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

Tuesday 07.08.2014 , Posted by matt_w_moore_utah_mandala_mosaics_700_1

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.” [Read more…]


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

Friday 12.06.2013 , Posted by

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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. [Read more…]


Harmonic Images of Life and Consciousness

Saturday 03.30.2013 , Posted by

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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. [Read more…]


The Classics Recreated As Mosaics of Newspaper

Sunday 09.02.2012 , Posted by

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. [Read more…]


Celebrity Portraits Made of Keyboard Keys

Sunday 08.26.2012 , Posted by

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. [Read more…]


Visual Bits #252> Hang On: Intense Art Installations

Wednesday 08.15.2012 , Posted by

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Albanian Artist Sets 6 Back-to-Back World Records

Tuesday 08.14.2012 , Posted by

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. [Read more…]


Classic Musician Mosaics Made From Their Own CDs

Friday 08.10.2012 , Posted by

The world “epic” gets thrown around far too often these days – it seems you can even say it about a loaf of white bread – but when it comes to these mosaics of classic musicians, that was the first word that sprung to mind. The likeness of 7 artists was created using not only just an array of colorful CDs, but their very own albums. We see Jim Morrison, Michael Jackson, Jimmy Hendrix, Bob Marley, James Brown, Freddie Mercury and Elvis, all easily recognizable and created with stunning passion. [Read more…]


New York Mosaics from Discarded MetroCards

Thursday 08.09.2012 , Posted by

It’s the perfect example of the time worn phrase: “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Ever since artist Nina Boesch stumbled upon the idea in 2001, she has been creating these Big Apple themed mosaics out of discarded plastic MetroCards. As an exchange student living in New Jersey, she found herself wanting to make an inexpensive gift for her host family, but the only thing she had available was her used MetroCards. [Read more…]


London: The New Capital of Romance

Tuesday 02.14.2012 , Posted by

When trying to think of the most romantic city in the world, most people would guess Paris, but it turns out that London has had more Valentine’s Day hotel and travel bookings than any other European city. So for the cover of the St. Valentine’s special issue of Evening Standard magazine, which featured an article about this, visual designer Charis Tsevis created a beautiful illustration. [Read more…]

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