Last year well known artistic welder Joe Beal had a dream. In his dream he imagined a heart with 4 arches shooting below to stand it up, while in the center a love swing hung from the bottom lit up in hot pink. Upon waking up, Joe knew what he had to do: build it and share it with the world. He got to work in his welding studio and with support from friends he created what became to be known as the “Dream Swing.” Happily, it was installed at a place where many people could interact and see it: The Burning Man gathering in the Nevada desert. [Read more...]
Last year, archaeologists discovered the oldest known clay pots in the world in China and suspect that they date back 20,000 years ago- 10,000 years before people settled down to farm. (Daily Mail) The oldest potter’s wheels, called tournettes date back to 4,500 B.C. in Romania. But perhaps the most famous potter’s wheel is the one that led to quite a steamy scene in the 1990 movie Ghost. In fact, any time I see a potter’s wheel, “Unchained Melody” starts playing in my head- RIP Patrick Swayze. The age old practice has remained very popular over the years and many crafty people have showcased their talents on Instagram. Here are some of our favorites!
You could call Tom Eckert a magician or an illusionist, but instead of working with cards and cloth as one might expect, he works entirely with wood and paint. All the sculptures you see here are created using those materials, and though it might seem as if you are peering through pieces of cloth to the object below… that’s just an illusion. [Read more...]
Unless you’re a real motorhead – addicted to anything with wheels that goes fast – you probably don’t think “beauty” when it comes to tires. These works from the wild Belgian artist Wim Delvoye could change your mind. Taking all kinds of tire (or tyre if you prefer), he carves into the hard rubber to create latice-like structures of ornate pattern. From fleur de lis to wild dragons, each of his pieces harkens back to the now (mostly) dead art of scrimshaw – only instead of precious ivory, he’s using discarded tires. In a reversal of the rightfully scorned ivory trade, Delvoye takes something nearly worthless and turns it into a treasure. [Read more...]
Like digital creatures set loose from the world of the movie Tron, two wild animals light up the night with dazzling displays of color illuminating their surfaces. Flashes of bold color flicker across their faceted shapes, sharply outlining their edges or quickly breaking into flowing organic forms like leaves in the forest. It’s not your everyday sight in Rotterdam, but these aren’t your average animals either. [Read more...]
Have you ever wondered what will happen to all the cathode ray tube televisions now that most people have switched to flatscreens? Chinese artist Zhang Xiangxi has re-purposed a few of them into a diorama like record of some of the rooms from his life- his old workspace in Guangzhou, the workers’ dormitory he once lived in, his parent’s sitting room, and the interior of a train carriage. He even created his “dream home.” He hollows out the old televisions, then intricately sculpts miniature furniture, wall art, and yes-even televisions! He doesn’t try to make perfect little dollhouse worlds, he includes all of the clutter that a real room would have.
A gigantic face emerges from the pavement, its features faceted into sharp geometric forms, its color various shades of urban gray. With unseeing eyes cast upward towards the sky, it dwarfs passerby like a sleeping modern day giant born of the city. This is the work of Brussels based David Mesguich, an artist who has been working with polypropylene plastic to build impressive sculptural forms. His work blends the aesthetic of street art with that of the digital world, bringing something that appears computer generated to life before us. [Read more...]