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K’ Sketchbook 2012

Finally – DONE

Sleep all day

Here is my work: klbc’s Sketchbook 2012

Look forward the Beginning day  of the TOUR!!!!!!!!

  • Brooklyn, NYApril 14th-30th
    Brooklyn Art Library
    103A N. 3rd St
    Brooklyn, NY 11249
  • Chicago, IL
    May 3rd-5th
    Hyde Park Art Center
    5020 S. Cornell Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60615
  • Portland, OR
    May 11th-13th
    The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel
    1022 SW Stark St
    Portland, OR
  • Vancouver, Canada
    May 15th-16th
    W2 Media Cafe
    111 W Hastings St.
    Vancouver, BC
  • Los Angeles, CA
    May 24th-26th
    2147 W. Sunset Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
    June 2nd-June 23rd
    Pop-Up Shop
  • Greater Boston Area
    July 6th-8th
    25 Exchange Street
    Lynn, MA
  • Portland, ME
    July 11th-14th
    SPACE Gallery
    538 Congress Street
    Portland, ME 04101
  • Toronto, Canada
    July 18th-22nd
    The Gladstone Hotel
    1214 Queen St. W
    Toronto, ON
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The Sketchbook Project 2012

The Sketchbook Project
It’s like a concert tour, but with sketchbooks.


Resources, rules, and other things to know

Details and overview

We recommend you read all the rules before e-mailing us with questions! Don’t let the rules scare you – they’re just here to help clarify the details!

Please send your sketchbook to:

Art House Co-op
C/o Sketchbook Project
103A N. 3rd St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Project Overview

After you sign up to participate in the project, we’ll send you a package containing a custom-designed Sketchbook Project sketchbook with a barcode on it, your chosen theme, and detailed instructions about the project.


When you sign up for the project you will be able to choose from a list of 40 themes. You can select one for your book, or choose to have a theme randomly assigned to you. However, once you choose your theme you’re stuck with it – so please choose carefully. If you select the “random theme” button, the theme will be indicated on the sketchbook when you receive it (so please don’t email us about it prior to receiving your sketchbook in the mail). The themes are supposed to be a starting point, not a restriction, so remember to keep an open mind and consider the theme to be a guide.

The Exhibitions and Permanent Collection

After receiving the completed sketchbooks, the entire 2012 collection is exhibited on an international tour. Every completed sketchbook that we receive back in time will be included on the 2012 tour and cataloged and displayed in our permanent collection at the Brooklyn Art Library.

All dates and cities for the tour are subject to change.

The Digital Library

For a $20 fee, we will digitize your sketchbook and upload it to our online Library website. This means that people will be able to view your entire book online, leave comments, and tag it with subjects, media and other attributes. Sorry, but we cannot accept your own scanned images for upload to the website. This is a long process and the $20.00 goes toward the costs of manually scanning each page, building and maintaining the online database, and hosting the website.

Your Book

Don’t forget that your sketchbook is touring the country with us – we don’t want to be stuck in a car with your book if it’s covered in foul-smelling chemicals or constantly dispersing glitter! Please try to avoid the use of ties, sharp metal objects, random plastic things, art materials that could smudge, glitter, or any hazardous materials. Please note that although participants are welcome to rebind the books, the overall dimensions should not change and the width of the book should be not more than one inch across.


Follow your book as it journeys across the continent! As a participating artist, you’ll be able to receive e-mail or text message notifications each and every time your book is checked out and read! Follow your sketchbook from city to city and connect with other artists and visitors as they experience your work. We’re not responsible for dropped texts, e-mail notifications that get sorted to the junk folder, or the costs associated with receiving text messages. Please note that notification settings can be changed at any time by logging in to your account.

Entry Fees

This is a massive, international project and there are many costs associated with its operation. Your entry fee isn’t paying for a sketchbook – you’re helping to offset material and shipping costs while supporting the Brooklyn Art Library. Your entry fee also helps cover expenses related to the maintenance of the website and digital library, supports our dedicated team of librarians, and allows thousands of sketchbooks to travel more than 20,000 miles. Phew! Unlike many galleries, we do not jury work. Everyone who sends us their completed sketchbooks postmarked by February 1st, 2012, will be included in the tour and our permanent collection.


We do not offer refunds for artists who do not finish a sketchbook, regardless of the reason for incompletion.

Group Discounts

We offer group discounts for any group over four. We also offer discounts for educational groups – please contact us directly for more information.

