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Nature Melts with Color: Herb Williams’ Crayon Sculptures

Saturday 03.08.2014 , Posted by
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According to artist Herb Williams, “Crayons are a gateway drug”… and perhaps that’s why he’s one of the only independent buyers in the world who maintains an account with Crayola. He melds the colorful wax sticks into fantastically large sculptures, buying each of the plethora of colors in packs of 3000. After cutting each stick down to size, he wraps them around pre-built forms and sometimes melts them down to form one solid mass. His sculptures occasionally use hundreds of thousands of pieces to complete. They are at once unusually bizarre and familiarly nostalgic. Just get a whiff of that Crayola smell! [Read more...]

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Heading to SXSW? Check Out Column Five’s Unreal Paper Craft Animation

Friday 03.07.2014 , Posted by
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The crafty people at Column Five now have offices in California and New York, so what better way to announce their country spanning convergence on SXSW this week than this stellar paper craft animation? Whether you prefer mustard covered hot dogs, fresh zesty tacos or a juicy rack of ribs, the short animation will keep your eyes well pleased and your stomach… well… fiber filled. It’s paper after all. [Read more...]

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These Two Artists Are Living Together in a Gigantic Hamster Wheel

Wednesday 03.05.2014 , Posted by
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If you thought sharing a small apartment was difficult, imagine being these two artists sharing a gigantic hamster wheel. Taking the challenges of co-habitation to a new level, Ward Shelley and Alex Schweder have taken up residence for 10 days on a giant 25 foot wheel furnished mostly with orange and red Ikea furniture… that matches their hip orange and red jumpsuits. Shelley is living inside at the bottom, because he’s afraid of heights, and Schweder is living outside on the top, some 30 feet off the ground. The piece is called In Orbit. [Read more...]

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Mini Museum Makes History Portable

Thursday 02.27.2014 , Posted by
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In my wildest dreams, my home would be filled with amazing relics from our planet’s history. My shelves would be filled with things like dinosaur fossils and lunar rocks, constant inspiration in every room.

So that may never happen. But now I can have small pieces of those extraordinary things in one portable little display. [Read more...]

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Stark White Animal Sculptures Contrast With Nature

Wednesday 02.26.2014 , Posted by
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In a stark white blend of digital and analogue, Ben Foster creates computer-like, faceted sculptures that live not on the screen, but in the physical world. From a howling dog, to a graceful horse and a seal, Foster welds his animal themed works from flat plates of metal, smoothing their seams and painting them bright white to reflect the changing gradations of daylight on each surface. [Read more...]

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Brick Sculptures Built Piece by Piece

Tuesday 02.25.2014 , Posted by
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When you think of bricks, you’re probably thinking of LEGOs or house building materials, but probably not a medium for making sculptures. Brad Spencer is setting the record straight, using the red earthen blocks to create sculptures in a method he says dates back to the ancient Babylonians. The use of this common building material makes his pieces highly unusual, while the results play tricks with the eyes. [Read more...]

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Tired of Boring Selfies? This App Lets You Create a Pixelated 3D Printed Avatar of Yourself

Friday 02.21.2014 , Posted by
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It used to be good enough to take a selfie and pop it up on Instagram, but no longer: two French creative whizzes have created LEBLOX, a soon to be released app that will let you create a 3D printed, pixelated version of yourself. Let the 8-bit frenzy begin. [Read more...]

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Rediscovered Land Art in Egypt: The Beautiful Geometry of Desert Breath

Sunday 02.16.2014 , Posted by
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Viewed from above, the Land Art project Desert Breath looks too perfect to be real. The two spiraling arms of positive and negative conical forms create a surreal scene upon the Egyptian desert floor, echoing the forms of nature found in plants, water and the very shape of our galaxy. Coming down to earth, the view only becomes slightly more believable. The features are gigantic: the outside cones towering taller than a human, and the shimmering center pool spanning almost 100 feet. [Read more...]

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Is this Infinite Traffic, or A Celebration of American Iron?

Thursday 02.13.2014 , Posted by
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A literally endless stream of Matchbox and Hotwheels toy cars threads its way through the air, looping around a möbius strip that forms the symbol for infinity. The work is part of artist Chambliss Giobbi’s new exhibition American Iron, a show that explores the “inventiveness, expanse, and ultimate collapse” of a uniquely American culture. [Read more...]

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Sew Your Own Home: Do Ho Suh Creates Ghostly Buildings Out of Transparent Fabric

Tuesday 02.11.2014 , Posted by
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For more than a decade Korean artist Do Ho Suh has been sewing homes. Yes, sewing. He employs silk and nylon to create ethereal copies of buildings – including homes he has lived in – carefully constructed to exact measurements of the real-life place. To see one in person is an overwhelming experience, leaving you impressed by scale, color and a superhuman ability to see through buildings. [Read more...]

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