Created by Russian artist Eduard Bersudsky and director Tatyana Jakovskaya, the Sharmanka Kinetic Theater is likely one of the most ominous and haunting places in Scotland. Part tinker-toy, part horror, and full of artistically sculpted kinetic machines (most constructed by Bersudsky himself), the theater is rich in world history and Russian lore. A perfect description exists as the header of the theater’s website, describing the museum’s contents as “Hundreds of carved figures and pieces of old scrap perform(ing) an incredible choreography to haunting music and synchronised light, telling the funny and tragic stories of the human spirit as it struggles against the relentless circles of life and death.”
While most people are content to knit sweaters and cozy hats, artist Carol Milne uses her needles to craft incredible glass sculptures in a complex and lengthy process that she invented in…
Using feathers as his medium of choice, Chris Maynard has joined the ranks of artists like Tanaka Tatsuya and Seon Ghi Bahk, who are known for creating art from unique materials and methods. Under the careful hands of Maynard, ordinary feathers are sliced and trimmed until they create miniature scenes dotted with birds in flight and on perches. In fact, each feather shadowbox is its own masterpiece, giving viewers a glimpse at the actual bird from which the feather originated.
Most street artists accept the fact that when night falls, their work will also fade into nothingness. Not so for Max Zorn. To keep his creations from disappearing under the veil of the Amsterdam night, Zorn invoked street lamps and a little ingenuity. Zorn incorporates semi-transparent packing tape into his work, so parts of the scene shine through when placed on or near a source of illumination.
Today’s street artists are pushing boundaries like never before, creating artwork that’s zany, political and larger than life—and we have the pictures to prove it! Found on decaying properties, within rural towns and in some of the world’s biggest cities, we’re counting down the best street art of 2014.