Mailing your work to us:

  • Postmark your work by February 1st, 2012. We’ll do our best to get books into the tour that are mailed after this date, but we CANNOT guarantee it.
  • Please do not send packages that require us to be there upon arrival or require a signature. If you do, we will do our best to receive the package. However, we are not responsible for packages returned to sender if we are not able to receive them.
  • We try to check in work as quickly as possible. However, it is a lengthy process, especially close to the deadline. Please be patient while waiting to receive a notification that your book has been received and cataloged. Everything we receive will be checked in at least one week prior to the first exhibition date.

Your sketchbook will not be returned

We do not return sketchbooks. Your work will be included in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Art Library and will always be available for viewing.


The Sketchbooks are not for sale.

Images on the Art House website

All the images in artists’ profiles and the project photos section are uploaded by the artist. Art House does not, and can not, upload or take photos of your work with the exception of official project digitization. If you want to upload your own images, make sure you take photos before you mail us your work.

Unforeseen Circumstances

Here at Art House, we do everything we can to keep your work in pristine condition. Unfortunately, unforeseen problems sometimes arise. We are unable to replace your work in the event of loss or damage. We are not responsible for missing, stolen, or destroyed artwork, but we’ll do our best to fix anything that happens. We know sketchbooks are a bit like children and we’ll treat them with care and respect!

Copyright rules

Your work is your work. We will never ever sell your physical work without your express permission. We retain the rights to use your work in promotional materials and advertising across all formats. We also reserve the rights to publish your work in an exhibition catalog or other Art House publication. We reserve all copyright to any published materials. Please note that digital images may be shared and disseminated under a noncommercial Creative Commons license, in order to better share the Sketchbook Project with a global audience.


We will do our best to respond to your email in a timely manner. However, please remember to read through our FAQs and rules before contacting us. The best way to ask a question is to visit our support board. We cannot respond to all emails, especially around deadlines when things get extremely busy. Our thanks for your patience!

Exhibition Photos

We document each exhibition and encourage participants and visitors to take photographs of the Sketchbook Project tour. Photographs of submitted books may not be used commercially without the consent of both the artist and Art House.

Summary of rules

Everybody likes to skip this part, but we recommend you don’t! We’ve kept it short and sweet:

  • If you didn’t complete last year’s sketchbook, we cannot accept it for this year’s Project. Please sign up for the 2012 project to participate!
  • Your book must remain within the dimensions of 1 x 5.25 x 7.25 inches. It can open up to something wonderful (of any size), but it must fold down to the original dimensions. You are welcome to unbind, rebind or alter the book in (almost) any other way. If you want to use a thicker stock of paper, go for it, but please do not make the book larger than one-inch thick.
  • Your barcode must remain in place on the book – no moving or covering it. An altered or unreadable label means we have to disqualify you from the tour.
  • You are free and encouraged to alter, design, and work on the cover of the sketchbook!
  • The theme is a great starting point, but in no way is meant to be a restriction. If you feel limited by it, just loosen up and have fun. It’s just a guide!
  • Your book must be postmarked by February 1st, 2012. No exceptions.
  • We do not offer refunds (including the fee for digitizing) for people who do not finish a sketchbook.
  • All sales are final! Please read the rules if you are unsure about signing up.
  • If you do not receive your sketchbook due to a shipping issue, you have until November 15, 2010, to notify us. After that date, we are unable to issue refunds or resend sketchbooks.
  • We reserve the right to switch sketchbook books, brands or sizes at any time without notice.
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“Design the Polish edition of your favorite book”

“Design the Polish edition of your favorite book”

For reference, check out the many examples of book cover design in Poland on 50 Watts. You could also dig through sites like Terry Posters.

First: $400 USD
Second: 1000 Polish Book Covers and Born Modern: The Life and Design of Alvin Lustig
Third: Pioneers of Spanish Graphic DesignJudges:
—Aleksandra and Daniel Mizieliński, editors of 1000 Polish Book Covers, founders of Hipopotam Studio, and book collectors
—Peter Mendelsund, book cover designer and the man behind Jacket Mechanical
—Will Schofield aka 50 Watts aka the guy writing this

Submission deadline: Friday May 20th
Artwork: jpgs, about 600 px wide, sent to 50wattsContest[at]gmail[dot]com
—The submission fee is zero dollars, made payable to the Ghost of Jan Lenica
—Does the title need to be in Polish? That would be really fun, wouldn’t it? (But if you can’t quite master Google Translate or the accents, don’t worry about it!)
—Who is eligible?: Anyone in the entire universe, not just Poland.
—What do you mean by the “Polish edition”? I’m asking you to create a fake cover in the style of the Polish book designers featured in this post and elsewhere on 50 Watts. Do I have a preference for styles from 1920 to 1985? I do, but don’t let that “cramp your style.”
—What is your ulterior motive? Pierogi endorsement.
—How to describe the contest to your friends to get them to submit: 50 Watts is a website giving $400 for a book cover design.

