The Art of Trees

The recently completed Kerry Landman Memorial Tree by Jordan Mason and Eric Landman (via Miguel-Hernan Otero-Meier)

Trees made of books by Frederico Uribe (via the curiosity workshop)

Stacked firewood sculpture by Alastair Heseltine (via cmybacon)

The Voice of Winds (2012). Suspended tree branches of hollow earthenware by Kazunori Matsumura. (via surface)

Wheel tree photographed by Robert Holmgren

I have an enormous folder of saved links, things I’m on the edge about posting, or just want to save for later reference. From time to time patterns start to emerge and it just make sense to post everything at once, as has happened with books, waves, and people as pixels. Lately the theme has been trees, and these are my favorite tree-related endeavors I’ve encountered the last few weeks.

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A Beached Whale in the Forests of Argentina

Argentinean sculptor Adrián Villar Rojas creates enormous sculptural works that seem like remnants of a science fiction movie set, or bizarre moments from a surreal dream. One of my favorite pieces is My Family Dead (2009), in which he created a life-size blue whale in the woods outside Ushuaia, Argentina. The beached cetacean is pockmarked with tree stumps, making me wonder if it’s being slowly claimed by the forest or perhaps it’s a native resident. Beautiful. (via devid sketchbook)

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A Miniature City Built with Metal Typography

Type City is a recent artwork by artist Hong Seon Jang that uses pieces of movable type from a printing press to create an elaborate cityscape. It’s fascinating to watch as the need for printed books and typography wanes, the unused objects themselves are more frequently used as an actual medium. Jang also completed a much larger Type City in 2009. Also, if you liked this, make sure you watch the creation of Ephemicropolis by Peter Root, a city built from 100,000 staples. Images courtesy Hong Seon Jang and David B. Smith Gallery. (via quipsologies)

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100,000 LED Spheres Flowing Down a Japanese River

As part of the recent Tokyo Hotaru Festival, 100,000 illuminated blue LEDs were released in the Sumida River. The massive installation of solar-powered spheres was meant to mimic a swarm of fireflies that twisted and bobbed along the river by moonlight. For those of you worried about pollution or safety, the lights were later caught downstream by giant nets. See much more over at Spoon & Tamago. (photos by jeremy v, makure, and ajpscs)

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Recycled Plastic Bottles Partially Filled with Colored Water Used to Create a Parking Canopy

Designer Garth Britzman of Lincoln, Nebraska used recycled bottles filled with colored water to create stunning topographical shade canopy for a vehicle. I love how the natural shape of the plastic bottles makes the pooled water look like leaves. See more over on Behance. (via my amp goes to 11)

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British Birds Made of LEGO

I just stumbled onto this expertly crafted series of birds found in Britain by Thomas Poulsom. His use of color and perfect selection of bricks really bring these animals to life. You can see the entire series of six birds here, and apparently there are many more to come. (via lustik)

Update: Thomas mentions that if enough people vote for his designs, they might become actual sets.

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A Colossal Vacation

I’m heading out for a week or so on vacation and may or may not have access to the internets where I’m going. I actually intend on posting daily but anything could happen once I’m kicking back on a beach for the first time in a couple years. So, in case I become incapacitated with relaxation, I’ll leave you with some of my favorite art, design and culture blogs as of late. You’ll find tons of inspiration on these sites if posting here slows down a bit.

And don’t forget, it’s always fun to look at 100 random posts. Photo above by Kevin Meredith.

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