Monday, November 26, 2012

Exhibition ROBOT built for Josef Čapek & Karel Čapek by Ruairí O'Brien

The exhibition ROBOT designed and built for Josef Čapek & Karel Čapek

BARDINALE 2012 poetry festival in Dresden.

"It is virtually impossible to think of anyone culturally more important and also more prominent in the country that was then known as Czechoslovakia, between the WW1 and WW2, than the Čapek brothers. While Karel Čapek was always better known of the two, Josef was never too far behind, and when not directly involved he often appears to have been the inspiration behind the works his younger brother wrote. As is the case even with the play R.U.R., which had made Karel internationally famous, in a sense even immortal — where Josef was apparently responsible for just one thing — the invention of the word “robot”......... "
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Saturday, November 17, 2012

A Lighting concept for the Carl Bergmann House from Bruno Paul in Dresden - Ruairí O'Brien

Photo: Jan Gutzeit

I have just finished installing the lighting concept for a very beautiful historical building designed by the famous architect Bruno Paul in 1929. It now house's the architectural institute of Saxony.
The lighting technology used was sponsored by the Hess Company.
The concept developed will allow the house to have many different expressions depending on the season of the year or the occasion being celebrated, varying from a reserved, quiet and respectful lighting composition for everyday to a festive and extravagant party atmosphere for extroverted events. This is important as the house is now a public building celebrating the importance of architecture in society. Throughout the year the architecture society organizes many different types of events ranging from lectures, exhibitions, seminars to political discussions and debates. It is also the administration offices for the architects of Saxony
A central idea of the lighting concept was to create different types of lighting scenarios and atmospheres so that one can use the house and garden to demonstrate the importance of lighting in the enjoyment and discovery of space at night. We were also responsible for the modernization and renovation of the garden seating areas walkways footpaths and terraces.
One will be able to discuss light and its beauty with colleagues, architects and landscape architects, students and clients while taking a stroll around the house and the beautiful garden at different times of the year.



Dresden, 15. November 2012

Am Freitag, 16. November 2012 wird anlässlich der 51. Vertreterversammlung der Architektenkammer Sachsen im HAUS DER ARCHITEKTEN eine neue Außenbeleuchtung einschließlich einer Umgestaltung des Gartens präsentiert und eingeweiht. Mit Unterstützung der Hess AG wurde im Jubiläumsjahr der Kammer 2011 eine temporäre Beleuchtung geschaffen und jetzt in eine feste Dauerinstallation überführt, die die Architekturen von Haus und Garten in Szene setzt.

Die Mitglieder von Stiftungsrat und Stiftungsvorstand der Stiftung Sächsischer Architekten präsentieren die Resultate des Projektes "HAUS DER ARCHITEKTEN – Garten und Licht" und laden auch die Medienvertreter ab 17:00 Uhr herzlich dazu und zu einem anschließenden Stehempfang in das HAUS DER ARCHITEKTEN, Goetheallee 37, Dresden ein.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Marén Schober
Architektenkammer Sachsen
Tel. 0351/31746-35
Fax. 0351/31746-30

Monday, November 12, 2012

Kurt Vonnegut - Birthday greetings from Ruairí O'Brien

My Birthday greetings for Kurt Vonnegut, born 11.11.1922 !

And as a small gift or gesture I am publishing as preview a drawing depicting a small section of the Vonnegut information sculpture I have designed for the Slaughterhouse in Dresden where Vonnegut was held as prisoner of war. It was here that he experienced the destruction of Dresden. The work will be installed on the wall in the basement where the prisoners of war were housed. The historical building is today the Trade fair center in Dresden.

The work will be presented to the public on the 13. febuary 2013 a very special day in the city of Dresden which is used each year to discuss the futility of war.