17th-century Japanese prints perfectly suit Star Wars

To illustrate exactly that what goes around comes around, “Star Wars”, which originally was inspired by the Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, is now inspiring a Japanese artist in creating a very special kind of art: ukiyo-e woodblock prints. The 17th-century Japanese prints perfectly suit Star Wars. The combination of the futuristic feel with the traditional technique of the craft yielded a special final product.

17th-century Japanese prints perfectly suit Star Wars

Masumi Ishikawa, the brains and steady hands behind the project seems to have hit the jackpot. Makuake, the crowd funding site, hosts the beautiful prints that are up for sale. The Japanese artist has already exceeded his goal by far, quickly reaching figures as high as 12 million yen (the equivalent of 96,000$).

What does the ukiyo technique entitle exactly? The e-prints start up as paintings that are hand carved by wood sculptors into wood blocks. The sculptor has to create various blocks in order to suit every color chosen by the painter. These act like huge stampers: the artist applies ink on the surface of the wood block and presses a piece of paper on it. The different layers of color are built up by using the specific wood blocks. This is a long, minute process that requires care for detail and a lot of patience. As a result, the final image is a one of a kind piece of art that will surely double or triple in value as the time goes by.

17th-century Japanese prints perfectly suit Star Wars

So what can avid Star Wars fans choose from? Prints of Darth Vade surrounded by flames and holding his lightsaber, scenes of Imperial snow walkers marching during the Battle of Hoth, and Queen Amidala accompanied by R2-D2. Each of these three compositions has been made in 200 copies, but taking in account their success, we can assume more of them will follow.

The dexterity and time that went into making these compositions managed to successfully reunite an old craft and a contemporary brand. Let’s take a closer look at the three prints that have taken the Star Wars fans by surprise making them dig deep in their pockets and pay $434 for each piece of art. You can rest assured each of the prints has been licensed by Lucas Films.17th-century Japanese prints perfectly suit Star Wars

Darth Vader and his lightsaber are staples in the Star Wars cult, so a print entirely dedicated to him was in order. The composition is kept simple in this piece, with Darth Vader surrounded by flames, wielding his sword against a simple background. Of course, a picture doesn’t do justice to the original work of art, nonetheless it’s still impressive. The Darth Vader print was the first one to get sold out, but the following two prints are still available… at least for a few more hours.17th-century Japanese prints perfectly suit Star Wars

In this one, Queen Amidala is accompanied by R2-D2 in the bottom left corner and Anakin Skywalker above. Her garment is rich and lush, which means it took painstakingly long hours to carve and paint the smallest details. Queen Amidala was created in the “beautiful person picture” style (Bijin-ga). This is again a simple yet powerful composition that any Star Wars fan would be glad to add to his collection.17th-century Japanese prints perfectly suit Star Wars

Probably the most complicated piece of art of the three, this print illustrates the Battle of Hoth. In the thick of the battle you can notice the fuming wrecks against the plain white background of the snow.

Masumi Ishikawa’s initiative brought together three skilled artists: the “eshi” (painter), “horishi” (carver) and “surishi” (printer). In an effort to bring forth a forgotten craft by mixing it with a contemporary cult, he managed to make quite a stir among the Star Wars fans.

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Top 10 Strange Statues Around the World

Strange statues come in many shapes and size, but below we have compiled a short list of the most impressive sculptures found around the world, some of them being a few centuries old.

10. Denver’s Blucifer

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Blucifer is scary, and it has created an even more intense feeling by its placing just outside Denver’s airport terminal. Blucifer is not the statue’s name; but one of the nicknames received over time from the not-so-happy residents of the city. Other suggestive labels from its numerous nicknames are Blue Stallion of Death or Satan’s Steed.

9. Quetzalcoatl from San Jose, CA

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In 1992, artist John Graham had to make a sculpture which was going to be not just a main attraction for the tourists in the city, but also a piece of art that could symbolize the Hispanic heritage, intensely promoted by the authorities. This way, the strange head named Quetzalcoatl was born and eventually, even if the intentions were to make the art piece out of bronze, over time the whole project turned into the weird sculpture that is today.

