Data + Design Project

Soft Warm Clothes Carved from Cold Hard Stone

Thursday 10.03.2013 , Posted by

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Marble as a medium has been used since ancient days, reaching perhaps its height of perfection during the Roman era – with finely carved busts of gods and man. The material has an almost magic quality, able to reproduce the forms of other materials in convincing detail, texture and form – but it’s never been used for sculptures like these before. Alex Seton, a Sydney-based artist, has been reproducing everyday goods, from t-shirts and sweatshirts, to full track suits. [Read more...]

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A Mid-Century Museum Transforms into an Art Space, Inviting Viewers to Step Inside the Exhibits

Monday 09.30.2013 , Posted by

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“Look, but don’t touch… and certainly don’t walk into the display case!” Most museums in the past were treasure houses of artifacts that were strictly off limits from human interaction; “and don’t you dare touch that stuffed mountain lion!” But today we’re seeing an increasing number of museums encouraging patrons to reach out and interact with the exhibits around them – after all, we do have 5 senses. Alois Kronschlaeger’s recent project Habitat took the wonderfully mid-century Mammal Hall of the former Grand Rapids Public Museum, transforming it into a site-specific installation that re-imagined what a museum could be in fabulously creative and interactive ways. [Read more...]

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Immersive 3D Paintings on Layers of Transparent Film: An Interview with Artist David Spriggs

Wednesday 09.25.2013 , Posted by

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To walk beside a painting by Canadian artist David Spriggs is an experience not to be missed. His works tread neatly along an unusually blurred frontier between sculpture and painting, greeting viewers with an all encompassing vision that powerfully touches on the ethereal. How does he realize such arresting pieces? By meticulously painting on hundreds of sheets of thin, transparent film.

What results are powerful cyclonic forms frozen before our eye; three dimensional figures that float in space; and intense fields of color so tangible you could reach out and touch them… almost. [Read more...]

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Call to Action: A Massive Sculpture With A Message for Mankind Carved Entirely Out of Driftwood

Tuesday 09.17.2013 , Posted by

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As humans, we hold the whole world in our hands. Never before has any species had as much of an impact on the environment as we do- whether we continue to destruct the Earth or make a change and protect it for future generations remains to be seen. To bring awareness to this issue, 59 year old sculptor Paul Baliker created this massive 13ft x 13ft driftwood sculpture. Using chainsaws, rotary grinders, and sanders, he spent 6 months carving the beautiful wildlife creatures into cedar driftwood that he gathered along the Gulf of Mexico. [Read more...]

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From Guns to Drums: The Disarm Project Creates Mechanized Musical Instruments from Dangerous Weapons

Monday 09.16.2013 , Posted by

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Pedro Reyes is taking a notoriously dangerous element in his country – guns – and transforming them into musical instruments programmed to play surprisingly catchy music. In doing so, the Mexico City native is subverting the original purpose for these weapons, taking something that could have taken life, and instead enhancing lives through musical creativity. He calls his project Disarm. [Read more...]

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Mind-blowing Illusions: Anamorphic Sculptures by Jonty Hurwitz

Tuesday 09.10.2013 , Posted by

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Let’s face it, anamorphic art is really flippin’ cool. From drawings that jump off of the page by Alessandro Diddi and Nagai Hideyuki to the drawings of István Orosz, where hidden images are revealed only when placing a reflective cylinder in just the right place, we are always down for a good anamorphic mind blowing. These sculptures by Jonty Hurwitz do just that! As much mathematics as it is art, Hurwitz spends months planning and calculating before he materializes his ideas. For his cylindrical mirror paired sculptures, he begins by scanning each object (shown here are hands and a frog), he then digitally distorts the images and sculpts them so that their identity is only revealed in the reflection on the cylinder. [Read more...]

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Matteo Pugliese’s Bronze Sculptures Escape from the Wall

Tuesday 09.10.2013 , Posted by

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Italy is a country rife with sculpture. From the work of the Romans to the masterworks of Michelangelo and Bernini, it’s not hard to find a figure or bust in marble or bronze. But these are something different. Created by an italian with one foot in the past and one in the future, the bronze figures appear to be either escaping or seeking shelter in the wall they occupy – rough hewn hands, feet, heads and bodies all protruding from walls that hide the remaining figure – or so it seems. [Read more...]

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The Inspiring Artwork of Paper Engineer Matt Shlian (and How It’s Inspiring Nano-Scientists)

Monday 09.09.2013 , Posted by

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Matt Shlian started school as a ceramicist… but it was only when he realized that he was “interested in everything” that his work really took off. He creates sculptural artworks from flat pieces of paper that show the incredible diversity of the medium while creating beautifully inspiring forms. They are also doing something rather surprising: inspiring scientists. [Read more...]

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Curiously Awesome Altoid Tin Sculptures by Carolyn Ribstein

Sunday 09.08.2013 , Posted by

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Arguably the best breath mint in the world, Altoids have been around since the 18th century. Curiously strong and delicious, they aren’t the most eco-friendly breath mint out there if consumers throw the tins away, but Carolyn Ribstein has repurposed them in a stylish way. Using polymer clay, she creates beautiful sculptures on the used tins. From Van Gogh’s Starry Night to her own designs, each piece is a work of art that takes a lot of patience and care. She first made jewelry out of the polymer clay; the tins started as unique home-made gifts for her friends and family members. [Read more...]

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Explosive 3D Sculptures on Panes of Glass: Volcanic Smoke and A Nuclear Bomb Mushroom Cloud

Tuesday 09.03.2013 , Posted by

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From head on, these gorgeous catastrophic explosions by Israeli artist Eyal Gever look like 3 dimensional sculptures, but looking at them from the side, their secret is revealed. Layering digital prints on two dimensional panes of glass, Gever is able to achieve a hyper-realistic image of the smoke given off of a volcanic eruption and the mushroom cloud of an exploding nuclear bomb. The pieces, appropriately titled Large Scale Smoke and Nuclear Bomb, began with a digital rendering of each explosion, which was fairly simple for Gever who is a visionary in the high-tech industry and actually designed the software he uses to create his 3d images himself. It’s hard to grasp the astonishment of these pieces with 2d images, but the videos below give a great representation of what they are like in person. [Read more...]

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