For an extremely literal example of what I’m talking about (and this is also where I got the idea for the contest), the Spanish illustrator Javier Olivares created a fake Polish book cover for one of his whimsical side-projects. The cover on the left is a real Polish book cover (I featured it in this post) and the cover on the right is Javier’s fake cover. Javier kept the title/author of the Polish book, something I DON’T want you to do. For this contest, I hope contestants will look at all the many styles of Polish book design featured on 50 Watts, and design a cover for their favorite book (if I was participating, I would design a cover for my favorite book Jakob von Gunten by Robert Walser) in one of those styles.

This post is also the last of a series on the incredible, I-can’t-believe-it-exists book 1000 Polish Book Covers. (The first post focused on the covers of Daniel Mroz, the second on 1970s-80s covers). Edited by husband-and-wife illustration/design team Aleksandra and Daniel Mizieliński of Hippopotam Studio, the book is a fat brick of inspiration (dimensions: 4-5/16″ x 6.5″ x 3″): 310 designers and illustrators, 1040 pages, 2.4 ounces, covering 100 years of Polish book cover illustration.

Here are some of my favorites.

1945, Franciszka Themerson, The Strange Duckie

1947, Franciszka Themerson, Mr. Tom Builds a Home

1954, Bohdan Bocianowski, The Good Soldier Svejk

1956, Janusz Stanny, The Lost World

1956, Jerzy Jaworowski, For the Young

1956, Jerzy Srokowski, The Story of Palemon the Pirate

1957, Jan Mlodozeniec, Tortilla Flat

1957, Janusz Stanny, My General

1957, Jerzy Tchorzewski, Smiles

1958, Andrzej Czeczot, Karol Xi’s Vision

1958, J. Zbijewski, The Life of Ants

1959, Ignacy Witz, Wedding in Atomice

1959, Stanislaw Zagorski, Hole in the Sky

1960, Adam Kilian, Dragon’s Battle

1961, Janusz Stanny, Brain Puzzles

1961, Jerzy Flisak, I Didn’t Tell You

1961 Konstanty Sopocko, Solaris

1962, Bohdan Butenko, And You Will Be an Indian

1963, Roman Cieslewicz, The Circus or the Emotions of Great-Grandparents

1963, Waldemar Andrzejewski, The Strange Case of Colonel P

1964, A.A.Kowalewski, The Enchanted Sound

1964, Barbara Pochwalska, The Battle on the Bzura

1964, Janusz Stanny, Past the Ninth Mountain Past the Ninth River

1964, Szymon Kobylinkski, Fables for Robots

1965, Jerzy Kepkiewicz, The Fourteen from Werbruta

1968, Franciszek Starowiejski, A Child Carried by a Bird

1968, Jerzy Jaworowski, The Little Feather

1971, Andrzej Strumillo, The fiancee from the Sea

(I actually featured this book before)

1974, Jozef Wilkon, Tiny

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Hands on door handles international design competition

C A L L – F O R – E N T R I E S
designboom in collaboration with COLOMBO DESIGN promote an
international design competition. participation is open to to applicants
from every country in the world, to professionals, students, and design-enthusiasts.
free registration required.

participants are asked to design a versatile interior door lever handle to suit contemporary
forms of surrounding architecture, for both residential and public projects.

01 – the subject of the international competition contest is

hands on door handles

COLOMBO DESIGN, a leading italian manufacturer of handles and accessories for doors and windows,
is dedicated to a discerning quality of design that combines technological innovation with
excellence in industrial manufacturing procedures, adopting only eco-compatible processes
in every stage of production. the COLOMBO DESIGN state-of-the-art product catalogue features door handle
projects created by protagonists of today’s international design scene, among them
carlo bartoli, jean marie massaud, jasper morrison, michele de lucchi, alberto meda and konstantin grcic.
with this competition, COLOMBO DESIGN aims to expand the horizons of door handles.

the door handle is an exciting medium
in the field of internal door and window furniture the path between innovation and what is
considered repetition or re-design of ‘classical’ forms is narrow. if it is true that through the
years the most successful models have been variations on basic forms, it is also true that
door handles are an exciting medium for contemporary forms. along the qualitative line
of their long formal (sculptural) tradition, door handles have always expressed and matched
the changing lifestyle choices of society. this competition is a difficult aesthetic and technical
challenge to stimulate design innovation with much attention to detail.

