Top 20 Articles / 2012

We’ve run the numbers and these are the top articles on Colossal in 2012. 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 2011 | Top Article in 2013 | Top Articles of All Time

1. This is What Happens When You Give Thousands of Stickers to Thousands of Kids

Yayoi Kusama’s legendary installation, Obliteration Room, where thousands of children were given stickers and unbridled freedom in a stark white room.

2. Riusuke Fukahori Paints Three-Dimensional Goldfish Embedded in Layers of Resin

Magnificent pools of three-dimensional goldfish painted layer-by-layer in resin by Riusuke Fukahori.

3. A Cathedral Made from 55,000 LED Lights

Towering 28 meters high, the Luminarie De Cagna was the centerpiece at the 2012 Light Festival in Ghent, Belgium.

4. Rashad Alakbarov Paints with Shadows and Light

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Artist Rashad Alakbarov from Azerbaijan uses suspended translucent objects and other found materials to create light and shadow paintings on walls.

5. A Canopy of Colorful Umbrellas Spotted in Portugal

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Almost nothing is known about the artist behind the project or its significance, but it’s impossible to deny the joy caused by taking a stroll in the shadowy rainbow created by hundreds of parasols suspended over this public walkway.

6. Gravity Defying Land Art by Cornelia Konrads

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Cornelia Konrads creates mind-bending installations in public spaces, frequently punctuated by the illusion of weightlessness.

7. This is Not a Photograph: Amazing Portrait Drawn with Ballpoint Pens by Samuel Silva

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29-year-old Portugal-based attorney Samuel Silva drew this amazing portrait with standard Bic ballpoint pens.

8. Gorgeous Bird Paintings by Adam S. Doyle

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Artist Adam S. Doyle creates these beautiful gestural paintings of birds. Seemingly incomplete brushstrokes form the remarkably vivid feathers and details of the animal.

9. Hilariously Ferocious Underwater Dogs

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Photographer Seth Casteel used a high speed camera to capture these underwater photographs of dogs playing, fetching, and swimming. The underwater currents mixed with the high speed camera to transform these lovable pups into truly savage beasts.

10. Mysterious Underwater ‘Crop Circles’ Discovered Off the Coast of Japan

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These mysterious geometric designs were discovered beneath almost 80 feet of water near Amami Oshima, Japan by photographer Yoji Ookata. Shortly after the discovery, Ookata returned with a television crew in search of the origins of what he dubbed the “mystery circle.”

11. Gale-Force Winds Directly to the Face

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Lithuanian photographer Tadao Cern’s Blow Job series depicts individuals enduring gale-force winds directly to the face.

12. New Carved Book Landscapes by Guy Laramée

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More incredible landscapes carved from the pages of old books by artist Guy Laramee.

13. Tauba Auerbach’s RGB Colorspace Atlas Depicts Every Color Imaginable

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New York-based artist Tauba Auerbach’s RGB Colorspace Atlast is a massive tome containing digital offset prints of every variation of RGB color possible.

14. Remarkable Portraits Made with a Single Sewing Thread Wrapped through Nails by Kumi Yamashita

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New York-based artist Kumi Yamashita winds a single unbroken black thread through a dense array of nails mounted on a painted white board to create these incredible portraits.

15. Rainbow Toy Car Installation Made from 2,500 Cars

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UK artist David T. Waller used 2,500 toy cars to create this beautiful installation, Toy Atlas Rainbow.

16. Floral X-Rays by Brendan Fitzpatrick

x-ray-1Photographer Brendan Fitzpatrick worked with a Singapore radiography lab to achieve these stunning x-ray images.

17. Giant Fish Sculptures Made from Discarded Plastic Bottles in Rio

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Constructed using discarded bottles as a part of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, these giant fish sculptures are located on Botafogo Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

18. Macro Photographs of Dew-Covered Dragonflies and Other Insects by David Chambon

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This phenomenal series of photographs featuring insects covered in tiny water droplets was created by David Chambon.

19. The Surreal Forests of Romania

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Brothers Andrei and Sergiu Cosma of PhotoCosma captured these ethereal photos of the mist-filled forests of Romania.

20. Bloom: 28,000 Potted Flowers Installed at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center

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When the Massachusetts Mental Health Center was slated for demolition in 2003 the question of how best to memorialize a building that had been the site of so much hope as well as sadness had to be answered. Working within a strict budget and a very limited timeline, artist Anna Schuleit achieved this stunning installation. 28,000 flowers filled nearly every square foot of the building, bringing life and color to the drab interior.