Daily Dose of Pretty | 52 | String Art Installations by Aili Schmeltz

Aili Schmeltz - Goucher Glacier String Art Installation (via All Sorts of Pretty)

Aili Schmeltz - Fire Mountain String Art Installation (via All Sorts of Pretty)

Aili Schmeltz - The Magic City String Art Installation (via All Sorts of Pretty)

How amazing are these string art installations by artist Aili Schmeltz?  I mean, I have seen some amazing string art in my days (like THIS for example) but never in such a unique, 3-dimensional way.  Aili installed these pieces in 2008 and this last piece (the final three images) is my favorite.  Titled “Magic City”, it’s representative of Miami – the plywood pieces protruding from the wall represent the coast line and the nails in the wall are the tall buildings that inhabit the city and the string ties the two together literally.  The neon pink/orange color of the string is a nod to the vibrant colors found all over Miami.  She says, “The fractured and architectural sense of space changes and shifts with the angles of planes created by the repetition of the string lines, making it hard to focus on any one area of the landscape, a sensation similar to being within a city while trying to comprehend it’s totality.”

A very labor-intensive process, “Magic City” took about a week of long hours and late nights to complete, along with 25 boxes of nails, 35 rolls of string and lots of helpers nailing and stringing away.  I can’t imagine the mind-numbing work that must have gone in to making this installation a reality, but I’m in absolute awe of the result.  It’s just so freakin’ cool!  :)

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