Laser Cut Sculptures In Motion Show The Endless Fun That Playing With Them Brings

Stanford professor John Edmark has turned his brilliant mathematical sculptures into stop motion films to show their playful movements. A lecturer in the design program of the Department of Art & Art History, Edmark’s laser-cut sculptures are as fascinating to play with as they are to look at. Intricate details bring these thoughtful illusions to life and the videos below will make you wish you had one of your own to tinker with.

Frozen Sand Sculpted by Strong Winds on Lake Michigan

Last week, photographer Joshua Nowicki was visiting St. Joseph on the shores of Lake Michigan when he spotted something very odd. Spread out on the beach were hundreds of small towers of sand, each about a foot tall. The tiny formations were created by a combination of freezing temperatures and very high winds (sometimes gusting to around 50 mph). Little by little the frozen sand eroded the beach around it, flowing like a river to form the beautiful canyon-like scene Nowicki captured with his camera.

A Former Monk is Building this Giant Cathedral from Junk. He’s Been Working 52 Years.

In 1963 Justo Gallego Martinez began construction on the foundation for a grand cathedral in Mejorada del Campo, just outside of Madrid. Though he started with no architecture or construction training, the former monk has spent almost every day building his dream. Now 52 years later, his building towers 131 feet into the sky, far above the apartment buildings that surround it.

Deep, Dark Forests Sculpted from Cardboard

Sculptor Eva Jospin makes art that completes a circle. She creates dense, dark forests out a material which they ultimately produce – sheets of cardboard. Cutting, layering and gluing the waste product into scenes with surprising depth, one could almost imagine taking a wander amongst their dark trunks, roots and leaves.

There’s an “International Car Church” in Nevada

Deep in the middle of Nevada there’s a church. This isn’t your everyday church though. In fact, it’s full of Cadillacs, Buicks and Dodges. Welcome to the International Car Forest of the Last Church, located in the old mining town of Goldfield. Created by Mark Ripple and artist Chad Sorg, the “car forest” boasts more than 40 vehicles of all shapes and sizes. Many are buried nose first in the desert.

Bizarre Sculptures Rotate The Face 360 Degrees

Italian artist Gianluca Traina creates bizarre sculptures with the form of the human head. The image of the face, however, is rotated far off center. Her series, entitled “Portrait 360” uses a combination of 2D and 3D work to realize sculpture that is difficult to clearly identify – but that’s just the point.

A Gigantic Sculpture Cast from the Trunk of a 140-Year-Old Hemlock Tree

Seattle-based artist John Grade has created a sculpture precisely shaped from the living trunk of a 140-year-old Western Hemlock tree growing in North Bend, Washington. Built from a latticework comprised of hundreds of thousands of salvaged old-growth cedar blocks, the story behind its construction (and ultimate fate) is almost as beautiful as its light-filled form.

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.

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.

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.