Mars Rover

In sprit of the actual expedition and landing on Mars. Also FebROVERy ignited my creative engines.

Large inspiration taken from Igor Sobolevskys amazing Mars 9 Rover concept:

(image permission by I. Sobolevsky)

This fella took me ages, The sketch was on my desk for half a year or more before I managed to finally pull it off.

Here’s an interactive 360° model for your viewing pleasure:

Enough talk, here’s the full gallery:

Booq Storiez

After sitting long time on my desk with several photo sessions, finally I managed to finish off this project which developed alongside a workshop for a libary.

There is real braille included, merging the visual and haptic approach and serving as the transition for the sculptural growth out of the pages/story of the book. The sculptural part itself also consists of threedimensional letters offering another visual/haptic fusion.

Alternative titles are string theory of haptic sensation.

Enjoy!

Levitation (Source bounce edit)

Presenting my latest street art project, a massive graffiti mural.

I was urging to paint the wall/bridge for some time. It’s close to where I live and located at a highly frequented main road. Last year I managed to get the permission to paint the wall. Furthermore the cultural department of our city financially supported this project for which I am very thankful.

The process from idea to execution took some time. Living almost next door was definitely an advantage here for regularily having a cup of tea. I was lucky, the weather supported me as it was much warmer than usually for this time of year. The bypassers were highly attracted and most were happy to get a new painting/picture in their hood, which is a rare thing in our barrio.

The picture itself is an adaption of a previously built brick art sculpture from 2014 and contains elements of style writing, graffiti, space and collision. It could be described as interlocking graffiti brick art tech space.

the brick built sculpture from 2014

The meta behind this project is that the sculpture, which is inspired by graffiti and contains style writing is being transformed back into the source graffiti, completing the cycle of adaption and inspiration. Also the bricks echo the structure of the canvas, the brick built wall, therefore refer to the deeper structural connection.

A great article published in print newspaper highlighted the work. Thanks to Rheinische Post for showing a serious interest in this project.

Here’s the full process from a desolated wall to the mural.

Special thanks to Ace Radeski for making some great moody photos!

S247

Every year there is an annual building challenge in November. Originated by the great nnenn (RIP) at Flickr it’s always a joy to build a Vic Viper-styles spaceship. Although I had this challenge as well as nnenn in mind when building this spaceship, it does not fit the criteria since it has no tail fin. No matter I am happy with the outcome and didn’t want to force a tail fin, it just didn’t feel right. This is probably also due to the inspirational blueprint, the Sketch247 by Gary Sanchez.

Image property of Gary Sanchez (published here with permission)

I loved that design for ages and now I finally got back to it. It was a real pleasure to build the spaceship at the actual scale.

Here’s the full gallery:

While shooting the model I also played around with lights.

80’s retro 8-bit edit

Neue Workshops und neues Design / New workshops – new design

Trotz der pandemischen Umstände kann eine Reihe von Workshops, vor Ort und online, mit ambitionierten Projektpartnern angeboten werden.

Dazu ist die Übersichtsliste aktualisiert worden. Dort sind nun alle Workshops bis Ende 2020 aufgelistet. Zusätzlich ist die Liste mit einem neuen und vor allem übersichtlichen Design überarbeitet worden. Interesse?

>>> hier geht es zu der Übersicht und hier für Anfragen

— english version —

New workshops and projects – new appearance

Despite the pandemic issues, there are a some workshops ahead, including online seminars. The list has been updated and also the design of the overview has been revised and made more visually appealing.

>>> Click for an overview and requests

Graffiti Corner

In the summer holidays I hosted a workshop with a bunch of kids in a suburb town of Monchengladbach, Germany.

Although the kids had no spraypainting experience before, they worked hard and by the end of the project we had a massive mural painted on the corner of the youth center! Big up to everybody involved and especially the kids!

It was a challenge to work a two-story wall with two sides on a corner, and I think the result is great.

Before
After

The full progress:

And the final wall with straigtened perspective lines.

>>> If you are interested have a look here at my portfolio for further information or send me a mail for any requests. <<<

Dots Parts Fest

A few months ago, Elspeth from New Elementary asked me to play around with a few new Lego Sets from the dots series, namely the bracelets.

There are a bunch of results, which will be showcased time by time where this post will be constantly updated.


The Virus edition

>>> The post over at New Elementary

For starters there are the interwoving bracelets which give a nice irregular and organic base.

Some applications of this technique – the viruses are here!

Here are three connected bracelets forming an endless stream. This never went beyond WIP.


Where evolution took place

>>> The post over at New Elementary

Three colourful fellas from the sea.

Some sketches.

And finally some sketches inspired by and with the (mostly printed) tiles from those sets.

Build me a Longboard – from scratch do design

Last week I made my first complete longboard. It was a long term wish on my to-do list as I consider skateboarding as an integral facet of urban culture and the decks being an artistic medium of it’s own kind. An object, a canvas, something useful being further modified by the marks of the urban playground.

My starting point was a blank uncut deck. The designs were spontaneous ideas. I wanted to use the griptape in a designful way. Therefore I cut it out partially and made an underlying colour fading first. The second element is the triangle with the rounded corners. This icon is a reminiscence of the ‘play’-button on tape decks.

The bottom design was a result of a few thoughts coming together: I wanted to honour the material of the deck and leave part of the deck free so one can see the structure of the fabric – wood. I also wanted to paint a picture and include the message of sustainability. Therefore the idea of a cosmic tree was born.

Here are some shots of the progress and the final design.

On a sidenote, the sharkwheels are awesome!

DIY Longboards 2020 in Kamp-Lintfort (Workshop)

From blank uncuts to self-designed finished boards.

Additionally this workshop was done under the star of sustainability, which was a guiding aspect alongside being an integrative workshop where refugees and established kids came together for this successful project.

With almost 40 degrees we had a seriously hot time. The kids were very keen and worked hard to achieve their own board, including shaping, cutting, grinding, coating, developing own designs and applying them, the final coating, attaching griptape and the final assemble of the trucks, bearings and wheels.

Without further ado, here are some impressions:


>>> If you are interested have a look here at my portfolio for further information or send me a mail for any requests. <<<