This beautiful typographic poster made of folded paper was designed and constructed by Montreal-based designers Kyosuke Nishida, Brian Li and Dominic Liu for the Words Can Fly A Thousand Miles Project. The piece shows a number of origami cranes bursting through the surface of carefully crafted type. Via their website:
This design was inspired by the Japanese traditional custom, Senbazuri, which means a group of a thousand origami cranes. It is customary to fold these cranes to wish someone luck. We wanted to pay tribute to this custom through the process of constructing the paper sculpture.
The words on the poster were inspired by the instant encouragement and consoling words that Japanese people were able to receive just after the tsunami and earthquakes hit Japan, through social networking services such as Facebook and Twitter.
The project is currently accepting financial donations and handwritten notes in an attempt to console and encourage people in Fukushima. You can read more and see some making of photos over on My Modern Met.
Nishida and Li were featured earlier this year on Colossal for their typographic Still Life Comes Alive installation.
I’m really enjoying these fine art prints by Chicago photographer and graphic designer Tim Jarosz. See more over on S6.
I’m enjoying these paper cut bird sculptures by Colombian artist and illustrator Diana Beltran Herrera. She also creates impressive paper geometric shapes (this one is great). Thanks Diana for sharing your work with Colossal!
Using fake fingernails, nail polish, barrettes, false eyelashes, jewelry, walnut, and Swarovski crystals, artist (and former park ranger!) Laurel Roth assembles these amazing peacocks. Via her website:
I use art as a medium to examine biological ramifications of human behavior. My work juxtaposes traditional craft and artisanal techniques with non-traditional materials to examine mankind’s drive to modify itself as well as its environment. By playing with the convergence of biology and product design to create new cultural artifacts, I try to question social constructions of need, design, and individual desire.
Roth’s work with animals isn’t limited to peacocks, her wooden hominid skulls are also worth a gander.
A number of exquisite bird prints by UK-based Kai and Sunny. The bottom image is from a print entitled Migration East for the Ghosts of Gone Birds show in which 50% of proceeds from sales of the print are being donated to charity.
I was delighted to stumble onto the work of Korean artist Kim Yong Soo whose artwork, at first glance, takes on the somewhat familiar appearance of traditional Japanese paintings of cherry tree bossoms. Closer inspection reveals a textured assemblage of semi-conductors, speaker wires, and acrylic cement, used to form the delicate tree branches, flowers, and ominous humanoid figures that bring an unexpectedly dark presence to these otherwise serene paintings.
Spotted these beautiful ink and watercolor birds by Abby Diamond on Society6. Available as fine art prints.
In awe of this shot by photographer Stephan Geyer who currently lives and works out of Dubai. More work on Flickr.