‘Hikaru Dorodango’ is the Japanese Art of Turning Dirt into Perfect Spheres 

Artist Bruce Gardner is a master of a curious Japanese artform called hikaru dorodango (literally: ‘shiny dumpling’) where regular dirt is slowly crafted into perfect shiny spheres. The objects take several hours make as increasingly finer particles of dirt are applied to create each layer. Depending on the desired effect, a cloth might be used to create apply a fine layer of varnish to give the final outer layer a sheen akin to a billiard ball. Despite their appearance the completed dorodango remain extremely fragile and have to be treated with great care. It seems the purpose of making them might be more focused on the meditative benefits derived from process itself rather than the longevity of the artworks. (via Kottke)

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Eggstatic: Stroboscopic Patterns Animated on Easter Eggs 

Start your Easter celebration early with this fun video from Jiri Zemanek and his team at AA4CC who turned Easter eggs covered in stroboscopic patterns into animated zoetropes. To create each animation they drew a pattern on a regular chicken egg with Bruce Shaprio’s brilliant open source EggBot and then rotated each atop a motor at a special speed custom to each design. (via Colossal Submissions)

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New Miniature Architectural Structures Carved Into Raw Stone by Matthew Simmonds 

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“Corona” (2016), Faxe limestone, height 30cm

Matthew Simmonds (previously) sculpts miniature architectural structures from raw stone. Part of his interest in producing these pieces is centered around the contrast between the carved precision of his hand against the rough nature of the natural material he chooses for each work. The pieces’ concept also deals with this human influence on raw environments, humans physically displaying their beliefs and achievements by building large physical forms.

“In my sculptures I am concerned with the common human achievement; the cultural expressions thrown up by different societies, and how the various cultural traditions interact with and influence each other,” said Simmonds in an interview with Colossal. “Stone is the thing that survives the most from older times, and has an inherent sense of strength and permanence that has given it a central role in historical architecture. It is also a natural material, and in this way it inherently has a connection with the Earth’s past.”

Simmonds work Ringrone was commissioned for a client who owns a castle in Ireland that lays in ruin. Simmonds’ sculpture depicts what he believes to be the castle’s original appearance as a “tower house” from the 15th century in which vaulted rooms would be stacked upon each other with twisting passages. The miniature form responds to this internal maze by its play with light, which he hopes “encourages this sense of exploration.”

You can see more of the Copenhagen-based artist’s work on his website.

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“Tetraconch” (2015), limestone, height 31cm, all images courtesy of Matthew Simmonds

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“Ringrone” (2016), Faxe limestone, height 61cm

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“Ringrone” (2016), Faxe limestone, height 61cm

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“Ringrone” (2016), Faxe limestone, height 61cm

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“Ringrone” (2016), Faxe limestone, height 61cm

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“Ringrone” (2016), Faxe limestone, height 61cm

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Ringrone – material, Faxe limestone, 2016, height 61cm

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“Ararat: study II” (2016), Faxe limestone, height 20cm

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Glass: An Oscar-Winning Documentary Short on Dutch Glassblowing from 1958 

Glass is a 1958 non-verbal documentary short by Bert Haanstra that contrasts glassblowing techniques used inside the Royal Leerdam Glass Factory with more modern industrial machines. The first half shows several men at work using traditional glassblowing to create ornate objects like vases and mugs set against jazz music, while the second part shifts abruptly into the mechanized world of industrial glass production set to a whimsical score of more synthesized music. Also, there’s a ton of great smoking! It’s a really unusual little film that went on to pick up an Oscar for Documentary Short Subject in 1959.

Glass was made available by Aeon as part of their wonderfully curated selection of videos on art, design, culture, and news topics. (via Vimeo)

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A Playable Version of Pong Set Inside a Piet Mondrian Painting 

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Over at digital arts community B3ta, a user challenged others to create images of fake video games based off of famous artworks. The results are pretty phenomenal, but one user who goes by HappyToast envisioned a version of Pong set inside a Piet Mondrian painting. After seeing the GIF, designer Kristiana Hansen instantly set out to program the real thing. So here you have it: 2 player MondriPong 1.2. (via BoingBoing)

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New Conceptual Photographs Exhibit Brock Davis’ Perfect Sense of Visual Humor 

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Blackberry Poodle

We’ve long been fans of photographer Brock Davis‘ wonderful sense of humor exemplified by his Instagram feed chalk full of original internet memes like Rice Krispy Henge or the Gummi Bear Skin Rug. Since we last mentioned him here his photography caught the eye of Banksy who included numerous new works by Davis in his Dismaland exhibition last summer. When he’s not making art or delighting his legion of Instagram followers, he’s also the creative director at Minneapolis-based space150. After taking a bit of a creative break since the end of 2015 Davis recently started publishing new images, some of which are included here.

You can see more of his work on on his website, or hear him discuss how brands can best utilize Instagram in an episode of Facebook’s Pub in Pub series.

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Toothpicks and soda cracker

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