Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.
Scottish artist Rob Mulholland installed six life-size mirrored translucent sculptures in the woods. He used a "plexiglass derivative called PMMA, these sculptures simultaneously distort and reflect light, allowing for these ghostly images to appear almost liquid."
Casualties of War is a sobering series of plastic toy soldiers by the design collective Dorothy. At first glance, they might seem like ubiquitous green army men, but when you look closer you'll see that they are actually depicting the personal hell that returning soldiers endure after coming back from combat.
You may have seen this incredible paper human torso with removable organs about the internet last week. It was featured on a few art blogs you may have heard of, like...all of them. See: BoingBoing, Juxtapoz, DesignBoom, NotCot, Complex, and Colossal.
But today, original story breakers My Modern Met have even more to offer: an interview with the artist and photos that show the whole thing being designed and built.
Problem: What do you do with the leftover bags from loaves of Wonder Bread? You could throw them away, or you could save them up and make some sweet art. Flickr user Ruby Re-Usable took a whole bunch of bread bags (as well as some tape and bubble wrap) and created this wonderful dog sculpture. I think it's fitting to name him Spot.
Shanghai-based multidisciplinary design studio Super Nature created this (very merry) art installation called Weaving Forest for the Detour 2011 festival in Hong Kong. The installation consists of two giant wooden reindeer sculptures and a series of smaller structures connected by long strings of yarn.
Artist Tyree Callahan hacked into a Underwood Standard typewriter from 1937 to create this absolutely amazing piece, dubbed the Chromatic Typewriter. The "typebars" are replaced with ink pads, and the keys given a corresponding color. From the duo of tones on each key, it looks like the artist even preserved the "shift" option.
As a scultpture, it's plenty striking, but the piece actually works to create original "paintings" by typing on the keys:
Growing up in Iowa, I saw countless abandoned barns and shacks along the roadside that were slowly being consumed by nature. The peeling paint, rotting boards and collapsed roofs were oddly…beautiful. This series of small scale models of neglected buildings by Ofra Lapid reminds me of the same type of surreal beauty.
Duramen is a series of hand-carved wooden sculptures made by Bonsoir Paris that looks like something out of Salvidor Dali painting or possibly a prop from the movie Aliens.
Each Halloween season, I allow myself one 'cool pumpkin carving' post. I've been collecting ideas all month, and they've just been sitting there at the end of my tabs list, hoping to be chosen.
Then, this morning, I saw the work of sculptor Ray Villafane, and I closed them all.
So we all probably made our fair share of macaroni art when we were kids. Remember? You'd glue pieces of pasta to a piece of paper and excitedly proclaim it was a portrait of Ninja Turtle (or maybe that was just me)? Well Eliza Tyrrell has raised the bar for macaroni art with her undulating pasta sculptures.
Dateline: Summer, 1995. Thirteen-year-old Chris is reading Guitar World magazine, as all budding suburban musicians were wont to do at such an age or era. Cover likely featured 311 or the Presidents of the United States or some such group.
Enter wow moment: Rick Nielsen and his crazy checkerboard five neck guitar, which for some uninformed adolescent who'd never actually heard Cheap Trick, was pretty mindblowing. I later became much more informed about their merit, but dude could still play.
'Cept now, a custom five necker has nothing on this hand built sculptures by Indonesian artist Rudi Mantofani.
Artist Dinh Truong Giang is a Vietnamese-born artist and architecture student, currently living in Virginia. He's mastered a version of Japanese paper folding called "wet folding," which allows the paper creations to feature curved and sculpted lines, rather than the angles of traditional origami.
Artist Dominic Wilcox has created "Moments in Time," a series of sculptures in which tiny persons interact atop the hands of a watch. The little guys do move along with the clocks' regular timekeeping, making for unique animations of poignant and amusing imagined situations.
Some folks freak out everytime they see some traditional form of media made into something else - books, vinyl records, and the like. As someone who has altered these things into many a how-to project, I constantly recieve comments about how "sad it is that books are no longer valued" or "instead of ripping up albums, try listening to them." Folks, my entire home is filled with books. And records. And lots of old furniture, plenty of heirlooms, and even a few cassette tapes. I get it. But, not all old things are worth saving.
Or, better yet, sometime a thoughtful transformation proves
In the late 1990s, there was the brief phenomenon of How Are You Peeling?, in which some guy realized that fruits and veggies sometimes look like faces when they unevenly spurt from the calyx of their flowers. Calendars and email forwards ensued. You remember.
Then, Carl Kleiner, the mastermind behind those amazing photos of ingredients from the IKEA cookbook, decided to play with the above idea...but, you know, make it way better.