Artist Thomas Medicus hand-painted 160 glass strips to create an anamorphic sculpture/painting which transforms from one image to another as it rotates. From fish to bird, machine to animal, the meticulously crafted piece only gives you a clear view of the painted images from 4 vantage points, leaving all others a jumble of miss-matched pieces. It’s truly special to behold.
There’s something innately humorous about inventing contraptions for fairies, and mixed-media artist Samantha Bryan will be the first to tell you. This charming stop-motion documentary, Desire to Fly, explores the artist’s preoccupation with imagining the activities and equipment required to be an upwardly mobile, hard working fairy – and in particular her fat bottomed variety. How would they make a living? What tools would they need?
I can’t think of cooler sculptures to give to a knitting aficionado, or anyone for that matter. Carol Milne does the unthinkable as she creates these fragile pieces that look like knitted glass. A long and complicated process that she created herself in 2006, Milne begins with a wax model, which is then surrounded by a refractory mold material (that can hold up in high temperatures). After the mold sets, she steams the wax out of the mold and replaces it with chunks of room temperature glass. The piece is then placed in a kiln and heated to 1400- 1600 degrees Fahrenheit, which melts the glass into the grooves formerly occupied by the wax. The glass is slowly cooled (can take weeks) to prevent cracking. When it is finished annealing, the mold is carefully picked away and voila!
With the length of almost 4 football fields (378 yards) in wire, sculptor Clive Maddison created the beautiful tree above. This particular model has over 17,000 loops in the canopy, and it is mounted on a piece of Sweet Chestnut. As with all of his tree models, there is no glue or solder involved. The sculptures stay put solely from the twists of each strand, making each one unique. Starting from the base, which is often a piece of wood that matches the type of tree he will be sculpting, Maddison twists his way up from roots to trunk to branches to leaves.
Oct, 12 2014
Mariele Neudecker creates fantastic sculptures inside large water filled aquariums. Using an intriguing combination of materials, including chemicals to create eerie atmospheric effects, her “Tank Works” invite viewers to move closer and explore the world within.
Her sculptures take their inspiration from romantic paintings and photographs, using lighting to create life-like sunbeams and dense fog around sculptures of mountains, trees and even a model sailing ship. Like the real world, the chemistry-based atmosphere in the tank has a life of its own, slowly changing over time to create new environments.
I’d like to say this Hulk sculpture is life-like, but we’re talking about a made-up superhero here. Let’s just say finding it down a dark alley would make you consider turning around…
Built by Thailand’s BanHunLek, the piece was built from scrap metal like most of the work from their shop. Pulling apart old rusting cars to salvage the metal bits is all in a day’s work. In the case of their latest Hulk sculpture (it’s not their first) the weathered surface just makes it much more tough. The most impressive part: look close, and it’s made almost entirely from nuts welded together.
The Warrior pose has never been more fitting than for Dan Abramson’s series of toy soldiers: Yoga Joes. Soon to be launched through Kickstarter, his hilarious toy soldiers have put down their weapons and are in the middle of a peaceful yoga session. Just what you need after combatting a long day.
These certainly aren’t your kid’s LEGOs. Famed brick building artist and author Mike Doyle is back with another book of LEGO-based art – this time with a decidedly spooky theme. With chapters titled Creepy Crawlers, Dark Towers, Indulgences, Evil Attunement, Pits of Fire, and even Riot Girls, the new book, called Beautiful LEGO 2: Dark, is decidedly lacking in fairy tale castles or race cars.
If you’ll humor me, I’d like to call these tiny dioramas “miniature miniatures.” Japanese artist Satoshi Araki’s teeny tiny models are rich in detail, so much in fact, that they look like reality when captured under his careful lighting. But then he puts his finger in the shot and their true scale is revealed. Impressive.