Wait for the Bus inside a Giant Typographic Sculpture in Baltimore 

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Residents of a neighborhood in Baltimore now have the most obvious place to wait for a bus ever designed. The ingenious stop is comprised of three 14′ typographic sculptures that literally spell out the word “BUS” while functioning as benches and a novel leisure space. The bus stop was unveiled last month by artist collective mmmm…, a creative collaboration between Emilio Alarcón, Alberto Alarcón, Ciro Márquez, and Eva Salmerón, who have been designing public spaces in Madrid since 1998. This is their second project in the United States. Via the collective’s website:

BUS is made with wood and steel, materials that are typically used to build urban furniture. The three letters of BUS are big enough to accommodate two to four people each and protect them from rain, sun, wind, and inclement weather. They allow people to assume different postures of sitting or standing while waiting for the bus. The S allows people to lie back while they wait, and the B provides shelter.

The BUS project was developed in conjunction with SPAIN arts & culture, Creative Alliance, and is part of TRANSIT, a creative placemaking initiative between Europe and Baltimore. You can see much more, here. (via Escape Kit)

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Towering Animals by ‘Irony & Boe’ Stalk the Streets of London 

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Hot on the heels of yesterday’s post about an enormous dog mural by Smates in Belgium, here’s another great collection of humongous animals by UK duo Irony & Boe (aka. Whoam Irony and Placee Boe). The pair have collaborated on several large pieces in London over the last year including this wacky chihuahua that appeared on Chrisp Street in East London about a month ago. (via ordinatissimum chaos, Inspiring City)

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Stained Glass Windows Made from Stacked Laser-Cut Paper by Eric Standley 

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Either/Or Newmarch. Cut paper, 20″x20″, 2014.

Virginia-based artist Eric Standley (previously) brings a whole new meaning to the term “cutting edge” with his methodical stained glass windows created entirely from laser-cut paper. Standley stacks well over 100 sheets for many of his pieces which involve months of planning, drawing, and assembly. The artist says his inspiration comes from the geometry found in Gothic and Islamic architectural ornamentation which he somewhat jokingly calls “folk math.”

Standley currently has work as part of “Fold, Paper, Scissors” at the Mesa Arts Center in Arizona, and is an included artist in the upcoming book Mandala Masterworks by Paul Heussenstamm. You can see many new pieces from the last several years on his website.

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Either/Or Newmarch, detail. Cut paper, 20″x20″, 2014.

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Either/Or Newmarch, detail. Cut paper, 20″x20″, 2014.

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Zeno of Elea. Cut paper, 20″x20″, 2013.

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Zeno of Elea II. Cut paper, 20″x20″, 2013.

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Zeno of Elea II, detail. Cut paper, 20″x20″, 2013.

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Either/Or Tetragon 6.7.1. Cut paper, 8″x10″, 2014.

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Either/Or Tetragon 6.7.1, detail. Cut paper, 8″x10″, 2014.

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A Swirling Willow Figure Rises from the Grounds of Shambellie House in Scotland 

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The Whirling Dervish was a willow sculpture by artist Trevor Leat that was installed in 2012 at Shambellie House, in New Abbey, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. Leat is known for his work with willow trees which he grows organically for use in furniture, baskets, and sculptures. Unfortunately, Shambellie House, which housed the National Museum of Costume, closed in 2013, so this piece may no longer be viewable. (via Colossal Submissions)

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