Category: Sculpture

Art

Artist duo creates majestic paper installation at the Hermès store in Dubai

Hermès visitors in Dubai were welcomed by a wonderful paper sculpture installation by Zim & Zou. The duo specializes in making some of the most intricate and beautiful paper sculptures ever and this series really shows off their collective talents of Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann. Each piece is essentially a village with its own tiny characters out and about. The set-up is incredibly eye-catching in comparison to everything else in the mall it's situated in. Check it out below and find more of their latest work on Instagram and Behance. ...
Architecture

Artists come together in clever and touching fundraising effort to help restore the burned-down Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh Building

From Grayson Perry to Anish Kapoor to Antony Gormley and several other artists (including Simon Starling, Cornelia Parker, the Chapman brothers and Sir Peter Blake) - there has been an immense number of individuals who stepped up in the Ash to Art project to restore the historic Mackintosh building, which has been gutted by the May 2014 fire. The artworks cleverly use the actual ashes and debris that were left in the wake of the burned-down portions of  Glasgow School of Art. Perry says, “It’s a tragedy. It’s the most famous art school building in Britain. It’s also the masterpiece of [Charles Rennie] Mackintosh. It’s a double tragedy. I was very excited when I received the box of charcoal. I had an idea almost immediately and the idea of making an urn was an obvious thing to do. The idea of memorializing or celebrating the difficulty – honoring the wound. It’s something I’m trying to do. Move on and make the most of it.” Each artist was...
Art

This baker makes cakes that you just couldn’t bear to slice

Emma Jayne Morris, 46, is a British cake designer based in Aberdare, South Wales who creates amazing life-like, animal-shaped cakes. Although she has made a lot of other designs, her dog-shaped works became the most popular because of its insanely realistic appearance. Emma runs a cake design business and would usually get unusual requests from clients like cakes in the shape of a bag, shirt, vinyl record player, house, yacht, hotdog sandwich, and shoes, among others. Emma uses vanilla sponge and fondant icing to create these adorable designs. She makes her dog-shaped cake based on photographs of actual dogs. The most challenging part for her is sculpting the sponge to its complicated shape but once she starts decorating and adding details, the process becomes fun for her. Emma started baking 6 years ago and since then, the passion has grown for making even more incredible ones in the future. For more of this artist's works, visit her website and Facebook page. ...
Art

Large-scale street sculptures hit the limelight in ‘Sculpture Walk Peoria’

Years ago, Joe Richey wanted to put large-scale sculptures on the streets of his hometown: Peoria, Illinois. The visionary owns a business, Tri-City Machine Products, located in the heart of the Warehouse District of Peoria. Because the arts had always been a big part of his passion, Richey later on modified a portion of his own facilities to create the Prairie Center of the Arts, as well as an artists' residence space. It didn't take long for him to return to his first love: large-scale street art. Suffice to say, after years of hard work and collaboration with other like-minded individuals, Richey has made his dream into a reality. This is his brainchild: Sculpture Walk Peoria, an annual exhibit that features different artists and sculptures in his hometown. This year, 16 artists will represent 9 U.S. states and one other country with their installations, which will be on display until May 2017. Check out some of the sculptures involved in the showcase below. ...
Art

New yarn installation by Chiharu Shiota features 150 boats in French store

Chiharu Shiota is back (previously here) with another fabulous yarn-filled installation. Composed of nearly 300,000 yards of white yarn, Shiota's new installation takes up the center, ground floor, and ten windows of Le Bon Marché as part of the exhibition, Where are we going? With over 150 boats, the French department store encourages visitors to walk through the giant threaded waves. In an interview with Le Bon Marché, Shiota said, "I am struck by the multiplicity of interactions that we experience every day, by their connections with the past and the future." Check out some images of the installation below! ...
Architecture

