For one month out of the year the Harbin Ice Festival provides a winter wonderland for the good people of China who are looking for a fun, fast, and extremely cold distraction. Made out of a hundreds of thousands of ice blocks the festival takes form in the shape of a massive castle with dozens of slides and other frozen delights. At night the massive castle is colorfully lit with inset LED lights that make its icy walls glow from the inside out , illuminating the various architectural details along with every twists and turn that the ice palace provides its eager guests. (via)
J Swafford’s images start with the process of hand cut collage and end with a photograph. Swafford meticulously hand cuts detailed images out of magazines, history books and his own imagery and combines them in surreal combinations that are at once macabre and playful. He then photographs the collages as three dimensional objects giving the once flat collage a deep world to live, laugh, cry and at times die in.
When French Sculptor Marc Sparfel comes across a stack of old furniture on the street he gets excited. Not because someone has just updated their home decor but because he has now gained a pile of materials for his charming animal sculptures. Sparfel’s process is intuitive allowing curved chair rails to be come horns on a bull, a chair back to become elephant ears, and gilded couch legs to turn into a torso. The results are a poetic take on the mysterious animals that we live amongst using discarded materials that most of us wouldn’t think twice about using again. (via)
Berlin, Germany based graphic designer Bartek Elsner spends most of his time creating ad campaigns, illustration, and websites for companies both big and small. However the real exciting work starts when he isn’t pushing pixels in front of a computer. Using the simple materials of glue, cardboard and a few basic cutting instruments Elsner creates elaborate sculptures both big and small out of the cheap cardboard that we routinely through out. Here is a collection of some of our favorites from his site. (via)
Catherine Nelson is a visual artist who uses the digital medium to create orbital worlds of imaginary landscapes. Her ‘Future Memories’ series comprises of 20 floating worlds, meticulously composed with thousands of assembled details. Visual poetry, nature photography and digital techniques blend together to give shape to these transcendental landscapes. The result is a contemporary pictorial mythology that subtly reminds the viewer of a profound truth: that it is in the flourishing variety of the local that the fate of the world resides.
Trained as a painter in Sydney and London and with years of experience in the creation of visual effects for feature films like Moulin Rouge and Harry Potter, she now has dedicated her skills to her own art work combining the techniques from both these worlds into a new contemporary art medium.
Italian street art group SBAGLIATO (meaning “wrong” in Italian) covers, buildings, walls, and the occasional rock with trompe- l’oeil windows and doorways that beg viewers to walk and pear into places that we’re not supposed to look at. Their execution is so precise that from a short distance it’s difficult to tell their work apart from a real window or door. So next time you’re late for a meeting and running towards a door make sure it’s not the newest piece by SBAGLIATO or you’re sure to be greeted with a sore forehead and a few chipped teeth. (via)
The disparate worlds of abstraction and figuration collide in the boldly colored paintings of Erik Jones. If those polar opposites weren’t enough Jones also tosses into the mix a healthy dose of organic and geometric mark making, creating explosive meditations on the human figure that at once feel analog and digital. (via)
With the project “Gue(ho)st House”, French artist duo Berdaguer & Péjus re-imagine an old French house into a fantastical architectural and sculptural visitor center. The artists used the structures rich history as inspiration (it was first a prison, then a schoolhouse and then a funeral home) to create what they describe as “Psychoarchitecture.” By covering the house with an organic white veil that flows off the house and onto the surrounding grounds they play with the archeology of the building and its ghosts to create an architectural fantasyland. (via)