Category: Art

100,000 LED Spheres Flowing Down a Japanese River

100,000 LED Spheres Flowing Down a Japanese River light Japan installation

100,000 LED Spheres Flowing Down a Japanese River light Japan installation

100,000 LED Spheres Flowing Down a Japanese River light Japan installation

100,000 LED Spheres Flowing Down a Japanese River light Japan installation

100,000 LED Spheres Flowing Down a Japanese River light Japan installation

As part of the recent Tokyo Hotaru Festival, 100,000 illuminated blue LEDs were released in the Sumida River. The massive installation of solar-powered spheres was meant to mimic a swarm of fireflies that twisted and bobbed along the river by moonlight. For those of you worried about pollution or safety, the lights were later caught downstream by giant nets. See much more over at Spoon & Tamago. (photos by jeremy v, makure, and ajpscs)

British Birds Made of LEGO

British Birds Made of LEGO sculpture Lego birds

British Birds Made of LEGO sculpture Lego birds

British Birds Made of LEGO sculpture Lego birds

British Birds Made of LEGO sculpture Lego birds

British Birds Made of LEGO sculpture Lego birds

I just stumbled onto this expertly crafted series of birds found in Britain by Thomas Poulsom. His use of color and perfect selection of bricks really bring these animals to life. You can see the entire series of six birds here, and apparently there are many more to come. (via lustik)

Update: Thomas mentions that if enough people vote for his designs, they might become actual sets.

Maurice Sendak 1928-2012

Maurice Sendak 1928 2012 memorial kids illustration books

Maurice Sendak 1928 2012 memorial kids illustration books

Influential children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, creator of Where the Wild Things Are, has died. You can find his obituary on the New York Times. This is such a sad day and a great loss. Do yourself a favor and watch his interview on the Colbert Report (parts 1 and 2 above), he was a witty, delightful curmudgeon up until his last days.

The Sculptures of Ron Ulicny

The Sculptures of Ron Ulicny sculpture

The Sculptures of Ron Ulicny sculpture

The Sculptures of Ron Ulicny sculpture

The Sculptures of Ron Ulicny sculpture

The Sculptures of Ron Ulicny sculpture

The Sculptures of Ron Ulicny sculpture

If there’s a theme on Colossal that appears more often than any other, it’s artwork involving ordinary objects and materials that are repurposed or reconfigured to create new, unexpected things. Portland sculptor Ron Ulicny has made a living for himself creating just such artworks. From high heel roller skates to a sink spewing Scrabble letters, his art objects frequently require a double take and often leave you with a smile, be it in humor or wonder. Above are five of my favorite sculptures by Ulicny, but you can see much more on his website. Also read a recent interview on Hi-Fructose, follow him on Facebook, or see a number of available works at Spoke Art.

Stitched Portrait Project by Evelin Kasikov

Stitched Portrait Project by Evelin Kasikov textiles portraits embroidery

Stitched Portrait Project by Evelin Kasikov textiles portraits embroidery

Stitched Portrait Project by Evelin Kasikov textiles portraits embroidery

Stitched Portrait Project by Evelin Kasikov textiles portraits embroidery

Stitched Portrait Project by Evelin Kasikov textiles portraits embroidery

Master of embroidery Evelin Kasikov recently began a new project involving cross stitched portraits. Using an identical grid, each image is created using a mix of geometric stitching styles and thread of varying color and thickness that results in these beautifully pixelated faces. See the before photos and other process shots over on her Portrait Project page where she’s posting a new work each week. (via the jealous curator)

Lace Portrait by Pierre Fouché

Lace Portrait by Pierre Fouché textiles portraits lace

Lace Portrait by Pierre Fouché textiles portraits lace

Lace Portrait by Pierre Fouché textiles portraits lace

Lace Portrait by Pierre Fouché textiles portraits lace

This recent portrait by Cape Town-based artist Pierre Fouché was made over a four year period using bobbin lace in polyester thread. I’ve never seen anyone work with lace and can only imagine the immeasurable skill and patience needed to create something this intricate. The portrait will be part of an upcoming solo show at Whatiftheworld Gallery later this year. (via lustik)

Photographic Specimens by Michael Mapes

Photographic Specimens by Michael Mapes sculpture multiples collage

Photographic Specimens by Michael Mapes sculpture multiples collage

Photographic Specimens by Michael Mapes sculpture multiples collage

Photographic Specimens by Michael Mapes sculpture multiples collage

Photographic Specimens by Michael Mapes sculpture multiples collage

Photographic Specimens by Michael Mapes sculpture multiples collage

Photographic Specimens by Michael Mapes sculpture multiples collage

Photographic Specimens by Michael Mapes sculpture multiples collage

Photographic Specimens by Michael Mapes sculpture multiples collage

New York artist Michael Mapes creates elaborate specimen boxes by dissecting photographs and then compartmentalizing individual fragments within plastic bags, glass vials, magnifiers, in gelatin capsules and on insect pins. The boxes exist in an uncanny area between photography and sculpture, functioning both as portraits and as fascinating scientific canvases that make you question the the logic behind the organization of each piece. See more of his work over at Parlor Gallery, and if you liked this also check out the work of David Adey. (via lost at e minor)

Urban Cityscapes Spray Painted on Cardboard Panels by EVOL

Urban Cityscapes Spray Painted on Cardboard Panels by EVOL street art stencils graffiti

Urban Cityscapes Spray Painted on Cardboard Panels by EVOL street art stencils graffiti

Urban Cityscapes Spray Painted on Cardboard Panels by EVOL street art stencils graffiti

Urban Cityscapes Spray Painted on Cardboard Panels by EVOL street art stencils graffiti

Urban Cityscapes Spray Painted on Cardboard Panels by EVOL street art stencils graffiti

Urban Cityscapes Spray Painted on Cardboard Panels by EVOL street art stencils graffiti

German street artist EVOL (previously) is currently showing a number of new pieces at Jonathan LeVine gallery. The new works feature urban facades spray painted with the use of stencils on flat sheets of cardboard. Much like his outdoor graffiti, these stencils display an uncanny attention to detail, depicting light and shadow that transforms mundane surfaces of consumer packaging into fascinating, seemingly multi-dimensional pieces of art. The show runs through May 5th. (via juxtapoz)

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