Category: Sculpture

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...
Art

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.  ...
Art

Sparks Gallery hosts National Sculpture Society exhibit in San Diego

The National Sculpture Society celebrates its inaugural this month. Its Southern California division will host the society's first group show, which will run from January 7 to March 5 at Sparks Gallery. The National Sculpture Society is the oldest association of sculpting artists in America. It was founded more than 120 years ago and is still active to this day. This year, it has chosen the 23 best artists from Southern California to include in the exhibit. These artists come from the San Diego county and city, including Encinitas, Oceanside, Del Mar, Carlsbad, and even Temecula. The exhibition will be a colorful display of different mediums, such as bronze sculptures, wood and ceramic creations, and marble statues. The exhibit can be visited while enjoying wine. It will be open from 6 to 9 PM. RSVP is required, but admission and registration are free. One free drink is included in the ticket. All wine sales and proceeds will benefit the San Diego Rotary Club. For more...
Art

250 mirrors reflect changes in California’s Laguna Beach

Reflecting the beautiful sunset on California’s Laguna Beach coast is Phillip K Smith III's latest installation - and it is absolutely stunning. Dubbed "1/4 Mile Arc," the series of 250 mirrored posts measuring 10-feet each, stood reflecting four days of subtle changes in the Pacific Ocean in November 2016. The Los Angeles-based artist was commissioned by the Laguna Art Museum for the fourth annual Art & Nature program. Check out some images of the installation below and watch the video profiling the work by photographer Lance Gerber. Find more wonderful installations over at the artist's website.  ...
Creativity

DIY beetle-sculpting kits by Netherlands designer Joop Bource

DIY creativity kits are heating up in terms of...well...creativity. Like this DIY beetle-making kit for instance. Designer Joop Bource of Netherlands-based Assembli has created a series of funky-looking hand-sized beetle models that come flat-packed. There are three kits to choose from like the Stag, Hercules, and Atlas. Each of the variants come in different metallic colors. The beetles look stunning when assembly is complete! Check out some of the kits below and if you'd like to purchase a kit, head on over to Etsy. ...
Art

Cacti-inspired sculptures made from stained glass and tiles

At once plantlike and architectural, these glass sculptures by Lesley Green are fantastic. The elements of the artist's latest series of glass sculptures is inspired by architecture and illustration while taking a hint from modern design. Stained glass and tiles were used throughout with each piece featuring organic shapes that reflect the aesthetics found in cacti and agave plants. In an interview with Etsy, Green said, "I want to push the technical boundaries of stained glass, and love the challenge of figuring out how to solve problems, such as creating open spaces in a pattern." Check out some of her sculptures below and find more on her Instagram and Etsy shop. ...
Design

Designers in Taipei used discarded lamp posts to create this playground

Instead of using discarded objects for the mere purposes of art, why not use them to redesign a public space? Taipei seems to have done just that with unwanted lamp posts by reshaping them for use in a public park in the middle of the city. The public playground project, "Swings Park," came about as a joint project between Taipei-based design studio City Yeast and Spanish art collective Basurma. The design was a result of Design Capital 2016, which aims to use public design as a catalyst for urban evolution. The Swings Park is here to stay through 2017 and you can learn more on their website. ...
Creativity

Twitter user stacks coins in impossible ways creating mind-blowing sculptures

Coin stacking is an art form. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Twitter [email protected]_tani creates some crazy-looking towers from coins, toothpicks, and silverware. The gravity-defying works are held together with a calculated balance in which each piece relies on its position and weight. Just look at the one below where coins are balanced over a knife's point! From swirling cylinders to twisting DNA strands, it leaves the viewer asking "what sorcery is this?!" And the answer is science! Check out some of them below and find more on Twitter. ...
Art

Solid wood chunks carved into flowing ribbons and twisted screws

Redefining the solid qualities we attribute to wood, Xavier Puente Vilardell creates some striking sculptures. The sculptor carves twisted screws and flowing ribbons out of blocks of pinewood. Some of the seemingly lightweight works are varnished with a deep, glossy coat in the final process while others are left to retain their natural, grainy looks. Vilardell shows that you really can't go wrong with wood even nowadays when there's a big push from artists towards finding new and innovative materials for creative experimentation. Check out some of his sculptures below and find more on his Behance and website. ...
Art