8. Frogner Park Baby Fighter

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The Frogner recreation area in Oslo is a wonderful park. It is loaded with numerous sculptures that catch the elegance of the human body in a way that has to be seen. Also, this sculpture seems to be of a naked man beating several children. This confusing statues actually represents four child-shaped “genii” fighting a man.

7. The Child-Eater Fountain – Bern, Switzerland

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From there you can hardly see that the top represents a man eating furiously a bag of children. Probably why the specialists named it the “Child Eater,” in order to be sure that everyone understand what it is all about. Nobody seems to remember the actual tale – whatever huge event the sculpture was expected to be celebrating has been forgot over time.

6. Man and Skull – Prague

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For some purpose or another, they realized that the best way to respect Kafka was by setting up a sculpture presenting a massive skull getting romantic with a subservient man at the sight of an important attraction for tourists (Daliborka Tower at Prague Castle).

5. Fountain of Virtues – Nuremberg

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There is one place where even the most religious persons can take pictures of any building in the city, and this is Nuremberg, the German place where some of the first editions of the Bible were created and numerous really bad individuals were lastly taken to court. Also, what better attraction could be visited than the popular Fountain of Virtues?

4. Boll Weevil Monument – Enterprise, Alabama

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Enterprise is your regular, flourishing, courteous Southeast town that has obtained a reputation for its apparently rather unusual main sculpture. However, many do not really see why it so unique, though. For them is just a regular neoclassical sculpture of a young woman having above her head a strange object.

3. Point Pleasant’s Mothman

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That is the weird Mothman, a legendary animal said to reside in the abandoned TNT location near the American town and submitted to his centuries-old curse, since the townspeople will gladly describe it to you. And, can be a better way to enjoy the town’s exclusive legend than this strange statue?

2. Awakening – California, USA.

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A variety of famous pictures are found in California, D.C., one of the top cities in American, and not only. The Lincoln Memorial or Capitol Hill are known to even the most uninformed moviegoers. But, another attraction there is a far more suitable example to the dogfight state policies that are intense behind the politics and business doors.

1. Giant Eyeball – Chicago

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The actual scary part of EYE is that you cannot get out of its sight – it is not completely aimed to look in just one direction. It is a moving attraction that is transferred from place to place all over the state. Next time, it could be a lot closer than you think and looking right into your soul.

The Most Awesome Sculptures Seen in Modern Cities

Some of the most awesome sculptures are found in the form of typical monuments and statues that are shown in community recreational areas and other locations of interest. These are, in most situations, just well known characters and other traditionally important people. We say “in most cases” since there are other uncommon sculptures on the globe, work art that is so innovative and exclusive, that you could not believe they were there until you have visited these original expressions of the complex human mind.

While you probably have seen quite a few of the world-famous works of art by Bernini, Rodin or Michelangelo, we provide you a choice of some less known, but definitely rather popular sculptures that you should find out about them.

Funny and lovely, unusual and frightening, the sculptures will all surprise you with their elegance and originality. These innovative artists have taken regular things and converted them into large emotional pieces of modern art.

Non-Violence – Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd/New York

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The large revolver Colt Python .357 Magnum has a twisted gun barrel which is intended to present world peace. The sculptor from Sweden has designed 16 of the Non-Violence items of art and they are on show around the globe, in Germany, France, Sweden or China, to name just a few. This statue is near the UN main building in New York. He designed these sculptures after the death of John Lennon in 1980, murdered by an angry fan.

People of the River – Chong Fah Cheong/Singapore

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Named as one of the most innovative sculptures in the world, the statues basically look as if kids are going into the water. Chong Fah Cheong declares of his amazing performance that his participation in such innovative art activities, in particular, human statue, is a result of his mind-set. It is an attention, a serious look over our lifestyle, made up of unlimited factors and opportunities.

Thing’s End – Wayne Carl/Toronto, Canada

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This 1,400 lb representation of a blue rubber band entanglement stands tall over the visitors who are going into or leaving Toronto. The simple rubber band model is stretched on the sidewalk, making the passerby to stop and admire its modern design, perhaps telling them to have fun with the simple excitements in life.

Conflicting Evidence – Dhara Rivera/San Juan, CA

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This set up of several life-size sofas is located in the Sculpture Park area at the Museum and Art Gallery in Puerto Rico. The innovative artist says the work of art is created by positioning next to each other pieces of different materials. However, here is just a bunch of seemly comfortable sofas that are made of stone.

