20 different types of rain, from drizzle to downpour, are captured in a series of bottles for an installation by design studio Nendo (via).
Created for the 2014 Fall edition of Maison & Objet in Paris, who asked designers to consider the relationship between language and design, the word rain was chosen for its many nuances in Japanese, a language that has dozens of words for rain depending on the condition and time of day.
The exhibit consists of 20 clear acrylic bottles lined-up, each containing a different kind of ‘rain’. ‘Kirisame’, ‘biu' and 'kosame' refer to different degrees of fine drizzle, while 'niwaka-ame' is a sudden downpour. 'Mizore' is sleet, and a 'yudachi' falls in the evening. 'Kisame' is rain that drips from the ends of tree branches, and 'kaiu' is rain that falls mixed with dust and pollen. Seasonal rains were also included, from the 'samidare' that falls in the spring, to 'shigure’, rain specific to autumn and winter.
Inspired by the contemporary realities of his fast-changing country, Chinese artist Xu Bing spent two years creating his newest work titled “Phoenix”. The installation currently on exhibit at MassMoCA features two massive birds fabricated entirely from materials harvested from construction sites in urban China, including demolition debris, steel beams, tools, and remnants of the daily lives of migrant laborers (via).
"At once fierce and strangely beautiful, the mythic Phoenixes bear witness to the complex interconnection between labor, history, commercial development, and the rapid accumulation of wealth in today’s China." - Xu Bing.