In the dictionary, the word surreal is defined as something unreal and fantastic or "having a oddly dreamlike quality." If surreal art can do anything, it can make us feel like we haven't woken up from a nightmare or a dream. More than that, however, it has the power of making the impossible suddenly seem possible. Though the cultural movement started back in the 1920s…Continue
Patrick Acton is behind some of the mind-blowing, highly detailed matchstick sculptures you'll ever see. Though as a child he always had a penchant for woodworking, it wasn't until he was fresh out of college when he built a small model of a country church and then one of the USS Constitution that he found that his wintertime hobby was now a full-fledged passion.
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Korean-born, London-based Jukhee Kwon is a rising new artist who's making a name for herself with these monumental sculptures that look as if pages of books are desperately trying to escape. One of her newest pieces was just displayed at a Korean contemporary art group show in Paris. The multi-level sculpture resembled a cascading waterfall shooting down the middle of…Continue
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Diana Beltran Herrera is one of those artists that continually pushes herself to create more interesting works. When we first came across her colorful paper bird sculptures, we were amazed at how she could create such a wide range of birds with such precision and…
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Fine art photographer Cara Barer has created two new beautiful book sculptures. Dream Tree started off as a novel titled "Enigma" while Blue Butterfly was, in its previous life, an ordinary yellow pages. They, along with Barer's other works, are currently being shown in an exhibition titled Bound & Unbound at…
While most of us would pick up a smooth stone and quietly appreciate it for its simple beauty, artist Chris Booth sees it for its incredible potential. This famous New Zealand sculptor weaves together stones until he creates impressive, large-scale sculptures that look like tunnels and blankets.
To Booth, this isn't just about neatly stacking stones. It's about giving…Continue
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Though we just discovered the incredible work of David Oliveira a few weeks ago, I felt compelled to put up another post after seeing his latest pieces. Currently showing at Galeria 111 in Portugal (until July 31) are some of Oliveria's amazing suspended wire…Continue
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Melbourne-based artist Robbie Rowlands manipulates and distorts unexpected spaces in these surreal sculptures. In his work, he bends and twists everyday items, pieces of outdoor landscapes, and sections of interior buildings that have been either condemned or are scheduled for renovations, and refigures them into these creative distortions.
There is a precision and symmetry to all of the…Continue
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Sculptor David Oliveira wrote to us to tell us about his very interesting wire sculptures. At first glance, it seems as though someone has just scribbled ink drawings on top of existing photos. In reality, the Lisbon-born artist who has a degree in Sculpture and a Masters in Artistic Anatomy from the Lisbon Faculty of Fine Arts, twists and turns wire until he…Continue
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This contest proves that you can create art with materials sitting right on your desk! Using 15 rolls of Scotch packaging tape, Jake Longenecker nabbed first place in The Scotch Off the Roll Tape Sculpture Contest, sponsored by 3M. Called "Free Fallin," it depicts a WWII era paratrooper in mid drop. Longenecker beat out more than 100 entries to take home the $5,000…Continue
At last year's Venice Art Biennale, one of the standout installations involved a full-size wax replica of Giambologna's 16th-century sculpture The Rape of the Sabine Women. Even more intriguing was that an "everyday" man wearing glasses stood facing the sculpture. Like giant candles, both slowly burned to the ground, melting minute by minute. On Fischer's website, you can find…
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You may remember Paige Bradley as the talented artist who completely blew us away with Expansion, an incredibly beautiful sculpture of a naked woman with light bleeding out of her cracked body. Her recent set of works are just as amazing but involve a different type of material, silver nitrate. What's most intriguing is how these figures appear to be stretching out of…
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Welcome to the weird but wonderfully wacky world of Ron Ulicny. This Portland, Oregon-based artist and craftsman creates strange sculptures that you can't help but want to stare at. Now showing at Spoke Art gallery in San Francisco are Ulicny's new works that include everything from a 1930's Harmony…Continue
Who's not getting just a little bit hungry while looking at these images? Peter Anton creates large scale sculptures of some of our favorite desserts like ice cream and chocolate, using plaster, wood, metal, resin, clay and acrylic. His artworks look so incredibly realistic, they'll almost make you salivate right on the spot. Personally, I love the box of donuts with gooey bits of jelly and cream…
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After we wrote about Japanese artist Takanori Aiba's amazing bonsai tree houses, we planned on, one day, following up with another post that not only showed his other incredible sculptures, but also included an interview with him. I'm happy to announce that that day has come.…
Peter Gentenaar isn't any ordinary paper artist. He creates extraordinarily beautiful paper sculptures that have an ethereal quality to them. His exhibition at the abbey church of Saint-Riquier church in northern France proves this point. It's where he hung more than a 100 paper sculptures in the church's grand halls. (What a perfect backdrop.)
Using rare and fine paper from around the world, Julie Wilkinson and Joyanne Horscroft of The Makerie create incredibly intricate 3D paper sculptures, the likes we've never seen. The London-based creatives say that they're inspired by "forgotten worlds, rare prints and the beauty of details" which becomes abundantly clear once you look through their portfolio.
In particular, their…
If you're looking to detox after a "Hangover"-like weekend in Vegas, why not take a roadtrip out to the Goldwell Open Museum in the Nevada desert to experience some art? One of the most striking sculptures you'll see is Belgian artist Albert Szukalski's version of "The Last Supper," made out of ghosts. Though they were originally…
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