Bird Sculptures Constructed from Wire by Celia Smith Look like Detailed Sketches 

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Robin, 12cm tall. Copper wire and telephone cabling.

UK artist Celia Smith works with various forms of wire to create delicate bird sculptures and installations. While somewhat abstract in appearance, the pieces are almost lifelike in form and scale as if drawn with a pen. You can see over 50 different pieces by the artist on her website, and catch an interview over on Ideas in the Making. Not shy about her process or methods, she also offers wire sculpting workshops.

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Swallow study.

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Egret, 48cm tall. Steel wire and telephone cabling. / Peacock, 110cm Tall. Steel bar, copper wires and telephone cabling

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Mumeration of Starlings. Installation of 60 wire birds dimensions variable. Paper coated telephone wires and steel wire.

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Lapwings. 30cm high. Copper wire and telephone cabling.

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Swirling Lapwings. 1.5m X 1.5m steel wire and telephone cabling.

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Starling Wreath. 100cm diameter. Paper coated telephone wires and steel wire.

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Dancing Shadow Sculptures by Dpt. and Laurent Craste [Updated] 

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Parade is an interactive art installation concevied by ceramacist Laurent Craste and digital agency Dpt. for the Chromatic festival in Montreal. At first glance the piece looks rather mundane: two misshapen porcelain vases sit atop a pedestal inside a wood cube, lit from above by an industrial light. But move the light and suddenly the magic happens as shadows projected from the vases animate to life. What a fun piece.

Update: Of course things like this are never as simple as they appear. Dpt. explains further that the animated “shadows” are coming from a hidden projector which tracks the movements of the faux light source. We’ve been tricked! But I suppose that’s kind of the point.

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Chicago Artist Mends Potholes with Mosaics 

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After one of the most brutal winters in over 30 years, Chicago’s streets are pockmarked with an estimated 600,000 gaping potholes, making some streets almost impassable and raising the ire of residents citywide. The issue is so prevalent that the city even created a dedicated Pothole Tracker that shows potholes patched by the Department of Transportation over the last seven days. But some Chicagoans are more proactive and aren’t content to wait for help. One such person is artist Jim Bachor who has taken to filling potholes with original tile mosaics.

Inspired in part by trips to view ancient art in Italy during the 1990’s, Bachor has been creating mosaic work for several years, though of a much more whimsical nature. Think mosaics of coffee cups, twinkies, and boxes of cereal. For his pothole project Bachor has filled about 7 potholes with his original artwork that borrows from the design of the Chicago flag. While some of the mosaics simply read POTHOLE others are given unique ID numbers or include the phone number to nearby auto repair shops (the city has received 1,100 claims of car damage due to potholes this season). Bachor says the tongue-in-cheek approach is meant more as a sense of civic pride than a form of complaint against the city, as the potholes are an inevitable part of living in Chicago.

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Photo by Kate Sierzputowski courtesy Hyperallergic

Bachor hopes to do a few more pieces in the near future, though each mosaic costs around $50 to make and takes a considerable amount of time to prepare and install. Also, the resulting patch is temporary; these aren’t meant as a permanent fix. You can read more about the project over on Hyperallergic, and you can see more of Jim’s work at the Thorndale Red Line stop in a few months. (via Hyperallergic)

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A Sprawling Mud Mural by Yusuke Asai Brings Art Into Classrooms in India 

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“Earth Painting: Blessing Dance” 2011, 11 kinds of soils, cow dung, ash of straw, water, straw. Photo by Kenji Mimura

The Wall Art Project is a non-profit organization based in Tokyo who organizes Wall Art Festival (WAF), an initiative to bring art into schools in places like India and Tibet. The Japanese artist Yusuke Asai, who paints with basically anything he can get his hands on (tape, pens, leaves, dust and mud…) was asked to travel to the Niranjana School in Bihar (east India) to create a mural on the walls of a classroom.

You can only imagine the surprise when Asai unveiled a sprawling, immersive mural titled “Earth Painting; The Forest of Vows.” To create the piece, Asai sourced only locally available materials which included 7 different types of soil, cow dung, water and straw. Unfortunately the installation wasn’t permanent and was washed away after several months, but we do have these photos to document the art. (syndicated from Spoon & Tamago)

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“Earth Painting: Blessing Dance” 2011, 11 kinds of soils, cow dung, ash of straw, water, straw. Photo by Kenji Mimura

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“Earth Painting: Blessing Dance” 2011, 11 kinds of soils, cow dung, ash of straw, water, straw. Photo by Kenji Mimura

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“Earth Painting: Stories of YAOYOROZU” 2012, 13 kinds of soils, water, ash of straw. Photo by Kenji Mimura

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“Earth Painting: Stories of YAOYOROZU” 2012, 13 kinds of soils, water, ash of straw. Photo by Kenji Mimura

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left: “Earth Painting: Blessing Dance” 2011. Photo by Kenji Mimura | right: “Earth Painting; The Forest of Vows” 2010. Photo by Junai Nakagawa

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“Earth Painting: Stories of YAOYOROZU” 2012, 13 kinds of soils, water, ash of straw. Photo by Kenji Mimura

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“Earth Painting; The Forest of Vows” 2010, 7 kinds of soils, cow dung, water, straw. Photo by Junai Nakagawa

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“Earth Painting: Stories of YAOYOROZU” 2012, 13 kinds of soils, water, ash of straw. Photo by Kenji Mimura

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Artist Henrique Oliveira Constructs a Cavernous Network of Repurposed Wood Tunnels at MAC USP 

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Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira (previously) recently completed work on his largest installation to date titled Transarquitetônica at Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade in São Paulo. As with much of his earlier sculptural and installation work the enormous piece is built from tapumes, a kind of temporary siding made from inexpensive wood that is commonly used to obscure construction sites. Oliveira uses the repurposed wood pieces as a skin nailed to an organic framework that looks intentionally like a large root system. Because the space provided by the museum was so immense, the artist expanded the installation into a fully immersive environment where viewers are welcome to enter the artwork and explore the cavernous interior. Transarquitetônica will be on view through the end of November this year, and you can watch the video above by Crane TV to hear Oliveira discuss its creation.

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