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Intertwined Scrap Wood Becomes Tree Columns

Thursday 07.25.2013 , Posted by

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Sao Paulo artist Henrique Oliveira makes fierce installation art using scrap wood from the streets of Brazil. At first he would take peeling pieces from the plywood barriers around the city, with weather damage that were falling apart, using them as canvas for paintings, but soon he realized that the flexible nature of the medium could be used to make unimaginable installations. He begins with a plywood skeleton (which he buys) and then uses his salvaged plywood to give texture and color to the structure. For his latest installation in Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Oliveira made it seem as if the columns of the building were growing intertwined tree roots. [Read more...]

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Counting Sheep In Technicolor

Monday 07.22.2013 , Posted by

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Why do the most creative ideas come at night? Much of the psychology on the topic explains that parts of your brain responsible for processing new information will relax, allowing the more mysterious parts of your brain to run wild.  [Read more...]

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Baa Baa Black Sheep- Have You Any Phones?

Sunday 07.14.2013 , Posted by

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Remember back when people actually used their landlines because we didn’t have direct access to them at all times via cellular service? Go back a little further before cordless phones with buttons to that obnoxious rotary phone- where you had to wait for the wheel to return before dialing the next number and if you mis-dialed a number you had to start all over again- not to mention the tangling cords and obnoxiously small radius that tied you down to one spot. Other than reminiscing, and antique collections, there is not much use for the phones that once existed in every first world household. Jean-Luc Cornec came up with an amazing way to recycle these phones by turning them into a flock of sheep! [Read more...]

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Astounding Sculptures Growing in Montréal

Friday 07.12.2013 , Posted by

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It’s an art festival that will delight gardeners, sculptors and the public alike – the Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal is a massive international mosaiculture competition taking place in Montréal, Canada. The exhibition, which opened June 22 and runs through September 29, features an astounding 22,000 plant species and cultivars spread through 10 greenhouses and 30 themed gardens… all carefully arranged to form living sculptures like a convincingly fluffy dog made of grass, to an unbelievably lush Spirit in the Woods. [Read more...]

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Surreal Glowing Photography Lightbox Installations

Friday 07.12.2013 , Posted by

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Remember playing with Lite Brite when you were a kid, poking holes through the black paper with colored pins to create dinosaurs and sailboats? Swiss artist Daniele Buetti takes that concept to a whole new level with these beautiful installations. For a series called “Hands”, he beautifully photographed fists and fingers with surreal tints on a black background, then placed the photograph on an aluminium light box. He punctured thousands of holes through the image so that it appears the hands are impossibly holding on to light. See more images from this series on Bizarre Beyond Belief. [Read more...]

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Real Fiat 500s Crushed Into 2D Art

Monday 07.01.2013 , Posted by

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You know how when you find a flower, you can press it between the pages of a book to make it last forever? Israeli artist and designer Ron Arad (currently based in the UK) does that with actual Fiat 500 cars! Six of his crushed cars have been installed in the Holon Design Museum (which Ron Arad designed with Bruno Asa) in Tel Aviv for an exhibition called “In Reverse”. The exhibit commemorates 30 years of Arad’s metal work, which includes sculpture and furniture. The 2 dimensional Fiat 500’s are mounted to the walls of the gallery like paintings. [Read more...]

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Rain Room- Surround Yourself With Rain & Stay Dry

Monday 06.24.2013 , Posted by

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There is something so refreshing and magical about rain- especially when you can be surrounded by it without getting wet! And in Random International’s incredible Rain Room, you can do just that- no umbrella required! If you live in New York City or plan on being there before July 28th, 2013, then you should definitely head over to the MoMA to see this amazing exhibit in a 300 ft² room. In the Rain Room, a field of falling water is constantly flowing, but stops wherever its digital sensors detect a human body, giving the sense that an individual can control the rain. Random International has been experimenting with audience-interactive digital practices for quite some time, but this is their largest and most impressive project yet. [Read more...]

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1,000,000 Bones Come to DC to Represent Genocide

Friday 06.14.2013 , Posted by

The One Million Bones installation on the National Mall in Washington DC, USA.

Throughout human history there have been atrocities – occurrences that are hard to retell, but need to be. In just the past 100 years there have been genocides in countries such as Guatemala, Sudan, Burma and Somalia. And while the perpetrators of the killings sometimes come to justice, sometimes they do not. After millions of people have died innocently, that simply is not acceptable in the world of today. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #450 > Imaginatively Intricate Installations

Thursday 06.06.2013 , Posted by

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Massive Handmade Cloud Leopard Paper Cut Sculpture

Thursday 05.30.2013 , Posted by

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Using one single- rather large- piece of black paper, Japanese artist Nahoko Kojima of Solo Kojima hand cut an unbelievably intricate cloud leopard sculpture. The cutting process took five months and it was assembled by securing it in the air by fishing wire hung from the ceiling. The Crafts Council chose Kojima among just nine other international artists to display work in the Project Space at the Saatchi Gallery in the UK earlier this month. Before that, in February, the piece was assembled at Le Beffroi in Paris.
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