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World’s Largest Gingerbread Village Goes Down in Holiday History

Monday 12.16.2013 , Posted by
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The holidays bring out many different types of spirit: the spirit of giving, the spirit of love, the spirits of whiskey and, most recently, the competitive spirit. Chef Jon Lovitch worked for a whole year (all while wearing a Santa hat I’m sure) to construct what is now officially “the world’s largest edible gingerbread village.” When the trusty guys from the Guinness Book of World Records stopped by, the 300-square foot village weighed in at a whopping 1.5 tons! [Read more...]

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Artist Cuts Exquisite Trees into Luxury Shopping Bags

Thursday 12.12.2013 , Posted by
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If there’s one living thing NOT excited about the holiday season, it has to be the tree. Think of all the wrapping paper, newspaper ad sections and piles of shopping bags! Japanese artist Yuken Teruya has been transforming that last item into something that recalls its living source. With impressive precision he cuts a two-part silhouette – the lower branches and trunk, and the leafy top – into the side of each bag. Then he carefully folds them down into the space inside, joining the two shapes together and finally rooting the base of the trunk with a single drop of glue. Looking inside, viewers are treated to a magically idillic scene, softly lit through the holes above. [Read more...]

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Disintegrating: Exploded Exotic Cars by Fabian Oefner

Wednesday 12.04.2013 , Posted by

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In the blink of an eye, the classic Mercedes stopped in front of you perfectly explodes into a million pieces, spraying mufflers, brake calipers and intake manifolds high into the air. At least that’s what it looks like is happening in Fabian Oefner’s surprising new series. We’re fond to Oefner’s visually stunning work, but usually it involves slinging paint around his immaculately clean studio, or at least playing with ferrofluid, magnets and water colors – this series is something completely new. And don’t worry, no classic cars were harmed in the making of these images – despite how real they look, these are actually tiny models. [Read more...]

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Sweet Architecture: Gingerbread Art Museums by Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves

Tuesday 12.03.2013 , Posted by

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If you look at the picture above, at first it appears to be a photograph of the famous Frank Lloyd Wright designed Guggenheim Museum… but look again. Is that a sprinkle of sugar on the side? Turns out it’s just one in a series of impressive gingerbread art museums created by food artists Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves for a display at Dylan’s Candy Bar during Art Basel Miami. And you thought you had gingerbread house skills! [Read more...]

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Stunning Hand-Carved Cave Cathedrals by Ra Paulette

Tuesday 12.03.2013 , Posted by

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With a keen sense of empty space and no drawings whatsoever, Ra Paulette has been excavating caves for the past 25 years. Using simple tools like shovels, a maddox, and more back and forth trips with a wheelbarrow than you can imagine, he turns caves into beautiful meditation spaces. Always working alone, the 67 year old visionary sculptor has completed 14 expansive caves so far. He never has a plan for what the finished product will look like, but never fails to impress when his visions come to life. [Read more...]

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Convincing Animal Sculptures Made from Old Junk

Sunday 12.01.2013 , Posted by

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Taking discarded junk and turning it into sculptures isn’t exactly new, but these fantastic sculptures from Edouard Martinet have something that most don’t: a striking resemblance to the animals they represent and a level of detail that only years of experience could create. Using vintage metal from old bicycles, electric fans, spatulas, and other discarded bits, he has created a surprisingly convincing body of work. [Read more...]

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Things That Make You Say Mmmmm: Food Art by Dan Cretu

Thursday 11.28.2013 , Posted by

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On a day dedicated to food, like Thanksgiving, we thought it would be fun to share with you this amazing collection of creative food art. Based in Romania, Dan Cretu transforms food into everyday objects like bicycles, cameras, boom boxes, and cassette players- ok once everyday objects- some now a little more obsolete. He photographs them within 4 hours of piecing them together, since his medium is not everlasting. Maybe it will inspire you to sculpt your mounds of stuffing and mashed potatoes into something clever. [Read more...]

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Repurposed ‘BaskeTREE’ Sculptures by Amy Santoferraro

Tuesday 11.26.2013 , Posted by

Repurposed ‘BaskeTREE’ Sculptures by Amy Santoferraro

Amy Santoferraro looks at a cheaply produced kitsch object and thinks, “Wow, that would make really great art.” After experiencing this sculpture I began to realize that I am being blinded to the true visual beauty of kitsch. Somehow, that same type of cheap plastic makes it’s way into my life and I end up resenting it, first, because its doesn’t look nice next to my iPod, and second, because I am going to have to put it in a landfill and feel bad about it. The color of that old easter basket is actually kind of nice… and the texture of that dish-sponge is incredible… and that fly-swatter! Amy Santoferraro removes the immediate functional connotations from everyday objects and reinvents them as playful landscape compositions in a series she calls ‘BaskeTREE.’ [Read more...]

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Chinese Artist Spends Four Years Creating the Worlds Longest Continuous Wood Sculpture

Wednesday 11.20.2013 , Posted by

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China has a long tradition of outstanding wood carving, a theme that continues on a large scale today. Chinese artist Zheng Chunhui recently unveiled a wood carving to top them all – literally – having just been named “the longest continuous wooden sculpture” by the Guinness Book of World Records on November 14th. Just how big is this behemoth piece? It measures in at some 40 feet in length (12.286 meters) and took Chunhui four years to complete starting from a whole tree. That’s a lot of chiseling. [Read more...]

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Part Engineering, Part Jewelry, Part Sculpture: Dukno Yoon’s Kinetic Wings Yearn to Fly

Friday 11.15.2013 , Posted by

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The mechanics of movement are explored in a series of works by Dukno Yoon, a Korean born artist who currently teaches metalsmithing and jewelry at Kansas State University. The body adornment pieces connect the kinetics of hand gestures to flying wings. Profoundly simple, the pieces celebrate the elegance of mechanics. [Read more...]

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