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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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Brilliant Refraction Action by Soo Sunny Park

Thursday 11.14.2013 , Posted by

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Artist Soo Sunny Park leads us through real-life pearly gates with her large-scale installation Unwoven Light. Using twisting fragments of chain-link fence as massive frames, Park fills the common wire structure with hundreds of plexiglass squares, each piece taking almost ninety hours to complete. Like giant diamonds doused with light, the sinuous installations hung in Rice University‘s gallery space, transforming the blank white box into a luminous crystalline world sparkling with color and movement. [Read more...]

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Wildly Imaginative Fish Lamps by Frank Gehry

Thursday 11.14.2013 , Posted by

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If you’ve studied architecture then you’ve undoubtedly been inundated with the unique designs of Frank Gehry, but it’s not just buildings that this man of many talents has used to express his creative mind. His idea for these fish lamps came from a project for Formica over 25 years ago, quite by accident. When a sheet of ColorCore laminate was shattered, Gehry’s clever mind went into overdrive and he envisioned the broken shards of plastic as fish scales. Using a metal frame work he applied the ColorCore fragments to create beautiful, glowing fish lamps, which have traveled the world from museum to gallery. [Read more...]

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Beautiful Journalistic Pop-Up Books by Colette Fu: Capturing the Diversity of China’s Southwest Yunnan Province

Tuesday 11.12.2013 , Posted by

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For the past 6 years Colette Fu has been photographing the minorities of China’s Southwest Yunnan province, capturing the unique cultures of the region and recreating them in a beautiful way: pop-up books. No, these aren’t your kid’s pop-ups, her creations weave together the complexities of life in 3D form. Her latest series We are Tiger Dragon People 我們是虎 captures local festivals and culinary tastes, popular legends and the weave of local clothing, all with her densely collaged style. It’s the perfect form to represent such a colorfully diverse culture, and it’s all done with a delightfully mature, journalistic eye. [Read more...]

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Custom VW Beetle Covered in Wrought Iron Gate Designs

Saturday 11.02.2013 , Posted by

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Everyone who likes a good old fashioned VW Beetle, will love this one by MG Vrbanus even more! After 3,500 man hours in 6 months, 5,000 Swarovski crystals, 70kg of wrought iron, and 24-carat gold leaves, this 1970 Beetle has become the perfect “Just Married” vehicle, provided it doesn’t rain. Croatian company MG Vrbanus makes elegant gates and fencing and chose the Beetle to advertise their quality craftsmanship. They stripped off the white sheet metal work, exposing the raw mechanics and applied wrought iron sections in its place. [Read more...]

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Bizarrely Improbable Objects That Make You Think

Friday 11.01.2013 , Posted by

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Italian artist Giuseppe Colarusso is creating objects that are completely useless. From a table tennis paddle with a hole in the middle, to a square rolling pin, each of his creations demonstrates his playful deconstruction of its original purpose, giving that purpose a humorously pointless twist. [Read more...]

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