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New Bird & Butterfly Flip Book Machines by Juan Fontanive

New Bird & Butterfly Flip Book Machines by Juan Fontanive kinetic sculpture installation flipbook device butterflies birds automata

Artist Juan Fontanive (previously) constructs perpetually looping flip book machines that depict flying birds lifted from audubon guides and illustrations of butterflies. Part film and part sculpture, almost every aspect of the flip books are assembled by hand from the minutely toothed gears, clips, nuts, bolts, wormwheels and sprockets to the carefully screen printed imagery. Of the curious devices Gild Williams remarked, “Fontanive’s artworks seem strangely possessed, producing curiously moving animals that are neither living nor dead, or creating ghostly systems which seem to float mid-air and follow a pace and logic of their own.” You can see much more of his work over at Riflemaker.

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Sculptures Made from Cut and Curled Paper by Gunjan Aylawadi

Sculptures Made from Cut and Curled Paper by Gunjan Aylawadi sculpture paper birds

From the series “Lost & Found”

Sculptures Made from Cut and Curled Paper by Gunjan Aylawadi sculpture paper birds

From the series “Lost & Found” | detail

Sculptures Made from Cut and Curled Paper by Gunjan Aylawadi sculpture paper birds

“Against the Wind”

Sculptures Made from Cut and Curled Paper by Gunjan Aylawadi sculpture paper birds

“Against the Wind” | detail

Sculptures Made from Cut and Curled Paper by Gunjan Aylawadi sculpture paper birds

“Against the Wind” | detail

Sculptures Made from Cut and Curled Paper by Gunjan Aylawadi sculpture paper birds

“Derweze”

Sculptures Made from Cut and Curled Paper by Gunjan Aylawadi sculpture paper birds

“Derweze” | detail

Sculptures Made from Cut and Curled Paper by Gunjan Aylawadi sculpture paper birds

“Derweze” | detail

Sculptures Made from Cut and Curled Paper by Gunjan Aylawadi sculpture paper birds

“Rabie” | Spring, breeze in Arabic

Sculptures Made from Cut and Curled Paper by Gunjan Aylawadi sculpture paper birds

“Rabie” | detail

Sculptures Made from Cut and Curled Paper by Gunjan Aylawadi sculpture paper birds

“Rabie” | detail

The Sydney, Australia-based artist Gunjan Aylawadi creates intricate, colorful sculptures that appear to resemble woven textiles. However, upon closer observation, her work—inspired by patterns and motifs in Islamic art—are made entirely from curled paper. The process, long and intricate, can cost the artist months on a single artwork. And not just any old paper will do. For example, “Against the Wind” is made from hand-cut strips of paper from old music books, which are then individually hand rolled and assembled. Although complicated, Aylawadi’s reasons for making art are simple: “What I enjoy most about making my work is the experience people have when they look at it,” she says. “They stop for a moment to have a closer look and the moment turns into long minutes of being fascinated by the beauty a simple medium like paper can add to the work infront of their eyes.” (via Lustik)

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The Bizarre World of Chicken Beauty Pageants Photographed by Ernest Goh

The Bizarre World of Chicken Beauty Pageants Photographed by Ernest Goh chickens birds

The Bizarre World of Chicken Beauty Pageants Photographed by Ernest Goh chickens birds

The Bizarre World of Chicken Beauty Pageants Photographed by Ernest Goh chickens birds

The Bizarre World of Chicken Beauty Pageants Photographed by Ernest Goh chickens birds

The Bizarre World of Chicken Beauty Pageants Photographed by Ernest Goh chickens birds

The Bizarre World of Chicken Beauty Pageants Photographed by Ernest Goh chickens birds

The Bizarre World of Chicken Beauty Pageants Photographed by Ernest Goh chickens birds

Photographer and visual artist Ernest Goh is known for his work photographing wildlife and other animals. His latest book documents the strange world of chicken beauty pageants in Malaysia where he encountered a breed of bird called the Ayam Seramas, an ornate chicken raised not for its meat but purely for its appearance. These chickens not only have decorative plumage but possess the ability to strike ridiculous poses. You might think these photos are somehow manipulated (or worse, the animals forced into these positions) but a behind-the-scenes video by Goh shows the chicken’s ability to strut just as depicted. The book, titled Cocks: The Chicken Book, is available now through his website. All photos courtesy the artist. (via Peta Pixel)

