Landscapes Dominated by the World’s Largest Statues

Around the world, people have built massive statues to symbolize the religious and political icons of their particular region. There are the Buddhas in Japan, Mao Zedong in China and Jesus Christ in Indonesia. Photographer Fabrice Fouillet traveled around the world documenting the largest examples and how they affect the surrounding landscapes. He shares via his artistic statement:

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Get Back in Black With Fluorescent Paintings By John Poppleton

Many go to great lengths to achieve a healthy glow, and the models behind John Poppleton’s “Bodyscapes” get a little extra help. In his special blacklight studio, the artist uses fluorescent pigments to paint dramatic au natural landscapes on female bodies. When illuminated with a blacklight, the illustrations emit an eerie, majestic glow, powerfully evoking the drama of radiant sunsets, crashing waterfalls, and shimmering constellations. 

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This Art Is In The Bag: Beautiful Landscapes Made From Common Trash

The last time that you saw a plastic bag abandoned in a gutter, did you think of it as street art? Artist Vilde J. Rolfsen turns trash into treasure in her efforts to “make plastic bags look magical.” Illuminating the delicate creases of ordinary plastic bags, Vilde creates vibrant, abstract images that evoke mountainous terrains, cresting waves, and frigid caves. 

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Straight Off The Runway: Fashionable Aerial Photography

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“Surreal” is the look of the season with Joseph Ford’s aerial and fashion photography mash-ups. Calling Brighton home but collecting images from his worldwide travels, Ford sews birds’-eye views with editorial close-ups to create harmonious, yet uncanny, compositions. 

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Art On The Ground: Postmodern Landscapes By Charles Jencks

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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.

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

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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.

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Surreal Landscapes Made With the Human Body

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Carl Warner is most famously recognized for his “Foodscape” series, where he arranged all sorts of colorful fruit and vegetables to create exotic landscapes. Some of his works included The Onion Taj Mahal, The Mayan Pepper Temple and The Great Wall of Pineapple. As his work got recognized in many magazines and television ads, the artist looked to other types of subject matter he could use in his landscape settings. That’s when he got the idea to use the human body. He positions multiple subjects to create his landscapes, creating another stimulating body of work which he titles “Otherscapes.”

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Visual Bits #459 > Home Is Where The Photos Are

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Suitcases Become Memories of the Places They’ve Been

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When you think of all the places you’ve been with your trusty suitcase, the memories of your vacations, visits to friends far away, and weekend getaways fill your mind. A suitcase is often an accessory that is with us for some of the most pleasurable moments and it holds an impression of all the places we’ve been. As adorable as old fashioned suitcases are, they just can’t handle the beating of TSA employees, luggage stacking, and baggage carousels, but Israeli artist Yuval Yairi has given them a new purpose. Yairi gives a nostalgic homage to the places a suitcase has traveled by painting beautiful landscapes on their surfaces.

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Visual Bits #420 > Capture The Surreal Beauty Of Life

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