Astounding Black Thread Portraits
Japanese artist Kumi Yamashita, who lives and works in New York, is continuing her ongoing “Constellation” series: portraits made by winding a single UNBROKEN black thread around nails hammered into a board to create the uncanny likeness of a face. The results are remarkable.
Amazing Street Art from Plastic Jesus
From the crowded urban streets of Los Angeles, California comes a street artist known as Plastic Jesus. He creates incredible and controversial art installations, such as a giant mouse-trap with credit cards as bait, a fake grave with flowers and a mock rifle positioned as a headstone for the 11,458 people killed during 2011 and 2012 with automatic weapons or a giant spilled can of Mountain Dew cordoned off as if it were toxic waste. He consistently creates public mixed-media pieces that point out the negative aspects of our culture into something thought provoking. The installations above are titled as followed:
- Stop Making Stupid People Famous
- Credit Trap
- Toxic Hazard
- No Kardashians
- American Excess
- RIP 11,458
World’s Longest Wooden Sculpture
Chinese artist Zheng Chunhui recently unveiled this exceptionally large and intricately carved wooden sculpture that measures some 40 feet (12.286 meters) long, 10 feet (3.075 meters) high and almost 8 feet (2.401 meters) wide. Four years in the making, the tree carving is based on a famous painting called Along the River During the Qingming Festival, which is a historical holiday reserved to celebrate past ancestors that falls on the 104th day after the winter solstice. The Guinness World Records group arrived in November in Fuzhou, Fujian Province, where the piece is currently on display, to declare it “the world’s longest wooden sculpture”.
Incredible Pop-Up Photos of Minorities in China
Chinese photographer Collette Fu has created 3-D images of people, costumes, and landscapes that define minority life in the Yunnan Province of China. Fu described how she became inspired to use the medium: “My dad always wanted me to be an engineer. Now, ironically, I’m a paper engineer.” The following images are from Fu’s most recent series, entitled We Are Tiger Dragon People 我們是虎, and represent a creative, beautiful glimpse into China’s stunning human diversity. For a look at all of Fu’s work, please visit her website. (via The Atlantic)
Incredible Currency Collages
Artist Mark Wagner has proven he can create any scene using only single dollar bills. His latest series, titled Currency Collages, involves cutting up single dollar bills to produce these incredibly detailed compositions. Using the currency as his medium, the American artist has a great talent for visualizing new images with the shades of gray and green, George Washington’s portrait, and the patterns of numbers across the surface.
This recent work includes a variety of humorous scenes in which Washington is fighting a dinosaur, and mowing the lawn. With the simple color palette and the limited variety of imagery to work with, Wagner is still able to produce amazing landscapes and scenes that most of us could never imagine emerging from a single dollar bill. He says, “Blade and glue transform it-reproducing the effects of tapestries, paints, engravings, mosaics, and computers—striving for something bizarre, beautiful, or unbelievable… the foreign in the familiar.”
Complete Set of Canopic Jars, 900-800 BC
This set of canopic jars was made to contain the internal organs removed from the body during the mummification process. The four sons of the god Horus were believed to protect these organs. The head of each son was made as the lid to each jar. Egyptians believed that the dead would need their organs in the afterlife:
- The jackal-headed Duamutef protected and held the stomach
- The falcon-headed Qebehsenuef, the intestines
- The baboon-headed Hapi, the lungs
- Human-headed Imsety, the liver
Amazing Virtual Sculptures Distorted by Exact Locations
Seven Sculptures is a project dealing with virtual figures deformed by the photographs’ location and time data. A standard human figure is deformed using algorithmically generated images. These images, which are called procedurals, are mostly used for creating realistic texture maps for 3D models and every kind of procedural map has its own parameters.
In this project, the numeric input of the parameters and kind of procedural maps are determined by the photographs’ location (longitude and latitude) and time data (H:M:S, D.M.Y taken from EXIF). Using the black and white value of the images generated, a base human model’s vertices were displaced. Using algorithms for every input of a procedural, unique virtual sculptures were (de)formed.
The naming of each work is based on the formula: First two letter of the continent + Longitude/Latitude + Hour/Minute/Second + Day/Month/Year + First letters of the photo owner. The artist behind these fascinating and highly creative images is Can Pekdemir. Needless to say, this provides these very exacting images with some very nonsensical names:
- au.16943.27042010.125522.ed (Australia)
- as.4137.06042010.110027.cp (Asia)
- an.0090.15022011.015033.ed (Antarctica)
- eu.3051.18082010.121812.cp (Europe)
- na.15519.16042010.160853.ed (North America)
- sa.7250.24112010.145302.mg (South Africa)
- af.1834.28022010.155359.as (Africa)