South Korean artist Limee Young makes these diabolically complex kinetic sculptures using stainless steel components, embedded cpu boards, microprocessors, servos, and other mechanical doodads I’m not going to even pretend to understand. The devices seem to have no practical function other than being completely mesmerizing in a strangely perfect way. You can read a bit more about the devices on his blog and see a couple larger images on mu-um.
File this under I had no idea this existed. During the early 20th century residents of Fort Bragg, California chose to dispose of their waste by hurling it off the cliffs above a beach. No object was too toxic or too large as household appliances, automobiles, and all matter of trash were tossed into the crashing waves below, eventually earning it the name The Dumps. In 1967 the North Coast Water Quality Board closed the area completely and initiated a series of cleanups to slowly reverse decades of pollution and environmental damage. But there was one thing too costly (or perhaps impossible) to tackle: the millions of tiny glass shards churning in the surf. Over time the unrelenting ocean waves have, in a sense, cleansed the beach, turning the sand into a sparkling, multicolored bed of smooth glass stones now known as Glass Beach. The beach is now an unofficial tourist attraction and the California State Park System has gone so far as purchasing the property and incorporating it into surrounding MacKerricher State Park. (images courtesy digggs, matthew high, meganpru, lee rentz and linked to sources. via kuriositas)
French street artist LUDO made a quick, sweeping tour across the U.S. this month with stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. His signature wheatpastes are hard to miss, often hybridizing insects and plants with mechanical objects such as tanks and airplanes. The above works photographed by Brock Brake are from here in Chicago, but head over to Arrested Motion for a broader overview of the artist and his work in other cities. Thanks to Brock and Pawn Works (previously) for hosting the artist.
While in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, artist Michael Beitz (previously) built this 10-foot-long outdoor picnic table that seemingly overflows its space on a gallery terrace and drips down a railing to a level below. The table was built from laminated poplar and marine epoxy and a video about its development and construction can be seen here. Special thanks to the Bemis Center for providing imagery for this post.
After encountering aliens in the 1990s Jody Pendarvis of Bowman, South Carolina began construction on an enormous 30-foot spacecraft in the front yard of his home (this also coincided with his failed campaign for mayor of Bowman, but that’s another story). Lacking any formal plans or blueprints Pendarvis built the entire structure by hand and claims to dwell inside it several months each year, keeping vigilant watch for extraterrestrials through a portal in the roof called the Lookout Center. Documentary filmmaker Mikey Livingston captured this touching portrait of a rather bizarre man in his short film, Welcome to Planet Earth. (via vimeo)
There’s been no shortage of dinosaur related stuff here lately, so why not round it out with this great short clip from Tal Moskovich who uses a Sam Neil voiceover from Jurassic Park to narrate some hilarious animated infographics. I’ve watched this three times and I’m still gigglin’ like piglet.