Tom Leighton, the charm of cities in the dark of night

Tom Leighton, the charm of cities in the dark of night

Giulia Guido · 3 months ago · Art, Photography

What happens in the streets of big cities when the sun goes down and darkness covers everything? What happens to crowded squares, offices, shops? Luckily for us there are those who at night, instead of resting and sleeping, leave home and, fascinated by the spectacle that comes to life when the lights go out, start taking pictures. Tom Leighton is an English artist, photographer and printmaker who has been travelling the world for years, from London to Hong Kong, in search of views and scenarios to photograph. 

Deeply fascinated by urban environments, Tom Leighton works almost always at night, photographing the deserted streets, the buildings that lose their purpose and become imposing monoliths, the luminous signs that seem suspended between the earth and the sky. 

Among his works, what captured our attention the most are the two photographic series taken in Tokyo. The Japanese capital has more than 9 million inhabitants, but in Tom Leighton’s shots it appears almost deserted, it seems to have been abandoned by everyone. 

So, without all those people crowding the city during the day, the photographer’s eye can rest on the details, the shapes of the buildings, the views, the symmetries, inviting us to rediscover these urban landscapes with him. 

“Leighton asks us to reconsider our cities, what they are and what they might become.”

We have selected only some of his photographs, but to discover all the projects of Tom Leighton visit his website, his Instagram profile and his Behance page. 

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“The invisible city”, Benoit and Gella’s latest project

“The invisible city”, Benoit and Gella’s latest project

Emanuele D'Angelo · 3 months ago · Art

The artists Camille Benoit and Mariana Gella used the lockdown to give life to their latest project “The invisible city“, architectural models of fantastic cities, made only with paper and tools they had at home.

Their four paper models, called Saori, Azra, Calista and Ika, were inspired by Italo Calvino’s book “Città invisibili“, which “explores the imagination through Marco Polo’s travel descriptions“.

Benoit and Gella have transformed their living room into a real workshop to assemble their four projects. Most days we woke up with small pieces of their projects in the beds, initially they drew the cities on paper before developing the front elevations on Illustrator to get a general idea of what the architecture would look like.

Although “The invisible city” are imaginary, their design was based on some real buildings, including Ricardo Bofill’s La Muralla Roja, which inspired the Calista model, and L’Institut du Monde Arabe and Sakura House, which influenced Saora.
Ika was designed to take inspiration from S+PS Architects’ Collage House, while Azra refers to Xavier Corberó’s house.

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Ariel Sun’s digital and minimalist illustrations

Ariel Sun’s digital and minimalist illustrations

Giulia Guido · 3 months ago · Art

Ariel Sun is a New York based Chinese designer and artist who creates minimal and hyper-coloured digital illustrations. 

Ariel is a self-taught artist, she has never attended art classes or schools, this allowed her to develop a personal style, based only on her taste, and to work only on her favorite subjects. 

Over the years, what began as a pastime, a way to give vent to her creativity, has become a work that has led Ariel Sun to collaborate with different brands and clients. 

Unlike many of her colleagues, Ariel works completely digitally, from the sketch to the last finishing touches, often being inspired by what she sees, from her travels, at other times by photographs. The strong contrasts, which give life to plays of light and shadow, and a palette of bright and full colors are balanced by a minimalist style, made of a few lines and even fewer elements, giving the final result a relaxing and peaceful. 

We have selected only some of Ariel Sun’s works, but to discover them all and not to miss the next ones follow her on Instagram and visit her website

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M&C Saatchi’s commercial for Promote Iceland inspired by scream therapy

M&C Saatchi’s commercial for Promote Iceland inspired by scream therapy

Giulia Pacciardi · 3 months ago · Art

Filmed during the lockdown period, one of the most stressful and frustrating moments we’ve experienced in recent years, the first campaign by advertising agency M&C Saatchi London for Promote Iceland is an invitation to let all the weight we feel inside out of our bodies.

It’s called Let it out and it’s inspired by scream therapy, a therapeutic tool developed in the 70s to help people get rid of repressed emotions by removing accumulated stress.

If you don’t think it works, you can try it by going to the “Looks like you need to Let It Out” website, recording your scream and letting it spread through speakers located in seven locations in Iceland including Festarfjall, on the Reykjanes peninsula, Djúpivogur, to the east, and Skógafoss waterfall to the south.

While you’re waiting to reclaim your travels and your planet, send your voice to the place that you think should be the first to welcome you.

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The new LEGO set dedicated to Nintendo

The new LEGO set dedicated to Nintendo

Giulia Guido · 3 months ago · Art

Are you a big fan of vintage video games? Do you remember the old Nintendo systems and the very first Super Mario games with nostalgia? LEGO comes to your aid with a brand new set dedicated to Nintendo and the Nintendo Entertainment System.

From August 1st, with 2,646 coloured bricks, you can build a very detailed reproduction of the NES system. In fact, in addition to the console, the set will include an opening slot for the Game Pak, a controller, a retro-style TV with a sliding screen that plays a level of the classic Super Mario Bros. and a multifunctional brick that can be connected to the TV and interact with enemies and obstacles.

With its vintage style and small size – the TV measures 22.5×23.5x16cm – the LEGO NES turns into a true collector’s item that can be displayed anywhere in the house. 

With the Nintendo Entertainment System, LEGO continues to produce sets designed primarily for adults, in this case helping them to take a step back in time, reminiscent of the video games they played when they were kids. 

Find out all the details of the set here and visit the site to find out about all the upcoming LEGO releases. 

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