believe that Michelangelo's
famous work the Creation of Adam
depicts God superimposed on a cross-section of a human brain.
Michelangelo routinely made use of symbolism and humor in both his painting and sculpture. Was he suggesting man created God? If so, this is delicious irony.
posted by gruchall
on Oct 10, 2003 -
Unnanounced art in Home Depot.
Artist Stefanie Nagorka has created sculptures in ten states in the last year, and aims to bring her work to Home Depots in all fifty in the coming 18 months. She uses materials, mainly concrete slabs and bricks, from the stores, assembles the sculptures in the aisle
, snaps a picture for herself, and leave the rest there for customers to enjoy or puzzle over - and for the employees to disassemble and re-stock. I think I like it. (From this month's ReadyMade.)
posted by majcher
on Sep 16, 2003 -
Apocalyptic image gallery
A scholarly site with a large collection of images illustrating the Revelation of St. John, with emphasis on medieval painting, carving, and sculpture. Felix Just, S. J. has compiled a more diverse collection
that includes an extensive set of contemporary images. As a lover of all things nineteenth-century, I'm rather partial to Francis Danby
(I just saw The Deluge
at the Tate) and John Martin
posted by thomas j wise
on Aug 13, 2003 -
Visitors to the current Illinois State Fair
have the opportunity to see an American classic, the Butter Cow. This year's cow was sculpted over two days by Nancy Wise
. You can watch the construction or live shots of its admiring public at the Butter Cow Cam
. [more inside]
posted by Songdog
on Aug 8, 2003 -
Port of San Diego Considers Gigantic, Cartoonish Eyesore for Park Sculpture
An unsolicited proposal for a 200 foot long, 50 foot high sculpture in bronze, granite and water is under review by the public art committee of the Port of San Diego. The artist is A. Wasil, a master builder of the Robert Kaskey (Portlandia, WWII Veterans Memorial) school. The presentation is high tech, the concept is 'bold,' the corporate backers are many (and they're bidding for naming rights). One problem: it sucks. Read Robert Pincus's review
of a piece of public art he (and I) hope will never be.
posted by rschram
on Jul 28, 2003 -
The work of Russian miniaturist Nikolai Syadristy is amazing - sculptures, watercolors, engravings, all mere millimeters in size. It's a shame, however, that the best online galleries for displaying his works are so limited. This
Flash based virtual museum and this
horrendous gallery were the most extensive collections available online. Still, his work is worth suffering through the bad user interface & limited English translation to enjoy, for those who wish to know just how many angeles truly can fit on the head of a pin.
posted by jonson
on Jun 9, 2003 -
Mille Fiori by Chihuly
- a sweeping glassworks art installation marks the opening of the new Tacoma museum building. Dale Chihuly
, one of the great masters of our time, also has an exhibit in Hamilton, NJ
through July. Not content with stunning windows
, Chihuly creates towers
, and more
, often weaving his work within natural elements
to create fantasy waterscapes
. - more -
posted by madamjujujive
on Apr 26, 2003 -
is a site offering "a new type of news media: 3D News." Their mission is "to provide a 3D portal to the latest Pop Culture events. Our sculptures provide a new visually stimulating way of remembering current and past world events." Ethically, their most recent sculptures range from the sick
, to the really sick
. Anyone wager a guess that Jeff Koons
is somehow behind this?
Bonus: they will make custom sculptures
of your friends and family. Looks like Irony's back in town, baby.
posted by dhoyt
on Apr 20, 2003 -
, Roden Crater I've always wanted to make light something that you treasure. Not just light reflected in glass, or in a scrim, or on the surface of some object. But light objectified. We generally use it to illuminate other things. But I wanted to force people to pay attention to the thingness and revelation of light. This is a place that will do that.James Turrell
posted by y2karl
on Apr 10, 2003 -
- the title I've given this sculpture, is the culmination of an untold number of hours work. The sculpture depicts a modern Formula One car at speed, mid-turn, and indeed in the wet
posted by snez
on Dec 18, 2002 -
Walking on Wind.
