Highlights From the London Design Festival 2020

From large-scale installations to covetable homewares, eight exemplary debuts this week

An annual extravaganza of thought-provoking work, elevated dialogue and exploration, the London Design Festival showcases artistry and innovation from students and professionals alike. For this most uncommon of years, the festival cautiously proceeded, both online and in real life. Thus, from our homes in New York City, we perused the many installations, activities and items that comprise this year’s gathering of talent. Below, a handful …

Nina Chanel Abney’s First AR Artwork, “Imaginary Friend”

Created with voice, script and music assistance from Chris Chalk, Jeanette E Toomer (Jet) and El Tsid and available on the Acute Art app, Nina Chanel Abney’s latest artwork is an AR companion known as “Imaginary Friend.” Unveiled 28 August, the piece is Abney’s first-ever augmented reality work and was made to be a kind of talisman. As the New York-based artist tells artnet, “I’m …

Artist Kris Perry’s 35-Foot-Tall “Mother Earth” Sculpture at Rockaway Beach

A new, architectural commission from NYC Parks' Art in the Parks program

A towering new Corten steel sculpture adds to the allure of NYC‘s Rockaway Beach—the seaside strip of Queens that appeases the appetite of surfers and city folk eager for days beside the ocean. Known as “Mother Earth,” the monumental work from Hudson-based sculptor Kris Perry rises 35 feet in an angular, architectural gesture; one that invites viewers to step inside and wonder or reconsider their …