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Two Tons of Refined Sugar, Perfectly Laid Out As A Persian Carpet

Two Tons of Refined Sugar, Perfectly Laid Out As A Persian Carpet

This “Sugar Carpet (Tapis de sucre)” by Montreal-based artist Aude Moreau was made with over two tons of sugar, laid out perfectly evenly across an expansive floorspace, then decorated in a Persian rug motif with charcoal and food coloring. The sheer size and detail in this piece is stunning– its...
Repainting An Entire Church As An Enormous, Explosively Colorful Mural

Repainting An Entire Church As An Enormous, Explosively Colorful Mural

Here’s a new way to reinvent old landmarks– a fresh coat of latex paint transformed this historic Church in Ward 6 of Washington DC into an explosively colorful mural. Atlanta-based graffiti artist Hense painted this mural/installation as part of the neighborhood’s movement towards art and design: the up and coming...
Richly Detailed, Hand-carved Woodblock Prints

Richly Detailed, Hand-carved Woodblock Prints

Pennsylvanian husband and wife team Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth are the master craftsmen behind Tugboat Printshop, which produces consistently gorgeous, richly detailed original woodblock prints. Each print is lavishly elaborate, with intricate shapes that add fantastic visual texture to the flat, illustrative medium– my eyes just jump from detail...
Shattered Floral Photography: Flowers Soaked in Liquid Nitrogen Smash Into Pieces

Shattered Floral Photography: Flowers Soaked in Liquid Nitrogen Smash Into Pieces

This is pretty amazing– in his series titled “Broken Flowers,” photographer John Shireman takes perfect floral specimens, shatters them into millions of pieces, and photographs the before and after. This effect requires soaking the flowers in a liquid nitrogen bath beforehand, and the final photo of the smashed petals is...
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Charming, Quiet Illustrated GIFs With Perfectly Subtle Animation

Charming, Quiet Illustrated GIFs With Perfectly Subtle Animation

A few months ago, the internet was all aflutter about a wonderful illustrated GIF that appeared on a New York Times opinion piece about Amtrak’s Quiet Car– the GIF was a sweet and subtle animation of the train interior with muted scenery flying by in the windows. This GIF magic was drawn by Brooklyn artist...
Bizarre Yet Delightfully Whimsical Photos of Old People Wearing Vegetation

Bizarre Yet Delightfully Whimsical Photos of Old People Wearing Vegetation

I don’t know why I find this so hilarious, but this photo series called “Eyes as Big as Plates” by Finnish/Norwegian artists Riittai Konen and Karoline Hjorth just catches me as being utterly bizarre yet whimsical– its photographs of old people wearing vegetation! The natural arrangements of hay, reeds, branches, and other vegetation flow effortlessly with...
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...
Spun Paint Photography: Spirals of Color Caught in Centripetal Motion

Spun Paint Photography: Spirals of Color Caught in Centripetal Motion

Swiss artist Fabian Oefner is a self-described “curious investigator” who captured these wonderful photos of paint caught in centripetal motion– each shot is a perfect capture of a tiny moment in time (sometimes only 1/40000 of a second!) To achieve this effect, Oefner drips a variety of bright acrylic paints onto a metal rod and...
Baked Bonsai: Delicious, Delicately Iced Japanese Cookies

Baked Bonsai: Delicious, Delicately Iced Japanese Cookies

I’m a little frustrated by the lack of photos online, because Risa Hirai’s delicately iced cookies deserve a second and even third look at all the detail. Using simple flour, sugar, oil, and eggs, Hirai crafts entire sets of household objects as cookies, carefully layering icing for bright colors and unexpected textures (the thin slabs...
25 Feet High Ornate Ice Castles Built With Thousands of Icicles

25 Feet High Ornate Ice Castles Built With Thousands of Icicles

Brent Christensen built these gigantic, ornate ice castles out of nothing but icicles, which is quite a feat considering that standard ice structures (think igloos) are typically a combination of snow and ice. He starts with a homemade icicle maker, which drips water from racks and forms 3,000 to 5,000 icicles per day, and these...
Five-Story Tall Floating Aluminum Balloon That Weighs A Ton

Five-Story Tall Floating Aluminum Balloon That Weighs A Ton

Japanese architect Junya Ishigami‘s Cuboid Balloon is a marvelously enormous balloon made out of aluminum that weighs over a ton– and yes, it floats! Filled with 1000 m3 of helium, the five-story high parallelotope structure was completely free floating in the atrium of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo in 2008. There’s not too...
Paint Chip Canvases: Tiny Scenes of Nature In Beautiful Palettes

Paint Chip Canvases: Tiny Scenes of Nature In Beautiful Palettes

I’m smitten with these tiny, colorful tableaus painted by LA-based artist Seonna Hong– some of her recent works are entirely painted using the ubiquitous paint chip as a miniature canvas. Quick strokes paint suggest the staggered outlines of hills and rocks in the wilderness, then barren trees, bears, and children are painstakingly detailed into the...
Ornate Body Painting Camouflage: Hiding The Human Form with Wallpaper Patterns

Ornate Body Painting Camouflage: Hiding The Human Form with Wallpaper Patterns

Peruvian artist Cecilia Paredes has been cleverly camouflaging herself into modern backdrops since 2007– her ornate body painting techniques perfectly mimic the elaborate, flowery wallpaper backdrops behind her body, leaving behind subtle traces of her human form. An unblinking eye or the dark swath of her hair are the first indicators of where she’s positioned...
20,000 Steel Flowers Etched From Botanical Drawings Show A Surprisingly Vivid Side

20,000 Steel Flowers Etched From Botanical Drawings Show A Surprisingly Vivid Side

London-based artist Zadok Ben David created this incredible installation by planting up to 20,000 metal flowers into a bed of sand. From one side, the darkened “Blackfield” is a work of cold precision: each flower is etched out of blackened steel in the style of botanical drawings, systemically recording the textbook illustrations of old. Viewed...
Two Tons of Refined Sugar, Perfectly Laid Out As A Persian Carpet

Two Tons of Refined Sugar, Perfectly Laid Out As A Persian Carpet

This “Sugar Carpet (Tapis de sucre)” by Montreal-based artist Aude Moreau was made with over two tons of sugar, laid out perfectly evenly across an expansive floorspace, then decorated in a Persian rug motif with charcoal and food coloring. The sheer size and detail in this piece is stunning– its precise in its familiar pattern,...
Giant, Brightly Colored Popsicles That Melt Away In The Art Gallery

Giant, Brightly Colored Popsicles That Melt Away In The Art Gallery

Made by Argentinian artist Luciana Rondolini as part of her “Cosmic Calamity” series, these giant, brightly colored popsicles were placed into the gallery to slowly melt over the course of the day. Visitors could actually interact with the popsicles (lots of sticky hands and surreptitious finger-licking, I bet), and then the next day a brand...