Wire Wonderland: Woodland Critters of Twisted Steel

You ever bend a paperclip out of shape and bend it into another, much more fun shape? I know I’ve done it a few times in the past, mostly when I was bored and on my lonesome and felt no need to bind several sheets of paper together. Most of my creations were cats and people or, to be more specific, disfigured felines (which for some reason looked like canines) and short-legged, big-headed hunchbacks, like the bell-ringer of Notre Dame. I wasn’t exactly Van Gogh with a paperclip – I was always more of a Picasso.

Hayley Dix, however, is a much better bender of bits of steel wire than I ever was, as shown in her remarkable new art project, “Wire Wonderland.” In it, the Middlesex University graduate creates deceptively simple but utterly stunning wireframes of woodland critters – birds and foxes, etc. – perched on and crawling across real-life fallen branches. And it looks marvelous.

As stated on Dix’s official website, “Almost as if to reincarnate the wood each piece displays a fragment of a story which is directly inspired by the environment in which it was found.” Below, you can check out images from “Wire Wonderland,” which has been selected for display at the 2012 New Designers One Year On exhibition in London. [Read more…]

That’s No Moon… It’s a Ping Pong Ball!

That broken sphere up there, that’s no moon. It’s a Death Star. Or, to be more specific, it’s the incomplete Death Star II, the second iteration of the intergalactic battle station, built by the villainous Galactic Empire after the smaller Death Star I was triumphantly blown to smithereens by Jedi apprentice Luke Skywalker at the end of “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.”

Since it first appeared on cinema screens in 1977, the Death Star has become an iconic image of science-fiction cinema, initially made famous by Alec Guinness’ ominous line, “That’s no moon. It’s a space station.” Well, now it’s about to become that little bit more famous, thanks to Japanese internet user tatumaru5963. Y’see, Mr(s). tatumaru5963 has intricately created his/her own miniature Death Star II, using just a ping pong ball and card stock.

The creator of this mini masterpiece provided some commentary on his/her glorious creation, as reproduced here thanks to the wonders of online translators: “Things repeatedly cutting the ping-pong ball, plastic board was finely cut of 0.2, we reproduce the internal structure.”

Umm, yeah. Check out pictures of the mini Death Star II below. [Read more…]

A World Map Made of 3,000 Coins

“Money makes the world go round,” they say. “Money makes the world, full stop,” would be the reply of Perniclas Bedow, creator of a world of copper, gold and silver coins. Arranged by Swedish design studio Bedow, the piece is a world map made entirely out of over 3,000 coins from around the world: in a stroke of artistic genius, each continent was built using its own currency.

A 2009 project, it was arranged for use by Erik Penser Bankaktiebolag, a Swedish bank. One hopes that the bank’s security guards are keeping a close eye on Bedow’s stunning piece: anyone short on a bus fare may steal a bit of Ohio. Check out images of the project above and below, including some close-ups of the spare-change countries. See if you can spot which part of the world it is. [Read more…]

All Tangled Up: Stunning Earphone Wire Art

Don’tcha hate it when your earphone wires get all tangled up? You place them in your trouser pocket for all of five seconds and voila, you’ve got a thousand knots to untie. Well, take a look at these unholy tangles, which form to create gorgeously illustrated portraits. You may recognise a few famous faces here.

Part of a pen-to-paper art project entitled ‘iEarphones,’ the pieces include a portrait of Beatle member John Lennon, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, a tyrannosaurus rex and a lady (warning: a nude lady) with the hair of Medusa, though instead of snakes slithering atop her head it’s – you guessed it – earphones.

The earphone wires appear to be that of the Apple iPod, and they are skillfully drawn by Canada-based artist Bashir Sultani. Below, you can see a video taking us through the making of the John Lennon picture, and below that is Sultani’s project in full. Now if you don’t mind, I’m gonna go browse eBay for some wireless headphones, ‘cos I’m tired of all this untangling crap. [Read more…]

Yummy: Deep-Fried Gadgets

You ever been so hungry you deep-fried your laptop? No? Well, that’s what Brooklyn-based New Zealand still life, art and fashion photographer Henry Hargreaves seems to have done, as you can see below. Inspired by an experiment in which electronic products were cooked and eaten (that experiment didn’t go very well), Hargreaves has deep-fried a whole assortment of gizmos, from MacBooks to iPods, iPads to headphones, and photographed them.

“I like to play with food and the juxtaposition of different worlds,” Hargreaves told the Huffington Post. “Also I see similarities between tech culture and fast food. Quickly devoured and then discarded.” But Hargreaves hasn’t used actual electronics for his pieces: they are in fact made of a material called ‘foamcore.’ Still, the pieces look magnificent, and perhaps a little tasty – anyone else hungry? [Read more…]