Philanthropist honored with life-sized sculpture by artist he never met

Saige Baxter is an artist - a painter, sculptor, and welder. But even more than that, she is an advocate for many positive things in life. Much of her work stems from goodness and charity. So it was not a huge surprise when she created a sculpture in honor of Jennings Womack, a philanthropist from Greensburg. Baxter spent almost a whole year preparing and crafting the sculpture to honor the late Womack. Although they never knew each other in real life, Baxter felt as if she already met him by talking to those close to him. The sculpture was officially unveiled outside the Jennings Womack Fitness Center. It was the final touch that closed the recent renovation done to the facility. It is located at Greensburg Salem High School. Before Womack died, renovations were already underway. And although the sculpture came as a posthumous honor, it definitely encapsulated what the community felt for the philanthropist. The artist made the sculpture so that it evokes the image of...
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More heads are certainly better than one in this Japanese artist’s sculptures

Yoshitoshi Kanemaki is accustomed to abnormal figurative sculptors, seeing as how wonderful some of his latest creations are. The Japanese sculptor produces sculptures that feature various facial abnormalities and deformities. Some figures feature multiple faces while others seem to defy gravity with jelly-inspired postures. The sculptures vary in scale with some even being life-size and have been carved out of camphor wood, then chiseled into form. Check out some of the sculptures below and find more from Kanemaki on his Behance and Facebook. ...
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Exquisitely detailed 3D-printed figurines in full color by Eric Van Straaten

3D printing is catching on big time and these new full-color 3D print sculptures by Eric van Straaten are indicative of its potential. Born in 1969 in Leiden, Straaten grew up in Haarlem, The Netherlands. The artist worked with traditional materials and sculpted by hand up until 2010. After learning about 3D art, he's made the move to using industrial 3D-printing. Straaten recently updated his site with 17 brand new full-color 3D prints in the form of figurines. The details here are exquisite, to say the least with each piece carrying a palette that best suits its personality. "I aim for physical expressiveness in my sculptures while preserving a certain digital feel. It has been said that my sculptures contain a weirdly eroticized corporeality, although the models are completely virtual," the artist writes, "Balancing on the edge of kitsch, the marzipan-like quality of the material resonates beautifully with the apparent innocence of the scenery." Check...
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Out-of-the-box Bentwood Box Art Pieces support fundraiser

The Annual Charity Bentwood Box Event has gathered a total of 25 artists to participate in the fundraising event this year. The moderator gave all artists the same materials to work with. At the end of the event, the artists showcased their own individual interpretations and created art pieces that raised awareness about important issues in our society today. It was held at the Lattimer Gallery. The fundraiser started last November and concluded recently on Dec. 3. It became a live auction, where all proceeds went to benefit the Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA). UNYA is a nonprofit that aids indigenous youths in urban areas, primarily to build and develop an aboriginal youth centre - the very first one in the country. This event marked the 10th anniversary of the charity. Since its conception, the bentwood box charity has raised over $180,000 for the UNYA. Right now, all of the box installations have been sold out. You can still view photos of the pieces on...
Art

Sculpted literature brings books to life

Jody Harvey is a dance teacher from the USA. She is also an artist, that with scissors, glue, imagination, and talent, will bring stories to life from the very pages they're made from. This is definitively not your regular scrap book! Some avid readers may feel torn with this book sculptures, and just the thought of pages being cut makes me cringe, it sounds like a sacrilege, but she makes it worth it. Her gallery is definitely something worth exploring, maybe you'll find your favorite book there! Check her DeviantArt and enjoy yourself. ...
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Solemn figurative sculpture near Bondi beach inspires many

Sculpture by the Sea on Bondi beach played host to some amazing works recently and this one takes the cake! Artist Alessandra Rossi's piece became the most popular one at this year's exhibition and for good reason. The figurative sculpture in the form of a solemnly dressed girl was inspired partially by coral bleaching, a natural phenomenon that occurs when ocean water becomes increasingly warm, causing the coral to expel white algae. In Rossi's words, the figure is also "a metaphor for the patination and discoloration of emotion engendered by the digital era." Check out some images of the sculpture below and find more exhibited works here. ...
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Seeing the best of representative painting at Art Basel Miami Beach

