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pop

Airigami, the art of folding air in specially prepared latex containers includes the flying octopus, giant soccer players, and many others. [via growabrain]
posted by Armitage Shanks on Apr 12, 2006 - 10 comments

Prepare for the home-made invasion!

Robots, rockets, and rayguns, oh my!
posted by Robot Johnny on Apr 7, 2006 - 11 comments

Sugar babies

Sugar babies made of marzipan.
posted by crunchland on Apr 3, 2006 - 33 comments

The Birth of Sean Preston

"First Pro-Life Monument to Birth" (NSFW) featuring a nude Britney Spears giving birth on a bear-skin rug.
posted by rottytooth on Mar 24, 2006 - 100 comments

What do they do with those plastic horses?

The exciting world of model horses.
posted by zonkout on Mar 10, 2006 - 14 comments

Art for a Sunday

Two completely dissimilar yet nifty artists: The twisted ink drawings of Jon Kuta (big enough to make desktops; Flash interface), and the fabulously lifelike driftwood and bronze sculptures of Heather Jansch (she really likes horses. Warning: you'll have to side-scroll).
posted by Gator on Jan 15, 2006 - 11 comments

"remember me boys while I'm gone"

Take a back-road south of Palmyra, Tennessee, and you'll stumble across the remains of E. T. Wickham's concrete statues, worn by time and broken by vandals. Since being documented online by chroniclers of outsider art, they've found a new set of admirers. A 2001 photography exhibit showed off their former glory; family members now hope to preserve what's left. To learn something of their creator, read the personal tribute by Wickham's grandson.
posted by holgate on Dec 29, 2005 - 4 comments

Ballerina's feet

Work from Esao Andrews [some NSFW] Includes photography, painting, drawing, sculpture and more. All presented in a quite elegant, uncluttered interface.
posted by tellurian on Dec 15, 2005 - 14 comments

Ron Mueck: sculptor at large

Big Man is the final sculpture in a current exhibit on Melancholy - Genius and Insanity in the Western World at the Grand Palais in Paris. Hyper-realist Ron Mueck creates imposing figures by playing with large and small scale. (warning: art nudity)
posted by madamjujujive on Nov 27, 2005 - 18 comments

it's frighteningly boooooootiful

Gallery of funeral art. On this halloween weekend, a brief collection of photographs of tombstone carvings & other cemetary decorations.
posted by jonson on Oct 29, 2005 - 6 comments

Octacube Sculpture

Octacube Sculpture The stainless-steel Octacube is a striking object of visual art and also a mental portal to the fourth dimension, a teaching tool, and a research object bringing together many branches of mathematics and physics connected to the structure of symmetry.
posted by thecollegefear on Oct 25, 2005 - 27 comments

ArtsConversations

ArtsConversations, the archives of the C/IAF's Netropolitan Museum.
Browse works of art, sculpture, photography (some NSFW) , and more. [via->via->via chunky bacon]
posted by woj on Oct 13, 2005 - 1 comment

Found-objects will controll the universe!

A beautiful collection of Robots built out of junk. Imagine if all those things you see everyday that make you think "that sort of looks like a face, right?" stood up on two (or three) feet. ------- [note: I promise, this is in no way a self-link. I only discovered this website last night while egotisticallly googling my own name. No relation!]
posted by JBennett on Oct 12, 2005 - 22 comments

see it while it lasts

The Spirit Wrestler Gallery in Vancouver has an extensive online gallery featuring Artist Biographies and inspiration for many of the pieces. It focuses on First Nations art, sculpture, and jewelry from the Inuit, Northwest Coast nations, Canadian Plains nations, and the Maori. Some of these communities have a new lease on life due to the income from this market, while others are dying out and skills are being forgotten. Some favourites: Dog Team: Jobie Crow from Umiujaq, Summer Solstice: Pitaloosie Saila from Cape Dorset, Raven Releasing Salmon Transformation Mask: Tom Hunt of the Kwak-waka'wakw. (scroll sideways)
posted by heatherann on Sep 16, 2005 - 6 comments

What kind of a sculpture would Metafilter represent?

Bathsheba Grossman: a geometric sculptor
posted by Gyan on Aug 26, 2005 - 11 comments

Heed! Pants! Muuuve!

