Tag Archives: mosaics

Vertical Aerial: A Monumental 3-Ton Aerial Mosaic of Johannesburg

Vertical Aerial: A Monumental 3 Ton Aerial Mosaic of Johannesburg sculpture mosaics Johannesburg Africa aerial

Vertical Aerial: A Monumental 3 Ton Aerial Mosaic of Johannesburg sculpture mosaics Johannesburg Africa aerial

Vertical Aerial: A Monumental 3 Ton Aerial Mosaic of Johannesburg sculpture mosaics Johannesburg Africa aerial

Vertical Aerial: A Monumental 3 Ton Aerial Mosaic of Johannesburg sculpture mosaics Johannesburg Africa aerial

Vertical Aerial: A Monumental 3 Ton Aerial Mosaic of Johannesburg sculpture mosaics Johannesburg Africa aerial

Vertical Aerial: A Monumental 3 Ton Aerial Mosaic of Johannesburg sculpture mosaics Johannesburg Africa aerial

Artist Gerhard Marx in conjunction with Spier Architectural Arts recently created an enormous sculptural mosiac of an aerial photograph of Johannesburg, South Africa. Seven professional mosaic artists, together with nine apprentices worked for 5 months to complete the project using natural stone such as marble and travertine, fragments of red brick, ceramic elements and chippings of Venetian smalti glass. In the end, the 56-panel aerial image weighs nearly three tons and was presented last month at the 2013 FNB Joburg Art Fair.

Watch the video above to see how the piece came together, and also learn about another work created through an additional partnership between Spier and artist Sam Nhlengethwa. (via Colossal Submissions)

New Maddeningly Complex Doodle Drawings from Sagaki Keita

New Maddeningly Complex Doodle Drawings from Sagaki Keita mosaics illustration drawing

New Maddeningly Complex Doodle Drawings from Sagaki Keita mosaics illustration drawing

New Maddeningly Complex Doodle Drawings from Sagaki Keita mosaics illustration drawing

New Maddeningly Complex Doodle Drawings from Sagaki Keita mosaics illustration drawing

New Maddeningly Complex Doodle Drawings from Sagaki Keita mosaics illustration drawing

New Maddeningly Complex Doodle Drawings from Sagaki Keita mosaics illustration drawing

New Maddeningly Complex Doodle Drawings from Sagaki Keita mosaics illustration drawing

New Maddeningly Complex Doodle Drawings from Sagaki Keita mosaics illustration drawing

New Maddeningly Complex Doodle Drawings from Sagaki Keita mosaics illustration drawing

New Maddeningly Complex Doodle Drawings from Sagaki Keita mosaics illustration drawing

New Maddeningly Complex Doodle Drawings from Sagaki Keita mosaics illustration drawing

Japanese artist Sagaki Keita (perviously here and here) recently updated his portfolio with a number of new works from 2012. Keita creates composite pen and ink illustrations using thousands of densely scribbled doodles, goofy characters seemingly born from the margins of notebook paper that then form everything from Roman statues to artworks from pop culture. Several of these illustrations are actually part of a commissioned campaign for Expedia from late last year. You can see much more on his website.

Origami Mosaics by Kota Hiratsuka

Origami Mosaics by Kota Hiratsuka paper origami mosaics

Origami Mosaics by Kota Hiratsuka paper origami mosaics

Origami Mosaics by Kota Hiratsuka paper origami mosaics

Origami Mosaics by Kota Hiratsuka paper origami mosaics

Origami Mosaics by Kota Hiratsuka paper origami mosaics

Origami Mosaics by Kota Hiratsuka paper origami mosaics

Origami Mosaics by Kota Hiratsuka paper origami mosaics

Origami Mosaics by Kota Hiratsuka paper origami mosaics

Japanese paper engineer Kota Hiratsuka has been creating beautifully complex origami mosaics that rely on cut and folded geometric patterns. He plans to sell the various templates as downloadable PDFs through his website …though not just yet, so stay tuned. See many more of his works here and on Flickr. If you liked this also check out the work of Matthew Shlian.

