Data + Design Project

Stunning Geometric Textures Carved Into Plywood Using a CNC Machine

Thursday 01.15.2015 , Posted by
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Using the precise cutting head of a CNC machine, artist Michael Anderson carves incredibly beautiful geometric patterns and textures into pieces of plywood. Each pass of the machine reveals the layers of Anderson’s source material, adding contour lines that emphasize the ups and downs of each design. [Read more…]


Maskull Lasserre Reveals Skeletons Inside Old Wooden Statues and Decoys

Thursday 08.21.2014 , Posted by
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From one side they look just as they were intended, but turn them around and a macabre scene awaits. Artist and carver Maskull Lasserre (featured previously) started with a series of old souvenirs and a duck decoy, then in a process he calls “re-carving”, he uses his deft skill to reveal intricate skeletons inside the objects – as if they were always there. [Read more…]


Take a Bite of These Awesome Watermelon Carvings

Monday 07.07.2014 , Posted by
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There’s nothing quite like eating a juicy watermelon on a hot summer day (and one slice is never enough), but artist Clive Cooper is doing far more than savoring the flavor. He’s carving impressive creatures and characters into the sizable green and pink melons – from creepy goblins and ferocious dinosaurs, to the bears native to his home in Vancouver, BC. [Read more…]


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…]


Chinese Artist Spends Four Years Creating the Worlds Longest Continuous Wood Sculpture

Wednesday 11.20.2013 , Posted by

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China has a long tradition of outstanding wood carving, a theme that continues on a large scale today. Chinese artist Zheng Chunhui recently unveiled a wood carving to top them all – literally – having just been named “the longest continuous wooden sculpture” by the Guinness Book of World Records on November 14th. Just how big is this behemoth piece? It measures in at some 40 feet in length (12.286 meters) and took Chunhui four years to complete starting from a whole tree. That’s a lot of chiseling. [Read more…]


Stop Motion Video of a Creepy Lobotomy Pumpkin Carving (and its Ghastly Ending!)

Thursday 10.31.2013 , Posted by

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Just in time for Halloween – a seriously creepy pumpkin lobotomy time-lapse carving by Chris Soria. He spent 15 hours cutting in the ghastly details of this fantastic 360 degree illustration by Jason Smith. The talented duo teamed up to create a commission for Ford, who created the GIF. Check out the unexpected ending in the video below. [Read more…]


Just Like Eating a Gobstopper: Paintings Made By Carving Through Colorful Layers of Paint

Tuesday 08.06.2013 , Posted by

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Around the world people will be familiar with gobstopper, aka jawbreaker, candies. Produced by slowly depositing layers of differently colored sugars onto their center core, the secret of their many inner hues is only revealed when slowly licked or – at the risk of your teeth – bitten. These incredible paintings by Karin Waskiewicz are made in a similar way, placing many layers of acrylic paint on the canvas and then slowly carving, sanding and cutting the layers away. Her cross-disciplinary practice creates something deep, textural, even topographic, out of something commonly viewed as two-dimensional. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of her process is the way each painting reveals itself through intuitive exploration and chance. [Read more…]


Fantastic Driftwood Sculptures from Knock on Wood

Monday 07.01.2013 , Posted by

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On the ocean shores of Washington State lie heaps of treasure… but it’s invisible to many eyes. The piles are masses of driftwood washed ashore from the tall woods of the northwest, and artist Jeffro Uitto is using it to create exquisite sculptures and furniture. From a truly majestic rearing horse to a soaring eagle, Jeffro has a talent for finding just the right piece to make his works look gracefully realistic. To realize these pieces he spends hours sorting through his massive collection of wood collected on the shores of Tokeland, the banks of Smith Creek and in the valleys of the Willapa Hills. [Read more…]


Sculptural Illusions Made Entirely from Wood

Thursday 05.23.2013 , Posted by


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…]


Old Tires Carved with Intricate Scrollwork

Thursday 05.23.2013 , Posted by

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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…]

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