This giant tornado of piggybacked men is an installation by Korean artist Do Ho Suh that is currently on display at Western Washington University (photographs above depict it in alternate configurations). Via Western:
“‘Cause & Effect’ evokes a vicious tornado. This vast ceiling installation is a composition of densely hung strands that anchor thousands of figures clad in colors resembling a Doppler reading stacked atop one another,” said Do Ho Suh, adding that the artwork is a “physical realization of existence, suggesting strength in the presence of numerous individuals. The work is an attempt to decipher the boundaries between a single identity and a larger group, and how the two conditions coexist.”
Suh has been all over the news lately with his recent Fallen Star Lands installation in San Diego, and his Floor piece in Singapore similarly depicting the might of many thousands of tiny men. See many more views of this piece and other works here. (via the stranger, korea.net, herry lawford)
Update: I received clarification from WWU, Cause & Effect is still being installed and will not be on view until June of this year.
Taipei-based painter Peihang Huang uses vibrant oil paints to create these dreamy, saccharine, and occasionally morbid portraits inspired by Barbie dolls. The paintings above are from two sets of work entitled Floral Funeral and
Mad World, and you can see much more of her work on Flickr. (via gaks)
Made in China is a recent piece by artist Joe Black depicting a portrait of Chinese soldier by photographer Robert Capa that appeared on the cover of LIFE magazine in 1938. Black glued over 5,500 multi-colored toy soldiers to a vertical surface to achieve the pointillistic effect. The artwork was on display last October at the Moniker Art Fair in London. (images via piers mason, annar_50, and the artist)
OK toy car collectors, kids, everyone else, maintain yourself. The Toy Atlas Rainbow is a wonderful installation of 2,500 old toy cars by UK artist David T. Waller. The piece won the People’s Award at the Arts Depot Open last year. As absurdy beautiful as this thing is, don’t you just want to take a running slide into it and start playing with all those freaking cars? (via the always wonderful fasels suppe)
A few weeks ago Brooklyn-based designer David Cole quietly released a miniature taxidermy LEGO deer in his online shop. The deer was a custom design using random bricks sourced from numerous suppliers around the internet and was a natural extension of other pixelated art he had been experimenting with. Cole forward the link to a few design blogs and the response was swift and viral, selling 250 of the kits almost immediately and amassing a waiting list of nearly 1,500 people (I included the kit in my design blogger wishlist on the very fine Curbly.com a few weeks ago). The success was so great it piqued the interest of the New York Times who just today interviewed Cole about his custom LEGO designs. As of this moment the deer is once again back in stock and he’s added a lovely fox and bear to the lineup.
If you picked up a toy in the 1980s, be it a car, Transformers, LEGO, or a Nintendo game, chance is, it might be in this video. I think my mind just exploded with nostalgia. Music by Hunting Charlie’s Band(e), video directed by Micaël Reynaud. And look, animated GIFs for all you Tumblrs. (via vimeo)
This mirrored Rubik’s cube is a new piece by artist Egil Paulsen out of Oslo, Norway. I have a feeling this would actually be pretty mesmerizing to fiddle with.
This is a lovely iceberg stacking toy made by Imagination Kids. The pieces are made from sustainably harvested wood, AP Certified non-toxic paint, and a natural wood polish made from beeswax, jojoba oil, and essential oils. Just $14. (via svpply)