for everyday use, and not for gadget display
we are not looking for excessive-aggressive styling or new radical high tech solutions.
please refrain from all those overworked concepts of randomly including interactive technologies
to encourage behavioral transformation. door handle designs with incorporated LED lights,
the latest cool audio or video gadgets, cell phones etc. will not be considered as relevant.
this is an opportunity of developing a real product, a simple, but important functional object.
the scope of the co-organizing company COLOMBO DESIGN is to manufacture the best door handles
of this competition.

the basics of door lever handle hardware
sweeping forms are great, a sleek and shiny appearance too, but please also consider that
indoor handles use commonly marketed mechanical parts, which are conforming to the
relevant building and safety standards. the actual sizes of the levers vary, but convenient
measurements have been widely adopted and hardware manufacturers make their products
to fit these standards. the bore hole size, cross bore size and the thickness of the doors are
to be considered, (in the case of non-standard door thicknesses, customized pins are available).
most door handle levers are mounted on a round rose, however new designs may include square,
oval and other shapes of roses. other important factors are robustness, the thickness of the
rose plates, smooth or angular finished edges (for purposes of visual accentuation), …
last but not least, the handle set itself (as a door has two sides, a door requires two handles
– a left and a right version).

click here to visualize a drawing that shows an example of a door handle, produced by COLOMBO DESIGN

experimental projects are very welcome and considered appropriate if they match the few technical
requirements cited. in this case, a pragmatic design approach of ‘making do’ to verify the quality
of your door handle design through mock-ups or prototypes is very appreciated.


02 – awards

the designers of 3 winning entries will be granted with cash prize awards
of € 3000 euro each.

the jury will also award the best free-style entry with a minor award of € 1000 euro.
there is the opportunity for finalist / winning designs to be developed into real products
for the COLOMBO DESIGN design catalogue. in the event that COLOMBO DESIGN exercises the option
to use the rights for production
on an exclusive basis and sine die (without time limitations),
COLOMBO DESIGN undertakes to pay a royalty of annual sales to the designer.

and as always, designboom will publish an exhaustive results report.

03 – jury
jury is in process of being selected

04 – design criteria
projects should not be currently in production,
previously published or exhibited projects are not accepted!
it is important that you keep your design(s) confidential until the results of
the competition are published.

the jury will award designs and concepts which are innovative in terms of their formal aspects.
please don’t send in vague concepts, but go a step further. it’s not the idea which is the art,
it’s more the way somebody handles the idea that makes art.

05 – registration deadline
application registration will be accepted through april 20th, 2011.

06 – registration
registrations are open now, please fill in the form.
teams register with one name only.
– when submitting works you should add all team member’s names.
register here

07 – submit your entry / entries

if you are entering more than one work,
please submit each work separately

you will be requested to supply:

1. up to 3 files for uploading to designboom
images or a composition of more images) of your project.
please note: use only .gif, .jpeg, (72 dpi) max 100 kb each file, RGB color mode.
image size: 650 pixels width X max 800 pixels height.
to upload your images please note:
use only .gif, .jpeg, (72 dpi) max 150 kb each file, RGB color mode.

the entry submitted is a low-res version of your original work.
these original high-resolution image(s)
will be requested only if your work is shortlisted.

2. explanation of ideas
a brief description of your design.
(english text only, explanation is expected to be very concise)

3. you will be requested to accept the competition guidelines
competition guidelines: projects participating to the competition,
must be original works. projects must be free from copyrights
and any kind of obligation. the design shall not in any way infringe
any third party’s right, including but not limited to copyright, logos,
trademark, trade names, or other proprietary rights of publicity or
privacy. only entries with a declaration of authorship are accepted !
(when submitting your design you will be asked to tick a box of declaration)

submit your entry here

08 – deadline for submission of entries
works can be submitted through april 26, 2011.

09 – announcement of the results
results will be announced on june 2011
the jury’s selection is final and is not debatable.

10 – intellectual property rights
any moral and paternity right regarding the project sent in for submission is the designer’s property.
by submitting a design in the competition, the participant agrees to provide
COLOMBO DESIGN with the right of first refusal to the exclusive use of
the design. this option is valid for 6 months after the competition will end.
in the event that COLOMBO DESIGN exercises the option to use the rights for production
on an exclusive basis and sine die (without time limitations),
COLOMBO DESIGN undertakes to pay a royalty of annual sales to the designer.
by participating in the competition, all participants authorise DESIGNBOOM
and COLOMBO DESIGN to publish and exhibit all the designs (including project data submitted)
– waiving compensation – at exhibitions and events and/or to use them in any
publications or communications that the organisers may deem suitable and/or necessary.

