making it a precursor to pop art (see below right).
5. Yayoi Kusama: Festival of Life
Festival of Life showcases Yayoi Kusama’s talent to create art that is not just seen but also experienced. Brought to New York’s David Zwirner Gallery, the work invites the viewer to look inside a circular peephole that unveils thousands of lights mirrored in an endless kaleidoscope of colour (see above left).