Top 20 Articles / 2011

We’ve run the numbers and these are the top articles on Colossal in 2011. This list is not meant as a ranking of what we think is the “best,” but are rather a gauge of overall interest around the web based on traffic.

See also: Top Articles in 2012 | Top Articles in 2013 | Top Articles of All Time

1. One Man, 100,000 Toothpicks, and 35 Years: An Incredible Kinetic Sculpture of San Francisco

Artist Scott Weaver spent over thirty years building this incredible kinetic sculpture of San Francisco using toothpicks.

2. High Speed Liquid and Bubble Photographs by Heinz Maier

German photographer Heinz Maier shoots high speed macro photographs of colored water splashes that resemble tiny glass sculptures.

3. Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramee

Guy Laramee carves sweeping landscapes and architectural structures from stacks of old books.

4. Sagaki Keita


Sagaki Keita’s densely composited pen and ink drawings are filled with thousands whimsical characters that are almost completely improvised.

5. A Portrait of Tobias Wong Using 13,138 Dice


Canadian artist and designer Tobias Wong died last year at the young age of 35, or more specifically, 13,138 days. In tribute, his friend Frederick McSwain created this immense portrait of Wong entitled Die using 13,138 dice.

6. Money Trees


In several wooded areas around the UK, passersby have been stopping for decades (if not centuries), meticulously hammering small denomination coins intro trees.

7. Customized Book Side Tables


San Francisco-based furniture maker, Jane Dandy, creates these customized side tables designed to perfectly encase your favorite books.

8. One Day on Earth


A film shot by several filmmakers simultaneously in every country on Earth in a single day.

9. Christmas Tree Made from 40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles


When artist Jolanta Šmidtienė was approached by the city of Kaunas, Lithuania to assist in their annual holiday decorating, she knew would have to work within the constraints of the city’s somewhat dire financial situation. This Christmas tree constructed of 40,000 recycled green bottles and zip ties is the incredible result.

10. Dark Side of the Loom


A photo by Aldo Cavini Bendetti modified by Redditor wormslayer to look like the iconic Pink Floyd Cover.

11. Mind-Blowing Dancing by Marquese “NONSTOP” Scott


29-year-old dancer Marquese Scott, aka NONSTOP, achieves simply inhuman movement.

12. Urban Intervention: A Reclaimed Parking Space


Helsinki-based artists Otto Karvonen and Jon Irigoyen had a pretty straightforward plan: install a grass turf lawn in a parking space and create a temporary park. The artists call it an “urban intervention” and the project calls into question the concepts of ownership and use in public spaces.

13. Glass Beach


When California’s North Coast Water Quality Board began cleaning up a beach known as The Dumps, the millions of glass shards embedded in the beach were simply to costly to remove. Unrelenting ocean waves have, over time, turned the beach sand into a sparkling, multicolored bed of smooth glass stones.

14. Choi Xooang


All at once delicate and nightmarish these painted polymer clay figures by Seoul-based artist Choi Xooang are nothing short of remarkable.

15. Markus Kayser Builds a Solar-Powered 3D Printer that Prints Glass from Sand and a Sun-Powered Cutter


Markus Kayser’s Sun Cutter proved that it could harness the Sun’s power to create 2D objects. Now, with his Solar Sinter, Kayser has brought that power to the creation of 3D components.

16. Stellar by Ignacio Torres


A selection of beautifully executed animations by Texas photographer Ignacio Torres from his series Stellar.

17. Animation on a Bike


Wonderful zoetrope animation using paper discs mounted on bicycle wheels by Katy Beveridge.

18. Immense paper cut tapestries by Tomoko Shioyasu


Immense floor-to-ceiling tapestries, meticulously hand-cut by Japanese artist, Tomoko Shioyasu, from enormous sheets of paper.

19. Back to Basics: Retro Electronics Made of Paper by Zim and Zou


Designers Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmerman hand-cut each piece of these colorful paper models from sustainable paper, and even the smallest “waste” scraps are re-used to form some of the detailed components.

20. Skull Nickels


Carving miniature bas relief sculptures into coins became popular with unemployed artists during the depression (thus, “hobo nickels”).