Metropolis II is kinetic sculpture by artist Chris Burden. It's 10 feet tall, 28 feet wide, and features more than 1,100 toy cars racing around 18 lanes of mini-freeway. It took the artist and his assistants more than four years to complete, and has now sold for millions of dollars and is available for public viewing at the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art.
Ho. Ly. Cow. Thought Catalog reports, "Artist Scott Weaver recently unveiled “Rolling Through the Bay,” a toothpick Rube Goldberg machine of the Bay Area. A product of 35 years of work and over 100,000 toothpicks, the piece can be explored via a number of ball runs that take you through toothpick replicas of Bay Area sights and attractions."
Some sculptures opt for clay, some welded steel, and some plain old garbage. Japanese artist y_yamaden's medium of choice?
Merry Christmas to me, friends. I'm totally jazzed by these humorous, conceptual art pieces by Berlin-based Sarah Illenberger.
American artist Brian Dettmer rescues trashed books headed for the landfill and creates unbelievable paper sculptures. "With the precision of a brain surgeon, he teases books into something else, graphic statements of an expressionist talent that is truly awesome."
Being as we're in the midst of football season, you could head to any megamart, and no doubt see some unnecessarily large stack of soda or beer cans styled after your local team. Those displays tend to come on a little strong, but the idea isn't all bad, is it?
Enter Canstruction, an "event that challenges local engineers, architects, contractors and students to create massive, innovative structures using the canned good to raise awareness and food donations for the hungry. The NYC winners are currently being showcased at the World Financial Center through November 22nd, where the public can peruse the can-creations and even participate by dropping off their own canned food donations!"
Sculptor Patrick Dougherty creates impressive, architectural art pieces exclusively from found stick, twigs, and stones. At 28, at home with two kids, he built his first piece, a log home. Then, "at 36, he went back to school, straight into the graduate art program at the University of North Carolina, 10 minutes away. His first stick work, a man-size tangle of saplings made on a picnic table at home, startled his professors, he said. They thought “it was too complete for someone who’d been blundering around in the netherworld.”
Since then, he has made well over 200 startling (and delightful) pieces for sites all over the world — woolly lairs and wild follies, gigantic snares, nests and cocoons, some woven into groves of trees, others lashed around buildings. "
Diem Chau is quite an accomplished artist, working in media such as ceramic and silk thread, porcelin bowls and toothpicks, and... crayons. But rather than scraping them waxily across construction paper, she carves them into the likeness of people and animals.
Most recently, she's tackled the signs of the Chinese Zodiac, a twelve-year cycle that relates each year to an animal and its reputed attributes.
From Diem's "About" page: "Chau combines common mediums and common means to create delicate vignettes of fleeting memory, gesture and form, resulting in works that combine egalitarian sensibility and minimalist restraint. Her work touches on the value of Storytelling, Myths and its ability to connect us to each other through cultural and humanistic similarities. Chau's current work drifts into new territory by exploring the periphery of the narrative, moments forgotten and faded, or too brief to retain."
Michael Johansson is a Swedish artist who works with recognizable found materials and secondhand objects, but rather than welding and gluing items together, simply organizes items with a natural, Tetris-like connectable affinity for each other into geometric shapes.
Some experts from his artistic statement:
"I am fascinated walking around flea markets finding doubles of seemingly unique, though often useless objects I have already purchased at another flea market...