Coral-inspired installation made from 4,600 strips of aluminum

This perforated tubular installation by architect Marc Fornes really lives up the place! Suspended above the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Florida, the coral-inspired pathways were designed by Fornes and his studio The Very Many. Created by over 4,600 strips of metal, each piece is just a millimeter thick. In tubular form, however, the material drastically improves in strength to the point where it can be walked on. The studio says, "Borrowing and mismatching elements from the world, pushing them out of scale and hybridizing them to the realm of the bizarre, the structure achieves a familiar yet mysterious quality, at once friendly and alien." Check out some footage of the installation below and find more on their website. ...
Art

Annual ‘Sculpture by the Sea’ exhibit takes place in Cottesloe Beach, features awe-inspiring works by different artists

Sculpture by the Sea is one of the most famous events in Sydney, Australia. It all began with Sculpture by the Sea: Bondi, where over half a million people come in to see the work of various artists. It has been a resounding success since 1997 and continues as an annual tradition to this day. Because of its success, the organizers have expanded to a second location: Cottesloe, Perth. Now, we are looking forward to this year's Sculpture by the Sea: Cottesloe, which will take place on March 2017. Cottesloe has staged the event since 2005, amassing over a quarter of a million visitors each year, thanks to the many sculptures on display. But this isn't just about art - because Sculpture by the Sea has become an inspiring moment for all of us. For some reason, during these events, every person who participates or even just visits spreads goodwill in a way or two. You can experience this, too. The 2017 event will take place on March 3 to 20 at the Cottesloe Beach in Perth. For...
Art

Beasts hide within these wire-infused human busts

Claude-Olivier Guay infused human facial forms with wires to create these wonderful dynamic sculptures. With a pair of pliers, Guay twisted and bent wires and feathers to create the inner mesh of what at first appear to be human faces. A little bit of manipulation and each piece transforms into bird-like creatures. In one of the pieces called "La Tanière," a female bust turns into an angry wolf. Or in another piece a man's head unleashes an army of 40 locusts. Check out some of the sculptures below and find more on his website.    ...
Architecture

Paper engineer Matthew Shlian is back with amazing new art and promising solo exhibition

We have previously posted a story about Matthew Shlian's amazing paper art a few years ago. But if you're thinking that's all we'll be seeing from the unique sculptor, you couldn't be more wrong. He is back with new artwork that will amaze any audience. On his website, Shlian says, "Researchers see paper engineering as a metaphor for scientific principals; I see their inquiry as a basis for artistic inspiration. In my studio, I am a collaborator, explorer, and inventor. I begin with a system of folding and at a particular moment the material takes over.” And we can definitely see what he means through his new pieces. You can catch more of Shlian's breathtaking paper art at his solo exhibition, titled "Telemetry". The exhibit will be an exploration of the relationship of science and art. It will run until March 2nd, 2017 at the Florida Gulf Coast University. Or you can check out more of his work on his official website, on Instagram, or on Facebook ...
Art

Take a dive into Europe’s first underwater museum

Museo Atlantico is the first underwater contemporary art museum in Europe. Located off the coast of Lanzarote, Spain, this museum consists of more than 200 sculptures made by artist Jason Decaires Taylor. This project is unique for many reasons. First of all, it is an innovative approach to protecting the underwater world of different fishes and aquatic animals. Through his sculptures that are transforming and turning into nature’s art, he is criticizing the existing world that strayed too far away from its roots. Under the water, there are no borders, but the artist plays with the topics of the current migrant crisis, borders, and constructed possessions. To visit Museo Atlantico, the visitors have to travel by boat and dive. For more photos and information about the project check Jason’s official page or his Instagram. ...
Creativity

These handmade snow globes are not not what you’d expect

These snow globes are not your generic typical silent and peaceful holiday white variety.  Hiroyasu Ike (AKA Bastard Prince) presents different scenarios with some well-known and some obscure fanart references, reaching for inspiration from video games, movies, and books. Curious and accurate details set the scene for a beautiful, and sometimes slightly macabre little piece of art. To see more of his fantastic work follow him on DeviantArt, or visit his eBay store to get your own. ...
Art

Crystallized book sculptures discuss growing connection between humans and machines