Terrifying noggins created over a 15 year period by Joseph Seigenthaler.
posted by jonson on Aug 20, 2005 - 14 comments

Nek Chand's Rock Garden

Nek Chand was working as a roads inspector in northern India in the 1950's. Around 1958, he began collecting materials from demolition sites and using them to create a secret place which would soon grow into a beautiful rock and sculpture garden. But it happened to be on a national land conservency, and in 1975 authorities discovered it and the garden was nearly demolished. However, by this time it had already grown into a twelve acre complex of interlinked courtyards, each filled with hundreds of pottery-covered concrete sculptures of dancers, musicians, and animals. Chand soon gained much public support and in 1976 the garden was sanctioned as a public space. It then continued to grow and today it is over 40 acres.
posted by p3t3 on Jul 16, 2005 - 21 comments

Optical Illusion Sculpture

Turn Your Head is an online service that echoes the famous "two faces/chalice" optical illusion, but in the real world. You provide them with shots of your profile, and they carve a wooden sculpture of the image for only $149.95. Works best for those with uniquely pronounced features, not to mention those with $149.95 to waste on useless crap.
posted by jonson on Jul 5, 2005 - 21 comments

Let the Eagle Soar

The Boob is back at the Department of Justice. The Ashcroft curtain has come down and the "Spirit of Justice" statue, commissioned from sculptor C. Paul Jennewein, can once again supply her breast for ironic photos.
posted by Otis on Jun 26, 2005 - 38 comments

Giddy-up!

The Unicorn Orgy ...as I sculpted unicorns, one by one, things went their own way--the ghost orgy turned into a playful group of varied mythical creatures, nothing like the dream. Still, it started with unicorns. Most things do. (NSFW)
posted by Robot Johnny on Jun 23, 2005 - 27 comments

aspects of sublime contemplation

beacon of bliss Quality images of a deity to help calm outrage or anxious mutterings
posted by longsleeves on Jun 13, 2005 - 18 comments

Livio De Marchi

Livio De Marchi is a contemporary Italian sculptor who has developed a remarkable style, combining great skill with wood and a good dose of whimsy. No plank will ever look the same!
posted by RMALCOLM on Jun 2, 2005 - 10 comments

Baron Mango - Functional Art

Baron Mango:
Functional Art Lover
[via]
posted by peacay on May 30, 2005 - 5 comments

Interesting commentary on stem cell research and the like?

I know that some of you are familiar with the sculptor Charlie White, but how about Patricia Piccinini's equally disturbing work? (via BoingBoing)
posted by Specklet on May 16, 2005 - 13 comments

Sir Eduardo Paolozzi pop-art sculptor dies

Leading Scottish pop-art sculptor/artist Sir Eduardo Paolozzi dies aged 81. obituary, works, images, works/book review, wiki, 1971 interview
posted by peacay on Apr 22, 2005 - 3 comments

Sarah Sze

Sarah Sze is an incredible artist (link is to a large image). Things fall apart (jeep cherokee), slow growth sets in and paint peels off the walls. Objects stretch out toward each other. Detail persists on a large and small scale. Here's a resume. Here are a few more images and a review. Here's another short article.
posted by nobody on Mar 30, 2005 - 25 comments

Hero stones

Hero stones are carved stones (found all over India) erected in the honor of a brave man or woman who perished while defending the interests of the village. Image search.
posted by dhruva on Mar 14, 2005 - 6 comments

Alaskan Alpine Club Ice Wall Project

The Ice Wall Project. In Fairbanks, Alaska, where the average temperature is below freezing until May, there is no shortage of ice. By spraying water from two vertical pipes 24 hours a day, a group of climbers create a masterpiece. Ten more feet of pipe has just been added, bringing the total to 136 feet... and still growing.
posted by adzm on Feb 25, 2005 - 17 comments

ARTAFRUITAVEGEMIN

I couldn't remember the name of that guy who does fruit and veggie art. No, not Kei Kosa, he's trippier than this fellow. Not Greg Brown (not to be confused with "mural Greg Brown" of Alien Saucer Crash and Buckethead Man with Paddleball fame) either, though Brown's cool too, sometimes whimsical, sometimes (woo!) suggestive. Fruits and vegetables have often been used suggestively, in advertising or even classics, maybe the innuendo of Joachim Beuckelaer's art such as Woman Selling Vegetables.
No, the guy I was thinking of takes into consideration the intrinsic character and personality of each piece he "sculpts." I remember! It's Saxton Freymann!
(...maybe influenced by the Thai fruit-n-veggie carving tradition?)
(...but he does not approve.)
posted by Shane on Feb 18, 2005 - 11 comments

snow sculpture

Mathematical Model : Knot Divided at the Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships 2005. Previous Mefi discussion.
posted by dhruva on Feb 17, 2005 - 3 comments

ted turner got loose in the sculpture garden.

Ancient sculptures the way the ancients saw them.
posted by crunchland on Feb 16, 2005 - 31 comments

Dennis Elliott

Drummer turned sculptor: mellow, intriguing wood sculpture from Dennis Elliott, also known as the former drummer from the hard rock band Foreigner.
posted by livingsanctuary on Feb 16, 2005 - 25 comments

BoltGallery

Bolt Gallery
posted by srboisvert on Feb 9, 2005 - 22 comments

Sculptures from famous paintings

Artists from Parastone Studios bring famous paintings to life by creating sculptures from the characters in them: Hieronymus Bosch, Dali, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, and more.
posted by driveler on Jan 28, 2005 - 7 comments

B of the Bang

B of the Bang. Manchester's commemoration of the Commonwealth Games "unveiled" tonight. This is far from the first Thomas Heatherwick design to grace urban areas: other sculptures of note include Paddington's roll-up bridge, Newcastle's Blue Carpet, some roundabouts in Essex and this, er, thing. Shame his website design doesn't match the beauty of his other creations.
posted by grahamspankee on Jan 12, 2005 - 8 comments

Bubbles!