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Artist ‘Roadsworth’ Continues to Transform Streets, Buildings and Sidewalks into a Visual Playground

Artist Roadsworth Continues to Transform Streets, Buildings and Sidewalks into a Visual Playground street art Montréal fish birds

Artist Roadsworth Continues to Transform Streets, Buildings and Sidewalks into a Visual Playground street art Montréal fish birds

Artist Roadsworth Continues to Transform Streets, Buildings and Sidewalks into a Visual Playground street art Montréal fish birds

Artist Roadsworth Continues to Transform Streets, Buildings and Sidewalks into a Visual Playground street art Montréal fish birds

Artist Roadsworth Continues to Transform Streets, Buildings and Sidewalks into a Visual Playground street art Montréal fish birds

Artist Roadsworth Continues to Transform Streets, Buildings and Sidewalks into a Visual Playground street art Montréal fish birds

Artist Roadsworth Continues to Transform Streets, Buildings and Sidewalks into a Visual Playground street art Montréal fish birds

Montreal artist Roadsworth (previously) continues to make his mark on the streets of Montreal by introducing elements of wildlife and humor onto an asphalt canvas. In his latest pieces we see flocks of geese swooping down tree-lined streets and schools of sardines move with the flow of pedestrian traffic (or end up wedged inside a tin can), unexpected symbols against an urban backdrop.

This year marks a decade since Roadsworth was charged with 53 counts of public mischief, after which he received considerable public support and was let go with a slap on the wrist. Since then the artist has created artwork for municipalities, exhibitions, and arts festivals around the world. You can see much more on his website, and he also has a book.

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Amazing Video Clips Visually Isolate the Flight Paths of Birds

Amazing Video Clips Visually Isolate the Flight Paths of Birds nature flight birds

Amazing Video Clips Visually Isolate the Flight Paths of Birds nature flight birds

Chances are if you’ve on the internet over the last few years you’ve run into a few amazing bird murmuration videos, like this one from Islands and Rivers or the one we featured on Colossal from Neels Castillion, where countless numbers of starlings flock together and move almost impossibly in concert. Artist Dennis Hlynsky, a professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, wondered what would happen if he could better trace the flight paths of individual birds, what kinds of patterns would emerge from these flying social networks?

Hlynsky first started filming birds in 2005 using a small Flip video recorder, but now uses a Lumix GH2 to record gigabytes of bird footage from locations around Rhode Island. He then edits select clips with After Effects and other tools to create brief visual trails that illustrate the path of each moving bird. Non-moving objects like trees and telephone poles remain stationary, and with the added ambient noise of where he was filming, an amazing balance between abstraction and reality emerges. The birds you see aren’t digitally animated or layered in any way, but are shown just as they’ve flown, creating a sort of temporary time-lapse. Above are three of my favorite videos, but he has many more including the movement of insects, ducks, and other animals.

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New Paper Hummingbirds by Cheong-ah Hwang

New Paper Hummingbirds by Cheong ah Hwang paper illustration birds

New Paper Hummingbirds by Cheong ah Hwang paper illustration birds

New Paper Hummingbirds by Cheong ah Hwang paper illustration birds

New Paper Hummingbirds by Cheong ah Hwang paper illustration birds

New Paper Hummingbirds by Cheong ah Hwang paper illustration birds

New Paper Hummingbirds by Cheong ah Hwang paper illustration birds
Hummingbird, 2010

Korean paper artist Cheong-ah Hwang who is currently based in Columbus, Ohio creates delicate paper sculptures that blur the line between 2D and 3D art using dimensional illusion. The paper is cut and layered to give the final object depth and form, but remains essentially a flat piece. You can see more of her new work including other paper illustrations over on Flickr.

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The Last Thing You Would See If You Were Eaten by a Penguin

The Last Thing You Would See If You Were Eaten by a Penguin penguins humor birds Antarctica
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While exploring Antarctica aboard the M/S Expedition, the folks over at G Adventures snapped this wild perspective of a Gentoo penguin attacking their GoPro camera. The photo was shared on the M/S Expedition Twitter account where they regularly document the sights of ongoing adventure cruises. Related: an eagle steals a GoPro camera.

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