Cigarette Butt Artwork

by DIY Maven

Cigarette Butt Artwork

Artist Tom Deininger has found a way to turn those unsightly cigarette butts that litter the globe into some extraordinary artwork. 'Filter Rabbit', pictured above, is made of just that: unraveled filters. Below is 'Shell', which was constructed of butts the artist found in parking lots near a beach in Rhode Island.

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Art and Government

by Lilybee

Gussying up Parliament buildings in weird ways seems to be a uniquely European pastime, (though I'd love to know if I'm wrong about that). The most recent seat of power to get a funky art treatment is the Flemish Parliament building in Brussels. Artist Arne Quinze has created The Sequence a 80 meter long and 15 meter high sculpture, in Brussels.

created on: 11/12/08

The blurb about it says "The symbolic and physical connection between the neighbors, the Flemish Parliament and the House of Flemish Representatives, reflects a possible connection between all people in Brussels. Cross-culture connections, a connection with Europe, its diversity and entity." Which is nice and all, but mostly I was thinking OOOOOOh, pretty red trees.

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Crayon Sculpture

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Crayon Sculpture

According to her website, artist Diem 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.’ A more succinct description of her crayon sculpture might be ‘intricate yet simple’. An oxymoron to be sure, but fitting. Ms. Chau does commissioned work, as was the ‘Boy in Blue’. For additional information...

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BMW's Kinetic Sculpture

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BMW's Kinetic Sculpture

This mechatronic sculpture from ART+COM is exhibited at the BMW Welt in Munich. The 714 metal balls are suspended by strings that raise and lower the balls creating weightless shapes. Those shapes for this particular installation are BMW’s 90 year history of car shapes. Check out the video of this extraordinary creation. (The transitions from one shape to another are particularly amazing.) Via.

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Robotic Sculpture

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Robotic Sculpture
Christopher Conte makes artificial limbs for amputees. Combining his interest in human anatomy with his love of sculpture has resulted in some very unique creations that have caught the attention of Wired, Popular Science, Make Magazine, The Discovery Channel and MTV Networks. In 2007, he began making his 'microbotic' pieces available to the public. To see Christopher's on-line portfolio, visit his website. Via.

 

 

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How to Make A Ghost

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How to Make A Ghost

The supplies are minimal and the instructions are simple. First: buy yourself some chicken wire. Second: shape the chicken wire into a human figure. (I’d don a pair of work gloves for this part.)

Third: set your ghost in quiet corner somewhere outdoors and wait for Ghost Hunters to show up.

(P.S. If you're worried about your ghost getting rusty, you might want to consider spraying it with a clear coat sealant.)

Via.

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Amazing Lego Sculptures.

by Chris Gardner

Lego artist Nathan Sawawa was the guest last night on The Colbert Report. Stephen, of course, teased about nerdiness and a childish choice of medium, but I'm pretty convinced this guy's got it down. Of course, we've all seen email forwards of scales models of the Eiffel Tower, or life-size Darth Vader helmets, but Sawaya's work transcends such attempts. Those are really great Lego projects. Sawaya's sculptures seem more like art that happen to be...

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CD Garden Sculpture

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CD Garden Sculpture

The CD recycling topic keeps on a’ rolling! Today’s clever installment comes from Sally J. over at The Practical Archivist. She took the above photo of a CD/DVD LP sculpture located in her neighbor’s yard. At the height of summer heat, the LP’s might get a bit melt-y, but I’m thinking that would only give the sculpture a more organic look.

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The Art of Welding

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The Art of Welding

Bert Lambier is a wing nut and his art–Wing Nut Designs–is just another reason I want to learn how to weld. Will I ever become a master welder like Bert? Probably not. But that’s okay. Until then I will marvel at his skill. From elegant kelp–who knew?–to charming robots, Bert’s portfolio seems to have something for everybody.

Large Kelp Mirror

Explorer Bot

 

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Architectural Sculpture by Timothy Richards

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To call what Tim Richards and his staff do ‘model making’ would be derivative. These miniature buildings, made in plaster by hand, are works of art. Limited edition collectors pieces, such as the Tempietto, the Ca’D’Oro Palace, are available for a hefty price, but for fans on a tighter budget, Tim offers delightful, and surprisingly affordable bookends. Great gifts for bibliophiles everywhere, here is a sampling of some of my favorites.

Jane...

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Pooktre: The Art of Tree Shaping

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Pooktre: The Art of Tree Shaping

Peter Cook and his partner Becky Northey make furniture and sculpture from trees. What’s unique about their method is that they shape the trees into predetermined objects while the trees are still growing. The name they have given this technique is Pooktre. According to their website, some designs ‘are intended for harvest to be high quality indoor furniture and others will remain living art.’


 

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Birch Bark Sculpture

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Birch Bark Sculpture

Brenda Griffin-Wagner does some extraordinary things with birch trees. She searches forests for fallen logs and then, after finding the perfect specimens, gently and painstakingly removes their beautiful bark. Out of this skin, she fashions lights. But that is too simple a word. Yes, her creations illuminate, but they are works of art first, lights second.

To inquire about Brenda’s work, she welcomes e-mails at Griffin_Canopy@yahoo.com.

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Gummi Bear Rug.

by Chris Gardner

Meet Simon. He's a rug, made of gummi bears. And to be honest, he kinda freaks me out. I think it's his 'claws.'

Gummi Bear Rug.

Simon is the work of LA and Taipei-based sculptor and installation artist Ya Ya Chou. Read more about Simon here, and then head to the candy store and create one of your own. Where you'll put it...? I don't know, but be careful! I don't imagine the candy or those creepy fingernails will survive the daily pound of your sneakers.

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