Books in their physical nature are disappearing from our lives each day. Alexis Arnold discusses that and more through her crystallized book sculptures. The San Francisco-based artist uses borax crystals to create turn publishings into iridescent forms of themselves. Appearing to be frozen in time, each piece is chosen based on weight in the sense that they center around advances in technology and explore the deepening connection between humans and machine. Check out some of her crystallized works below and find more on her website and Instagram. ...
Art

Palm-sized religious works from the 1500s carved within boxwood containers

These tiny carved sculptures contained within palm-sized boxes have long puzzled historians and archeologists. The works are believed to have been created in Flander or the Netherlands between 1500 and 1530 and contain carvings of religious iconography. Taking the form of prayer beads, altarpieces, and rosaries, each piece is produced from a single boxwood fragment and held together with pins. The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) has worked together with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Rijksmuseum to find out more about them. It was recently uncovered that one of the pieces, an eleven-bead Chatsworth Rosary (c. 1509-1526), was owned by King Henry VIII and his wife Catherine of Aragon. ...
Art

Olga Diego brings an exhibition for all the senses in her exhibition for UC Merced Arts

As part of the UC Merced Arts Presents Artist-in-Residence Spring 2017, Olga Diego will fly in from Spain to showcase some of her best artwork. Her show will take audiences into an exhibition designed for a complete sensory experience. The art will stimulate the sight, touch, and hearing of its audiences. New technologies will also be an important part of the show. UCM Arts has been featuring artists and performers from all over the world, sharing their work with the Merced community. Diego's showcase will take place on February 10. She says that her inspirations are life and people. She claims that public participation is a huge and vital element in her art. Diego is a graduate of Fine Arts and has undergone other art-related courses, such as technology and strategy for artistic creativity and theory and practice of art performance. Find out more about her art on her blog. See the details of her UCM event on Facebook. ...
Art

See Bouchardon’s works in the ‘Royal Artist of the Enlightenment’ on exhibit in the Getty Museum

Very few people know the name Edmé Bouchardon. This isn't surprising, given the artist's history. Just as he was getting his name known, the bloody revolution took place, followed by the guillotine deaths of Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI. So it's rather reasonable for people to pay less attention to sculptors. Bouchardon was the royal sculptor to Louis XV and his successor, the then-beheaded royal. His works will be featured in the Getty Museum, and the show is entitled “Bouchardon: Royal Artist of the Enlightenment”. The biggest show-stealer has to be his carving, “Cupid Carving a Bow From Hercules’s Club" - which he was able to finish just 12 years before his own death. His works have revolutionized how sculptures were seen and has garnered a lot of criticism - even from Voltaire himself. You can catch the show now until April 2, at the Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood. For more information, contact (310) 440-7300 or visit the Getty...
Architecture

‘The Art of the Brick’ is on a global tour, rated by CNN as one of the world’s ‘Must-See Exhibitions’

THE ART OF THE BRICK is redefining what it means to create art using Lego bricks. Artist Nathan Sawaya is making sure that the audiences are given an art experience unlike any other. Sawaya has won a lot of awards in the past, and this time, he is offering several exhibitions - each unique and made from nothing bu Legos. There are usually new sculptures that are crafted for the sole purpose of the exhibition. Each exhibition in the tour is different from the next. It doesn't matter which show you see - because every one of them features thousands of colorful Lego bricks, transformed into inspiring, breathtaking, and inconceivably surreal creations. Sawaya is one of the few, if not the only, people who can make a common child's toy into an art form of its own: a meaningful piece of work that exhibits perfect space - the ideal embodiment of contemporary art. For more information about Nathan Sawaya, please visit NathanSawaya.com.  ...
Art

Art exhibition to feature Hillary Clinton’s oatmeal chocolate chip cookies on a pantsuit (sculpture)

