Data + Design Project

Beautiful Mechanisms with One Purpose: To Hold Themselves Up

Tuesday 07.01.2014 , Posted by
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Dan Grayber creates beautifully mechanical sculptures with only one purpose: to hold themselves up. While that may seem like a simple task, he often builds cement weights into his pieces, challenging himself to design systems to keep them suspended inside glass domes or cases using only the forces they exert on the smooth interior walls. [Read more...]

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Incredibly Realistic Interiors Carved into Marble & Stone

Monday 06.30.2014 , Posted by
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With a degree in Art History, specializing in art and architecture, Matthew Simmonds is in a small group of people who actually used their college degree for their job. His studies led him to train as an architectural stone carver and worked with teams in the restoration of famous historic buildings like the Westminster Abbey and Ely Cathedral in England. In 1996, after he moved to Italy, Simmonds began carving classical fine arts sculptures in marble and just 3 years later won first prize at the Verona International Sculpture Symposium. Simmonds’ miniature architectural carvings are as beautiful as their full sized counterparts. The meticulous details on such a small scale are even more impressive. The rough edges of the original stone slabs contrast with his clean carvings in a beautiful way. [Read more...]

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Banksy’s Iconic Work Remixed with LEGO

Tuesday 06.24.2014 , Posted by
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More than any other street artist, the work of the mysterious Banksy has infiltrated our culture, spinning off tributes, from animated GIFs of his wall-based work to real-life reenactments of his characters. Photographer Jeff Friesen’s tribute to the artist is small on scale, but big on creativity. He’s been using his daughter June’s extensive LEGO collection to remake and remix a large number of Banksy’s work in miniature – and it’s fantastic stuff. [Read more...]

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Sculptures Created with the Help of Bees

Thursday 06.19.2014 , Posted by
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Chinese artist Ren Ri is creating sculptures in collaboration with bees. He’s given up control of the final creative process, using chance and the bee’s innate industriousness to create a series of pieces based on the wax cells of the honeycomb. [Read more...]

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Creating Sea-Inspired Sculptures from Beach Trash

Thursday 06.19.2014 , Posted by
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What do you do with 11 tons of beach debris on the Pacific coast? You make it into art! Oregon based artist and teacher Angela Haseltine Pozzi created a project called “Washed Ashore” aimed at raising awareness about plastic pollution and marine debris. Pozzi, like other members of her community in Bandon, Oregon were continually shocked at the amount of trash that would wash up on their beautiful coastlines. Inspired to take steps toward solving the problem, she rallied together concerned citizens to not just clean up the beach trash, but to create from it. [Read more...]

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The Desert Wizards Need Your Help to Bring an Astronomical Observatory to Burning Man

Wednesday 06.18.2014 , Posted by
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A group of scientists, engineers, and space geeks, better known as The Desert Wizards of Mars on the Playa, are hoping to bring a full size astronomical observatory to Burning Man this year. At last year’s burn, the Desert Wizards could be found riding their Mars Rover Art Car ‘Dustiny’ which broadcast live footage of the burn over the internet for all to see. This year they want to bring the Black Rock Observatory- a planetarium without a ceiling- using a giant Newtonian telescope (9 feet tall, 20 inches in diameter) which will “provide views that will expand minds, widen perspectives and open consciousness.” Viewers will see the Rings of Saturn and 5 of its moons, polar ice caps on Mars, the Galilean Moons of Jupiter, and faint galaxies too dim for the naked eye. [Read more...]

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Everyday Objects Transformed into Whimsical Characters

Tuesday 06.17.2014 , Posted by
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If everywhere you look there are faces staring back, you’re not alone. For the past 10 years French artist Gilbert Legrand has been finding the hidden characters in everyday objects and revealing them with paint. His whimsical vision sees all sorts of household objects become things they were not: a coat hanger becomes a mouse sporting shoes; a paintbrush transforms into a teen with an attitude (and a wicked hairdo); and the blades of some scissors get amorous. [Read more...]

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Meet the Tony Stark of Cardboard

Tuesday 06.17.2014 , Posted by
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Taiwanese student Kai-Xiang Xhong is a cardboard master. He’s been slicing up old boxes and building 3D sculptures that are strikingly realistic (well, besides being obviously made of brown cardboard). His Ironman suit is a prime example. Each detail of the fully articulated suit is reproduced faithfully, right down to the glowing chest plate… and of course, it’s completely recyclable. Beat that Tony Stark. [Read more...]

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Say Hello to Van Gogh’s Famously Severed Ear… Grown From DNA and Displayed as Art

Wednesday 06.11.2014 , Posted by
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This goes down as one of the more technically advanced pieces of art I’ve seen. A team of scientists in collaboration with German artist Diemut Strebe has grown an ear “identical” in shape to the one van Gogh famously severed during a psychotic episode in 1888… and it includes actual genetic information from the artist. [Read more...]

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Slice Into These Incredible Glass Artworks

Tuesday 06.10.2014 , Posted by
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The impressive artwork you see here employs an ancient 4000-year-old mideast glass technique called murrine. Using long rods of glass cane, intricate patterns can be built into a loaf like form, only revealing the hidden details when a slice is cut off. While you’ve probably seen the technique used in patterned glasswork at your local art gallery, you’ve never seen the astounding level of detail achieved in these reinterpreted paintings from Loren Stump. [Read more...]

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