Theo Jansen is a Dutch artist who creates sculptures that use wind power to walk. They're amazingly lifelike and organic - like a physical version of Sodaplay
. More images (and a short video) at his website
(found on boingboing)
posted by O9scar
on Dec 6, 2002 -
This CNN article
reminded me of something I've been wanting to share with my fellow MeFiers for a long time now: the Storm King Art Center
. There really aren't enough places in the world where you can view dozens of monumental
abstract sculptures on 500 acres of rolling hills and beautiful wooded groves. For those interested in a 3D look (albeit via an obscure plug-in) try these views of a few Storm King sculptures
. So, has anyone else ever been there? Better yet, anyone care to share any other unusual "museums" you've discovered?
posted by Ptrin
on Nov 1, 2002 -
An unfinished work representing a centuries-old mystery and containing an encrypted signature, Pythagorean philosophy and celestial numbers... Could it be the new Neal Stephenson novel? Actually, it's Johann Sebastian Bach's "Art of Fugue
", believed by some to have been conceived as "absolute music" never intended to be played at all. Artist Elizabeth Harington has created a lovely and loving visual interpretation
of the work in the form of 14 folded sculptures (nicely presented by Colophon
posted by taz
on Sep 17, 2002 -
For a relatively low price, given the time and commitment, Richard Reames will grow a beautiful piece of sculpture, furniture, or even a whole room for you. Yes, I said grow
posted by Su
on Sep 8, 2002 -
Beer makes me smart...Beer, me make art
After trying to make little "Golden Child" men out of Bud Lite cans Saturday, I checked the web for other beer inspired artforms. The results are range from the folky-Beer Label
art to cozy beer bottle
homes and dangerous beer can guns
. Even cash can be made...for hilarious rent woes
... to Big $$$ as with David Hockney's Pearl Blossom Highway
currently at the Getty Museum. Anyone else inspired by beer?
posted by hellinskira
on Apr 8, 2002 -
In reviewing ‘A beautiful mind’ NYT reviewer said of Nash
"Before he married Alicia …he fathered another child…. and abandoned both mother and child to poverty. He formed a number of intense, apparently sexual bonds with other men, and he lost his security clearance ….. after he was arrested for soliciting sex in a men's room. When his illness became intractable and his behavior intolerable, Alicia divorced him. …. None of this has made it to the screen." It went on to say that "The story ….egregiously simplifies the tangled, suspicious world of cold war academia." Most other reviewers appears to have judged that movie on its merits as a work of art and seemed to like it
. Recently, the plans to build a statue to honor the FDNY firefighters were dropped
after a controvery broke out over plans to alter the original image of three firefighters hoisting the American flag. In an article
that tried to put the later controvery in a context, NYT said that that "Sculptors, and artists in general, always take liberties". Conservative columnist Jonah Golderg in a different column
defended the sanctity of ‘factual accuracy' in art. I rarely agree with Goldberg. But I think if one is depicting an event or a likeness of an event one has an obligation to stay close to the truth. Where do you draw the line between creative freedom and factual accuracy?
posted by justlooking
on Jan 20, 2002 -
glowing wires, cool to the touch. uses very little power, and usable for...anything you need to light. really beautiful light sculptures waiting to be created.
posted by patricking
on Dec 9, 2001 -
the cult statue made by Phidias, once in the Parthenon: here rendered by the Franch Beaux Arts architect Benoit Loviot. Slow but worth the wait, with more inside.
posted by y2karl
on Nov 30, 2001 -
'Pope hit by meteor' sculpture
sets a contemporary art record at Christie's and sells for $886,000
. The artist says, "I like to think of La Nona Ora as a sculpture that doesn't exist, a three-dimensional image that dissolves into pure communication blah, blah, blah... " Has anyone noticed we all live in Bizzaro World.
posted by quirked
on May 18, 2001 -
is inspiring artists to new areas of creativity from theatre to sculpture, says the Guardian.
posted by jhiggy
on Apr 20, 2001 -
A £900,000 mirror sculpture destined for a square in Nottingham, UK, will have to be shielded to prevent it focusing the Sun's rays and barbecuing passing birds. Anish Kapoor's
highly polished concave steel mirror is six metres in diameter. Direct sunlight hitting the mirror would be focused into a narrow beam of light as hot as the surface of the Sun, says astronomer Michael Merrifield of Nottingham University.
posted by zeoslap
on Mar 7, 2001 -
Gee, stupid me. I thought it was a pretty good statue, myself.
Seems someone with a laser beam and time on his hands has worked out that the statue of David squints. Wow. Thanks a lot, mister! I can rest a lot easier knowing that.
Why, I might have been misled into believing it was some kind of masterpiece or something.
What, he couldn't find anything more
useless to do with his sabbatical?
posted by Ezrael
on Jun 9, 2000 -
Apparently, Chicago sponsors an annual event where artists make fiberglass cows, and they're displayed throughout the city. See the official Cows on Parade
if you don't believe me.
posted by mathowie
on Aug 2, 1999 -