Desert Breath – Sand Art On A Grand Scale

May 13, 2014

Near the coast of the Red Sea and thick within Sahara desert is a spiraling landmark known as Desert Breath. Given its impressive size and seemingly perfect symmetry, it would not be too irrational to think it was placed there by alien visitors.

But typically, when something on this planet seems alien, it just means that an incredible design team was behind it. The same can be said for Desert Breath. Seventeen years ago, the D.A.ST. Arteam, including Danae Stratou (the installation artist), Alexandra Stratou (the industrial designer and architect), and Stella Constantides (the architect) ventured into the desert to create art on an epic scale. Though erosion is inevitable and has altered their work over the years, the site still looks remarkably similar to how it did upon completion. The slow deterioration has been said to be “an instrument to measure the passage of time”, and gives life and movement to an otherwise static work of art.

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Anthill Art Creations And The Complexity of Ant Colonies

May 10, 2014
Bottom View of Anthill Art

Source: Anthill Art

What do you get when you mix molten aluminum and ant colonies? Seriously cool anthill art. Each of the following silver molds represents the actual tunnels, spires and passages of a real-life ant colony. And we discovered two mind-bending videos that uncover the bizarre yet intriguing process.

Up Close Aluminum Anthill Art

Source: Anthill Art

Molten Aluminum Ant Art

Source: YouTube

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Severija Incirauskaite’s Innovative Cross-Stitch Metal Art

May 5, 2014
Cross-Stitch Metal After Party

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Lithuanian-born Severija Incirauskaite is one of those artists that makes people appreciate creativity and innovation. This talented textile artist embroiders ordinary objects like pails and spoons, transforming them from cheap metal into multi-faceted, mixed-media artwork. While Incirauskaite’s methods are fairly traditional—most of our grandparents were cross-stitching before this woman was born—the finished product is anything but ordinary.

Cross-Stitch Metal Spoons

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Severija Incirauskaite

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The Secrets Behind Mona Lisa’s Smile

April 26, 2014

It would be easy to blame author Dan Brown and his blockbuster book and subsequent movie, “The Da Vinci Code”, for renewed public interest in the mysteries surrounding the world’s most famous portrait. The novel imagines all sorts of keys in the artist’s work that unlock mysteries of the ages. But even before Brown published his fictional tome, Mona Lisa has been an object of scrutiny for 500 years as scholars have tried to find answers to questions raised by the masterpiece.

Mona Lisa Full Portrait

Source: Wikimedia

Researchers are currently lifting and testing bone sets from an Italian convent in hopes of identifying the remains of Lisa Gherardini, whom many believe to be the portrait’s subject. Those involved with the project to exhume her remains and use the skull to reconstruct her face say it will prove with more certainty that Mona Lisa is who they think she is, the wife of a Florentine silk merchant. DNA results may be completed as early as June.

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Courtney Mattison’s Intricate Porcelain Coral Artwork

April 26, 2014
Our Changing Seas Coral Artwork

Source: Colossal

This past week, millions celebrated Earth Day 2014 by completing eco-friendly projects, planting trees and raising awareness for a number of green causes. We thought we’d add our take by featuring an artist whose love for Mother Nature has deeply impacted her work. San Francisco native Courtney Mattison has a passion for the world’s oceans. An interest in marine biology and environmental science has greatly shaped her work, providing much of the inspiration and motivation to create handmade porcelain sculptures liker her three-part series titled Our Changing Seas.

Our Changing Seas III Coral Artwork

Source: Colossal

Bleached Coral Artwork

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Eloy Morales’ Phenomenal Portraits

April 6, 2014

Eloy Morales Artist Painting

Eloy Morales White Paint

Given the works’ sharp, hyperrealistic features, it would be easy to assume that these paint spattered selfies are the result of some pretty decent photography and editing. You would, however, be wrong. The images are, in fact, super-realistic self portraits painted with all the precision of a photograph. Rather than capturing himself pixel by pixel, Eloy Morales, a 40-year-old artist from Madrid, has opted to oil paint himself into pictures that wouldn’t look out of place in a photography gallery.

Eloy Morales Red Front On

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