Guerilla Mosaic Artist Now Filling Chicago Potholes with Flowers

Guerilla Mosaic Artist Now Filling Chicago Potholes with Flowers street art mosaic flowers Chicago

Guerilla Mosaic Artist Now Filling Chicago Potholes with Flowers street art mosaic flowers Chicago

Guerilla Mosaic Artist Now Filling Chicago Potholes with Flowers street art mosaic flowers Chicago

Guerilla Mosaic Artist Now Filling Chicago Potholes with Flowers street art mosaic flowers Chicago

Guerilla Mosaic Artist Now Filling Chicago Potholes with Flowers street art mosaic flowers Chicago

Guerilla Mosaic Artist Now Filling Chicago Potholes with Flowers street art mosaic flowers Chicago

Guerilla Mosaic Artist Now Filling Chicago Potholes with Flowers street art mosaic flowers Chicago

Artist Jim Bachor (previously) continued his guerilla effort to remedy Chicago’s pothole problem by creating a number of flower mosaics in streets around the city. Bachor installed four mosaics through this fall while the weather cooperated, but as things get wet and cooler we’ll probably see a bit less of his, uhm, street art. I’m not sure if any of these are still around, but he keeps a list of photos and addresses where each piece was installed. Bachor opens a new exhibition of mosiac art at Packer Schopf Gallery titled “Jentaculum” early next month.

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Timelapse of the 2014 Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

Timelapse of the 2014 Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta timelapse New Mexico hot air balloons balloons

Here’s a fun timelapse of the 2014 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta (previously) filmed by Knate Myers. The annual event is currently the largest hot air balloon event in the world, seeing over 500 balloon teams take flight over a 9-day period.

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Watch a Japanese Kokeshi Doll Emerge From a Spinning Block of Wood

Watch a Japanese Kokeshi Doll Emerge From a Spinning Block of Wood wood Japan carving

Watch a Japanese Kokeshi Doll Emerge From a Spinning Block of Wood wood Japan carving

In an age of the ubiquitous 3D printer, it’s easy to forget the joy and beauty of handmade craft. Take, for example, the 400-year old Japanese art of creating kokeshi dolls. These traditional wooden figurines were said to have been originally made as souvenirs to sell to people visiting the local hot springs in Northern Japan. Although there are about 10 different styles, each doll is made with an enlarged head and cylindrical body with no arms or legs.

In the video, produced by tetotetote, an organization highlighting the arts and crafts of Sendai, Japan, Yasuo Okazaki woodturns solid blocks into the head and body using just a few tools. Okazaki’s “Naruko” style of making the dolls was passed down to him from his father and features stripes at the top and bottom of the body and bangs with red headdresses. I don’t think there’s anything more soothing and hypnotic than the sights and sounds of watching these dolls emerge from a spinning block of wood.

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Steel Animal Sculptures by Byeong Doo Moon at ‘Sculpture by the Sea’

Steel Animal Sculptures by Byeong Doo Moon at Sculpture by the Sea wire steel sculpture animals
Our memory in your place. 2014. Photo by GCImagery.

Steel Animal Sculptures by Byeong Doo Moon at Sculpture by the Sea wire steel sculpture animals
Our memory in your place. 2014. Photo by Deepwarren.

Steel Animal Sculptures by Byeong Doo Moon at Sculpture by the Sea wire steel sculpture animals
Our memory in your place. 2014. Photo by Deepwarren.

Steel Animal Sculptures by Byeong Doo Moon at Sculpture by the Sea wire steel sculpture animals
I have been dreaming to be a tree. 2011.

Steel Animal Sculptures by Byeong Doo Moon at Sculpture by the Sea wire steel sculpture animals
I have been dreaming to be a tree. 2011.

Steel Animal Sculptures by Byeong Doo Moon at Sculpture by the Sea wire steel sculpture animals
I have been dreaming to be a tree. 2011.

Steel Animal Sculptures by Byeong Doo Moon at Sculpture by the Sea wire steel sculpture animals
I have been dreaming to be a tree. 2011. Photo by Francisco Martins.

South Korean sculptor Byeong Doo Moon unveiled a new stainless steel sculpture as part of Sculpture by the Sea 2014 earlier this month in Sydney. The intricately welded peacock is titled “Our memory in your place” and is a stylistic companion to Moon’s 2011 sculpture, a deer with an unwieldy set of antlers that resembles tree limbs. The annual sculpture event is now in its 18th year and runs through November 9th. You can see plenty more photos of this year’s participants on their website. (via Visual News)

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Portraits Painted on Film Negatives by Nick Gentry

Portraits Painted on Film Negatives by Nick Gentry portraits painting film

Portraits Painted on Film Negatives by Nick Gentry portraits painting film

Portraits Painted on Film Negatives by Nick Gentry portraits painting film

Portraits Painted on Film Negatives by Nick Gentry portraits painting film

Portraits Painted on Film Negatives by Nick Gentry portraits painting film

Portraits Painted on Film Negatives by Nick Gentry portraits painting film

Portraits Painted on Film Negatives by Nick Gentry portraits painting film

Portraits Painted on Film Negatives by Nick Gentry portraits painting film

British artist Nick Gentry (previously) created a new series of portraits by painting on cut film negatives, part of an ongoing effort to repurpose obsolete media—he’s widely known for his paintings on floppy disks—which he uses as a backdrop for his portraiture. The new pieces are part of an upcoming show titled Synthetic Dreams at Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami in November. You can see some of Gentry’s most recent work in his online gallery.

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New Surreal Paintings and Murals by Rustam Qbic

New Surreal Paintings and Murals by Rustam Qbic surreal street art painting murals

New Surreal Paintings and Murals by Rustam Qbic surreal street art painting murals

New Surreal Paintings and Murals by Rustam Qbic surreal street art painting murals

New Surreal Paintings and Murals by Rustam Qbic surreal street art painting murals

New Surreal Paintings and Murals by Rustam Qbic surreal street art painting murals

New Surreal Paintings and Murals by Rustam Qbic surreal street art painting murals

New Surreal Paintings and Murals by Rustam Qbic surreal street art painting murals

New Surreal Paintings and Murals by Rustam Qbic surreal street art painting murals

Russian street artist Rustam Qbic (previously) just completed a new 9-story mural in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia for the New City festival. Titled “Blossom” the mural depicts individuals whose heads are literally “blooming” while reading books, an irony not lost on the artist who worked through 11 days of frigid cold and snow to complete the work. The mural is just one of many surreal paintings and walls created by Qbic since we covered his work here last year. You can see more over on his website. (via StreetArtNews)

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Stormscapes 2: An Amazing Severe Weather Time-Lapse by Nicolaus Wegner

Stormscapes 2: An Amazing Severe Weather Time Lapse by Nicolaus Wegner weather timelapse clouds

Stormscapes 2: An Amazing Severe Weather Time Lapse by Nicolaus Wegner weather timelapse clouds

Filmed last month by Nicolaus Wegner in Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Colorado, Stormscapes 2 is a gorgeous timelapse of severe weather events. Wegner deftly captured lightning strikes, rainbow formations, tornadic activity, and rolling thunderstorms in a way I’ve never seen before. Well worth a watch. (via Jason Sondhi)

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