It’s always fascinating to go to a history museum and see suits of armor from the past, but it’s unlikely you’ve seen any of the armor that protected the pets of the time. Long before humans ever battled within their own species, cats and mice have had a long standing nemesis. Earlier than Tom & Jerry, Tweety & Sylvester, or Itchy & Scratchy ever graced our television screens, there lived a whole lot of cat and mice colonies strategically plotting how to take one another out. Although none of the original historical pieces have survived, as cats and mice were very good about keeping their wars a secret and never fighting with armor in the presence of humans, metal magician Jeff de Boer has sculpted these incredible hypotheses of what the suits of cat armor would look like. [Read more...]
As we become more reliant on technology, it’s hard to imagine our worlds without it. If we were asked to describe a typical kitchen, most of us would include the appliances like a microwave and refrigerator in our descriptions; for a living room, there would likely be a television, etc. While theoretically technology should make our lives easier and free up more time for us to do what we enjoy, many of us are spending that time glued to screens- whether it be the television, computer, or our trusty smart phones. Illustrator Kevin LCK invites people to think about their relationships with technology in this clever black and white illustration/sculpture series called Ordinary Behavior. Using cardboard and a black sharpie, he illustrates and sculpts electronics, like a camera, television, iPhone, microwave, and computer and then places miniature illustrations of typical household furniture inside to create dollhouse-like rooms. [Read more...]
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Ready to daringly rescue a child from a tall window? Want to relax like a gecko, magically attached to a vertical wall? How about flying from that window like the kids in Peter Pan? It’s all possible with Leandro Erlich’s new east London illusion. The giant installation, called Dalston House, allows visitors to place themselves on a horizontal façade while looking up at their reflection captured in a massive mirror hanging at a 45 degree angle overhead. For anyone viewing from the side, the illusion of a building with people scaling its sides is convincing. [Read more...]
It looked like a floating remnant from a massive hurricane or tornado, suspended frozen in the air above Nantes France. Its walls were torn apart, revealing bricks below the plaster, and wood floors relieved the joists inside. Last time we checked there were no massive winds in France… so what’s the story here, and why does this scene look surprisingly peaceful against the beautiful blue skies? [Read more...]
Laser Physicist/Web Devolper, Dr. Tom Beddard has been working towards creating a WebGL 3D fractal renderer that will allow the user to explore fractal structures in real time called Fractal Lab. At the end of last year, he released a vimeo called Surface Detail (watch below) which shows “a myriad of details in an evolving fractal landscape.” His latest project, called Fabergé Fractals features vibrant designs with incredible detail.
When it comes to contemporary art, the Palace of Versailles isn’t exactly the first place that springs to mind. The location is known for its extravagant luxury, collection of fine classical artworks and perfectly manicured grounds. Now Italian artist Giuseppe Penone is bringing a new flavor to the magnificent place, placing his large scale tree sculptures around the grounds and inside the palace as a celebration of the beauty of nature. As is congruent with his work, the sculptures are constructed using natural materials, mainly of wood and stone. The organic pieces create a striking scene set against the classic backdrop that is the palace. [Read more...]
Although they often get a bad rap, the diverse and varied world of insects is a fascinating and beautiful one. UK-based artist Claire Moynihan certainly thinks so. She’s been creating entomological collections in traditional boxes using “freestyle” 3D embroidery techniques inspired by the stumpwork style. It’s a loose form of embroidery which allows her to experiment with different threads and materials to achieve her aims. Even considering her unusual creative mediums, her work would easily fool someone from a distance – and many people will be happy to know, we haven’t spotted any spiders lurking in the collections. [Read more...]
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Have you ever wanted to experience the life of a baby bird? How about curling up in a cosy nest perched high in the air? California-based artist Jayson Fann is giving humans that chance, building gigantic nests out of locally harvested tree branches. Calling his creations Spirit Nests, Fann offers his work for sale through Big Sur Spirit Garden, an international arts and cultural center he founded in the incredibly beautiful Big Sur valley south of Monterey. [Read more...]