I’ve seen a number of great photographs and artworks using people as the fundamental building blocks for larger images the past few days so I decided to round them up into a single post. Enjoy!
In conjunction with the Korean National Red Cross, nearly 3,000 Baekseok University students gathered at a ski resort in Pyeong Chang, South Korea this week to create an enormous drop of blood celebrating World Blood Donor Day. (via design you trust)
Artist Craig Alan often uses small figures in his paintings to create the portraits of pop-culture icons including this piece featuring Audrey Hepburn. (via art expo)
Although these famous photographs have made the rounds quite a bit, I’ve always wanted to share them here. From 1915-1920 photographers Arthur S. Mole and John D. Thomas donated their time to the U.S. military to help garner support for World War 1. The portraits are made entirely of soldiers and other military personel, the Statue of Liberty photograph alone is made of 18,000 men: 12,000 for just the torch though there’s only 17 at the base (the people at the very top are over a half a mile away from the camera). See many more examples at much higher resolution at Carl Hammer Gallery.
And lastly a recent video by Luis Filipe Gaspar of the North Korean Mass Games, an impressive if somewhat chilling spectacle of 100,000 thoroughly choreographed participants who create expansive murals using large flipped boards.
Know of any more great examples of people as pixels? Let me know.
This great new video for Josh Ritter’sLove Is Making Its Way Back Home was directed by Erez Horovitz and involves the meticulous animation of over 12,000 laser-cut pieces of construction paper. Via Etsy:
A team of nearly twenty artists, editors, directors and product assistants ushered the video into being. The group started with storyboarding and computer animation before converting the digital graphics to paper cutouts (frame by frame), photographing those 12,000 cutouts and then stitching them together into four minutes of paper animation.
You can learn more about how it was done and see some great behind the scenes shots on Josh Ritter’s blog. (via etsy)
I’m digging the wacky mirrored approach used in this new video for French musician Yuksek produced by the clever team over at SoLab and directed by Romain Segaud. The creation of typography and faces using reflections was inspired, and I also love that the making of video is the exact same shots revealing the missing off-stage production. (via fubiz)
A number of decidedly unsettling portraits from Hamburg-based photographer Carsten Witte from his series Intuition (nsfw). Of the series he says: “One main idea behind my work is the belief that everything is constantly changing but photography can preserve the moment. Beauty is almost nothing without the knowledge of how fast it will fade…” (via behance)
A few days ago I happened upon a rather unique art project called Last New Year in the Austin American Statesman, showing photos of a dilapidated home recently transformed with a number of installations by a small arts collective called Ink Tank. The premise for the project was fascinating: the ensemble imagined a fictional group of people living in the home who would react to the prophesied end-of-times 2012 date. One of my favorite pieces from the show is a giant installation called The Purge by artist Chris Whiteburch who decided to imagine how the house itself would confront the impending doom. The result is a structure purging its contents, all manner of debris and structural material shooting violently through a window into a giant wooden splash.
One of the most fascinating things about this project to me was its similarity to Inversion House, another modified house installation created by sculptors Dan Havel and Dean Ruck in 2005, roughly 150 miles east in Houston. The resemblance is uncanny in that they are essentially exact opposites. Via phone Whiteburch says the similarity is purely coincidental and that he wasn’t even aware of Inversion House until somebody mentioned it after seeing his work. Unfortunately the Last New Year has been taken down, but you can see more images over on Ink Tank’s website. I want to thank both Chris and photographers Julie and Adam Schreiber for providing the imagery for this post.
Step by step this massive snow drawing was trampled into freshly fallen snow by artist Sonja Hinrichsen with the help of 5 volunteers last month at Rabbit Ears Pass in Colorado. I love that a piece so expansive and yet so temporary can be created with a few pairs of well choreographed snow boots. If you like this, also check out the beach drawings of Jim Denevan. The photos above are by Cedar Beauregard and you can see many more here. (via reddit)
Update: It turns out Hinrichsen completed another piece just a week later. Check out the video below.
Update: Want even more snow drawing madness? Don’t miss the work of Simon Beck.