Endless Mirrors Take Us To Infinity And Beyond

Mirror mirror on the wall… and the ceiling… and the floor. South Korean artist Lee Bul‘s faceted installation Via Negativa II keeps us looking in every direction. Currently showing at Lehmann Maupin gallery in New York, the interactive installation comprises of a series of passages whose interiors are covered entirely in infinity mirrors. This Pandora’s box of dizzying multidimensional perception upends conventional understandings of space and distance, providing “an intense and disorienting experience that disrupts the viewer’s perceptual and cognitive bearings,” according to the gallery’s statement.

12 Creative and Colorful Staircases Around The World

Around the world, there are millions of cities, towns and villages that require staircases for people to move from place to place. While most staircases are simply confined to their plain and gray concrete substance, some staircases have been “touched up” a bit. With the help from some gifted artists, the otherwise easy to overlook pieces of urban scenery are converted into wonderful works of art that bless the pedestrians that walk on them.

These Animated Paper Dioramas Are A Cut Above The Rest

In their intricate scenes, artist duo Davy and Kristin McGuire take the diorama way beyond the confines of the elementary school classroom. The artists layer lighting, animation, sound, and digital projection mapping on paper installations, combining papercrafting, sculpture, set design, theatre, and storytelling to bring an eerie miniature world to life. 

All the World’s a Stage in these Cardboard Rooms

Art duo Dosshaus is creating a world that is fiber and substance filled, building highly theatrical rooms out of painted cardboard. The black & white monochromatic spaces they make are fascinating studies in the aesthetics of the past. Do they inspire thoughts of Parisian rooftop apartments filled with wild bohemians imbibing absinth in pursuit of the next creative spark? Maybe it’s a passionate writer furiously hitting at typewriter keys while drinking down a whiskey. Either way, it’s a fantastic place to be.

Embrace: A Large-Scale Sculpture for Burning Man 2014

It’s less than four months until people from all around the planet gather together for Burning Man; and the artists bringing installations to the gathering are busy fundraising and building their creations for all to enjoy. The Pier Group, the artist collective which brought their namesake art installations The Pier and The Pier 2 in 2011 and 2012, are once again bringing an amazing large-scale sculpture to the gathering. Called “Embrace,” it is a 72ft tall wooden structure featuring two humans embracing to symbolize all of the relationships that are made during the week long event.

Suspended Fields of Flowers from Rebecca Louise Law

East London floral artist Rebecca Louise Law is elevating the art form with her sublime arrangements of floating flowers. Her site specific works see fields of hundreds or thousands of flowers, wild or cultivated, suspended high above the floor on nearly invisible threads. Her work fills the sky with color, inviting visitors to looks up and interact in a unique experience that combines nature and architecture.

Two of Your Favorite Aliens Together In One Art Piece

The two most beloved aliens in sci-fi history, E.T. and Yoda, join forces in this beautiful installation piece by Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins. Modeled after Michelangelo’s Pieta, the Canadian artists call their version PiETa. As E.T. heals Yoda with his magic glowing finger, the piece represents unity among everyone in the universe, religious differences and planets of origin aside. The duo has practiced sculpture, installation and media art in Toronto since 2000.

Change Your Perception: You’ll Never Guess What’s Inside This Infinity Box

Although all of these pictures are pretty rad, they can’t even come close to what experiencing one of Matt Elson’s Infintiy Boxes is like. An amazing, interactive, human experience, sticking your head into one of the boxes reveals a playful world that is guaranteed to make you smile as you attempt to comprehend how on Earth you are seeing what is before you. By skillfully placing mirrors inside of the boxes, Elson composes unique illusions that play tricks on your perceptions. I was first introduced to the infinity boxes at Burning Man by the incredible, bouncy, beaming Vito Neo Reargo, who enthusiastically shared his experience with me.

A Globe Made Out of Hand-Painted Matchsticks Shows the Earth When Hurricane Sandy Struck

From afar, this globe looks like any other, but upon closer examination you can see that the surface is made up of thousands of matchsticks! NYC based artist Andy Yoder spent 2 years recreating the satellite images of the Earth during Hurricane Sandy. He hand-painted each of the matchsticks to achieve the perfect pigment, then glued them one-by one to a frame made of foam and cardboard inside a plywood skeleton. Don’t get pyro-happy from all the matches though, Yoder’s last step was to coat the entire globe in flame retardant, so this work will never go up in flames.

This Camera Cafe Is One Big Shot

If you love cameras, coffee, copycat architecture, or some combination thereof, then The Dreamy Camera Cafe is the place for you. Located sixty miles east of Seoul, South Korea, the eccentric building imitates a vintage Rolleiflex and contains a camera museum as well as a fully-functioning coffeehouse.