Leaf Beasts: Simple Animal Sculptures Cut from Dried Magnolia Leaves

Leaf Beasts: Simple Animal Sculptures Cut from Dried Magnolia Leaves leaves animals

Leaf Beasts: Simple Animal Sculptures Cut from Dried Magnolia Leaves leaves animals

Leaf Beasts: Simple Animal Sculptures Cut from Dried Magnolia Leaves leaves animals

Leaf Beasts: Simple Animal Sculptures Cut from Dried Magnolia Leaves leaves animals

Leaf Beasts: Simple Animal Sculptures Cut from Dried Magnolia Leaves leaves animals

Leaf Beasts: Simple Animal Sculptures Cut from Dried Magnolia Leaves leaves animals

Leaf Beasts: Simple Animal Sculptures Cut from Dried Magnolia Leaves leaves animals

Leaf Beast is a recent project by freelance illustrator and artist Baku Maeda that seemingly brings dead leaves back to life. Maeda took advantage of the warped shape and veiny structure of dried magnolia leaves and made only minimal cuts to create each piece. See Part I and Part II. (via Laughing Squid, Lustik)

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Aug(De)Mented Reality 2: Stop Motion Animation Merged with Hand-Illustrated Cels Held in Front of an iPhone

Aug(De)Mented Reality 2: Stop Motion Animation Merged with Hand Illustrated Cels Held in Front of an iPhone stop motion humor animation

Animator Marty Cooper just released a sequel to his wildly popular Aug(De)Mented Reality video that blends stop motion with hand-illustrated cels that he holds in front of his iPhone while shooting. Whimsical characters interact with both foreground and background elements like clouds, buildings, animals, and even real people. Earlier this summer, Cooper was invited to stop by Adam Savage’s legendary workshop where he discussed his process and animated a short piece incorporating Savage.

Update: Cooper posts many of his animated clips to Instagram.

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Emil Alzamora’s Distorted Human Figures Appear to Melt, Morph, and Defy Gravity

Emil Alzamoras Distorted Human Figures Appear to Melt, Morph, and Defy Gravity sculpture anatomy

Emil Alzamoras Distorted Human Figures Appear to Melt, Morph, and Defy Gravity sculpture anatomy

Emil Alzamoras Distorted Human Figures Appear to Melt, Morph, and Defy Gravity sculpture anatomy

Emil Alzamoras Distorted Human Figures Appear to Melt, Morph, and Defy Gravity sculpture anatomy

Emil Alzamoras Distorted Human Figures Appear to Melt, Morph, and Defy Gravity sculpture anatomy

Emil Alzamoras Distorted Human Figures Appear to Melt, Morph, and Defy Gravity sculpture anatomy

Emil Alzamoras Distorted Human Figures Appear to Melt, Morph, and Defy Gravity sculpture anatomy

Emil Alzamoras Distorted Human Figures Appear to Melt, Morph, and Defy Gravity sculpture anatomy

Emil Alzamoras Distorted Human Figures Appear to Melt, Morph, and Defy Gravity sculpture anatomy

Artist Emil Alzamora (previously) explores the human body through his figurative sculptures that distort, inflate, elongate, and deconstruct physical forms in order to reveal emotional situations and narratives. Alzamora works with a variety of materials including bronze, gypsum, concrete, and other ceramic materials to create pieces with smooth, almost non-descript surfaces to instead draw attention to shape and scale. Born in Peru, he began sculpting in the fall of 1998 in New York at the Polich Tallix fine art foundry, and has since exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, most recently at Expo Chicago and the International Sculpture Symposium In Icheon in South Korea. You can see more of his work on Facebook and on Instagram. (via Dark Silence in Suburbia)

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Guerilla Mosaic Artist Now Filling Chicago Potholes with Flowers

Guerilla Mosaic Artist Now Filling Chicago Potholes with Flowers street art mosaic flowers Chicago

Guerilla Mosaic Artist Now Filling Chicago Potholes with Flowers street art mosaic flowers Chicago

Guerilla Mosaic Artist Now Filling Chicago Potholes with Flowers street art mosaic flowers Chicago

