Category: Art

A Drawing Machine that Records the Chaos of Pinball

A Drawing Machine that Records the Chaos of Pinball pinball games drawing machines drawing

A Drawing Machine that Records the Chaos of Pinball pinball games drawing machines drawing

A Drawing Machine that Records the Chaos of Pinball pinball games drawing machines drawing

A Drawing Machine that Records the Chaos of Pinball pinball games drawing machines drawing

From the pendulum-based drawing machine by Eske Rex to the art of Tim Knowles who attaches writing implements to trees, I love when the seemingly random lines of chaos (or maybe just physics) are rendered visible using ink or pencil. This latest project titled STYN by Netherlands-based graduate student Sam van Doorn is no exception. Using modified parts from an old pinball machine van Doorn created a one-of-a-kind drawing device that utilizes standard flippers to control a ink-covered sphere that moves across a temporary poster placed on the game surface. He suggets that skill then becomes a factor, as the better you are at pinball the more complex the drawing becomes. See much more on his website, here. My drawing would have a single line that goes between the flippers and then have TILT written all over it. (via lustik)

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Lego Bonsai Tree by Makoto Azuma

Lego Bonsai Tree by Makoto Azuma trees sculpture Lego

Lego Bonsai Tree by Makoto Azuma trees sculpture Lego

Lego Bonsai Tree by Makoto Azuma trees sculpture Lego

Botanical artist Makoto Azuma (previously here and here) just completed work on this lovely bonsai tree made entirely from LEGO bricks. The excruciating detail from the undulating moss surface to the craggy, multicolored tree branches is clear evidence of Azuma’s intimate understanding of the botanical world. If I encountered an actual set like this you couldn’t take my money fast enough. See a bit more detail here. (via spoon and tamago)

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Geometric Sandcastles by Calvin Seibert

Geometric Sandcastles by Calvin Seibert sculpture sand geometric

Geometric Sandcastles by Calvin Seibert sculpture sand geometric

Geometric Sandcastles by Calvin Seibert sculpture sand geometric

Geometric Sandcastles by Calvin Seibert sculpture sand geometric

Geometric Sandcastles by Calvin Seibert sculpture sand geometric

Geometric Sandcastles by Calvin Seibert sculpture sand geometric

Geometric Sandcastles by Calvin Seibert sculpture sand geometric

Geometric Sandcastles by Calvin Seibert sculpture sand geometric

Sand castle artist Calvin Seibert manages to construct nearly impossible shapes from one of the world’s most delicate mediums. While Colossal has seen its fair share of art made with sand I’ve never seen anything so perfectly angular and geometric. See much more of his work over on Flickr. (via fasels suppe)

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Portraits Drawn on Maps by Ed Fairburn

Portraits Drawn on Maps by Ed Fairburn portraits maps illustration
Ink on a 1973 road map of Germany

Portraits Drawn on Maps by Ed Fairburn portraits maps illustration
Pencil on a Bartholomew map of Pembroke

Portraits Drawn on Maps by Ed Fairburn portraits maps illustration
Pencil on a Bartholomew map of Galloway

Portraits Drawn on Maps by Ed Fairburn portraits maps illustration
Ink on a ’30 Miles Around’ map of Bournemouth

Portraits Drawn on Maps by Ed Fairburn portraits maps illustration
Ink on a street map of Cambridge

Portraits Drawn on Maps by Ed Fairburn portraits maps illustration
Work in progress

Artist Ed Fairburn utilizes the chaotic patchwork of roads, trains, and rivers printed on maps as the framework for his large-scale portraits. Almost like a sculptor carving a subject from a block of stone, or a constellation highlighted in a clump of stars, Fairburn uses meticulous ink or pencil crosshatching to create portraits hidden amongst the topographical features. You can see much more of his work over on Facebook. (via artchipel)

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Scattered Crowd: Thousands of White Balloons Suspended by William Forsythe

Scattered Crowd: Thousands of White Balloons Suspended by William Forsythe installation balloons

Scattered Crowd: Thousands of White Balloons Suspended by William Forsythe installation balloons

Scattered Crowd: Thousands of White Balloons Suspended by William Forsythe installation balloons

Scattered Crowd: Thousands of White Balloons Suspended by William Forsythe installation balloons

Scattered Crowd: Thousands of White Balloons Suspended by William Forsythe installation balloons

Scattered Crowd: Thousands of White Balloons Suspended by William Forsythe installation balloons

Since 2002 artist, dancer and choreographer William Forsythe has traveled with his audio/visual installation Scattered Crowd, created with thousands of suspended balloons in galleries, museums, banks and other architecturally significant spaces. Though the photos clearly do the work visual justice I think it’s hard to truly appreciate the full sensory experience without walking through the space itself and hearing the accompanying music by Ekkehard Ehlers, though the video gives you some idea. Forsythe refers to the work as being “an air-borne landscape of relationship, of distance, of humans and emptiness, of coalescence and decision”. The piece will next appear at Bockenheimer Depot in 2013. (via boingboing)

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Cambodian Trees: Digitally Projected Deities and Sprits on the Streets of Cambodia

Cambodian Trees: Digitally Projected Deities and Sprits on the Streets of Cambodia trees projection digital Cambodia

Cambodian Trees: Digitally Projected Deities and Sprits on the Streets of Cambodia trees projection digital Cambodia

Cambodian Trees: Digitally Projected Deities and Sprits on the Streets of Cambodia trees projection digital Cambodia

Cambodian Trees: Digitally Projected Deities and Sprits on the Streets of Cambodia trees projection digital Cambodia

Cambodian Trees: Digitally Projected Deities and Sprits on the Streets of Cambodia trees projection digital Cambodia

Cambodian Trees: Digitally Projected Deities and Sprits on the Streets of Cambodia trees projection digital Cambodia

Cambodian Trees is a digital projection work by French artist Clement Briend who traveled to Cambodia to photograph these sculptural representations of deities and spirits from Cambodian culture overlaid on trees in several urban areas. Of the series Briend says:

It’s a beautiful surprise when the projected spirits awaken and reveal themselves at night as though they are made of the towering trees themselves. The photographic light installations echo the spirituality of the few sprouts of nature in the predominantly urban landscapes. It is a visual imagining of the divine figures that inhabit the world, as seen through an environmentally aware spiritual eye.

Though I’m generally not a fan of digital projection, I really enjoy Briend’s utilization of tree branches to lend volume to the photographs of sculptures, in essence giving them life. To see several more images from this series, head over to his website. All images courtesy the artist. (via empty kingdom)

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Wake: A Walkway of Severed Purple Logs by Michael McGillis

Wake: A Walkway of Severed Purple Logs by Michael McGillis wood trees multiples land art installation

Wake: A Walkway of Severed Purple Logs by Michael McGillis wood trees multiples land art installation

Wake: A Walkway of Severed Purple Logs by Michael McGillis wood trees multiples land art installation

Huge mounds of firewood are a common site here in the midwest, but in the capable hands of Michigan artist Michael McGillis a row of logs becomes a unexpectedly beautiful sight. Titled Wake the piece was originally installed back in 2006 at the Franconia Sculpture Park in Shafer, Minnesota and consisted of a 95-foot long trench of cut trees painted purple in the middle as if to reveal a suprising new species of plant. A simple idea, wonderfully executed. (via my darkened eyes)

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