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euromaxx highlights

euromaxx highlights

In this highlights edition: The Holmenkollen Ski Jump, speed painter Franck Bouroullec, sculptor Tony Cragg, photographer Menno Aden and a winter trip to the German North Sea island Sylt.

The Holmenkollen Ski Jump
The spectacular Holmenkollen ski jump in Oslo, Norway was finished just in time for this year’s Nordic Ski Championships. Architect Julien de Smedt built on the site of the old ski jump used for the first World Ski Jump Championships back in 1892. The new jump is almost four meters taller than its predecessor.

Speed Painter Franck Bouroullec
Meet speed painter Franck Bouroullec who often creates his works in front of the public, producing a portrait in minutes. He likes doing things live and just to keep you wondering, he does his portraits upside down before turning the canvas right-side up. And he’s just finished doing something quite different - an 860-square-meter homage to Charlie Chaplin.

Sculptor Tony Cragg
With a retrospective of Turner Prize winner Cragg’s works on show in Duisburg in February, 2011, euromaxx looks at the career of one of Europe's most successful sculptors. Originally from Liverpool, Cragg is known for his use of unusual materials. He is dean of Düsseldorf's Kunstakademie (Academy of Arts). His retrospective at Duisburg's Museum Küpper includes 60 sculptures.

Photographer Menno Aden
Aden takes pictures of rooms that makes it look like he's shooting from the ceiling. The Berlin photographer uses a monopod and takes pictures of the same room from various angles and then re-works them on his computer. His projects include doctors' offices, elevators, and cars from above-ground rail systems. In 2009 he won the European Award of Architectural Photography.

German North Sea Island Sylt
We visit the picturesque German island of Sylt located in the North Sea – one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. It has 40 kilometers of beach and coastal sand dunes. The Wadden Sea (Wattenmeer) is a vast expanse of mud flats rich in wildlife. In June 2009 it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.