Jul
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Plexiglass and Steel “Cloud City” Adorns the Top of The Met MuseumPin ItTethered to the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is a cloud waiting to take off!  The rooftop sculpture — a modular mass of clear plexiglass, polished steel and tension cables — was created by Argentinean sculptor Tomás Saraceno.  Measuring 54 feet long and 29 feet high, the “Cloud City” installation is part of the Met’s rooftop sculpture program, which is now in its fifteenth year.  It is also the artist’s first major commissioned, site-specific installation in the United States.  A Dizzying Experience “Cloud City” consists of 16 interconnected 12- and 14-sided polyhedrons the size of
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May
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Vintage Lucite Purses Make Dazzling AccessoriesPin ItOne of the most unique fashion accessories of the ‘50s and ‘60s were acrylic purses.  Crafted from Lucite, a wonderful new type of acrylic plastic by DuPont, these glamorous  purses were created by some of the top handbag designers of the time beginning in the late 1940s.  When the popularity of Lucite purses took off, DuPont expanded their line and began offering special colors and laminates, which these noted designers embraced.  The designers also loved the way Lucite could be molded and sculpted, allowing them to make purses in fun shapes like hat boxes, barrels, drums and cylinders. Many
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Apr
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Designing with ACRYLITE® Creates Excitement, Ambiance and IllusionPin ItArchitects, artists and designers enjoy the challenge of using interesting, novel materials to enhance the beauty and design of their projects.  ACRYLITE®, an acrylic plastic manufactured by Evonik Industries, is that type of inspirational material used to create excitement, ambiance and illusion in a broad range of designs, from buildings to pools to sculptures. Here are three fascinating ACRYLITE® applications, each of which was inspired by the material’s unique combination of transparency, brilliance and strength.  These stories are highlights from DESIGN IN ACRYLICS magazine, a publication by Evonik Industries, manufacturer of ACRYLITE®. A Veritable Block of Water Created
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Feb
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Pulsing Acrylic Heart Sculpture Adorns Times Square for Valentine’s DayPin ItEverything they do in New York City is big, and in recognition of Valentine’s Day this year, it’s a big ten-foot tall interactive red heart sculpture made of clear acrylic rods in the middle of Times Square that is getting all of the attention. Touch Sets the Heart in Motion Designed by an architectural firm that is named (coincidentally!) BIG, the sculpture consists of 400 vertical LED clear acrylic rods that form a cube around a suspended heart.  The colorful neon lights of Times Square are refracted in the rods.  A nearby podium invites passersby to place their
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Jan
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Acrylic for Picture Framing: Better than Glass?Pin ItSo you have a prized piece of artwork that you want to frame – a photo or your son and his bride, your kindergartner’s art project, or a watercolor painting by a renowned local artist – and you can’t decide whether to use real glass or acrylic for picture framing.  Although glass has been the historic favorite, the advantages provided by today’s acrylic framing sheets have made acrylic the preferred framing material amongst artists, galleries and consumers for both practical and aesthetics reasons. 7 Benefits of Acrylic Sheet for Picture Framing 1.  Light Weight Compared to glass, acrylic sheets for
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Nov
9

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Undulations in Form and Color Achieved With PlasticPin ItJust as plastic was the material-of-choice for California’s “Finish Fetish” group of sculptors in the 1960s, plastic is also the form and content of artwork produced by contemporary artist Steve Hough of Chicago.  Inspired by the group’s progressive use of “space-age” materials such as resins, HD foam, aerospace alloys and auto-paint, Hough is equally successful converting that mass-produced commodity material called plastic into a captivating art form. (Click images to enlarge) Shimmering Ripples are his Trademark Hough’s work can be described as a study of glistening, gentle ripples, much like you’d see surrounding an object
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Oct
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Plastic Adds Magic to Newest Silkscreens by Eugene BrodskyPin ItAn exhibition of silkscreen and mixed media paintings by famed New York artist Eugene Brodsky opens on October 27, 2011, at the Sears-Peyton Gallery, 210 Eleventh Avenue, New York, New York.  The solo exhibition, which will run through December 10, 2011, features a series of recent work that employs a novel silkscreen-on-plastic process developed by the artist. Plastic Chosen to Replace Glass For eight years, Brodsky gathered ephemeral images from his travels and day-to-day life to use in this current body of silkscreen paintings.  Known for his ability to transform an ordinary image into a compelling snapshot of detail through a series of manipulations,
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Aug
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E&T Plastics Donates Acrylic Sheet to the “Reflecting the Stars” Art Installation in New York CityPin ItE&T Plastics recently donated acrylic sheet in support of the latest endeavor of The Windmill Factory, an organization that creates public art displays with the aim of generating awareness of social and environmental issues. The project, titled “Reflecting the Stars,” is designed to educate its audience about light pollution and the techniques that can be used to prevent it. The exhibit consists of solar-powered LED light clusters implanted in hundreds of decaying pier posts at downtown Manhattan’s Pier 49. Through the use of an interactive control panel, visitors will be able to illuminate the lights in patterns
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Aug
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Artist Martin Basher Designs Unique Public Art Fund InstallationPin ItCurrently on display at Metrotech Plaza in downtown Brooklyn is a most unique art installation by artist Martin Basher. With the support of the Public Art Fund, Basher quickly brought to life a project whose concept had been dancing around in his mind for years. What is the Meaning Behind the Project? “The project is a little dark and brooding,” says Basher. “It’s about longing and escape from the grind of the everyday. By day the sculpture is blank and mirrored like the buildings that surround it. You can tell there is something inside, but not what it
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