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Scissors Confiscated by the TSA Welded into Spiders

March 30, 2012

Christopher Jobson

All images © Christopher Locke

Each year the Transportation Security Administration confiscates countless millions of personal objects from travelers prior to entering airport terminals including guns, knives, foodstuffs, aerosol cans, and yes, even small scissors. Sculptor Christopher Locke has capitalized on this endless supply of in-flight contraband by welding the scissors into pretty terrifying spiders that look like something out of a Tim Burton or Brothers Quay film. What I want to know is how many Christopher Locke sculptures are confiscated by the TSA each year and what kind of monstrosity we have to look forward to.

 

 

 



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An 80-Ton Bird’s Nest Built at the Clemson University Botanical Gardens

March 27, 2012

Christopher Jobson

All images © Nils-Udo

The Clemson Clay Nest was a public land art installation by Bavarian artist Nils-Udo that was constructed in the botanical gardens at Clemson University in South Carolina in 2005. The nest was built with the assistance of numerous students and other volunteers using 80 tons of pine logs harvested from the local Oconee County pine plantation and hundreds of bamboo stocks that were carefully organized into a circular structure dug in gardens rich red clay. After two years the piece was eventually dismantled and the mulched trees were used to partially fill the large hole. You can see many more of the work in these photos by Dylan Wolfe.

 

 

 



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Anatomical Neon: Blown Glass Human Organs Containing Neon Lights by Jessica Lloyd-Jones

March 26, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Anatomical Neon is a series of blown glass lights by North Wales-based artist Jessica Lloyd-Jones meant to focus attention on how energy is used by the human body. Describing the four pieces via her website she says:

Brain Wave conveys neurological processing activity as a kinetic and sensory, physical phenomena through its display of moving electric plasma. Optic Nerve shows a similar effect, more akin to the blood vessels of the eye and with a front ‘lens’ magnifying the movement and the intensity of light. Heart is a representation of the human heart illuminated by still red neon gas. Electric Lungs is a more technically intricate structure with xenon gas spreading through its passage ways, communicating our human unawareness of the trace gases we inhale in our breathable atmosphere.

The pieces were funded in part by awards from Arts Council Wales and Wales Arts International and executed at Urban Glass in New York in 2010. (via pinterest)

 

 



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A Skull of Books

March 25, 2012

Christopher Jobson

I just spotted this new work-in-progress by one of my favorite artists Maskull Lasserre (previously). Incarnate (Three Degrees of Certainty II) is nearly perfect rendering of a human skull from a thick stack of outdated computer manuals. Looking at these particular titles I can’t help but think these books have been called to a much higher purpose.

 

 



Art Photography

Landscape Light Sculptures

March 20, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Artist Barry Underwood photographs wonderfully mysterious light installations that he installs on-site in forests, mountainsides, or near lakes and rivers. Via his artist statement:

By reading the landscape and altering the vista through lights and photographic effects, I transform everyday scenes into unique images. Light and color alter the perception of space, while defamiliarizing common objects. Space collapses, while the lights that I install appear as intrusions and interventions. This combination renders the forms in the landscape abstract. Inspired by cinema, land art, and contemporary painting, the resulting photographs are both surreal and familiar. They suggest a larger narrative, and yet that narrative remains elusive and mystifying.

You can see much more in his portfolio. (via designboom)

 

 



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Welded Sculptures Made from Found Objects and Recycled Materials by Brian Mock

March 8, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Portland-based sculptor Brian Mock is a welding virtuoso, turning hundreds of discarded nuts, bolts, hinges, and forks into life-size dogs, birds, and even faithful replicas of doubleneck Gibson electric guitars. Mock says of his work:

I am intrigued by the challenge of creating an entirely unique piece from an eclectic collection of discarded objects. Giving these old, common items a new and extraordinary life as one sculpture is an artistically challenging yet gratifying process. This type of work is also designed to be highly interactive and prompt viewers to question the reality of what they see. Audience reactions fuel my motivation.

If you like what you see here, you should head on over to his Facebook page. Mock also has a number of reasonably priced items available on Etsy including some beautiful small dogs.