Looking for Paradise – Jan Fabre/France

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This statue of a man riding a massive, fantastic armored turtle will make you think about a lot of things. Like, wherever did the creator, Jan Fabre, get his idea for this piece of art? In addition, why it is a turtle and not something else? If you were looking for Paradise, could you pick a quicker conveyance? A few people with imagination believe that the human in the sculpture is actually a self-portrait made by the artist. If there is a strong significance behind this statue, then many unfortunately did not understand its true meaning, but we all really like it in the same way.

Bronze Breasts – Unknown artist/Latvia

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Another unidentified piece of art showed up in 1983 in the middle of the city’s recreation area. Installed right onto the cobblestone alley was a couple of bronze breasts, one of them being caressed by a hand. Its place just outside one of the more conservative areas in the city and the oldest cathedral in the region, brought up arguments against its installment from others who live nearby. The sculpture was taken out, only to be put back on the same alley a few years later.

Several other such works of art considered to be by the same unidentified creator have appeared around the town in later years. Some think they were all designed by Havas, a Dutch healthcare professional and steel specialist whose known sculptures are quite similar to those of the unidentified statues and who has lived near several of the statues.

Quo Vadis – David ?erný/ Prague, Czech Republic

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In honor of over 5000 Eastern German people who placed themselves on that backyard while looking forward to political asylum and the possibility to go back to Germany and their native birthplaces. David ?erný used a Trabant car made from bronze (a common car at the time, that many people from the respective region were compelled to leave behind them) put on massive legs for this specific sculpture. Situated near the German Embassy, you will have to visit it there by going through the massive garden gateways of a children’s play area to see this uncommon piece of art.

Leidseplein Lizards – Hendes van Houwelingen/Holland

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If reptiles make you feel very uncomfortable, you may want avoid visiting the Leidseplein city square at the center of Amsterdam’s shopping and entertaining area. Here, 40 over-sized metal lizards created by the Dutch sculptor Hendes van Houwelingen are spread over the gardens and vertical surfaces like something out of a scary movie. Each creature is original and worth visiting if you are near that park.

Corridor Pin – Claes Oldernburg/San Francisco

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The tremendous stainless steel and iron pin is a sculpture in the dedicated landscapes of De Younger Museum located in California. Its sides are situated in a rather difficult position, the giant safety pin being 250 times bigger than a regular pin, seeming to be anything other than “safe.”

The Violinist – Unknown author/Norway

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In 1990, guests to the opera have been taken aback by the unusual appearance of a bronze violinist emerging up through the stone ground while playing the instrument. This second unclaimed statue graces the entry of one of the historical buildings in Sydney, as well as its Town Area, even if city authorities still stated they do not know the artist’s name.

Life Underground – Tom Otterness /New York

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This sculpture is similar to a face crafted from an old model of telephone and is one of the elements of a series of community works of art requested for the New York Subway, known as Life Underground. The selection includes unique brown sculptures, which according to the specialists indicate the impracticality of knowing how the hectic lifestyle in New York is beneficial to its residents. The artist got taken away by the original venture and designed over 100 items, more than 4 times that the amount requested by the authorities.

Giant Matchstick – Manny Castro- Los Angeles

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This large matchstick is one main element of an art installation based on guerrilla advertising strategy from the famous dating app Tinder. Last year, hand crafted, massive matchsticks, showed up all around Los Angeles, printed with #moments. The unexpected overall look of these things was a secret to the citizens until the last moment when a hue matchbox with the Tinder logo incrusted on it was presented to the public at Venice Beach.

Jumbo Shoes – Boston

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The large shoes representation was seen at a short-term road art show known as Activities at Bartlett Garden. The whole area had to be taken down for a total redevelopment, so, while looking forward to its devastation, the artist made the place to came into existence with creativeness, thanks to the organizers. These shoes were made from several tire parts, fire hoses and pieces of rug. The meaning of the giant footwear after the Boston Marathon bombings was extremely popular in the city affected by the tragic events.

5 DIY Home Décor Ideas for Your Lovely House

DIY home décor ideas are useful when you are young and live in a residential dorm or in rented projects, and you cannot do much to create that personalized and comfortable space as you like.