Famous Paintings Recreated Using Wood Wrapped in Colorful Newsprint

Famous Paintings Recreated Using Wood Wrapped in Colorful Newsprint paper painting mosaics

Famous Paintings Recreated Using Wood Wrapped in Colorful Newsprint paper painting mosaics

Famous Paintings Recreated Using Wood Wrapped in Colorful Newsprint paper painting mosaics

Famous Paintings Recreated Using Wood Wrapped in Colorful Newsprint paper painting mosaics

Famous Paintings Recreated Using Wood Wrapped in Colorful Newsprint paper painting mosaics

Famous Paintings Recreated Using Wood Wrapped in Colorful Newsprint paper painting mosaics

Korean artist Lee Kyu-Hak creates beautiful mixed-media paintings (mosaics?) by wrapping small wooden wedges with colored newsprint that mimic the brushstrokes of famous artists. Lee’s artworks appear mostly to be reinterpretations of pieces by Vincent van Gogh, but I think I see a few original compositions as well. See much more over at Yesong gallery.

Pooled Oil Paintings by Matthew Davis

Pooled Oil Paintings by Matthew Davis people painting mosaics

Pooled Oil Paintings by Matthew Davis people painting mosaics

Pooled Oil Paintings by Matthew Davis people painting mosaics

Pooled Oil Paintings by Matthew Davis people painting mosaics

Pooled Oil Paintings by Matthew Davis people painting mosaics

Pooled Oil Paintings by Matthew Davis people painting mosaics

Berlin-based artist Matthew Davis creates these surreal images by using his brush to slowly drip oil paints into small pools. After each color dries over a period of several days a new layer is added resulting in a dense, multi-dimensional surface. The understanding and control of color that goes into this is beyond me. You can see more of his paintings and read an article about Davis in the German magazine Art (nsfw). (via this isn’t happiness)

Inside the Sketchbooks of Mattias Adolfsson

Inside the Sketchbooks of Mattias Adolfsson mosaics miniature illustration drawing architecture

Inside the Sketchbooks of Mattias Adolfsson mosaics miniature illustration drawing architecture

Inside the Sketchbooks of Mattias Adolfsson mosaics miniature illustration drawing architecture

Inside the Sketchbooks of Mattias Adolfsson mosaics miniature illustration drawing architecture

Inside the Sketchbooks of Mattias Adolfsson mosaics miniature illustration drawing architecture

The inside of Mattias Adolfsson’s sketchbook looks much better than the inside of mine. These are just a few of some fantastic spreads found in his series Flying Junk and Rococo Borg. Be sure to click the images for maximum HD sketch goodness. (via behance)

New Manic Doodles from Sagaki Keita

New Manic Doodles from Sagaki Keita people mosaics illustration drawing body art history

New Manic Doodles from Sagaki Keita people mosaics illustration drawing body art history

New Manic Doodles from Sagaki Keita people mosaics illustration drawing body art history

New Manic Doodles from Sagaki Keita people mosaics illustration drawing body art history

New Manic Doodles from Sagaki Keita people mosaics illustration drawing body art history

New Manic Doodles from Sagaki Keita people mosaics illustration drawing body art history

New Manic Doodles from Sagaki Keita people mosaics illustration drawing body art history

New Manic Doodles from Sagaki Keita people mosaics illustration drawing body art history

Sagaki Keita (previously) has updated his website with no less than a dozen new works completed this year alone. Keita continues his method of using manically scribbled doodles to create mind-melting illustrations of classic Roman statues. That he could create a single one of these in a year would impress me, but twelve seems simply inhuman. The earlier post of Keita’s work was one of the most popular in this blog’s history, and I’m so glad to be able to share his work with you again.

Bottle Cap Portrait

Bottle Cap Portrait sculpture portraits mosaics faces

Bottle Cap Portrait sculpture portraits mosaics faces

Bottle Cap Portrait sculpture portraits mosaics faces

Bottle Cap Portrait sculpture portraits mosaics faces

Artist Mary Ellen Croteau was working on an artwork involving plastic bottle caps, creating tall endless strings that are strung vertically in colorful columns. She repeatedly noticed how some of the caps would fit neatly inside of one another creating new color combinations similar to the portraits of Chuck Close. Inspired, she became sidetracked and embarked on her own self portrait using the colors that “naturally” appeared in the bottle cap plastic.

This work was submitted by John Mangahas as part of the Curatorial Contest of Awesomness that was held this past week on Facebook. We received nearly 100 submissions and the six winners and the awesome work they brought to my attention will be blogged about over the next few days. Side note: I had Megan help me sort through the 90+ submissions, and of our individual lists of the “best” six items, four were identical. What!

Missed out on all the action? Don’t worry, based on the success of this contest I’ll be doing another one soon, probably here on the blog itself. For now, go ahead and follow along via Facebook or Twitter as there’s lots of stuff happening in both places that doesn’t always end up here!

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