Hillary Clinton is one of the biggest female icons in politics. Aside from her long list of accomplishments, previous posts in the U.S. government, charitable deeds, and years of public service, she is also popular because of a recent comment she gave back in 1992 during the Democratic presidential primary: “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession which I entered before my husband was in public life.”  Jennifer Rubell's new show, "Housewife", is partly inspired by this comment. The artist has already made herself known in the art world as an expert in making installations and pieces that involve food in witty and interactive ways. Her new show includes a five-foot tall orange pantsuit with an orange cookie jar on top. Entitled "Vessel", the piece is an homage to Clinton's famous orange pantsuit and features Rubell's own attempt at replicating Clinton's cookie recipe. Jennifer Rubell:...
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A new era of feminist art emerges as a response to Trump’s electoral win

Last January 12, 2017, the first of the thirty Nasty Women art exhibits was opened in Knockdown Center, in Queens, NY. More than 700 female artists hung their work on walls. The show was spearheaded by a 12-foot-tall series of block letters that spelled out N-A-S-T-Y W-O-M-E-N, clearly playing on a Trump reference from the previous presidential debates. There are many pieces of art included in the show, such as a Trump voodoo doll by artist Sandra Koponen, a portrait of well-manicured middle fingers, a bracelet that is etched with the word UNGRABBABLE, a painting of flaming high heels, and more. All of the pieces were on display and for sale for $100 or less. Over 2200 people attended the event on its opening night. The show was able to achieve $34,950 from art sales, and all of these proceeds were donated to Planned Parenthood. Angel Bellaran, the exhibition’s curatorial advisor, has been an active protester in many political issues in the past but says that...
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Multicolored beeswax sculptures inspired by geological processes

These alien-looking sculptural forms by Laura Moriarty are downright mystifying. The self-taught artist created a series of asymmetrical pieces by heating and cooling pigmented beeswax to mimic geological processes such as erosion and weathering. Some of the brain-like formations have been cut in half to reveal multicolored rings within. The patterns are reminiscent of microbial life as seen under a microscope. Moriarty writes in her artist statement, "Layers of color form the strata of a methodology in which the immediacy of the hand can translate a sense of deep time." Check out some of the sculptures below and find more of her work on Artspace and Instagram. ...
Art

Neo-origami sculptures to be displayed at the artist’s alma mater

Claremont McKenna College is home to many talented artists. In the past years, it has been renowned for its alumni's exceptional work, many of which have been displayed in its very halls and exhibits. The latest alumnus to be featured is Lawrence Beall, whose new piece is entitled "Digital Odyssey". The piece uses what the artist calls neo-origami sculpture, and aims to retell the classic tale of Odysseus' twelve-year journey, but in a more contemporary manner. The piece was placed at the Roberts Pavilion and was funded by the Dean of Students Office and the CMC Student Art Council. He wants to create and spread awareness to the students using his work, representing the classic concepts of wandering but interpreted in a digital world. Beall also has upcoming works to be featured at the Riverside Art Museum, where he will participate in the artist residence. While waiting for his future exhibit, take a peek at his Digital Odyssey below. ...
Art

Veteran sculptor graces the Hessisches Landesmuseum with his ‘Unnatural Selection’ series

In an exhibition entitled Unnatural Selection, 20 of the best sculptures from renowned artist Tony Cragg will be displayed inside the majestic Hessisches Landesmuseum of Darmstadt. Tony Cragg is a British sculptor who comes from Liverpool. Over the years, he has made a big name for himself and his works have been featured in various projects, exhibits, and galleries all around the world. Thanks to the fluidity of his organic sculptures, Dr. Klaus-D. Pohl (curator) has decided to pick his work and showcase them in the grandiose main hall of the museum. Doing this will create a juxtaposition between the venue's religious ambiance and architecture against the more modern and futuristic forms of the artist. His pieces come in wood, glass, marble, and metal - reflecting his impressive mastery of his chosen material and his ability to create stunning impact with his visual work. The show has already begun last December 2 and will continue until March 26, 2017....
Art

High school students design and create 29 sculptures to adorn their neighborhoods

