French Interactive Designer Filipe Vilas-Boas has created an awesome and beautiful way to turn peoples’ thoughts into shooting stars and constellations. Entitled Shooting Thoughts, Villas-Boas’ interactive art installation enables people to create their own unique constellations on the spectacular vaulted ceiling of Saint-Eustache Church in Paris, France.
Visitors create their constellations using their mobile phones by sending text messages to a certain number. The text messages are received by a computer program which translates them into instructions for a network of lasers mounted on the cathedral’s pillars. The lasers then project the patterns created by the software and, when certain beams of light align, a large cross is generate in the center of the ceiling.
Villas-Boas says, “Like all of us, each star finds its place at its own speed with its individual trajectory.”
Beijing-based Austrian architect and designer Florian Pucher turned a lifelong fascination with how the world looks from way up high in the sky into an awesome series of stylish area rugs.
“I have always loved to travel and tried to always get window seats on planes,” said the Beijing-based Austrian architect who even avoided travelling by night in order to see as many different landscapes as possible.
Pucher’s limited edition LANDCARPET series is modeled after aerial images, satellite photos and maps, of real locations from all over the world. Landscapes viewed from miles overhead are stylized and laid at your feet in plush maps of varying shape, color and height, made of 100% New Zealand wool.
Freyja’s Castle, by Roger Dean
Cloudscapes: Vol. 1
At the end of this week’s OKTBS video, I put out a “homework” call involving a different way to look at clouds. In his book The Cloudspotter’s Guide, Gavin Pretor-Pinney talks about how when you lie on your back, and arch your neck to stare backwards at the sky, the clouds become the landscape and the Earth becomes the sky.
Hack Your Brain’s Default Mode With Meditation