Liquid Sculpture uses bubbles in the liquid to draw three-dimensional graphical patterns. (via)
posted by buriednexttoyou on Jan 9, 2005 - 7 comments

The Figurative Gallery

The Figurative. A gallery of sculpture and mixed media figures that span the whimsical to the unsettling by 35 international artists . Alternate bandwidth-intense view: 160 thumbnails.
posted by madamjujujive on Jan 3, 2005 - 7 comments

Art of Deception

The sculptures of Shigeo Fukuda show that shadows and reflections (mpegs) may not be what they appear to be. When you turn M.C. Escher's drawings into sculptures, you can get some impossible objects (mpeg). And Dick Termes paintings on globes are stunning examples (Quicktime) of six point perspective. All of these works of illusionary art are featured in the book Masters of Deception: Escher, Dalí & the Artists of Optical Illusion and must be seen to be believed.
posted by euphorb on Nov 15, 2004 - 6 comments

Walking to the sky.

Walking to the Sky (more)
posted by Tlogmer on Sep 13, 2004 - 50 comments

Happy Birthday David

Happy Birthday David! Today is the 500th anniversary of the statue's unveiling.
posted by azul on Sep 8, 2004 - 13 comments

Sculptor Tom Otterness

Selected sculptures from Free Money and Other Fairy Tales and Tom Otterness on Broadway, from the artist best known for his New York public art. Crying Giant was originally designed for the Trade Center Memorial Competition. Other exhibitions as well, including Fairy Tale Sculptures by the Sea. His work is rarely mentioned without the word "whimsical." (WTC mentioned on MeFi here, and Otterness also mentioned here).
posted by Shane on Sep 2, 2004 - 11 comments

Can death be sleep, when life is but a dream

Death Masks (Keats, Newton, Etc.)
posted by gwint on Aug 31, 2004 - 16 comments

Rodin Museum

Rodin Museum.
posted by hama7 on Jul 7, 2004 - 12 comments

spaceman sculpture

Spaceman sculpture. Click 'Spaceman' under Current Work in the right side list. Previous David Mach post from 2002.
posted by yoga on Jun 24, 2004 - 8 comments

ClippyOrgy

Paperclip Art. Beautify your cubicle.
posted by srboisvert on Jun 8, 2004 - 8 comments

Blaschka

Sea-creatures in glass. In the late 19th Century, Dresden-based glass-artist Leopold Blaschka, together with his son, Rudolf, made scores of beautiful and intricate glass models of marine invertebrates. [First link via an e-mail from Alex Vaughan.]
posted by misteraitch on May 9, 2004 - 10 comments

What's an a-political artist to do?

David Cerny: frilly pink tanks, babies climbing TV towers, and the president feeding slops to the director of the national gallery out of giant asses. Why, this could only be the NEA gone awry! Actually, it’s Magic Prague, the land of Franz Kafka and Milan Kundera, and the artist, like the dissidents of past generations, would rather not do political art , political art. His latest sculpture ridicules the perverse situation in which the country finds itself post Havel: a place where right-wingers like President Klaus and national gallery director Milan Knížák— a past collaborator with secret police, and worse, completely idiotic and banal performance artist — prosper and rub shoulders at the expense of those with a conscience and good taste. Like David Cerny. This isn’t the freshest post, but I’ve been waiting to join Mefi for a long time, and today is the first day I can post.
posted by gesamtkunstwerk on Apr 9, 2004 - 4 comments

Make that frostbite count.

The Harbin Snow and Ice Festival The temperature in Harbin, China reaches forty below zero, both Fahrenheit and centigrade, and stays below freezing nearly half the year. The city is actually further north than notoriously cold Vladivostok, Russia, just 300 miles away. Rather than suffer the cold, the residents of Harbin celebrate it, with an annual festival of snow and ice sculptures and competitions. The main link actually shows the 2003 sculptures; here are some from this year.
posted by orange swan on Mar 30, 2004 - 5 comments

The modern-day Venus de Milo

This seems quite a positive thing. Weird what some people have to say about it though.
posted by ed\26h on Mar 18, 2004 - 37 comments

Soap Carving

What ever happened to soap carving? Soap carving has been around a long time, and is often quite beautiful, detailed or arresting. Still, it's surprising how often it's still suggested as a fun activity for kids, despite the involvement of sharp utensils. For more than 25 years, Ivory soap ran a national soap-carving contest as a public relations stunt created by the father of PR, Edward L. Bernays.
posted by me3dia on Mar 8, 2004 - 6 comments

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