A Design Miami/ Installation That Lights Up With People’s Heartbeats, and Other News

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“Pulse Topology” by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Superblue, and BMW at Design Miami/ Basel

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Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Design Miami/ installation changes with people’s heartbeats.

“The installation Pulse Topology by Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, in collaboration with BMW i and Superblue, in Design Miami/ Basel 2022, changes using people’s heartbeats. 6,000 lightbulbs dangle over the visitors’ heads as they walk through the dark room, their paths illuminated by the warm glow of the light installation above them. The lightbulbs bend in their flow, mimicking crests and valleys and offering an intimate landscape that visitors are invited to traverse. Each lightbulb glimmers to the pulse of a previous participant, as custom pulse sensors record visitors’ new heartbeats.” [H/T Designboom]

Johnson Fain is turning Sunkist’s former L.A. headquarters into a mixed-use complex. 

“In 2014, the California-based agriculture company Sunkist Growers, Inc. decamped from its longtime San Fernando Valley headquarters in Sherman Oaks and ventured to Valencia, in northwestern Los Angeles County, to establish a new headquarters. Today, the now-vacant 8.3-acre Sherman Oaks campus that once served as Sunkist’s corporate headquarters is being transformed into Citrus Commons: a mixed-use property set within a new park spanning from Riverside Drive to the Los Angeles River. Johnson Fain, an L.A.-based integrated architecture, interior design, and planning firm, is the force behind this effort to maintain the original bones of the Sunkist headquarters office building.” [H/T The Architect’s Newspaper]

Andreas Angelidakis. Image courtesy Audemars Piguet

Andreas Angelidakis will create a monumental artwork inside the Espace Niemeyer.

“Audemars Piguet Contemporary, the Swiss watch company’s art-focused arm, has commissioned artist Andreas Angelidakis to create a monumental artwork that will pay homage to ancient Greek culture. Titled the Center for the Critical Appreciation of Antiquity, the new work will be situated inside the Espace Niemeyer, a dome-like structure in Paris that was designed by the Brazilian modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer. The piece’s 19-day run will kick off on October 11, and will be viewable during the first edition of Art Basel’s Paris fair.” [H/T ARTnews]

James Turrell unveils one of his famed Skyspaces in a tiny Colorado mountain town. 

“James Turrell is no stranger to high profile art commissions. But that isn’t to say the prolific 79-year-old artist is an elitist. This summer a small mountain town will become the latest locale to be blessed with the maestro’s magical touch. For three years he has been working on a new Skyspace in Green Mountain Falls, a scenic community of 650 people 90 minutes from Denver. It’s the first of Turrell’s Skyspace series to have been built into the side of a mountain. And it can be reached only via a half-mile hike.” [H/T Town and Country]

Kim Kardashian’s Met Gala dress showing signs of damage. Photography by Gotham/Getty; courtesy the Marilyn Monroe Collection

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! denies any damage to Kim Kardashian’s Met Gala dress.

“The long-running saga otherwise known as ‘Much ado around Kim Kardashian’s decision to borrow Marilyn Monroe’s ‘Happy Birthday, Mr. President’ dress for her Met Gala entrance’ continues, more than six weeks after the event. Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, the organization that owns the dress, posted a statement on its website denying allegations on social media that Ms. Kardashian’s appearance in the gown had damaged the dress, stretching it out of shape around the zipper close and shedding some of the rhinestones. Ms. Kardashian’s entrance in the dress ‘did not, in any way, damage the garment,’ the statement said, noting that after Ripley’s had purchased the gown in a 2016 auction, a report on the gown’s condition stated that ‘a number of the seams are pulled and worn’ and ‘there is puckering at the back by the hooks and eyes,’ among other damage.” [H/T The New York Times]

Three environmental groups are suing the Biden administration over drilling permits. 

“Three environmental organizations sued the Biden administration for granting thousands of fossil fuel drilling permits, alleging the permits violate federal law. In the lawsuit, filed in the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia, plaintiffs accused the Bureau of Land Management of violating the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act by granting 3,500 permits in Wyoming and New Mexico. The plaintiffs—the Center for Biological Diversity, WildEarth Guardians and the Western Environmental Law Center—argue that the wells in question are an imminent threat to their respective ecosystems and more than 150 at-risk species.” [H/T The Hill]

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