Star Wars Portraits Made from 10,000s of Staples

Artist James Haggerty creates mosaics from a very unconventional material: LOTS of staples. His only tools in the process are a regular office stapler and the all important staple puller to correct mistakes. His work transforms the ubiquitous office supply into fine artworks with striking accuracy and realistic shading. For his most recent portraits he’s created works featuring 3 characters from the first Star Wars trilogy: C-3PO, Greedo and two versions of Darth Vader.

Jim Bachor Fills the World’s Potholes with Very Sweet Mosaics

We’ve seen attention brought to potholes by filing them with surprises like an ice bucket of beer or a wild Barbie pool party – but what about actually fixing the problem? Chicago artist Jim Bachor has been doing that in a highly unusual and clever way, filling the tire-popping road craters with beautiful and surprising mosaics made from glass and marble. See? Create art, save the world (or at least a few tires).

A Portrait of Albert Einstein Made From 2200 Dice

A couple years ago, Redditor Joshie196 created a computer program that allowed him to turn any image into a dice mosaic. Combining his project with Einstein’s famous quote, “As I have said so many times, God doesn’t play dice with the world,” he turned 2200 dice into the face of this great scientist. The finished product weighs nearly 25lbs. He plans on inscribing Einsteins’ quote on the bottom of the frame and is willing to sell the work if the price is right. It cost over $350 to make and shipping would not be cheap due to its heavy weight.

Artist Transforms Foraged Materials From Nature Hikes Into 3D Mosaic Mandalas

In June of this year, Matt W. Moore participated in an artist residency with SUMMIT in Eden, Utah. He was inspired to take “full advantage of the sunshine and wilderness and develop a series that would allow [him] to explore the beauty of Utah, create work with [his] hands, and celebrate the native color palette of the landscape.” On his daily hikes through the mountains and valley, Moore foraged for native elements and allowed his findings to inspire his project. From shale, river pebbles and stones, to dead branches, bark, and dried grasses among other elements of nature, he created geometric mandala grids. Carefully aligning the materials, he described the process as “kinda like painting with mother nature’s paintbrush.”

Farwell, Nelson Mandela: Guy Whitby’s Mosaic Tribute Using Computer Keyboards

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On December 5th the world lost an icon. Nelson Mandela was a Nobel Prize winner, an anti-Apartheid icon and the first black president of South Africa. His life was selflessly dedicated to changing the future for oppressed South Africans by bringing racial equality to the country. He passed away at his home in Johannesburg at the age of 95.

Harmonic Images of Life and Consciousness

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Eduardo Rodriguez Calzado is definitely tapping into something. His visionary paintings capture the harmony of the universe with mosaic like geometric shapes and vibrant colors. His unique style of oil painting on canvas invites the viewer to enter a new dimension. Based in Torreon, Mexico, Calzado studied Graphic Design in ISCYTAC- La Salle and furthered his studies at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. He has worked in the arts throughout his career in all areas, especially theater where he acted, did scene design and costuming.

The Classics Recreated As Mosaics of Newspaper

By wrapping different colored strips of newspaper, magazines, and tissue paper around small pieces of wood, Korean artist Lee Kyu-Hak has found the perfect way to imitate some of the greatest artists of all time. Each colorful tile for his mosaics is placed meticulously to re-create the brushstrokes in famous paintings such as Starry Night, Sand Barges, and Van Gogh’s Chair. From afar it is hard to tell that each “stroke” is a three dimensional piece of wood, but up close the details of newspaper text can be seen in some areas.

Celebrity Portraits Made of Keyboard Keys

In the modern world we are constantly upgrading to the latest technology, and thus constantly disposing of our old and outdated devices. Keyboards are no exception to this rule, and the digital waste created by the millions of keyboards thrown out each year is astounding. Here’s a clever way one artist is re-using a few of those old keyboards, putting there keys to a new and artistic use.

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Albanian Artist Sets 6 Back-to-Back World Records

In the surfing world they say “go big or go home,” but Albanian artist Saimir Strati seems to be doing the same with his mosaics. Over the last 6 years he’s set an astounding 6 back-to-back Guinness World Records with his artwork… it’s almost getting to be an annual tradition.