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Bizarre Yugoslavian Monuments From a Bygone Era

Wednesday 07.30.2014 , Posted by
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There was a period in the 1960s and 70s when large sculptures were created all over the Republic of Yugoslavia to commemorate the battles of WWII. Now, with the fall of the U.S.S.R and the breakup of Yugoslavia, the monuments have lost some significance and seem from another planet. [Read more...]

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Stunning Moths and Butterflies Made with Textiles

Tuesday 07.22.2014 , Posted by
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North Carolina-based artist Yumi Okita is creating stunning textile versions of butterflies and moths that are nearly realistic enough to fool the eye. She uses a combination of fabric, fake fur, embroidery thread, fabric paint, wire and feathers on her soft sculptures – many of which measure a full foot from wingtip to wingtip. [Read more...]

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Step Inside a Human-Sized Kaleidoscope

Monday 07.21.2014 , Posted by
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The 2013 Kobe Biennale featured an Art Container Contest, challenging entrants to build something spectacular within the confines of the standard shipping container. Designers Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki created something that enlarged that ‘confined’ space to one that was nearly infinite – a kaleidoscope large enough to step inside. [Read more...]

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It’s Not Taxidermy! It’s Awesome Avian Paper Craft Art

Friday 07.18.2014 , Posted by
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Colombian artist Diana Beltran Herrera transforms colored paper into realistic-looking life-sized birds. She creates the paper sculptures by hand based off of photographs that she has re-sized. With incredible attention to detail, her sculptures look exactly like taxidermy. She has created numerous species for Longwood Gardens, a botanical garden in Pennsylvania, several birds of Florida for The Cornell Fine Arts Museum, as well as exotic birds and state birds for the least populous states. [Read more...]

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Are They Real? Delicate Fairy Sculptures Made from Wire

Friday 07.18.2014 , Posted by
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UK sculptor Robin Wight is creating a magical world with wire. In dramatic lighting, his spirited fairies hold dandelions as they blow away and soar through the air. They look almost real – if you believe, that is. [Read more...]

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Hanging Celebrity Portraits Made From…

Tuesday 07.15.2014 , Posted by
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Sometimes clouds look so solid you could reach out and touch them, but any attempt would reveal that they are made from tiny water droplets. The celebrity portraits of artist Augusto Esquivel are much the same, but instead of water, he uses buttons. [Read more...]

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This Cumulus Accumulates: Designers Create Cloud Made From Over 53,000 Pieces of Trash

Tuesday 07.15.2014 , Posted by
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New York-based architects and designers STUDIO KCA take trash to high places with their massive installation, Head in the Clouds. Assembled with 53,780 plastic jugs and bottles loosely strung together around an aluminum frame, Head in the Clouds creates a dreamy, billowing structure complete with an airy interior pavilion accommodating fifty people. [Read more...]

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Animal Sculptures Disintegrating Into Thin Air

Monday 07.14.2014 , Posted by
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Japanese artist Tomohiro Inaba creates sculptures that look as if they are disintegrating into the ether. In one example, we encounter a grazing deer. It’s lowered head and firmly planted front feet are perfectly represented, but moving further back on its frame, it quickly transforms into a chaotic tangle of wire… then thins to one wire… then nothing. Like many of his sculptures, this example bridges a realm between reality and abstract, while creating a vision that is at once beautiful and unnerving. [Read more...]

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A Secret Sculpture Garden on Isreal’s Sea of Galilee

Tuesday 07.08.2014 , Posted by
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The Sea of Galilee in Israel is world famous for stories about Jesus and his disciples from 2000 years ago. Also known as Lake Kineret, it is a beautiful part of Isreal and provides 35% of the countries potable water. On the Eastern shore of the lake, there is a large Kibbutz community that was established in 1937. It is called Ein Gev and out of the 273 existing Kibbutz communities in Israel, it is one of the most famous. [Read more...]

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Take a Bite of These Awesome Watermelon Carvings

Monday 07.07.2014 , Posted by
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There’s nothing quite like eating a juicy watermelon on a hot summer day (and one slice is never enough), but artist Clive Cooper is doing far more than savoring the flavor. He’s carving impressive creatures and characters into the sizable green and pink melons – from creepy goblins and ferocious dinosaurs, to the bears native to his home in Vancouver, BC. [Read more...]

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