Nuala O’Donovan Sculpts Nature’s Fractals In Porcelain By Hand

Inspired by coral, pinecones, and flowers, Nuala O’Donovan is fascinated with irregular/fractal patterns in nature. The Irish artist has found a way to mimic the fractal phenomena that create some of the most gorgeous sights in the natural world. She creates a pattern of which each element is individually made and slowly builds a form, that can take weeks or months. The final porcelain piece is so intricately beautiful and fascinating that it’s hard to believe it was made by human hands.

Thomas Richner Built a Millennium Falcon from a Basement Full of Cardboard Boxes

…in a basement far, far away (well actually Columbus, Ohio), animation artist Thomas Richner had a big mess of boxes to clean up. He had two options: recycle them responsibly, or build a 5 foot long model of the Millennium Falcon. We’re sure glad they didn’t go to waste.

One hundred and forty hours later (and a whole lot of glue) the Star Wars model is complete, and so realistic it almost looks like a still from the movie when filmed in front of a green screen. Let’s take a trip through Richner’s process from humble start to hyperdrive finish.

Sculptor John Bisbee Has a Simple Mantra: “Only nails, always different.”

Artist John Bisbee has a simple mantra: “Only nails, always different.” That simple statement has sparked an incredible amount of creativity in his nearly three decades of welding forged 12-inch nails. The Maine-based metal sculptor has been coaxing the iron spikes into a variety of forms ever since he knocked over a bucket of old rusty nails and they strangely kept their bucket form – they’d rusted together!

Carsten Höller’s “Upside Down Mushroom Room” Turns the World Upside Down

Carsten Höller creates immersive installations that change our view of the world on a massive scale. The Belgian-born, Stockholm-based artist flipped that view on its head, and enlarged its fascinating details for his Upside Down Mushroom Room. The disorienting space featured gigantic red mushroom sculptures hanging from the ceiling. It wasn’t the first or last time mushrooms made an appearance in his work, most recently finding their way to Frieze New York 2014.

Lions and Foxes and Meerkats, Oh My! DIY Paper Sculptures of Geometric Animals

German artist Wolfram Kampffmeyer studies Computer Animation, but now his 3D creations are jumping out of the digital world. “If you are sitting in front of the computer all day watching your virtual models, you start wishing to hold them in your hands,” he writes. So he created a colorful menagerie of faceted creatures that you can build yourself, with just a little craftiness and a glue stick (much like Steve Wintercroft did with his geometric paper masks or MostLikely did with lampshades).

Famous Novels Transformed into Book Art

Tokyo-based artist and designer Tomoko Takeda doesn’t just read books, she turns the famous literature into fantastic works of art. Her series ものがたりの断片 (Story Fragments) cuts down into the pages themselves to reveal the story in physical form. She says she makes books not just to read, but something to enjoy looking at.

A Meditation on Balance: New Stone Work from Michael Grab

It takes a love of nature, a lot of patience, and very steady hands to create work like Michael Grab’s balanced stones. The Boulder Colorado-based artist (covered previously) spends long meditative hours in the woods, finding stones large and small, and placing them at seemingly impossible rest atop their pointed end. Captured in exceptional photographs, his work contains that rare and poetic balance between stillness and motion.

Yes, That is a Frying Pan on the Beach. Sydney’s Coast Transforms into a Huge Sculpture Park

For a few weeks each year, the 2km coastal walk between Sydney Australia’s Bondi Beach and Tamarama Beach transforms into a gigantic public sculpture park. This year there were over 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and around the world. We kicked off our shoes and headed for the beach to capture some of the highlights from this year’s spectacular event.

Half-Solid, Half-Shadow: Moto Waganari 3D Prints Wireframe Sculptures

“I wanted to create something that never existed before. Something that will amaze us because it is not feasible by human hands,” says German artist Moto Waganari. From the realm of 3D printing a new genre of art is emerging, and Waganari’s work is a prime example. Creating wireframe-like sculptures of humans and animals, his final piece is both solid and intangible – designed to interact with light and create a partnering shadow.

Keep Off the Lawn: A Giant Climbs Out of the Ground in Budapest

A giant recently climbed out of the ground in front of Széchenyi Square in Budapest, Hungary… or so it appeared. The towering outdoor sculpture was part of a pop-up installation for Art Market Budapest, a contemporary art fair that happened earlier in October. The sculpture by artist Ervin Loránth Hervé was made from polystyrene and covered with turf patches to look like the grass was being ripped from the ground (hence the sculptures name, “Feltépve”, which means “Ripped Up”).