Does this mean you are limited to live with plain white-colored surfaces and unpleasant furniture? No, and here are some alternative home-style tips for you and your home.

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1. Color and atmosphere

Most flats and dorms come with standardized white walls. There is no simpler way to modify your rooms, their look and spatial ambiance than by using colored Christmas lights. These are easy to hang everywhere: you can just put them up around the walls or the ceiling.

Make a reddish illumination and your space will appear to have red hues to it. In addition, you can add more than one shade and select which set to connect at a time. It is easy and cost-effective. To further add to these unique effects, you can change the lights to some of the bulbs to “party lights.”

2. Floors

Ugly flooring or unpleasant carpets? No problem. Having a place rug can be costly as anything, but many shops offer huge, but still affordable bath mats which can be used as small compact rugs.

While it may seem unusual, but there are a lot of fashionable, large bath mats out there to pick from, such as the ones created from fake fur. Tip: they are intended to be slip-proof and are generally simpler to clean if they get wet than regular rugs.

3. Futons

Did you acquire a rustic style futon that is not the best ever? A futon cover is costly, but you will discover bed linens that fit the classic style futons for a lesser amount of cash. At “mall punk” shops, the common innovative person might see all types of nice decorations, and even in the children’s’ segments of regular shops, there are many exciting and lovely things.

Halloween parties are a fun chance to search for cool stuff like spider webs or pumpkins; and Valentine’s Day is an excellent occasion for buying for heart-shaped decorations. Do not ignore the pillows! You will usually buy them for inexpensive prices, along with various types of pillowcases at a significantly lower cost.

4. Kitchen

Craft shop, art shop, art store! Call it as you wish, you could discover everything within your budget and ready to be personalized at almost any art shop. Storage cans, jugs or various recipients for the kitchen can be personalized to deposit anything from spoons and spatulas to foods and napkins.

These shops, as well as the lower price stores, usually have kitchen towels – even if vacations are a fun chance to stock up on the ones you like. The craft foam is used to create kitchen pads – and you can personalize them anyway you want.

5. Furniture

When you are at the art shop, you may observe some unpainted, tedious wood furnishings. On the other hand, maybe you will visit a second hand shop and discover some horrible looking, but efficient, furniture. The easy solution? Paint. Buy some paint and wax (this part is essential, since it will cover the paint) and create furnishings that meet your needs and character. Want a violet dresser? There is nothing to stop your imagination! You can paint your DIY recycled furniture with different brushes, or try other methods (some more primitive), like stencils and sponges, to have several results or various colors.

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Geometric Animal Street Art by Dzia is Amazing

About two and a half years ago, a street art from Belgium called Dzia started painting murals and is already starting to get recognized and appreciated for his amazingly complex animal street art. He uses geometric lines in his unique style that really make the paintings pop out. This is especially true if the paintings are in abandoned locations. The artist usually paints in Antwerp, his hometown but some of his works can also be admired in other cities across Europe.

His works range from street works and taxidermy to sculpture and paintings. Dzia also created the Krank copyzine.

Dzia said that he was attracted to art ever since he was a little child. His entire family was very creative and his uncle was an artist. He had this passion all throughout his teenage years and eventually headed out to study art in Antwerp at the Royal Academy.

He said that after graduating, he really wanted to put his pieces on walls. He focused his attention on creating a unique style of art by making use of geometric lines and other abstract figures to create different animal shapes.

His work is appreciated all over Europe and the handmade copyzine called Krank is filled with artists that try to make their works known. Dzia started the Krank copyzine and the price of each issue depends on the costs of production. However, it comes out every four months, regardless if there are problems in the way or not.

The artists that can be found inside Krank are the people that Dzia supports, admires and even defends. In order to create Krank, Dzia got a lot of help from different artists like him. The copyzine is truly amazing and it isn’t intended only for people who admire graffiti and street art, but also for those who appreciate art altogether.

The geometric animal street art by Dzia is truly amazing.

geometrical animal street art

geometrical animal street art

geometrical animal street art

geometrical animal street art

geometrical animal street art

geometrical animal street art

geometrical animal street art

geometrical animal street art

geometrical animal street art

geometrical animal street art

geometrical animal street art

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