3D Street Art Made From Recycled Trash

In Portugal’s capital city, a local artist is using garbage to make people think. Arturo “Bordalo II” uses discarded auto parts, scrap metal, and garbage to create colorful, larger-than-life 3D murals of animals. The animals represent the habitats humans have destroyed in their accumulation and discarding of stuff. He wants to raise the awareness of the way humans are destroying the environment and polluting the Earth. Bordalo II creates animals that have suffered a loss due to destruction by humans.

Hyperrealistic Stone Sculptures of Everyday Objects

Traditionally hyperrealism is done with oil paint. Shiny cans, shoes, fruit, junk food, etc. that look like they could be held in your hand are painted on a 2D canvas. But Robin Antar just took hyperrealism up a notch. He has been working with stone for nearly 40 years and has found a way to replicate everyday objects in STONE! For his series, Realism in Stone, he carves the stone into the shapes of condiment bottles, cookies, paper bags, toothpaste, and other things then paints them to look just like real life!

Anish Kapoor Creates an Ominous Whirlpool That Never Stops Draining

In the center of the old wooden floor of this former movie theater turned art space in San Gimignano, Italy, a dark pool of water spins in a perpetual whirlpool. Frothing like a raging sea, the unnerving sight drains into the floor and out of sight, lending viewers an uneasy feeling about what could be “down there.” The piece, called Decension, is the latest from British/Indian artist and designer Anish Kapoor, and follows on another in the series installed earlier this year at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India.

Pneumàtic: Tire Sculptures Seem to Dissolve Into the Sidewalk

Artists Octavi Serra, Iago Buceta, and Mateu Targa have collaborated on a series of sculptures featuring salvaged car tires that seem to disappear into walls and sidewalks. The trio of artists have made works that play with our mind and our understanding that tires are hugely tough. It makes it almost impossible to comprehend that these aren’t actually sinking into the concrete or brickwork on the streets they inhabit.

In fact, to create each piece, the artists used grinding tools to slice the tire, then placed it back in its natural urban environment to amuse.

Delicate Leaves Transformed Into Beautiful Bowls

It’s hard to create things more beautiful than the things nature creates on its own. The radiance and uniqueness of gorgeous flowers. The twisting branches of a tree. The intricate veins of a leaf. Every feature helping the organism to survive, yet unbelievably gorgeous to the eye. The veins of a leaf, remarkably similar to the veins that run through our bodies, allowing the life force of oxygen to be delivered to every cell. Japanese American artist Kay Sekimachi uses the natural beauty of tree leaves to create stunning bowls that so delicately remind us of the elegance that surrounds us in nature. With Japannese paper, Krylon coating, and water color, she gives the fragile leaves strength.

A Gigantic 3D-Printed Zoetrope Based on Ruben’s Gruesome Painting, ‘Massacre of the Innocents’

British artist Mat Collishaw (previously) has built a huge 3D-printed zeotrope called All Things Fall. The highly detailed circular sculpture is populated by 350 different figures, environmental elements and architectural pieces which animate when the carousel is spun in front of a synchronised strobe light. In motion, a shockingly grisly scene is revealed.

Fantastic Cardboard Sculptures by Devin Drake

Today is Arbor Day, and while the celebration and preservation of trees doesn’t always jive with tree-based cardboard products, we bring you these clever creations from cardboard sculptor Devin Drake to highlight one specific thing: recycling. From a pair of sneakers almost realistic enough to slip on, to an astronauts helmet you actually can wear, Drake creates art from cardboard that would have been wastefully discarded – and that is a very tree-friendly idea.

Fanciful Nature-Filled Pop-Up Art From Bozka

Polish artist and illustrator Bozena Rydlewska, aka Bozka, creates fanciful scenes inspired by the diverse flora and fauna of the natural world. Long a maker of ornate prints, she is now translating her 2D work into delightfully explorable 3D pop-ups. Although her works pays tribute to the nature illustrators of old, her’s is a world that doesn’t play strictly by the rules.

Pat Acton Builds LOTR’s City of Minas Tirith Out of Matchsticks

With one of the most imaginative minds, J.R.R. Tolkien created the city of Minas Tirith for The Lord of the Rings. Now artist Pat Acton has created a model of this intricate city for Matchstick Marvels Studio. The ambitious project took 420,000 matchsticks placed just right and now resides at the Matchstick Marvels Museum in Gladbrook, Iowa. Acton has been working with matchsticks since the late 70’s; his first model a simple, small model of a country church. Since then he has transformed 4 million wooden matchsticks into 65 impressively detailed models of famous architecture, art, and complex machines.

Utterly Fantastic 3D Printed Shoes by Zaha Hadid, Ben van Berkel and Others for United Nude

For Milan 2015 footwear brand United Nude enlisted the help of 5 world famous architects and designers in creating a collection of absolutely out-of-this-world shoes. Each high-altitude design was 3D printed in colored plastic on a sPro 60 from 3D Systems. Each took about 24 hours to complete.