11 – questions?
inquiries to
make sure to write

hands on door handles in the subject line.

11 – info on COLOMBO DESIGN

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Wacom the 5th Holiday Season Contest 2011!

Grand Prize Winner of the 4th Wacom Holiday Season Contest 2010
Title: New year prayed
Winner: Ning Da

Tis the season to be jolly. And tis the season for the 5th annual Holiday Season contest. Wacom Asia Pacific again invites residents living in Southeast Asia, South Asia, Oceania, Taiwan and Korea to show us how you celebrate the holiday season in your culture and religion. Submit a digital photograph, painting, illustration, or graphic artwork with the “holiday season” theme and you’ll be eligible for valuable prizes. Share the joys of the holidays and help us celebrate this special time of year.

Contest details

Contest Period: 10th Nov – 14th Jan, 2011(ends 11:59 pm, Tokyo time)

Theme: Season Greetings – Celebrate the holiday season!

Please be original and respect copyrights. Fan-art, designs, characters, clothes, tools (and so on) based on existing movies, manga, games etc. will not be accepted! Also, please note there is a limit of only one entry per person.

*Note: All winners will be eligible for inclusion in Wacom advertising with artist credit, upon confirmation of hi-resolution photo.

Awards & Prizes

Grand Prizes:
Intuos4 Large tablet

Wacom Intuos4

2nd Place :
Intuos4 Medium tablet

Wacom Intuos4 A5 PTK-640

3rd Prize:
Bamboo Fun Pen & Touch
*Prizes will be judged on originality and artistic merit by Wacom.
Rules: All submissions must abide by the contest and submission rules of the Wacom Community. In particular, submissions may not contain any nudity, adult situations, violence or other obscenities, and must be original. Submissions of fan art or other copyrighted images or characters will not be considered. Wacom reserves the right to reject, remove, and/or disqualify entries at its discretion.

Eligibility: All residents of Asia Pacific countries (does not include China, Hong Kong or Japan). Limited to one entry per person. No entry fee necessary.

Submission Deadline: Jan 14th, 2011 (Contest officially ends at midnight, Tokyo time. Please be aware of time differences when submitting.)

Entry guidelines:

Media: jpg
Resolution / size: 72dpi / Max 1MB
Dimension: 800 x 600 pixels (portrait or landscape)
Contest Rules

By submitting to this contest, participants have acknowledged that they have read and will abide by the rules of Wacom Community Contests. In particular, participants warrant and represent that their work does not infringe or violate any third party rights nor contain nudity or other inappropriate material, and that by submitting, they have granted Wacom the right to utilize submitted entries for promotional, marketing or any other activity that does not involve the direct sale of the artwork. For specific details, please see the Contest rules.
Submission & Entry List


2. APPLICABILITY: The rules and regulations laid out by this document are complementary to Wacom’s Submission Agreement and shall be applicable to all contests held by the Wacom Community, unless otherwise stated on the contest information sheets or elsewhere on the website. The Sponsor of all contests held by the Wacom Community is the Asia Pacific Division of Wacom Co., Ltd.

3. ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open only to legal residents of countries and regions that come under the management of the Sponsor. These countries and regions include but are not limited to Australia, Brunei, Korea, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. China and Japan do not fall under the management of the Sponsor and residents from these countries may not be eligible to receive prizes. Employees of the Sponsor and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliated companies and agents, and the foregoing employees’ household or immediate family members (defined as parent, spouse, child, sibling or grandparent) are NOT eligible to enter the Contest.

4. CONTEST DETAILS: Details including Awards & Prizes, Themes, Submission Period, etc. are found on respective information pages each contest

5. HOW TO ENTER: Limit one entry per contest. Entry allowed via contest submission page only unless otherwise stated. To enter, during the Submission Period fill out the entry form found in the Contest section of the Wacom Community website and attach the artwork. Participation in the contest implies agreement to have the entry publicly displayed in the Wacom Community website on the “list of entries” page.

