Small Worlds: Absurd Suburban Landscapes in Small-Scale

Take a quick glance at the image above and you’d be forgiven for thinking that it depicts nothing more than a boring, commonplace apartment block, perhaps the kind you pass by every day on your equally boring work commute. Take a longer look and you may come to suspect that the workers who built this drearily designed construction became confused over how exactly a balcony works (a stroll outside the balcony door will surely result in imminent death). Take a closer look and you may come to realize that the logically challenged building depicted in the image above is not a building at all, or at least not one compatible with human use.

This is in fact a small-scale model created and captured by German photographer and artist Frank Kunert. Entitled “Apartment with Balcony,” it is part of Kunert’s satirical “Small Worlds” series, in which he assembles meticulously detailed, ingeniously absurd urban environments and photographs them for our viewing pleasure. Like the rest of the project’s entries, “Apartment with Balcony” was painstakingly modelled with deco boards, plasticine and paint, and was not photographed until Kunert was certain that it was absolutely perfect; as you can see, it looks glorious. If you wish, check out the rest of the series below, which is sure to raise a smile, a giggle and a ton of admiration. [Read more...]

Zhang Yimou Portrait Made of… Socks?

Shanghai-based artist Hong Yi is certainly not the most conventional of artists; while most virtuosos in the world of art construct their creations with paint or pencil or metal or marble, Yi (who prefers to be called “Red”) uses any everyday object she can get her talented little hands on, and does wonders with them. In the past, Red has assembled portraits of Taiwanese actor-singer Jay Chou out of coffee stains, of Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber using Korean chilli paste, and of Chinese basketball player Yao Ming, painted not with a paintbrush but – rather appropriately – with a basketball.

Her latest project is no less peculiar: it is a portrait of famed Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou (director of martial arts action flicks “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers”), made entirely out of bamboo sticks, pins and 750 pairs of socks. Why socks? “When I first moved to Shanghai, I stumbled upon an old residential alleyway and saw bamboo sticks poking out of windows with laundry hanging onto them, waving in the air,” explains Red. “I thought that was an incredibly beautiful sight. And the amazing thing is seeing something so traditional in a modern, bustling city like Shanghai.” [Read more...]

Mind-Blowing Lego Art Creations by Nathan Sawaya

Lego art isn’t anything new – ever since the Lego Group launched the interlocking building blocks all the way back in 1949, budding artists the world over have been presenting their colourful constructions in galleries, on the internet and even out in the open. But the Lego creations of New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya are so eye-poppingly spectacular and spectacularly eye-popping they deserve to have some light shone upon their countless interconnected bricks.

Ever since 2002, ex-laywer Sawaya has been creating large-scale sculptures of the human body, everyday objects and real-life constructions, all made entirely out of regular ol’ Lego bricks, and has been showcasing them in museums all across the globe. Currently, he is touring the States and also Australia in a new exhibition, named “The Art of the Brick,” wowing museum-goers worldwide with his magnificent designs. Below is a collection of some of his finest work, but if you want to see more you could go take a look at his official site or even pay one of his exhibitions a visit – just don’t knock any of the pieces over. [Read more...]

Amazing Photorealistic Paintings by Pedro Campos

Take a long, hard look at the picture above and the pictures below, and you’d swear that they were the works of a talented photographer; take an even closer look, you still wouldn’t doubt this cocksure belief. However, the picture above and the ones collected below were not captured by photographers, nor even by cameras: they were, in fact, captured on a canvas by a common-or-garden paintbrush and some dollops of oil paint.

These are the works of Pedro Campos, a Spanish artist who specialises in photorealism, an art movement that attempts to depict everyday objects, the natural world and real-life human beings in the most hyper-realistic way possible, giving the viewer the impression that what they are looking at is nothing more than a typical photograph. As you can see in this article, as well as on his official website, Campos enjoys depicting household items, from Coke cans to motorcycles, all bewilderingly completed by hand, without the aid of a computer. Pretty amazing, right? [Read more...]

Souvenirs And Their Real Life Counterparts

Tourists are famous for taking same odd poses in front of some of the world’s most popular sites and monuments, and it seems like there’s no end to it. For instance, countless people taken turns pretending to support the Leaning Tower of Pisa.  Sure, it was fun the first 20 times, but at what point does high-fiving the Statue of Liberty lose it’s novelty?

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