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As If Knitting With Yarn Weren’t Hard Enough, Carol Milne Knits With Glass

Thursday 10.16.2014 , Posted by
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I can’t think of cooler sculptures to give to a knitting aficionado, or anyone for that matter. Carol Milne does the unthinkable as she creates these fragile pieces that look like knitted glass. A long and complicated process that she created herself in 2006, Milne begins with a wax model, which is then surrounded by a refractory mold material (that can hold up in high temperatures). After the mold sets, she steams the wax out of the mold and replaces it with chunks of room temperature glass. The piece is then placed in a kiln and heated to 1400- 1600 degrees Fahrenheit, which melts the glass into the grooves formerly occupied by the wax. The glass is slowly cooled (can take weeks) to prevent cracking. When it is finished annealing, the mold is carefully picked away and voila! [Read more…]

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A Film Without Film: Behold The Magic of 3D Printing Animation

Wednesday 10.15.2014 , Posted by
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Who says you need film to make a film? A French artist named Julien Maire has combined the modern technology of 3D printing with the classic art of animation to create unique light motion on a wall. The final result, composed of 85 miniature figurines in various micro-movement poses, looks like a motion picture of a man digging a hole. Like a flashy, crackly, silent film reel from the early 1900s, the project uses new ideas to create something old school. [Read more…]

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Check Out The Netherlands Through These Gigantic Eyes

Wednesday 10.15.2014 , Posted by
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In the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch in The Netherlands, there is a new art installation that allows you to see the city from someone else’s eyes. You will literally sit inside of a giant eye and scope out the lovely city from up high on the side of a building. If you are over 16, weigh less than 264 lbs, buy a ticket for $14.50, and happen to be in this city from now until early November, then you’d be silly to miss this theatrical installation. Pascal Leboucq is the genius behind this project which he calls EYE. Directed by Lucas DeMan, there are 5 different eyes around the city and each offers a different perspective. [Read more…]

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Single Stranded Wire Twisted By Hand Into Beautiful Tree Sculptures

Tuesday 10.14.2014 , Posted by
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With the length of almost 4 football fields (378 yards) in wire, sculptor Clive Maddison created the beautiful tree above. This particular model has over 17,000 loops in the canopy, and it is mounted on a piece of Sweet Chestnut. As with all of his tree models, there is no glue or solder involved. The sculptures stay put solely from the twists of each strand, making each one unique. Starting from the base, which is often a piece of wood that matches the type of tree he will be sculpting, Maddison twists his way up from roots to trunk to branches to leaves. [Read more…]

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Is This The World’s First “Layer-Lapse”?

Tuesday 10.14.2014 , Posted by
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We’ve seen artists like Stephen Wilkes and Fong Qi Wei create photographs that capture multiple times in one image, but Julian Tryba might be the first to bring it to video. Tryba is giving us a look at a world where time is no longer linear. Inspired by Einstein’s theory of relativity, he imagines a visible world where individual objects and locations have a different and changing clock assigned to them. Suddenly it’s night and day, busy and quiet, all in the same scene. He calls his unusual effect “layer-lapse”. [Read more…]

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Mini Monet: A Little 5 Year Old Girl With Autism Is A Painting Prodigy

Monday 10.13.2014 , Posted by
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While autism impairs an individual’s ability to interact and communicate with others, it doesn’t always stop one from expressing him/herself. In the UK, there is a 5 year old autistic girl named Iris Grace, who is behind her peers in talking, but beyond many adults when it comes to painting. Many people have compared her style to that of Monet and she has already sold some of her work to art collectors all over the world for thousands of dollars! [Read more…]

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Atmospheric & Eerie Sculptures Built in Aquariums

Sunday 10.12.2014 , Posted by
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Mariele Neudecker creates fantastic sculptures inside large water filled aquariums. Using an intriguing combination of materials, including chemicals to create eerie atmospheric effects, her “Tank Works” invite viewers to move closer and explore the world within.

Her sculptures take their inspiration from romantic paintings and photographs, using lighting to create life-like sunbeams and dense fog around sculptures of mountains, trees and even a model sailing ship. Like the real world, the chemistry-based atmosphere in the tank has a life of its own, slowly changing over time to create new environments. [Read more…]

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Interview with Burning Man Artist Kirsten Berg

Saturday 10.11.2014 , Posted by
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Kirsten Berg (featured previously) is one of the most well known yogis in the Ashtanga world, with people flying all over the globe to attend her classes in Thailand, Bali and the States, yet for 3 months of the year, she commits her time and energy to gifting amazing art installations at Burning Man. This year, her installation called (In)Visible was supported by the Burning Man organization and had a prominent location next to the Temple of Grace. The sculpture was a 20ft high column of faceted cubes that contained iridescent windows to reflect a variety of colors throughout the day and night.

We had the opportunity to talk with Kirsten Berg regarding her inspiration, lifestyle and future plans for her art. [Read more…]

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This Makeup Artist Transforms Himself Into Female Celebs… and He’s Really Good At It

Friday 10.10.2014 , Posted by
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Just remember this Halloween: with the right makeup skills, you can be ANYONE. Seriously. Just check out the skills of makeup artist and TV host Paolo Ballesteros from the Philippines. With his makeup kit, some wigs and fake eyelashes he’s managed to transform himself into all sorts of female celebs – from Jennifer Lawrence and Kim Kardashian, to Julia Roberts and Megan Fox (above). Even on his attempts that aren’t spot-on, it’s still impressive how quickly we can recognize the famous face. [Read more…]

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Painting With The Earth: A Large-Scale Mural Made of Mud

Thursday 10.09.2014 , Posted by
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After 2 weeks of labor, Japanese artist and painter Yusuke Asai has completed a stunning mural that looks as though it was created with a large palette of brown paints, but in actuality he used 27 different types of soil. Since he was commissioned to do this work in Houston, Texas, Asai used dirt that was local to the area. He was expecting to have 10 different shades, but was pleasantly surprised with the 17 bonus soils, collected by students and volunteers, which included shades of red, green, and yellow. Although Asai has been doing this work since 2008, he has never worked with so many shades. He calls this piece “yamatane”, which is Japanese for “mountain seed”. Surprisingly, the only art training that Asai has had was a ceramics class in high school. When he realized he could not afford art school at a university, he studied folk and tribal art on his own at zoos and museums, and perfected his own techniques. [Read more…]

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