New Fusion Frames by Darryl Cox Fuse Gnarled Tree Roots with Ornate Picture Frames 

Since 2011, Oregon-artist Darryl Cox (previously) has been making “Fusion Frames,” sculptural hybrids of picture frames and segments of tree roots. Each piece begins with a search to find a frame that closely matches the reclaimed roots he obtains from manzanita, juniper, and aspen trees, or even from grapevines. The pieces require extensive amounts of woodworking and painting to seamlessly fuse the two objects together, meaning Cox can only produce around 25 or so pieces each year.

Cox will have work on view later this year at the The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, and he’s now reperesented by the Vickers Collection. You can see more of his recent work on Facebook.

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New Public Geometric Sculptures by David Mesguich 

David Mesguich (previously) is a street artist who focuses on placing large-scale geometric sculptures in public spaces around Belgium, France and Poland. Recently, his work has focused on the difficult journey of refugees in Europe. His series STATELESS includes two carved portraits of refugees made of colorful plastic that were placed in the suburbs of Paris in late 2015. For the urban art festival Mister Freeze in Toulouse during the same year he constructed the piece SANTA EUROPA, a feminine portrait of Europe and its many contradictions towards those trying to relocate within its borders.

His latest sculpture LUCIE was built in Poznan, Poland and focuses on his 4-year-old daughter. The 32-foot sculpture is a way for the artist to honor his daughter while also providing inspirations to children and adults alike. You can see more of Mesguich’s public works on his Behance and Facebook.

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Paper Cities Enclosed in Glass Vessels by Ayumi Shibata 

Japanese artist Ayumi Shibata uses traditional methods of Japanese paper cutting to create miniature cities within vessels of glass. Her chosen materials reference the delicate relationship humans have with our environment and natural forces of our world, while also relating to the Japanese translation of “paper.” In Japanese, the word for “paper” is “Kami,” which can also mean “god,” “divinity,” or “spirit.” Kami are omnipresent in the Shinto religion, and reside in the sky, ground, trees, and rocks.

“Kami move freely beyond time, universe and places, appearing during events, as well as in our houses and our bodies,” said Shibata on her website. “These spirits also dwell in paper. In the religion of Shinto, white paper is considered a sacred material.”

Using this charged material, Shibata attempts to construct a sculptural dialogue about how we relate and respond to our natural world. Some of Shibata’s work is included in the three-person exhibition Passion Paper at Galerie Atalier Du Genie in Paris through March 27, 2017. (thnx Laura!)

    

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A’ Design Awards 2017: International Call for Entries (Sponsor) 

Micro Matter by Rosa de Jong

The 2017 A’ Design Award & Competition, the world’s leading international, annual juried competition for design, is now open. Interested designers, artists, architects, and companies can register and submit their realized designs and concepts at competition.adesignaward.com/registration.

The A’ Design Award & Competition seeks to showcase the talents and success of innovators from all design fields. Entries are carefully evaluated by a jury panel comprised of established academics, prominent press members, creative design professionals, and entrepreneurs. Competition categories include graphic design, fashion and apparel, photography, toys and games, furniture, architecture, and visual communication.

The A’ Design Prize includes PR and marketing services such as press release preparation and distribution, lifetime license to use “award winner” logo, a public relations campaign for winners, an award trophy, an exhibition of selected projects, and a gala night invitation.

More details including evaluation criteria, key dates, jury members, entry forms, and presentation guidelines can be obtained at whatisadesignaward.com. The deadline for submissions is February 28.

Selected winners will be featured on Colossal on April 15, the same day that results will be announced to the public. Some of our favorite award winners from previous years are featured below.

Coral Flower Vase by Steve Lee

Grotto Sauna by PARTISANS

The Fruits Toilet Paper by Kazuaki Kawahara

Raster by Jeffrey Day

Apply now at competition.adesignaward.com/registration. To learn more about the A’ Design Award & Competition, visit whatisdesignaward.com.

Ceramic Origami Plates and Dishware by Moij Design 

Hamburg-based ceramic artist Angelina Erhorn of Moij Design creates all matter of ceramic dishware that mimics the form of paper origami sheets, both folded and unfolded. Her designs include plates, espresso cups, and vases with delicate creases and occasional stained geometric elements. You can see more of her work on Instagram and some of her pieces are available on Etsy. (via So Super Awesome)

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Glass Insects and Plants Sculpted to Scale by Japanese Artist Yuki Tsunoda 

Molding tiny bits of soft Moretti glass with equally small tools, Japanese sculptor Yuki Tsunoda produces insects, flowers, and other types of plants at a size that is nearly to scale. Her subject matter is sparked by her interest to dissuade gut feelings of disgust when it comes to insects, and create works that highlight the beauty of their individual parts.

In addition to Moretti glass, Tsunoda achieves the metallic luminosity often found on insects’ wings and other parts of the body by incorporating dichroic glass and a form of quartz known as aventurine. You can view more of the 26-year-old artist’s miniature bugs and other scale glass works on her Twitter, or purchase one for yourself by going to her online shop. (via Spoon&Tamago)

  

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