Pinar's Blog – February 2012 Archive (45)

Innate Beauty of Majestic Wildlife Creatures

Photographer Marina Cano has fallen in love with the beauty of nature and its creatures. The wildlife photographer, who is based in Cantabria, located in the North of Spain, has devoted three years of her life to a passion project that exposes the scenic and spiritual appeal of this world's natural environments. In her book Cabárceno, titled after the…

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Added by Pinar on February 29, 2012 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Massive Sculptures Made of Nails, Bottle Caps, and Brushes



Drawing inspiration from Edgar Allen Poe's short story "The Raven," former playwright Will Ryman creates his own bird out of thousands of nails, proving his mastery of the arts forevermore. The artist's Bird sculpture stands 12 feet high, consisting of 1,500 nails varying in length and size to form a giant bird holding an equally massive rose in its beak. Scale…

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Added by Pinar on February 29, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Incredibly Exquisite Paper-Crafted Creatures



If you liked Sean Avery's animals made of shattered CDs, you'll enjoy these paper-crafted creatures by France-based graphic studio Zim and Zou. With a similar meticulous effort, artists Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmerman, who make up Zim and Zou, rework the inanimate…

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Added by Pinar on February 29, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

When I Grow Up, I Will Become A...



Paris-based photographer Malo, aka MondayMonday, takes a delightful look at possible professions a child could fall into, through the eyes of a doting parent. Reflected in this series entitled Un jour, mon enfant tu seras, translated as One Day You Will Be My Child, are several career paths a child…

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Added by Pinar on February 28, 2012 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

Deserted Cars Enveloped by Nature



American-born, Paris-based photographer Peter Lippman explores a world of stationary cars overtaken by nature in his series entitled Paradise Parking. This personal project that was two years in the making captures abandoned cars from yesteryear that are overwhelmed by roots and leaves from its surrounding natural environment. The vehicles' rusty, tarnished finish coupled with…

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Added by Pinar on February 28, 2012 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Pop Culture Recreations of Classic Paintings

You may remember Luke Radl's reworking of Norman Rockwell's The Runaway, from last month, but have you seen these other creative modernizations? Art director Irene Gallo over at Tor.com…

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Added by Pinar on February 27, 2012 at 4:55pm — 2 Comments

Truly Unique Starbucks in Japan

While most Starbucks coffee shops follow a template for their architectural style, this Starbucks in Japan features a custom-made design. Architects at Kengo Kuma and Associates set out to form a unique looking cafe for the well-known brand, while maintaining its identity and complementing its surroundings. Located in Fukuoko Prefecture, on the path to…

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Added by Pinar on February 27, 2012 at 2:20pm — No Comments

Chiseled Wall Murals in Shanghai

Street artist Alexandre Farto, aka Vhils, doesn't simply paint or graffiti over stencils. The Portuguese artist breaks away at the side of buildings using a combination of chisels, jackhammers, acid, and explosives to produce his large-scale wall murals across the…

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Added by Pinar on February 27, 2012 at 9:44am — No Comments

Suspended Textile Installations



Have you ever seen a life-sized fragile tank? Artist Jannick Deslauriers' massive thread sculpture of a tank exemplifies her mastery of fiber arts, which offers both a solid structure and a hint of fragility. The three-dimensional structures that Deslauriers produces are both intricately crafted and delicate which makes her Tank piece even more…

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Added by Pinar on February 26, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Finding Beauty in Isolation

Milan-based photographer Settimio Benedusi may be better known for his seductive shots of swimsuit models in Sports Illustrated, but his other editorial work is just as engaging. Each image reflects a different story through stunning art direction. The…

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Added by Pinar on February 26, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Surreal Oil Paintings of Animals

Illustrator Chris Buzelli gives new meaning to the saying "birds of a feather flock together." In his painting entitled Strength In Numbers, the artist depicts a flock of birds forming one large bird that has succeeded in catching its aquatic prey. Buzelli, who is an accomplished illustrator based in New York, painted this piece for an article in…

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Added by Pinar on February 24, 2012 at 10:10am — 2 Comments

Poetic Text Portraits



Austria-based artist Anatol Knotek is a visual poetry specialist. His expert talents in the arts transcend your average painting or illustration. Knotek incorporates the art of the written word into his creations. In fact, his text portraits are an amalgamation of scribbles and handwritten text.

Often working with a permanent marker on canvas, the poetry artist utilizes…

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Added by Pinar on February 23, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Festive Sculptures Made of Lemons and Oranges

Every year, a joyous festival of fruits takes over the French Riviera. For 15 days, the French people and tourists from all parts of the globe are uprooted in celebration amongst life-sized and towering citrus sculptures. This year's 79th annual Fete du Citron, otherwise known as the Menton Lemon Festival in France, has begun its parade of citrus sculptures, music,…

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Added by Pinar on February 23, 2012 at 9:44am — 1 Comment

Whirlwind Ceiling Installation of Tiny Bodies



Last month, Alice introduced us to artist Do Ho Suh's floor installation, aptly titled Floor, that features a world of tiny men keeping us afloat. Similarly, Suh's Cause & Effect ceiling installation incorporates miniature statues of men, though this time they are mounted on top of one…

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Added by Pinar on February 22, 2012 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Mumbai's Floating Balcony Pools

Cyber architect James Law designed an unbelievable skyscraping residential complex for real estate company Wadhwa Group in Mumbai, India. One of the most outstanding and eye-popping features of the facility includes a series of swimming pools placed within each balcony. These pools appear like floating gelatinous molds extending at the edge of each…

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Added by Pinar on February 22, 2012 at 9:11am — 4 Comments

Fantastically Original Street Art Creatures



While most graffiti work displays bold and definite contours, street artist Shida employs a more sketch-like technique. The Australia-based artist produces colorful and highly imaginative wall murals that look like hand-drawn illustrations. Shida has taken his brand of visual art around the globe, from Australia to the Americas. It appears as though the pages of a creative sketchbook were…

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Added by Pinar on February 21, 2012 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Sleeping Karate Kids



Have you ever dreamt that you could do karate? If Ninseikan Karate School's ad campaigns ring true, you'll be karate chopping in your sleep! Tokyo-based ad agency GREY produced these hilarious ads for the children's karate school in Japan, suggesting that the precious tots will receive such acclaimed training that they'll continue practicing, with their newly gained…

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Added by Pinar on February 20, 2012 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Norwegian Library's Modern Ribbed Interior Design



Norwegian architecture firm Helen & Hard, led by architects Siv Helene Stangeland and Reinhard Kropf, adjoined an existing community house, learning center, and public space to create the Vennesla Library and Cultural Center. The newly renovated community complex in Vennesla, Norway boasts a clean, accessible, and energy-saving design, welcoming citizens to crowd the…

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Added by Pinar on February 20, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

22 Karat Gold Leaf Paintings

Portuguese Canadian artist Kevin Ledo exemplifies the similar visual techniques of ancient religious paintings to modern day female exploitative advertisements. Growing up a devout Catholic, Ledo was exposed to the Byzantine era iconic depictions of women. With age, he was drawn into the art community and was educated as an illustrator. Though he doesn't define himself singularly…

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Added by Pinar on February 18, 2012 at 8:19am — No Comments

Luxurious Jewelry Made of Paper

What is the value of a beautifully crafted gem? What is its worth if it's made of paper? Paper sculptor Kirsten Hassenfeld explores the fantasy-driven world of opulent extravagance through her handcrafted paper jewelry. Using translucent white paper, the artist forms intricately designed polygons that resemble brilliantly cut gemstones. As for how she goes about…

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Added by Pinar on February 17, 2012 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

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