6. SUBMITTED ENTRIES: The Submitted Entry including image and text must be original, unpublished and truthful in all respects; does not infringe or violate any third party rights including but not limited to the rights of copyright, trademark, privacy and publicity; is not infringing, threatening, false, misleading, abusive, harassing, libelous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, pornographic, or profane material or any material that could constitute or encourage conduct that would be considered a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any law or regulation – Wacom will fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or any court order requesting or directing Wacom to disclose the identity of anyone posting or transmitting any such information or materials. Wacom will not knowingly upload, reserves the right not to upload, and reserves the right to delete any suspect material. Wacom shall not be held liable for violations of laws and regulations governing the material submitted. Wacom will fully cooperate with any law enforcement authorities or any court order requesting or directing Wacom to disclose the identity of anyone posting or transmitting any such information or materials in addition to deleting the materials from public view. Copyright of Submitted Entry shall remain property of Participant, however, Participant grants Sponsor the right to use Submitted Entry as indicated in the Release (article 11). Acknowledgement and return of the Submitted Entry is at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.

7. Participant: The entry is deemed submitted by the person whose email address appears on the entry form. In case of dispute or ambiguity regarding the identity of owner of the email address, Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify the Submitted Entry.

8. PRIZE: Prizes as indicated on the Contest Information of each contest is nontransferable and must be accepted as awarded. No cash or other substitution may be made, except by Sponsor in the event that a prize, or prize item cannot be awarded for any reason; in such event, Sponsor will in its sole discretion award a substitute prize or part thereof of equal or greater value. Winners are solely responsible for any and all applicable taxes (including where applicable sales tax) due for his/her awarded Contest prize, as well as all applicable fees and expenses related to the acceptance, award and use of his/her Contest prize. Sponsor will send prizes and provide support to Wacom products only to countries under its management.

9. JUDGING: All eligible entries received will be judged based upon criteria that are the sole discretion of Sponsor. Judging criteria will be laid out in the Contest Information of each specific contest and shall not be open to negotiation. Participants agree to be bound by these rules, that winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements herein, and that the decisions of the Sponsor and/or Contest judges shall be final and binding in all respects.

10. NOTIFICATION: Each potential Winner will be notified (the “Notification”) by email (or other method at the discretion of Sponsor) on or about the date indicated in the Contest Information of each specific contest. The potential Winner may be required at the sole discretion of the Sponsor to provide proof of identity and/or eligibility. The potential Winner is responsible for entering his/her correct email address at the time of submission and prizes may be forfeited if the potential Winner cannot be contacted or his/her identity cannot be verified.

11. RELEASE: By participating in the Contest and/or accepting a prize, Participant agrees to defend, release and hold harmless the Sponsor, Wacom Co., Ltd. and subsidiaries, affiliates, divisions, advertising and promotion agencies, and the foregoing companies’ officers, directors, shareholders, employees, representatives, agents and all others associated with the development and execution of the Contest (collectively the “Releasees”) from and against any actions, claims and/or liability for injury, loss or damage of any kind (including any for the violation or infringement of any proprietary or personal right of any individual or entity) resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation in the Contest, and/or the use, acceptance, or possession of a Contest prize, participation in a Contest prize-related activity, and/or the publication of a Submitted Entry. By participating in the Contest and/or accepting a prize, Participant consents to and grants the Sponsor the right to use, in perpetuity, Participant’s entry form information, to photograph/video a Participant and a Participant’s property, to copyright material in which a Submitted Entry is used in part or in whole, and to freely and exclusively use, publish and display a Participant’s statements, quotes, picture, portrait, likeness, voice, video, biographical information, prize information, text, and Submitted Entry (in part or in whole, as may be adapted, edited or modified, as solely determined by Sponsor) for advertising, trade, publicity and promotional purposes in any media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide, and on the World Wide Web, without review, notification or approval, all without additional consideration, unless prohibited by law. However, Sponsor will not participate in the direct sale of any Submitted Entry for profit and will notify and acknowledge Participant at Sponsor’s sole discretion.

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Teshima art museum

Teshima Art Museum

An architecture report from Teshima Island by Raymund Ryan

The enigmatic emergence of a museum that is in principle “empty”: a true sensory experience created by Ryue Nishizawa and Rei Naito

