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A Reverse Listening Device, and other Variations on Normal, From Dominic Wilcox

Monday 01.27.2014 , Posted by
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Dominic Wilcox has a vivid imagination, and a sketchbook chock full of ideas to prove it. Like some nutty professor, he conjures up devices to make the world a better, more interesting place… never mind how impractical, bizarre or utterly crazy they may be. In his recent window display for London’s famous Selfridges department store and their Festival of Imagination, he’s taken 14 pages from his sketchbook and brought them to life – the results are stopping foot traffic and entertaining minds. [Read more...]

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Selçuk Yılmaz Transforms 4,000 Pieces of Metal Into A Majestic Lion Sculpture

Thursday 01.23.2014 , Posted by
1 550 pound Lion Sculpture by SELCUK YILMAZ

As the saying goes, one man’s trash in another man’s treasure and that is certainly the case for Turkish artist Selçuk Yılmaz, who gathered 4,000 pieces of metal scraps for his latest creation. He spent 10 months hammering each piece and intricately arranging them to create a massive, beautiful lion. He calls the piece Aslan, which is Turkish for “lion”. The final product measures 10.8 ft x 6.06 ft and weighs 551 lbs. It is amazing to see a sharp, stiff material transformed into a smooth, flowing, life-like creature. [Read more...]

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Driftwood Horses Leap into Life. Flowing Sculptures From James Doran Webb

Tuesday 01.14.2014 , Posted by
James Doran-Webb Horse Sculptures in Driftwood 1

Taking driftwood he finds on the beach near his home in the Philippines, British artist James Doran Webb creates lifelike animal sculptures that seem to leap into motion. Each is the result of a careful study based on the animal’s behavior, environment and motion – and the natural beauty in each piece makes this evident. [Read more...]

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Magician Creates a Balloon Animal Every Day For a Year

Monday 01.06.2014 , Posted by
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So, what did you do with your 2013? Whatever it was, I’m pretty sure it didn’t match the inflated lunacy and downright dedication of magician Rob Driscoll. He spent the last 12 months making balloon animals… one, every, single, day. From a blow up turkey dinner and lightweight model of Wall-E the robot, to a jumping puma and a Tardis police box for the Dr. Who anniversary. Each day was marked by creative balloon twisting and now the collection of sculptures has reached more than 365. [Read more...]

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Instruments Made From Ice: The Hauntingly Beautiful Music of Terje Isungset

Monday 01.06.2014 , Posted by
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I was listening to a fascinating BBC Outlook broadcast last week, featuring interviews about Life in the Cold, when right in the middle, beautiful music began to play. What could make music cold? It was the work of Norwegian artist Terje Isungset, a pioneering musician who makes many of his instruments himself… out of ice. Since the early ‘80s he’s been experimenting with natural elements in the instruments he makes – like wood, stones, or metal – but it was only in 1999 that he began creating instruments entirely carved from ice. [Read more...]

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One Cool Ride: A Drivable Truck Carved From Ice

Friday 01.03.2014 , Posted by
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We’ve seen lots of art cars over the past years, but never one that would melt away in warm weather. Canadian Tire, an automotive company that makes batteries, decided to put their cold weather MotoMaster Eliminator battery to the test by putting it inside a completely frozen truck and then driving it around town. Now, if that isn’t a Canadian experience, nothing is! [Read more...]

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Bird Taxidermy Imagines Bizarre New Species’

Thursday 01.02.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ve watched the BBC’s Planet Earth, then you know about the many bizarre species’ in the bird-of-paradise family. Their wildly flamboyant plumage has set them apart in the animal world, as has their equally bizarre and elaborate mating rituals. Perhaps that’s why these fantastic taxidermy sculptures by Karley Feaver are so familiar and yet fascinating. In her series Becoming Otherwise, she has created a diverse series of imaginary avian life, playing on themes of domesticity and imagining new paths of evolution. [Read more...]

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A Surrealist Wonderland Hidden in the Jungles of Mexico

Wednesday 01.01.2014 , Posted by
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Hidden in the rainforest of Mexico is a bizarre collection of cement buildings that would make any surrealist happy. Built over a 20 year period by the eccentric artist Edward James, the 20 acre site features over 36 towering structures – from concrete suspension bridges to bamboo like pavilions. If there’s one thing to go on your “visit in 2014 list,” this is it. [Read more...]

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Man Builds Giant Kinetic Art Piece Using 100,000 K’Nex

Tuesday 12.31.2013 , Posted by
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I’m sure you’ve seen some form of kinetic ball machine before. Small balls are lifted to the top of long rollercoaster-like tracks and dropped through a series of fascinating paths until they reach the bottom – only to be scooped up again for another ride. Austin Granger is no stranger to these machines, but uniquely, he’s been building them for the last few years out of the K’Nex construction toy system. Now, he’s topped all his other efforts, creating a massive 23.5 foot tall, 40 foot long machine using over 100,000 pieces! [Read more...]

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Tessellated Masks Folded from One Sheet of Un-cut Paper

Sunday 12.29.2013 , Posted by
Joel Cooper Tessellated Origami Masks 1

These masks may look like complex woven mats of metal or fabric – and that would be impressive – but the truth is even more astounding. Origami artist Joel Cooper uses a folding method called tessellation to create his elaborate masks out of one piece of paper without cutting or glue. His faces have a distinctly geometric form that is otherworldly and beautiful. Yes, this takes practice. [Read more...]

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