Curious History’s Top Ten Posts for October, 2013
- The Most Beautiful Trees in the World - 89,158 notes
- 10 Must See Photographs from the 1940s - 43,760
- 10 Incredibly Creepy Cakes for Halloween - 26,092
- Incredibly Carved Pencil Sculptures - 24,450
- What the World Eats - 19,054
- 10 of the Best Twilight Zone Episodes - 14,204
- The Remarkable Dinosaur Footprint Wall - 13,849
- 10 Stunning Cityscapes Without Light Pollution - 13,845
- 10 Creepy Halloween Food Ideas - 12,744
- Amazing Leaf Art - 9,231
The Tortoise and the Hare - Mementos of Time
These are the fantastic creations of Japanese artist Natsumi Honda (本田奈津美). She captures the essence of the story precisely because of the medium the artist chose to make her animals: bits of discarded watches and time pieces - forgotten mementos of time. The tortoise and hare sculptures are exhibited at the National Art Center in Tokyo, Japan. The series is aptly titled, Time to be Included.
Most of us know the story of The Tortoise and the Hare, one of Aesop’s Fables. The story concerns a hare who ridicules a slow-moving tortoise and is challenged by the tortoise to a race. The hare soon leaves the tortoise behind and, confident of winning, takes a nap midway through the course. When the hare awakes however, he finds that his competitor, crawling slowly but steadily, has arrived before him and won the race.
Amazingly Intricate Paper Sculptures
"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity…and some scarce see Nature at all. But to the eyes of a man of Imagination, Nature is Imagination itself." William Blake
Trees Burst Through Gallery Walls and Ceilings
Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira’s powerful recycled wood art installations snake through their exhibition spaces like massive living trees that burst out of walls and through ceilings. Oliveira scours the streets of Sao Paulo to gather plywood, which he then separates into layers and combines to create his massive “tridimensionals” sculptures. The stunning mixed media pieces are a combination of sculpture, painting and architecture.
Unbelievable Wire Sculptures
Artist Gavin Worth never attended art school, and in his spare time has nurtured a lifelong obsession with drawing, painting, and wire sculpture. Via his website:
By bending black wire into something of freestanding line drawings, I create sculptures that engage the viewer by involving them in their subtle changes…My wire sculptures tell stories of simple human moments: a woman adjusting her hair, a face gazing from behind tightly wrapped arms, a mother gently cradling her baby. The honest, unguarded moments are the ones that I find to be the most beautiful.
He was even recently commissioned by Tiffany & Co. to help design and create wire sculpture pieces for their 2013 Valentine’s Day window displays. Using a mythological theme, he created nearly 30 pieces out of silver, copper, and steel wire (pictures 6 & 7).
Incredibly Carved Pencil Sculptures
Hungarian artist and deviantART user cerkahegyzo carves intricate miniature sculptures from a single lead pencil. The artist says it’s a hobby and form of relaxation for him and that he carves them in his free time. During the day he works as a professional tool-maker in Hungary.
Cerkahegyzo says he started carving after coming across the highly detailed sculptures of artist Dalton Ghetti, previously featured on Curious History, who also uses lead pencils as his preferred medium.
Hill of Witches, Lithuania
On one of the most beautiful and oldest parabolic dunes in Juodkrantė, Lithuania, the forest is alive with a vast array of fairy-tale creatures, witches, demons, kings, princesses, fisherman and devils. Known as the Hill of Witches (Raganų kalnas), this public trail through the woods takes visitors on a trip through the most well-known legends and stories in Lithuanian folk history.
Work began in 1979 on the sculpture park, and it now features over 80 different wooden carvings from local artists. Each beautifully hand-crafted sculpture depicts a popular character from folk and pagan traditions of Lithuania. The public park got its name long before the sculptures were placed along the wooded trails, and is in fact a reference to the pagan celebrations that take place on the hill during the Midsummer’s Eve Festival.
Each year on June 24th, people across Lithuania dance, sing and bring in the midsummer with the older folk traditions of the country. After Christianity came to Lithuania, the celebration was renamed Saint Jonas’ Festival, but many of the practices still have pagan roots, as echoed by the fantastic Hill of Witches sculptures.