The blob is not only a recent phenomenon; the contiguously curving building is not merely the result of parametric manipulation on the computer. Twentieth-century modernism was imbued with many wantonly non-orthogonal forms, from Kiesler’s theoretical Endless House to Niemeyer’s sensuous concrete gestures in Brazil and other sunny climes. Such proposals blur the quantifiable, fuse the in-between, and appeal to our emotions. The Teshima Art Museum may not automatically reveal the authorship of its architect Ryue Nishizawa. It certainly seems unconventional when first discerned amid the stepped green fields of Teshima, an island in Japan’s Inland Sea. The museum billows upward as a white, bulbous and irregular excrescence. This note of irregularity – its gently shifting morphology – marks the structure as being somehow different from any generic shell or strictly rational building. The first-time visitor may also be surprised by how big or, more correctly, how extensive the project is – it stretches over 60 metres along its longer axis. As you move across the landscape, adjusting to changes in elevation, the building appears to change volume, inflating and deflating like some seamless dirigible. And then you notice an aperture puncturing this smooth carapace, a dark circular opening like the blowhole of a static beast. It’s a strange thing this Teshima Art Museum. There’s no immediately obvious point of entry. The use of exposed concrete suggests an industrial facility amid the bucolic if highly tailored nature of the island; yet the concrete also assumes a mysteriously soft shape (what could be inside?) and is unusually white (the absence of colour or the blending of all colours?) surrounded here by the verdant fields and a stand of trees towards the Inland Sea. You next notice a second and smaller blobular pavilion – a shop and cafe. You spot a dainty ribbon of raised concrete path. Then you discover a ticket office tucked into a hillside slope. This latter location is the starting point for a rather wonderful promenade.

Section Architecture
Author Raymund Ryan
Photography Iwan Baan
Published 09 Dec 2010
Keywords Nishizawa
Location Teshima Island


The complex is also equipped with a pavilion that contains a museum shop and a cafe as well as a ticket office hidden in the hillside. A gently winding pathway sweeps past the entrance, before continuing its journey into the surrounding landscape.

The concrete path loops away from the architecture into the trees, offering glimpses of sea and snatches of sound from the water below – the put-put of a distant boat – before circling back to the enigmatic white concrete shell. It’s unlikely that visitors come here entirely unprepared, without expecting some sensory, cultural or artistic experience. The Teshima project follows on from Tadao Ando’s halfdozen buildings on Naoshima, an adjacent island where Nishizawa and Kazuyo Sejima built the skeletal and orthogonal ferry terminal. Sejima is also inserting several jewel-like pavilions into the village fabric of Inujima, a second neighbouring island. All exist thanks to the patronage of the Naoshima Fukutake Art Museum Foundation.

The Teshima Art Museum catches its visitors off guard. It calls itself a museum, but its exhibition space is very far from the traditional view of architecture for museums, with their masses of jumbled objects and works of art. In fact, on Teshima Island visitors are left alone to contemplate an experience with nature made of light, water and air.

So you find yourself on a comparatively remote Japanese island, enjoying the village life and ocean air, trying to understand the entirety and indeed the full purpose of this unapologetically contemporary and unusual structure. You continue along the narrow concrete path, dipping slightly, to discover the Teshima Art Museum re-emerging between the trees, its low white curve holed now by a second dark oculus sinking towards the ground plane. Then you observe a protrusion morphing out from the main body of the building as a stretched, contiguous surface. This limb is cropped close to the footpath to permit access, through a tunnellike entrance, into the belly of the mysterious beast. If the building is unorthodox, its name is also strange, perhaps even disingenuous. The Teshima Art Museum is almost completely empty, devoid of contents. Its interior is fluid, a concrete membrane carpeting the ground and wrapping up from shadowy edges to span as a low unobstructed dome overhead. Neither columns nor beams interrupt the organic singularity of the total volume. Similarly there is none of the clutter normally associated with museums.

“It’s a strange thing this Teshima Art Museum. There’s no immediately obvious point of entry.”

Nishizawa designed the Teshima Art Museum in association with the artist Rei Naito, cognisant of her methodologies and of her interests in natural phenomena of water, light and air. A decade ago, Naito reworked a traditional house on Naoshima, incising a linear void beneath opaque clay walls and placing an inscrutable ring of smooth stone to hover, it appears, above the earthen floor. On Teshima her work is even more immaterial – there is, essentially, nothing. In the 20th century, architects and engineers such as Félix Candela in Mexico and Heinz Isler in Switzerland determined the design of concrete shells through pragmatic research. Like those masters, Nishizawa has striven for optimal thinness (his concrete structure is in total 250 millimetres thick) and to allow such thinness to be legible without the visual intrusion of beams, in particular edge beams about exposed openings. However, Nishizawa is also thinking metaphorically. He likens the shape of the gallery to a drop of water, a blob complete with a small protrusion (the entryway) suggesting that it has only just landed or become solid. For now Naito’s installation is for the collection of rainwater, allowing nature into this novel structure through the two large, unglazed openings. The water simply ponds or coagulates on the concrete floor. From the interior, you experience the outside in slightly strange ways. Through one oculus, you see foliage moving in the breeze. Up above, you see the sky as a disk: blue, grey, white, black. You may well have hiked a considerable distance to come to these islands, having heard of the famous architects and the famous artists, only to be re-presented with – and be surprisingly inspired by – the elements that surround us all. Nishizawa’s building evokes a faith in the ability of architecture to make the world seem somewhat strange yet simultaneously a little bit better. Raymund Ryan Testo alternativo Immagine

