Incredibly beautiful capture of a frozen statue. Spent twenty minutes trying to find the photographer with no luck. Anyone? (via fasels suppe)
My friend Ben (previously) shot me a link to this article about carved coins called Hobo Nickels. Although the history of carving miniature bas relief sculptures into coins stretches back to the 18th century if not earlier, it was greatly popularized in the early 20th century with the introduction of the Buffalo nickel. This particular coin was minted using soft metal and was imprinted with the portrait of an indian with bold features, making it easier to deface and transform into the portraits of other people, animals, or even scenery. Add to that the idle hands of unemployed artists during the depression (thus, “hobo”) and soon a flood of curious numismatic treasures were born. Most of the images on hobo nickels are too folk artsy for my taste, however a number of artists etched away the flesh of the subject to reveal these awesomely macabre skulls. Hobo nickel carving remains a popular hobby today and it even has a society. Don’t you wish we had actual money that looked like this? Images linked to their sources, most of which are live Ebay auctions. (thnx, ben!)
German artist Felix von der Weppen just posted these striking images from a work in progress. Can’t wait to see where he goes with this. If you haven’t seen his birth sculpture that involves an exploding ostrich egg lit from the inside, you should definitely check it out. (via behance)
Almasty is a design studio out of Paris comprised of Anna Apter and Charles Bataillie. I’m really enjoying their illustration work, especially from the two projects above, one from a self-initiated project called Rumeurs and the other for Trois Couleurs magazine on behalf of design firm MK2. The Paul is Dead gif is simply brilliant.
Continuing a parade of Korean artists featured on Colossal since last week, behold the sculptural work of Bhac Ji-Ho. Like some of the others, information about this sculptor is extremely scare, and what I can find seems almost incomprehensible to me when using Google translate. Ji-Ho created these sculptures out of a unique synthetic resin that results in a smooth, almost plastic texture.
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