Expanded life is the brainchild of Israeli Architect & Designer friend of mine – Israel Yaniv. The idea came to him in his sleep while dreaming about expanded metal meshes… those being used for reinforcement of plaster or for the cladding of buildings (An architects dream – go figure). It took him 3 years to translate that dream of a mesh world into the first small expanded life creatures you’ll see here. I was completely fascinated by these little buggers and the process of making them, which references traditional crafts such as the anatomy pop-up books that first appeared in the 14th century and Japanese Kirigami (a variation of Origami) while leveraging advanced technology in manipulating metal – taking a 2d cleverly cutted out shape and manually expanding it to LIFE!
Italian Architect and Illustrator Federico Babina amazes me with this fantastic set of 2d elevation drawings of buildings inspired by iconic works from artists like Piet Mondrian, Richard Serra, Andy Warhol, Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein and more totaling 27 such drawings.