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Light Art Installations Take Us to Infinity

Wednesday 12.10.2014 , Posted by
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Chul Hyun Ahn’s entrancing light art installations can take a viewer on a mesmerizing journey of contemplation as they seem to float through space. The installations are large and mysterious, creating a view similar to those in a science fiction movie where someone pushes the lever to go into hyperdrive. Ahn plays with the infinite in his works, which utilize light, color and mirrors to create a visual representation of infinite space. Look inside, and you will find no end in sight. [Read more…]

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An Italian Cathedral Made From Trees

Monday 12.08.2014 , Posted by
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A living place of worship, Italy’s Cattedrale Vegetale (or Tree Cathedral) is built entirely from natural materials. Artist Giuliano Mauri began the towering project in 2001, creating 42 columns that arc towards each other to form a leafy basilica and five grand aisles. To complete the piece, Mauri used 1,800 fir poles, 600 chestnut branches, and 6,000 meters of hazel branches that were joined together with nails and string. Hornbeam trees were planted inside each column and will eventually overtake the structure. Just before completion Mauri passed away in 2009, leaving his cathedral as a growing memorial and a quiet place of reflection for visitors. [Read more…]

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Gorgeous Video Game “Lumino City” Was Hand-Built from Paper, Not Pixels

Friday 12.05.2014 , Posted by
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Most video game developers spend their hours working with polygons on computer screens, but the team of developers at State of Play have been using mostly cardboard. Their unusually beautiful new release, called Lumino City, was entirely hand-built from cardboard, paper, string, LED lights and electric motors. The team then photographed and filmed the entire world, creating a delightfully crafty universe filled with paper textures. [Read more…]

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An Insanely Detailed Boeing 777 Airliner Made from Only Manilla Folders

Thursday 12.04.2014 , Posted by
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Ever since he was a junior in high school, San Francisco-based designer Luca Iaconi-Stewart has dreamed of owning a Boeing 777… only his will be made out of cut manilla folders. Most paper models are pretty simple, but Luca is creating something so complex it boggles the mind. The jets body opens to reveal what you’d expect – seating for business through coach replicated down to the tiniest detail. But that’s just the start of the realism. Landing gear retracts, pivots and has all the hydraulic pistons you’d see on the real thing. Jet engines have realistically shaped fan blades and transform for reverse thrust on landing. Unbelievably, that’s all on a model built to 1:60 scale. [Read more…]

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Inspired by the Big Bang, This Installation Is Gorgeous Times Infinity

Thursday 12.04.2014 , Posted by
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Japanese watch maker CITIZEN and Paris-based architecture firm DGT reimagine time pieces as art materials in their installation LIGHT is TIME. The duo suspended over 65,000 base plates–the foundation behind a standard watch face–to create a sparkling, golden galaxy. [Read more…]

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The Kelpies: Andy Scott’s 100-Foot-Tall Steel Horses in Central Scotland

Wednesday 12.03.2014 , Posted by
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If you drive down the motorway near Grangemouth in central Scotland, you’ll see a pair of sculptures that are impossible to miss. This October, after 8 years of planning, fabrication and assembly, Scottish artist Andy Scott completed his equestrian sculpture ‘The Kelpies.’ It is the both the largest work of art in Scotland, and “the largest equine sculptures in the world.” Andy Scott calls it “Equitecture.” [Read more…]

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Would You Wear It? Bacon Belts and Noodle Necklaces Made Like Japanese Food Samples

Monday 12.01.2014 , Posted by
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Walk into many Japanese eateries and you’ll see delicious food on display. It’s there to give you an idea of what’s on the menu, but don’t try to take a bite. The realistic food is completely fake. Food samples have been an iconic part of Japanese culinary culture for a long time, but now the artful creations are being turned into wearable jewelry and accessories. Would you wear it? [Read more…]

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Precisely Layered Ceramic Sculptures by Matthew Chambers

Monday 11.24.2014 , Posted by
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It takes an exceptionally talented hand to form something as precise as these concentric vessels, regardless of the material, but Matthew Chambers uses clay. His impeccably detailed orbs are formed from individual sections thrown on a potter’s wheel, then meticulously assembled into the sculptures that you see here. The meaning is left up to us, whether we want to see onion rings, or the layers of another dimension. [Read more…]

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Nuala O’Donovan Sculpts Nature’s Fractals In Porcelain By Hand

Tuesday 11.18.2014 , Posted by
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Inspired by coral, pinecones, and flowers, Nuala O’Donovan is fascinated with irregular/fractal patterns in nature. The Irish artist has found a way to mimic the fractal phenomena that create some of the most gorgeous sights in the natural world. She creates a pattern of which each element is individually made and slowly builds a form, that can take weeks or months. The final porcelain piece is so intricately beautiful and fascinating that it’s hard to believe it was made by human hands. [Read more…]

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Thomas Richner Built a Millennium Falcon from a Basement Full of Cardboard Boxes

Monday 11.17.2014 , Posted by
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…in a basement far, far away (well actually Columbus, Ohio), animation artist Thomas Richner had a big mess of boxes to clean up. He had two options: recycle them responsibly, or build a 5 foot long model of the Millennium Falcon. We’re sure glad they didn’t go to waste.

One hundred and forty hours later (and a whole lot of glue) the Star Wars model is complete, and so realistic it almost looks like a still from the movie when filmed in front of a green screen. Let’s take a trip through Richner’s process from humble start to hyperdrive finish. [Read more…]

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