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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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Where Do Narwhals Get Their Horns? The Magical Secret Revealed

Saturday 08.31.2013 , Posted by

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As the national animal of Scotland, surely unicorns once existed, but where have they all gone? For centuries narwhals have been swimming around in oceans of lies, concealing a secret, but husband-wife artist duo Kozyndan (Kozy & Dan) have revealed their confidential information. Though scientists once believed that a Narwhal’s horn is an enormous canine tooth, or tusk, Kozyndan show us that inside of every Narwhal, actually lives A UNICORN! Teaming up with Pretty In Plastic, Kozyndan brought their illustrations of this phenomenon to life with 24″ resin sculptures of their explanation. You can impress your friends with your “in-the-know” status of the Narwhalian truth by displaying one of them in your home or office if you head over to their online shop and place an order. [Read more...]

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Art On The Ground: Postmodern Landscapes By Charles Jencks

Wednesday 08.28.2013 , Posted by

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Charles Jencks’ sinuous sculptures are no ordinary walk in the park. A celebrated postmodern architect, designer, and theorist, Jencks tows the line between design, science, and nature to create dramatic forms that swoop across the the British landscape he calls home. [Read more...]

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Artworks Unexpectedly Leap from the Canvas. Bizarre 3D Sculpture/Paintings by Japan’s Yuki Matsueda

Wednesday 08.28.2013 , Posted by

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The fascinating works of Yuki Matsueda pop out of their box enclosures and frames, penetrating the viewer’s space. Yolks fly out of eggs, figures jump out of exit signs, and kings and queens leap out of playing cards. Matsueda was born in Ibaraki prefecture in 1980. He won the 2010 Nippon Paint Design Center Award and graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts with a PhD in 2010. He has shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout Asia and Europe. [Read more...]

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Think You’ve Seen Basket Weaving? This Russian Sculpture is 72-Feet-Tall

Tuesday 08.27.2013 , Posted by

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Russian artist Nikolay Polissky recently completed a huge 72-foot-tall woven sculpture he’s calling Beaubourg. The beautifully sinuous piece looks a bit like Dr. Seuss took a course in weaving and never looked back. The 12 saxophone-esq sections are made from birch twigs and supported by an internal steel structure that conceals a spiraling staircase in the center. Even with the metal supporting elements, it’s striking to see such a lightweight structure of this size. [Read more...]

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3D Print UK has Created the World’s First 3D Printed Twin Tip Skateboard

Sunday 08.25.2013 , Posted by

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Last month 3D Print UK teamed up with CGTrader to host a competition for the best portfolio. The winner was highly creative and skilled artist Sam Abbott. The prize? Abbott was chosen to have his design for a twin tip skateboard printed on a 3D printer. Looking at the final product, you would imagine it was as simple as one big piece, but since the board was longer than the build tray, they had to cut it into 3 sections, and combine it with connector pins to add strength. The skateboard is fully ride-able, but may not be the best for stunts. It’s still an awesome looking board and a huge step for functional 3D printing. [Read more...]

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