Many detest the Art Basel events in Miami Beach, claiming them to be overly commercialized and expensive. Audiences who are able to see past that, however, might find that it is worth going on a trip for - especially if you're only ever concerned about the actual art. The show will feature the works of various artists from around the globe. These artists use all kinds of media, but painting seems to be among the more prevalent ones. To be precise, "representational painting" is a huge trend for this year's event. More than paintings, fans of film, art installations, sculptures, and even magazine collectors will find something interesting. The event is also a prime spot for critics and collectors from all around the world. Considered as the premier art fair in the US, the exhibit is expecting a total of 70,000 visitors this year. ...
Art

‘Creepers’ exhibit shows colorful, tasteful perversity

Daniel Boccato's Creepers exhibition at The Journal Gallery in Brooklyn is underway. The exhibit is made of six fiberglass and epoxy sculptures. Each piece was made this year. The Brazilian native adopted a bold move by using a modern color-and-shape focus on his works. The exhibit is an impressive installment. You would expect such sculptures to have a strong psychological impact, but they seem too strategically done to make there be anything too weird about them. This may be work that is conservative in its core, showing that Boccato is simply a young artist that is full of promise and ambition. In a field that's teeming with similar artists, it will be nice to see how he fares against fellow sculptors. The show is considerably successful, thanks to its staying power. The installment features monochrome sculptures that refer to exterior anatomies. Some may appear abstract, even if motivated by natural or mechanical forms. Parallel to the wall, the pieces protrude...
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15th century sculptures re-imagined with bits of modern life

Sculptor and artist Gerard Mas is very serious about his art. And he well should be, because they are beautiful. Still, one can't help to have a smile - perhaps even let out a giggle or two - with his latest artwork. Imagine a classic Florentine portrait of a woman, all dressed accordingly -  now, add a microphone headset to the picture, or a bubble of gum ready to pop, or a tattoo of a skull on her chest. The Spanish artist does bring out the most tasteful flavor of humor with his work. However, the artist does manage to amusingly create 15th century Florentine sculptures re-imagined with glimpses of various aspects that come from modern life. Mas uses alabaster, resin, wood, and marble with his contemporary busts. At first sight, they look like they were fished straight out from the Renaissance - until you get a closer look. Sucking on lollipops or picking noses while posing for a sculpture surely is no way for a 15th-century woman to behave. Gerard Mas is a Spanish sculptor from...
Design

‘The New Age of Ceramics’ book brings groundbreaking sculptures to all

There's no doubt that ceramics has solidified its place in the arts as a material of choice in the minds of creatives worldwide. Collating all of the amazing work done so far is definitely not an easy task. But this book from Gingko Press titled, The New Age of Ceramics, by Hannah Stouffer, is a start. The book collects over 180 photos of the works of nearly 40 artists raising the bar one ceramic piece at a time. It's interesting how we've covered some of these artists here on DesignFaves. The book release coincided with an exhibition at the Dave Frey Gallery. The book's author describes the allure of ceramics as a material saying, "The tangibility of the material is something I feel really drawn to, and feel there is a great importance in sharing that, as we stray further from this connection to traditional mediums and become more invested with technology." Check out some of the work featured in the compilation below. ...
Design

Acrylic and wooden fuse to make a furniture vanishing act

Furniture that dissipates into nothing right before your eyes is a comfortable optical illusion. The cleverly-titled project, "My Old New Chair," by visual artist Tatiane Freitas is all about repairing broken furniture and replacing the missing parts with translucent acrylic ones. Inspired by the Japanese practice of kintsugi, Frietas' designs put back functionality into the chairs and, at the same time, acknowledge the history of each piece, putting back the missing pieces. Check out some of her furniture below and find more of her latest work on her website and Instagram. ...
Architecture

These are the most amazing sand castles ever

Fresh takes on sand castles were nearly extinct until Calvin Seibert saved the bygone pastime through a contemporary twist. The professional sculptor spent a large part of his summer on Rockaway Beach in Queens, where he erected several architectural models. Each one of them is stylized to look a certain way and could very well belong to a different time period. The variety is awesome and so is their massive scale. Seibert describes his process, "Building 'sandcastles' is a bit of a test. Nature will always be against you and time is always running out. Having to think fast and to bring it all together in the end is what I like about it. I rarely start with a plan, just a vague notion of trying to do something different each time." Check out some of his architectural models below and find more lots more on Flickr. ...
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