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Sculptures & Statues
Leftover Wooden Logs Sculpted Into Enormous, Organic & Richly Textured Globes

Leftover Wooden Logs Sculpted Into Enormous, Organic & Richly Textured Globes

Korean artist Jaehyo Lee carefully hews leftover logs of wood into these enormous, richly textured globes for a stunning effect– the rich grain of the wood and rough edges of bark are on display even as each ball maintains a perfect, almost industrial spherical shape that clearly has been manipulated by the artist. Each sphere...
Subtle Line Sculptures: Tracing the Outlines of Familiar Objects

Subtle Line Sculptures: Tracing the Outlines of Familiar Objects

It may look as though an invisible hand had just swooped in to quickly pencil in some objects onto the scene, but these are actually delicate sculptures by Maya Selway, each of which are handmade out of oxidized copper and fine silver. By recreating the most minimal outlines of these familiar objects, Selway creates the illusion...
Astonishingly Delicate Sculptures Made of Pencil Lead

Astonishingly Delicate Sculptures Made of Pencil Lead

Peter Trevelyan‘s delicate sculptures all start with the sturdy base shape of the equilateral triangle, forming larger, elaborate geometric forms. They are also all completely made out of .5 mm pencil lead– that’s right, the spindly structures are constructed out of mechanical pencil lead, fused together at the ends to form solid shapes. The immensely...
Immaculate, Geometric Sand Castles

Immaculate, Geometric Sand Castles

These astonishing structures by artist Calvin Seibert are in fact immaculately constructed sand castles made with nothing but “years of practice and one small plastic spackling knife.” The crisp edges and elaborate layers are flawlessly and geometrically precise, and even more incredible given the delicate nature of the medium. From Selbert’s Flickr page: I always...
Someone Dropped This Enormous Plate in Belgium

Someone Dropped This Enormous Plate in Belgium

This, my friends, is “The Plate.” The enormous public art piece is a collaboration between Lucile Soufflet and Bernard Gigounon, and it was commissioned by the city of La Louvière, a little town in Belgium, which manufactured plates for more than 160 years. It can be read as a sardonic expression of the declining plate...
Phone Booth Aquariums: Public Art Filled With Live Goldfish

Phone Booth Aquariums: Public Art Filled With Live Goldfish

This is all sorts of fantastical whimsy–  Japanese art collective Kingyobu (金魚部) have been placing phonebooths filled with hundred of live goldfish all over Osaka as pieces of public art! Kingyobu, which roughly translates to “goldfish club,” is actually comprised of students from Kyoto University of Art and Design, who noticed that cell phones have made phone...
Turn on this Interactive, Incandescent Installation Made of 5,000 Discarded Lightbulbs

Turn on this Interactive, Incandescent Installation Made of 5,000 Discarded Lightbulbs

Canadian artist Caitlind r.c. Brown created this interactive installation with more than 5000 discarded lightbulbs in the form in an enormous cloud. The aptly named “Cloud” is supported by a tree-like steel structure and has metal pull-strings attached to the various lightbulbs for people to turn on, for a level of interaction that is typically...
Mysterious Reflective Ring of Mirrors in Paris

Mysterious Reflective Ring of Mirrors in Paris

For a moment, I thought these photos were photoshopped collages of the Parisian skyline, cut and stacked into neat squares: this is actually an amazing installation by French artist Arnaud Lapierre that sits in the middle of Place Vendôme in Paris, France. The reflective rings of mirror cubes is aptly titled “Ring”, and creates a...
Giant Colored Pencils Dangling Overhead

Giant Colored Pencils Dangling Overhead

The Echigo-Tsumari Art Field is a fantastic and wonderfully impractical art space in Japan, where artists from around the world have scattered large-scale installations across 160 kilometers of land. In the midst of this art field is this set of giant colored pencils from Cameroon-born artist Pascale Marthine Tayou, titled “Reverse City:” enormous colored pencils...
Enormous 2D Sheet of Paper Alighting on a New Zealand Hill

Enormous 2D Sheet of Paper Alighting on a New Zealand Hill

These photos look as if a cartoonist had scribbled a paper doodle onto the hill, but this is actually an enormous 3D sculpture made to create a 2D illusion. Designed by artist Neil Dawson, the sculpture titled “Horizons” sits atop a hill in Gibbs Farm, a New Zealand sculpture collection, and the piece of welded...
The Illusion of Soft Rocks: Funny Hand-made Stone Sculptures

The Illusion of Soft Rocks: Funny Hand-made Stone Sculptures

Jiyuseki is a Japanese artist with a soft spot for an incredibly hard material– with his handmade craftsmanship, he creates the illusion that stones are actually soft, malleable objects, similar to fabric or foodstuff. The rocks ripple, melt, and unzip to reveal their unexpected new qualities, and the illusion is completed with some sparing use...
RockGiant: Enormous, Mirror-Polished, Stainless Steel Stone Sculpture

RockGiant: Enormous, Mirror-Polished, Stainless Steel Stone Sculpture

I am not typically drawn to large-scale installations, but this RockGiant sculpture by French artist Arik Levy is really great– it’s an enormous piece of mirror-polished stainless steel, faceted to look like a giant rock. From some angles, it blends into the landscape seamless as it reflects its surroundings; from other angles, it boldly stands out...