Anthony Howe’s Otherworldly Kinetic Sculptures Powered by Wind

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The Creator’s Project recently visited with kinetic sculptor Anthony Howe who creates kinetic artworks powered by wind. You might remember Howe from a piece here on Colossal back in July. Watch the video above to learn more about his artistic philosophy and watch some excellent footage of his hypnotic sculptures.

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Artist Morgan Herrin Transforms Construction Grade Lumber into Surreal Classical Sculptures

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Untitled (2008), dimensional lumber (2×4’s), 82″ x 18″ x 12″

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Untitled (2008), dimensional lumber (2×4’s), 82″ x 18″ x 12″

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Copper Gate (2011), wood, 32″ x 19″ x 12″

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Copper Gate (2011), wood, 32″ x 19″ x 12″

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Untitled (Knight)

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“Globe” 2010, Pine 2×4’s, Figure is life-size.

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“Globe” 2010, Pine 2×4’s, Figure is life-size.

Based in Richmond, Virginia artist Morgan Herrin transforms the most humble material—laminated construction grade 2x4s—into spectacularly detailed figurative sculptures. His choice of imagery is surreal: a noble 15th century knight melts into a network of dripping stalagmites or a classical marble bust that is overgrown with parasitic sea creatures. The resulting works are a fascinating juxtaposition of material and subject matter that require up to a year of labor to produce. Of the untitled knight piece Herrin says:

Untitled (Knight) is the product of the combination of two subjects: 15th century plate armor, and geological cave structure. Studied separately, these two subjects are completely unrelated. The manmade geometric precision of plate armor is formally opposite of the flowing, organic stalactites and stalagmites. Seen together, these two parts present a striking contrast in form and create a theme of time and the effects of nature. The pose of the figure and the general composition are references to the classical sculpture “The Dying Gaul” of ancient Roman antiquity. Rendered entirely in laminated construction-grade 2 by 4s, the material itself irreverently contradicts this classical allusion, and at the same time draws attention to our own culture’s reliance on the fast, cheap, and impermanent.

You can learn more about Herrin’s work at ADA Gallery, and Mulherin + Pollard. All images courtesy ADA Gallery. (via My Modern Met)

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Uncomfortable Sandpaper Sculptures by Mandy Smith

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While at first these tiny paper objects by artist and designer Mandy Smith seem like playful miniature figures from a dollhouse, one shudders to imagine their application when you realize they’re made of carefully sculpted from sandpaper. From the scratchy bikini to the chaffing slide and the unspeakable horror of the toilet paper roll, each is more uncomfortable than the last. Yet it’s hard to deny Smith’s amazing talent in bending such an unforgiving material to her will. Photos by Bruno Drummond. (via It’s Nice That)

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Shake: Hilarious High-Speed Photographs of Dogs Shaking by Carli Davidson

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Mane / Dogue de Bordeaux / Courtesy Carli Davidson & Harper Collins

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Mane / Dogue de Bordeaux / Courtesy Carli Davidson & Harper Collins

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Dax / Boxer / Courtesy Carli Davidson & Harper Collins

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Dax / Boxer / Courtesy Carli Davidson & Harper Collins

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Roz / Chinese Crested / Courtesy Carli Davidson & Harper Collins

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Roz / Chinese Crested / Courtesy Carli Davidson & Harper Collins

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Vito / French Bulldog / Courtesy Carli Davidson & Harper Collins

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Vito / French Bulldog / Courtesy Carli Davidson & Harper Collins

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Katie / Springer Spaniel / Courtesy Carli Davidson & Harper Collins

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Katie / Springer Spaniel / Courtesy Carli Davidson & Harper Collins

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Published just today, Shake is a new book of photos from Portland-based photographer Carli Davidson who used a high speed camera to capture hilarious freeze-frame shots of various dogs mid-shake. The amusing portraits seem to transform ordinary pets into strangely distorted animals right out of a cartoon. Known for her candid and heartfelt portraits of pets and wildlife, Davidson first began photographing animals while working with the animal care team at the Oregon Zoo. Shake was partially inspired by her own dog Norbert whose drool she regularly scrubs from the walls of her home due to his frequent shaking.

To accompany the book Davidson also teamed up with the folks over at Variable to make a slow motion montage of numerous dogs shaking and rolling their heads. That’s two whole minutes of glorious HD drool. Shake features a total of 130 high speed photos of 61 dogs, some of which are also available as prints. Pick it up here.

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Cameron Moll’s Typographic Letterpress Print of the Brooklyn Bridge

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Designer Cameron Moll recently announced a new Kickstarter for a letterpress print of the Brooklyn Bridge constructed entirely from typography. Moll worked entirely in Adobe Illustrator to draw the artwork, and while some sections can be copied and pasted roughly 70-80% of the characters in the artwork were positioned, sized, and rotated one by one. To give you an idea of what the final piece will look like you can see two similar works the designer previously designed, Colosseo and Salt Lake. See more over on Kickstarter.

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Sponsor // Comic Genius: Portraits of Funny People

Comic Genius is a star-studded tribute to comedic royalty featuring hilarious portraits of legendary people such as Tina Fey, Steve Martin, Steve Carell, Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis, Nick Offerman, and many more.

Photographer Matt Hoyle was granted extraordinary access to capture his subjects in portraits that are works of art in and of themselves, images that are as strangely absurd as they are truthful to the souls of those who have dedicated their life to making others laugh. You can see a preview of the photos here.

So why buy a book with photos of a bunch of funny guys? One: you get to laugh. Two: you turn pages and laugh some more. And three: 100% of the photographer’s net proceeds are being donated to Save the Children, an organization supporting the Syrian Children’s Relief Fund. Comic Genius is available now on Amazon and anywhere else books are sold.

A Yarn Bombed Tree Squid

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It seems like nothing is safe from yarn bombing these days from airplanes to bridges to trains. Not to be outdone, Jill Watt and her sister Lorna Watt recently wrapped this magnolia tree in downtown San Mateo with more than four miles of yarn to create this awesome squid. It’s one thing to completely cover an object in textiles, but to transform a tree into an organism like this seems that much more special. Read more about how they did it on their respective blogs Knits for Life and Dapper Toad. (via Neatorama, Laughing Squid)

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