From The ‘Why The?’ And ‘What The?’ File: Artist Cai Guo-Qiang Will Blow Up A Pine Tree On The National Mall.

Cai Guo-Qiang blows up a 40 ft pine tree in the National Mall.That’s right, art is kicking Jubbling in the middle again because nothing says art like blowing up a 40′ pine tree with fireworks. This time it’s the work of artist Cai Guo-Qiang and is part of an art series celebrating 50 Years of Art in Embassies. Here’s the plan (from the Washington City Paper):

“Using 2,000 firework-like explosives, Guo-Qiang will take the pine tree through three pyrotechnic stages: The tree will first be covered in yellow and white sparkles of light. The lights will spread throughout the tree, simulating twinkling Christmas lights. Then the tree will explode in a cloud of black smoke, leaving a “negative” smoke image that resembles a Chinese ink painting drifting off into the wind. The idea is for the tree-shaped smoke to create the image of two trees—as seen in Guo-Qiang’s sketch.”

The big wasteful display is taking place tonight and fortunately I won’t be within 4500 clicks of the event. Watch out moon – your next. [City Paper via Grist]

Update: Dec 1, 2012 The 40′ pine tree execution went off as planned.

Now this tree is growing? Hopefully, the perplexed audience walked away from this performance art thinking instead that “once this tree was growing.”


Christo Might Be the Anti-Jubbling. Wants To Build A Sculpture Out Of 410,000 Oil Barrels.

410,000 oil barrel pyramid by ChristoAs crazy as building a flat-topped pyramid out of 410,000 oil barrels sounds, it actually gets much worse because the conceptual artist behind the project is Christo. Christo is not stranger to large-scale art and that’s why building a 500′ tall oil barrel structure in the Abu Dhabi desert falls into his wheelhouse.Wrapped Islands by Christo

That’s why we’re making a simple plea to Christo – you’ve wrapped, surrounded and umbrella’d more than enough art. Maybe for the 410,000 oil barrel project, you could stick with the concept and avoid the actual. Concept art is something Jubbling can appreciate. [Grist]


Vintage Suitcases Become Drawers In This Dresser From James Plumb.

Vintage Suitcase Dresser from James PlumbJames Plumb, artists James Russell and Hannah Plumb, work with overlooked and discarded items and designed these dressers using vintage suitcases as drawers in 2011. After some searching, we could only find one dresser more Jubbling than their vintage suitcase model. [BoingBoing]


Wasteful Art Again: “The Cure For Greed” Injection Kit By Diddo Is Just Plain Stupiddo.

Art is busting my chops again! Designer/artist Diddo is making a bold statement with his “The Cure For Greed” injection kit:

‘The Cure For Greed’ injection kit features a 24-karat gold plated syringe and a single 5 ml dose of dollar ink recovered from approximately $10,000 in US currency.

You’ll have to head over to Diddo’s website to better understand the motivation for his “The Cure for Greed” injection kit. I tried to read his manifesto but halfway through, I barfed on myself. (Didn’t call it art.)

Making an artistic statement about greed by being so unnecessarily wasteful is just plain crazy. Sorry art, you lost me again. [Buzzfeed]


Studio Weave’s “The Hear Heres” Trumpet Horn Installation Lets People Listen To The Natural World. Will It Be Abused? Likely.

The Hear Heres exhibit from Studio Weave.Anyone who has been to a park with larger-than-life interactive installations knows how much fun they can add to your visit. And “The Hear Heres” display/exhibition, created by British design firm Studio Weave, is no different and encourages visitors to listen to nature. From Inhabitat:

“Three of the exhibition trumpets are directed towards nature, while the fourth relies on human interaction. One horn curves dramatically toward a babbling stream, and another juts out into the calm country sky. One trumpet even wraps itself all the way up a large oak tree, giving visitors the chance to listen in on the rustling branches, chattering squirrels, and singing birds. The most interactive bugle sits on the estate’s great lawn with two giant open ends and a curved arch for the middle for visitors to whisper to one another.”

My kids and I love visiting places that are interactive and more than just open spaces.

But I’m also little embarrassed to admit, from my experience, that kids will always figure out ways to abuse these well intended installations. I hope “The Hear Heres” exhibit doesn’t end up amplifying a sound, from the natural world, we’d just as soon not hear amplified. [Inhabitat]

The Don't of The Hear Heres exhibit.


Who’d You Rather: Gorilla Made Out Of Reclaimed Tires Or Recycled Coat Hangers?

Gorillas made from reclaimed tires and coat hangers.Ok, it’s not a poll. Just two examples of Gorillas made out of reclaimed stuff. [Core77 and Jubbling]