When you’re a kid, you dream of going big… and this would just about define every kids dream. Japanese artist Jumpei Mitsui spent 6 years and 4 months creating a 1/40th scale model of the battleship Yamato. The huge piece weighs in at a sizable 330 pounds and stretches to 22 feet long. Be sure to check out the video at the bottom of this post. Very impressive. [Read more...]
What is it exactly that make these surreal sculptures stand so far out from the crowd? Like many of their sculptural brethren they combine objects in unexpected ways, juxtaposing them in such a fashion that challenges us rethink our previous understanding of their varied parts… but these have something more. Perhaps it is the unique way artist Myeongbeom Kim combines objects from nature with those that are man-made.
When I first ran across the work of Guy Laramee, I was completely floored. This fellow really knows how to do some inspired book carving, taking discarded unloved books like old encyclopedias or dictionaries and transforming them into meditative landscapes. While plenty controversial with the book lovers out there, most people can still see the beauty and exceptional creativity involved in these sculptural masterpieces. [Read more...]
The University of California San Diego recently got an astounding and mind bending addition… a small cottage perched precariously on the edge of Jacobs Hall many stories in the air (fittingly on Engineering Building 1). The custom-built installation was the brain child of artist Do Ho Suh, who said after conceptualizing the highly complex project that he “never thought it would be realized.” Happily he was mistaken: the building is now a reality, jutting out 100 feet in the air from the corner of its cement host buildings rooftop at a disconcertingly canted angle. [Read more...]
This intricate pattern-work on the exterior of this archway for Clerkenwell Design Week is, at first glance, mesmerizing and impressive as a piece of art, but might not initially strike you as groundbreaking. Take a little closer look though, and you will understand the innovation behind the facade. The real beauty of this archway, the ingenious idea of Giles Miller Studio, is that it employs natural light to help make its geometric face come alive. Each of the hexagonal wood “pixels” was laser cut and angled in a such a way that the light reflects off each identical piece differently, resulting in a pattern of seemingly multi-colored pieces. [Read more...]
Marielle van den Bergh creates fantastic sculpures out of just bamboo and paper. Her large, often floating pieces, remind me of Lauri Faggioni’s etherial work for The Science of Sleep, creating a dreamlike world where hand-crafted objects just might come to life if you look at them the right way. Her works include boats, fanciful creatures somewhere between foxes and fish, and even beautiful lanterns in a flooded stone hut. Each are the kind of piece that would look equally at home in a museum or as an imaginative focal point in your own home. [Read more...]
Julien Salaud’s animal sculptures channel the spirit of the astrologers of old, creating complex star like constellations on studded forms. He takes animal taxidermy and hand built sculptures, attaching long nails and pins to them in porcupine fashion. He then strings threads, sometimes covered in beads, between the heads of the nails, creating highly complex webs where the converging lines resemble stars. He calls the series Stellar Animals. [Read more...]