Guerilla Mosaic Artist Now Filling Chicago Potholes with Flowers street art mosaic flowers Chicago

Guerilla Mosaic Artist Now Filling Chicago Potholes with Flowers street art mosaic flowers Chicago

Guerilla Mosaic Artist Now Filling Chicago Potholes with Flowers street art mosaic flowers Chicago

Guerilla Mosaic Artist Now Filling Chicago Potholes with Flowers street art mosaic flowers Chicago

Artist Jim Bachor (previously) continued his guerilla effort to remedy Chicago’s pothole problem by creating a number of flower mosaics in streets around the city. Bachor installed four mosaics through this fall while the weather cooperated, but as things get wet and cooler we’ll probably see a bit less of his, uhm, street art. I’m not sure if any of these are still around, but he keeps a list of photos and addresses where each piece was installed. Bachor opens a new exhibition of mosiac art at Packer Schopf Gallery titled “Jentaculum” early next month.

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Timelapse of the 2014 Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

Timelapse of the 2014 Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta timelapse New Mexico hot air balloons balloons

Here’s a fun timelapse of the 2014 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta (previously) filmed by Knate Myers. The annual event is currently the largest hot air balloon event in the world, seeing over 500 balloon teams take flight over a 9-day period.

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Watch a Japanese Kokeshi Doll Emerge From a Spinning Block of Wood

Watch a Japanese Kokeshi Doll Emerge From a Spinning Block of Wood wood Japan carving

Watch a Japanese Kokeshi Doll Emerge From a Spinning Block of Wood wood Japan carving

In an age of the ubiquitous 3D printer, it’s easy to forget the joy and beauty of handmade craft. Take, for example, the 400-year old Japanese art of creating kokeshi dolls. These traditional wooden figurines were said to have been originally made as souvenirs to sell to people visiting the local hot springs in Northern Japan. Although there are about 10 different styles, each doll is made with an enlarged head and cylindrical body with no arms or legs.

In the video, produced by tetotetote, an organization highlighting the arts and crafts of Sendai, Japan, Yasuo Okazaki woodturns solid blocks into the head and body using just a few tools. Okazaki’s “Naruko” style of making the dolls was passed down to him from his father and features stripes at the top and bottom of the body and bangs with red headdresses. I don’t think there’s anything more soothing and hypnotic than the sights and sounds of watching these dolls emerge from a spinning block of wood.

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Steel Animal Sculptures by Byeong Doo Moon at ‘Sculpture by the Sea’

Steel Animal Sculptures by Byeong Doo Moon at Sculpture by the Sea wire steel sculpture animals
Our memory in your place. 2014. Photo by GCImagery.

Steel Animal Sculptures by Byeong Doo Moon at Sculpture by the Sea wire steel sculpture animals
Our memory in your place. 2014. Photo by Deepwarren.

Steel Animal Sculptures by Byeong Doo Moon at Sculpture by the Sea wire steel sculpture animals
Our memory in your place. 2014. Photo by Deepwarren.

Steel Animal Sculptures by Byeong Doo Moon at Sculpture by the Sea wire steel sculpture animals
I have been dreaming to be a tree. 2011.

Steel Animal Sculptures by Byeong Doo Moon at Sculpture by the Sea wire steel sculpture animals
I have been dreaming to be a tree. 2011.

Steel Animal Sculptures by Byeong Doo Moon at Sculpture by the Sea wire steel sculpture animals
I have been dreaming to be a tree. 2011.

Steel Animal Sculptures by Byeong Doo Moon at Sculpture by the Sea wire steel sculpture animals
I have been dreaming to be a tree. 2011. Photo by Francisco Martins.

South Korean sculptor Byeong Doo Moon unveiled a new stainless steel sculpture as part of Sculpture by the Sea 2014 earlier this month in Sydney. The intricately welded peacock is titled “Our memory in your place” and is a stylistic companion to Moon’s 2011 sculpture, a deer with an unwieldy set of antlers that resembles tree limbs. The annual sculpture event is now in its 18th year and runs through November 9th. You can see plenty more photos of this year’s participants on their website. (via Visual News)

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