Opened last October, the Teshima Art Museum is the latest step in an enlightened plan that the Naoshima Fukutake Art Museum Foundation and the Corporation Benesse have been developing since 1989.
Ryue Nishizawa has laid out a mysterious white structure on the ground that is reminiscent of the shape of a water droplet. The concrete enclosure is lit by two openings and seems to inflate and deflate like a living organism. It is a shell that flows out into nature with a free span of 60 metres. The 25-cm-thick slab is free of columns or visible beams.
The plan calls for the introduction of contemporary architecture to the islands of the Inland Sea as a strategy to use cultural tourism to counter the region’s economic and demographic decline. After beginning with Tadao Ando, the architect of the Chichu Art Museum, the Lee Ufan Museum, the Art House Project and the Benesse House Museum on Naoshima, the project has also seen the involment of Kazuyo Sejima and Hiroshi Sambuichi on Inujima, and Ohtake Shinro on Naoshima.
Ryue Nishizawa and Rei Naito have worked together to create a space that stretches out horizontally, reaching a maximum height of 4.5 m. In this pavilion, art, architecture and landscape generate a single entity. It is a membrane set down on the grass, an aqueous form that has solidified in a corner of Teshima Island.

Ryue Nishizawa

‘teshima art museum’ by ryue nishizawa and rei naito on teshima island
photo © noboru morikawa photos

‘Teshima art museum’ by tokyo-based architect Ryue Nishizawa and japanese artist Rei Naito recently welcomed visitors of the 2010 setouchi international art festival held on seven islandsin the takamatsu port area, japan. hugging a hilly site on the island of teshima, the museum resembles a droplet of water caught in the middle of gliding across the land. Overlooking the inland sea to the north, the collaborative project was designed to interact with its wooded surrounding, pushing the tangible boundary between architecture and nature. Two large elliptical openings define and orient the space while letting the interior collect pieces of the elements: pools of water accumulate on the floor and freely shift and migrate according to the breeze’s direction; the sounds from the sea and foliage reverberate through the open space while the ambiance is in constant change according to the sun’s position and time of day.

collected rain water inside the museum
image courtesy lllabo

at 25 cm thick, the white concrete pod shell is devoid of any pillars or visible structural aid. The gallery space is not a result of encapsulation but a careful negotiation between the earth and the sky. visitors are encouraged to freely walk around the 40 by 60 meter museum and connect with the present phenomena.

large cut-out
photo © noboru morikawa photos

a part of rei naito’s work entitled ‘matrix’
photo © noboru morikawa photos

photo © noboru morikawa photos

a meandering path around the site take visitors around mt. myojin, a small bluff between the museum and the sea. the form and presence of the structure seemingly fluctuates with the observer’s vantage point, much like a dynamic drop of water traveling across a surface.

outside promenade art museum in context

image courtesy office of ryue nishizawa

made possible by the patronage of the naoshima fukutake art museum foundation, the teshima art museum will continue to operate after the festival, hosting activities involving art, architecture, food, the environment, and other creative intersections.

the museum adjacent to the nearby rice terraces
photo © noboru morikawa photos

site plan
image courtesy office of ryue nishizawa

contextual site plan
image courtesy naoshima fukutake art museum foundation

image courtesy office of ryue nishizawa

image courtesy office of ryue nishizawa

a model of the teshima art museum as seen at the 2012 venice architecture biennale
images © designboom

image © designboom

about Ryue Nishizawa:
born in 1966, nishizawa joined kazuyo sejima & associates in 1990,
established SANAA with her in 1995, and established his own practice
in 1997. along with sejima, he was awarded the pritzker architecture prize
in 2010. significant works include, ‘honmura lounge and archive’ (2005, naoshima),
‘moriyama house’ (2005, tokyo), and the ‘towada art center’ (2008, aomori).

about Rei Naito:
born in hiroshima in 1961, naito’s major exhibitions and projects include
‘being given’ (2001, kinza, art house project, benesse art site naoshima),
‘un luogo sulla terra’ (1997, japanese pavilion, 47th venice biennale),
‘tout anial est dans le monde comme de l’eau a interieur de l’eau’
(2009, museum of modern art, kamakura).