Vintage Pressed Glass Sculptures with a Flourish of Detail by Amber Cowan 

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Sky Blue, Cobalt and Slag, 2014. Flameworked and Fused American Pressed Glass, Steel, mixed media. 33″x39x92014

Artist Amber Cowan works primarily with fragments of vintage pressed glass to construct complex vessels and sculptures with a multitude of fused components. Pressed glass is created when molten glass is forced into a mold as a way to mass-produce certain forms. Cowan uses these found pieces to create remarkable one-of-a-kind objects that reference the rise and fall of US glassware manufacturing, while simultaneously offering a new narrative. You can see more of Cowan’s work on her website, Instagram, and at Heller Gallery. (thnx, Laura!)

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Goddess in the Sky, 2016. Flameworked American pressed glass, mixed media. 26″ x 18″ x 6″

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White Swan Theater, 2013. Flameworked and fused American pressed glass, mixed media. 20″x26″x5.5″

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Sky Blue Cluster, 2015. Flameworked American pressed glass, mixed media. 10 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ x 4 1/2″

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Spring Mint Bowl, 2015. 19″ x 19″ x 4″

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River Green and Mint, 2015. Flameworked American Pressed Glass Cullet, Red Oak, Mixed Media. 17″ x 52″ x 8″

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New Hybrid Wildlife Murals Painted by Alexis Diaz 

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All images via @alexis_diaz

Puerto Rican artist Alexis Diaz (previously here and here) brings incredible detail to the large-scale animals and humans he paints, producing murals that illustrate those both living and dead. Alien lifeforms, tentacles, and dried bone are all created from thousands of tiny brushstrokes, each separate element merging together to produce enchanting scenes. Many of his works are created entirely freehand, with Diaz working line by line to meticulous paint his hybrid creatures.

“I feel like having an intimate conversation between the wall, the surrounding space and me,” said Diaz to WideWalls. “I put elements together like in a puzzle until the moment of mutual understanding.”

Diaz’s work was recently included in the group exhibition “Freedom as Form” at Wunderkammern in Milan. You can see more of his intricate murals and sketches on his Instagram and Facebook. (via Cross Connect Magazine)

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A Behind-the-Scenes Timelapse Captures the Extraordinary Physical Labor for the New Stop Motion Film ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ 

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This fantastic timelapse gives a stunning behind-the-scenes glimpse of animators working on the set of the new stop-motion film Kubo and the Two Strings. The film is the latest movie from animation studio Laika, who previously made Coraline, The Boxtrolls, and ParaNorman, and is the directorial debut of Travis Knight who worked as an animator on all of their previous films. You can watch an even longer version here, and the studio made a similar timelapse for the Boxtrolls.

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Sponsor // Learn and save with Craftsy! One class for $19.99 

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Some days are meant for creativity — and today is one of them! For the next 24 hours, you can pick up any one Craftsy class for $19.99 or less. Click here to unlock your special pricing. And don’t delay — this deal ends soon.

This offer is only available August 25 and 26, 2016. This offer is exclusive for Colossal readers, from our friends at Craftsy. One class per member. Prices are in U.S. dollars. This sale excludes classes from The Great Courses.

Vibrant Tattoos by Peter Aurisch Incorporate Elements of Cubism and the Natural World 

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Here’s a quick roundup of tattoos from the last year or so by German artist Peter Aurisch (previously) who continues to captivate with his bold application of color and thick lines that incorporate aspects of cubism. Aurisch works out of a private studio in Berlin where he also occasionally paints canvases and paints murals in the city. You can see much of his latest work on Instagram.

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Unwieldy LEGO Sculptures Reveal a Multitude of Hidden Shadow Designs 

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GIF via Sploid

Artist John V. Muntean (previously) constructs bulky objects that spin on a single axis that when paired with a light source reveal a multitude of projected shadow images. Two of his latest creations were built with tens of thousands of LEGOs, each with three separate images contained within a single sculpture. Watch the videos below to see how the work. (via Sploid)

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