Really enjoying these wooden sculptures by Efraïm Rodriguez Cobos who lives and works in Barcelona. He creates a large composite foundation from loose pieces of beechwood or sycamore and then carefully carves the figures, a process that creates interesting fragmentation within the final piece. He also has a fascination with ostriches.
This September students from MIT built a vertical wooden roller coaster from scratch. What happened to drinking beer and playing video games?
Rush 2010 featured EC’s first fully vertical wooden roller coaster track. The Reverse Cowgirl, designed by Mike Nawrot ’12 and Romain Teil ’11 dropped its riders vertically, then turned them face down as they skimmed 2 feet above the ground, face down and strapped with their backs to the cart, before bringing them back to vertical upside-down.
Chicago artist Sighn, a member of the Multi Polar Projects art collective, is carving anything you’d like out of basswood (up to 50 characters) from now through December as part of a larger ITSOK project. Place your orders here. For you treehuggers, a tree is planted in conjunction with the Arbor Day Foundation for every piece ordered.
Assorted lighting from Anzfer Farms near San Francisco. All kinds of really neat stuff on their blog.
Salvaged Landscape is the result of a collaboration between artist Catie Newell and the non-profit Imagination Station that is working to reclaim blighted areas around Detroit. Catie transformed a building that was victim to arson into a new, potentially viable space. It sounds as though once they obtain more funding the remaining charred building will be torn down around Catie’s structure and a new building could be erected to incorporate it. (via core77)
I’m a huge fan of Jason Dean’s blog The Best Part and have posted a number of great things found there recently. One thing Jason has yet to mention on his own blog are two stunning wood prints he’s just finished, the ink of which contains the burnt ash of the trees themselves.
These posters came to fruition through a complex process beginning with the creation of hand-rubbed relief prints from basic lumberyard 4 x 4′s. The individual relief prints were then scanned and used to create film for screen printing. The wood was then burned, meticulously ground and added to the ink mixture to literally impart wood into all aspects of every print. The result is a poster that reflects the many ways we process trees, including cutting it into commercial lumber, pressing it into paper and burning it into charcoal.
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