The Bold and Surreal Houses of Freddy Mamani Silvestre

Freddy Mamani Silvestre, the self-taught Bolivian architect has transformed city of El Alto with his “neo-Andean” and “psychedelic altiplano” architecture. The bold colours and shapes are inspired by the indigenous Aymara culture and pre-Inka architecture.

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Photography: Peter Granser 

Peter Granser explores the work of Freddy Mamani Silvestre | Wallpaper*

Photography: Peter Granser

Photography: Peter Granser


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Freddy Mamani, el arquitecto de los Andes

Walter De Maria

Any good work of art should have at least ten meanings.
—Walter De Maria

Walter De Maria was one of the leading protagonists of the 1960s and 1970s American art scene and a key figure of the Earthworks movement.  He worked in genres such as Land art, Conceptual Art and Minimal art.  He studied music and performed as a percussionist in jazz and as a drummer for the rock group The Primitives, which later evolved into The Velvet Underground.  Perhaps best known for large-scale outdoor works that often involved simple ideas rendered in grand ways: his Earth Room in New York City, and The Lightning Field in New Mexico are two well known examples.

Walter De Maria, The New York Earth Room, 1977.  Via Dia Art Foundation ©Walter De Maria

Walter De Maria,  The New York Earth Room, 1977 Installation View. Via Surround ©Walter De Maria

Walter De Maria, The New York Earth Room, 1977. Via Gagosian ©Walter De Maria

Walter De Maria, The Lighting Field, 1977, Photo by John Cliett Via Gagosian ©Walter De Maria

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Walter De Maria, Lightning Field, 1977,  Photo by John Cliett ©Walter De Maria

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Walter De Maria, Beds of Spikes, 1968–1969,  Via Kunstmuseum Basel ©Walter De Maria

Walter De Maria, Original spike from the first Bed of Spikes, 1968 ©Walter De Maria

Walter De Maria, The 2000 Sculpture, 1992.  Via LACMA ©Walter De Maria

Walter De Maria, The 2000 Sculpture, 1992, Details  ©Walter De Maria

Walter de Maria,  The Broken Kilometer, 1979 Via Dia Art Foundation  ©Walter De Maria

Walter De Maria, One Mile Long Drawing, 1968, De Maria drew two parallel lines of chalk across the floor of the Mojave desert. Eeach stretched a mile.  @ Walter De Maria

Art by Telephone, 1967 - Walter De Maria

Walter De Maria, Art by Telephone, 1967. @ Walter De Maria

Walter De Maria, Time/Timeless/No Time by Schneckenhausmann

Walter De Maria, Time/Timeless/No Time, 2004, in situ at the Chichu Art Museum. Photo by Schneckenhausmann @ Walter De Maria

Walter De Maria, Exhibition view. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery

Walter De Maria, Truth/Beauty Series, 1993-2016, Via Gagosian

Walter De Maria, Exhibition view. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery

Walter De Maria, Truth/Beauty Series, 1993-2016, Detail Via Gagosian 



Eduardo Chillida

Eduardo Chillida  was a Basque artist known for his monumental abstract iron and steel sculptures which are to be found in public places all over the world. . Chillida’s combination of sculptural form and metaphysical significance is integrated with architectural and environmental space to produce distinct urban spaces.

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The Comb of the Wind (San Sebastian, Spain  1977)

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The Comb of the Wind (San Sebastian, Spain  1977)

Eulogy to the Horizon (Gijon, Spain 1989)

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Our Father’s House (Guernica, Spain 1988)

Eduardo Chillida Modulation of Space I

Modulation of Space I, 1963


Eduardo Chillida, How profound is the Air, 1996. Alabaster, 37 x 48 1/16 x 48 13/16 inches (94 x 122 x 124 cm)

How Profound Is The Air, 1996

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Enchained, 1956

Eduardo Chillida, From Within, March 1953. Iron, 38 3/4 x 11 x 15 3/4 inches (98.4 x 27.9 x 40 cm)

From Within, 1953

Eduardo Chillida, Three Irons, 1966. Steel, 22 3/4 x 38 1/4 x 42 inches (57.8 x 97.2 x 106.7 cm); 2505.1 lb. (1136.3 kg)

Three Iron, 1966

Dardara-burdinak II

The Irons of Tremor II, 1956

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Lurra, 1984



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Dirk Braeckman

Belgian photographer Dirk Braeckman is famous for his dark, enigmatic images and experimentation with printing techniques, exploring different textures, materials, and exposures. Braeckman shoots only analogue, and always showcases his images unglazed and uncovered.

Dirk Braeckman, Z.Z.-T.T.-17 #2, 2017 © the artist and courtesy of Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp

All images © Dirk Braeckman / Courtesy of Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp


Hollow , is located in Royal Fort Gardens and represents the planet’s history and evolution through time.

This Public artwork is created by conceptual artist Katie Paterson and architects Zeller & Moye.

Spanning millions of years, Hollow is a miniature forest of all the world’s forests, telling the history of the planet through the immensity of tree specimens in microcosm. This immersive piece of architecture brings together over 10,000 unique tree species,including petrified wood from the earliest forests that emerged over 390 million years ago; a sample from the oldest tree in the world, and some from the youngest and near-extinct species.

Forming the inside in all directions, the untreated wooden pieces are organised in an organic yet precise manner specific to the origins, types and characteristics of the wood. Shifted and staggered to each other, thousands of blocks conjoin to form one immense cosmos of wood producing textures, apertures and stalactites.  Inside Hollow, light filters through apertures in the ceiling, suggesting sunlight radiating through a forest.


Image Courtesy of : Zeller & Moye

and Katie Paterson 


Architecture of Density – Michael Wolf

German photographer Michael Wolf captured in his series”Architecture of Density“, images that acutely acknowledge the landscape’s overwhelming concentration of soaring buildings and skyscrapers in Hong Kong.  Having lived there for several years, Wolf began to document Hong Kong’s extreme development and complex urban dynamics, and how these factors play into the relationships between public and private space, anonymity and individuality, in one of the most densely populated cities on the planet.

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Musée Yves Saint Laurent

A new museum dedicated to the work and life of the legendary French couturier Yves Saint Laurent has opened in Marrakech. Designed by Studio KO,  the 4,000-square-metre building sits a short distance away from Jardin Majorelle, the home acquired by Sanit Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1980.

Yves Saint Laurent museum

Image © studio KO