World Renowned Pumpkin Carver Is Just As Talented At Sand Sculptures

Previously featured for the world’s largest pumpkin carving, Ray Villafane has sculpting talents in more than just the gourd field. Using wet, compressed sand, Villafane chips away to create larger than life characters and scenes. Although his first attempt at sand sculpting was only seven years ago (last featured image) it looked like he had been doing this for centuries. His second sand sculpture was the Dante’s Inferno piece and it came in the form of a 10 day challenge, but of course he delivered results that inspired awe in Jesolo, Italy.

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Downright Creepy Ceramics from Israeli Artist Ronit Baranga

Some people get nervous about eating unusual foods, but it’s not often anyone gets creeped out by their dinnerware. Israeli ceramicist Ronit Baranga creates the kind of work which can elicit exactly that reaction. Her works feature open mouths and grasping fingers jutting out of classic plates, tea cups and platters. It’s enough to make anyone think twice.

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Circular Paper Cut Scenes from Nermin Er

Turkish artist Nermin Er cuts circular silhouettes into flat sheets of paper, layering each spherical scene into cinematografic worlds with beautiful depth. Many of her works see the land wrap around the sky, forming a bright focal point that centers on the sun or moon above. How appropriate then, that many are built as light boxes which gently illuminate each sheet of paper.

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5500 Light Bulbs: An Interactive Sculpture Lets You Change The Phases of the Moon

The last time we covered artists Caitlind R.C. Brown and Wayne Garrett, they were encouraging people to control the weather with their interactive installation called CLOUD. This time they’re letting you take control of something even more difficult to grasp: the phases of the moon.

Built from 5500 burned out light bulbs donated by the community, the duo installed ‘New Moon’ in Lexington, Kentucky, last February. On the wooden platform beneath the four arches supporting the orb was an ornate turnstyle. When intrigued passerby gave it a spin, they changed the phases of the moon above. Surprising and delightful.

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No-Frizz Flora and Fauna: Gorgeous Nature-Inspired Headdresses by Takaya

The models below are most certainly having a good hair day—with a little help from Japanese floral artist Takaya. Using fresh-cut blooms, berries, leaves, and even stuffed birds, Takaya crafts monumental wearable sculptures that are sure to turn heads.

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Stunning Geometric Textures Carved Into Plywood Using a CNC Machine

Using the precise cutting head of a CNC machine, artist Michael Anderson carves incredibly beautiful geometric patterns and textures into pieces of plywood. Each pass of the machine reveals the layers of Anderson’s source material, adding contour lines that emphasize the ups and downs of each design.

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Are They Breathing? Hyper-Realistic Sculptures of Warhol, Lincoln and Dali

Kyoto-based artist Kazuhiro Tsuji has been shocking people with his incredibly lifelike sculptures of famous people. His perfect bust of Abraham Lincoln looks so real you’d swear he traveled back to 1865 to capture a color photograph. The same goes for his likenesses of art legends Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali. While these sculptures may be new to you, you’ve probably seen Tsuji’s work before. He spent most of his career as a highly successful makeup artist in the film industry.

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Landscapes Dominated by the World’s Largest Statues

Around the world, people have built massive statues to symbolize the religious and political icons of their particular region. There are the Buddhas in Japan, Mao Zedong in China and Jesus Christ in Indonesia. Photographer Fabrice Fouillet traveled around the world documenting the largest examples and how they affect the surrounding landscapes. He shares via his artistic statement:

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Metal Figures Sculpted from Wire Fencing

Sculptor Edoardo Tresoldi is a bit of an alchemist. And while he may not be transforming base metals into gold itself, he does take normal industrial metal fencing and change it into something quite beautiful. Tresoldi delicately shapes the mesh into figures of the human form.

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Reclaimed Wood Transformed into Immersive Geometric Installations

Using discarded housing materials as her medium, Australian-American artist Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels creates large-scale geometric installations that you can climb inside. Predominantly made from the wood lathe found in old plaster walls, her work plays with the uniform structures of a crystal, repeating layered triangles that link together into a human enveloping whole.

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