Students from various public high schools have come together in a nonprofit project to beautify their city. The plan is to plan, design, and put up 29 pieces of sculpture. So far, the group has successfully erected their first installation - entitled Piece 24 ("Let Me Walk in Beauty", as inspired by a native American poem about respecting nature) - in Oak Cliff, just a few steps away from the famous Texas Theatre. The goal of the project is to "uplift and awaken the creative spirit to make genuine social change.” And this is definitely starting to happen. A real estate investor has helped the group in finding the location for their first sculpture. Many other individuals, companies, and philanthropists have helped with the project financially. All of the work is done by the students, as encouraged by their schools and teachers. At the end of the whole initiative, there will be 29 neighborhoods in Dallas, Texas, that will be adorned with beautiful works of art. Each piece...
Creativity

Amazingly detailed stamp-inspired sculptures featuring adorable birds

Diana Beltran Herrera is out with a crafty little series combining adorable birds and stamps! The Colombia-based artist has long held a fascination of birds and that has culminated into a creative collection of stamp-inspired sculptures fashioned out of paper. The details in the birds are incredible, to say the least! Just look at the feathers! Herrera says, "I always felt inspired by postage stamps as they are little windows of the world, specifically those that contain birds which are often traveling around the word." Check out some of the works below and find more on her Instagram and Facebook. ...
Art

Freaky, strobe-animated sculptures by John Edmark

John Edmark has created a series of animated sculptures that you won't believe are real, physical objects! Each complex sculpture is 3D-printed and is part of Blooms 2, a collection of strobe-animated sculptures. After being programmed in Python, the pieces are printed and then set in motion upon a table. Edmark describes the project, "Blooms are based on the same geometry nature uses in many plant forms, including artichokes, sunflowers, and pinecones, all of which share the same underlying mathematical pattern." The film, created by Charlie Nordstrom, uses freeze framing techniques and a short shutter speed to provide the fantastic motion seen below. Check it out! ...
Art

Artist ships glass with FedEx for exhibition featuring shattered boxes

Making sure fragile items don't get destroyed while on their way to destinations is tough. Walead Beshty captures the experience in shattered glass boxes. The LA-based artist packed up a number of glass boxes and shipped them to various exhibitions and galleries across the country. The works, created to fit said boxes as proportionately as possible, were expected to endure a few bumps while on their way. The almost-shattered pieces were then carefully removed by gallery curators and then titled using the shipping date, tracking number, and box size. Beshty writes, "I considered this volume as my starting point; the perversity of a corporation owning a shape—not just the design of the object—and also the fact that the volume is actually separate from the box." Check out some images of the works below and watching the video profiling the project below. ...
Architecture

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is back, and 2017’s sculptures are bigger than ever

We have previously covered a story about the very same festival, back in 2013. The annual festival is coming soon this year, and the sculptures are crazier and bigger than ever. Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is a tourist attraction for both local and foreign vacationers because it provides something completely new. Sure, we've all seen snow and ice one way or another, but what about ice sculptures that are bigger than life? Probably not. As you can see in the photos below, the festival takes a LOT of manpower, planning, and preparation to execute properly. And topping the previous years' already successful runs can be a humongous challenge to take. This festival isn't just about sculptures and lights towering among us, however. The very first ice lantern and sculpture dates back to ancient China, so this event is somehow giving us a glimpse of what life was back then. Today, people from all over the world come together to bask in the culture, art, and festivities...
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Remembering the defunct ‘Faux Museum’: a paradise for oddities and confusion

The Faux Museum was once the bread and butter of Tom Richards, its curator (and often, janitor). It was located in Portland, Oregon and contains a wild collection of knick knacks. Everything inside the museum was either created by Richards himself or his friends. Each displayed item is a representation of his eccentric imagination and sense of humor. Why the weirdness? He simply wants people to "not think too hard" and "see things differently". In this light, each piece is misleading by intention. In fact, the original plan was to make an entire museum as a prank, but Richards ended up pouring everything he had into it. As a result, he made tourists and locals amused (and usually, confused) as they pass by. There certainly is a big hole left by the Faux Museum as it leaves us in its wake. It said goodbye in 2015, and fans from all over are still hoping that it'll open its doors once again - in one way or another.  ...
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