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Gigantic Paper Sculptures Resemble Violent Storms and Gnarled Trees

Since 2005, Brooklyn-based artists Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen have collaborated on some massive works using paper as their main medium. They first came to our attention about a year ago, when we wrote about their gigantic paper trees that seemed to burst through a ceiling. In 2012, they …

Art

Massive Stack of Books is Sculpted into an Abandoned City

Every so often, we're reminded of how obsolete books are as functional reading materials. Time and time again the bound pages of literature are repurposed as sculpting materials. In this particularly large and untitled sculpture by artist Liu Wei, we're met with a massive stack of paperback books …

Art

Deep Childhood Memories Painted Across Books

Rome-based Russian artist Ekaterina Panikanova uses open-faced books, carefully aligned with one another, as a large canvas for each of her paintings in a series titled <i>Errata Corrige</i>. Using old books and various antiquated texts, Panikanova proceeds to apply her dark markings across the multiple …

Adorable Paper Adventures by Kouichi Chiba

The next time you think you need fancy materials to create art that excites, just remember the name Kouichi Chiba. The Japanese photographer from Shizuoka has captured the hearts and minds of the curators of 500px who recently featured them on their blog. Chiba creates simple characters, cut out of …

Cute

Divers Have a Surprise Encounter with a Humpback Whale

Deep sea diving enthusiast John Westwater, aka westh2o, set out on an underwater adventure with some friends at Moorea, French Polynesia (about 9 miles northwest of Tahiti) back in October 2011. What they all experienced was beyond what they could have imagined as they encountered a humpback whale …

3D Book Sculptures Symbolize Struggles with OCD

UK-based graphic designer Thomas Wightman has created a series of sculptures that visually convey personal emotion through symbolic form. Specifically, he researched the thoughts and feelings of those suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) because he says, “I want to create a voice for …

Revolutionary "Strawscraper" Harnesses Wind Energy

It has always been challenging to design for urban environments when it comes to renewable energy. Lack of open space, noise concerns, and close quarters eliminate many of the standard solutions such as wind turbines. However, Swedish architectural studio Belatchew Arkitekter is proposing an …

Incredible New Portraits Carved from Old Military Maps

<b>Stafford Lane</b><p>Artist Ed Fairburn has recently come out with new works that live somewhere between sculptures and drawings. He's still using traditional ink to draw on maps but now he's cutting and layering maps to create incredibly intriguing works. For the piece above, called <i>Stafford Lane</i>, he cut …

Three-Dimensional Thread Installation Redefines Space

<i>Translation</i> is a site-specific thread installation by Missouri-based artist Kendra Werst that works on a three-dimensional plane to redefine space. Using colorful strands of thread affixed to the adjacent walls in the corner of a room, the multihued strings weave in and out of a plexiglass panel to …

Relationships

Mesmerizing & Elaborately Styled Fashion Cinemagraphs

Barcelona-based photographer and fashion filmmaker Gustavo Lopez Maas has collaborated with hairdressers from Madrid-based fashion styling company X-presion to produce what they call “the first hair collection in cinemagraph.” The project, known as <i>Sketch</i>, presents a series of animated images …

Earrings

Meticulously Detailed Sculptures of Churches as Tanks

This series of sculptures, aptly known as <i>Churchtanks</i>, by artist Kris Kuksi presents a controversial re-imagining of cathedrals as heavily armored tanks. Like much of his body of work, Kuksi's pieces in this collection critique organized religion and comment on morality by combining the faith-based …

Spectacular Edible Outfits Made of Ordinary Foods

<b>Tomato</b><p><i>Wearable Foods</i> is an eye-catching series by Korean artist Yeonju Sung that presents a line of edible art. Using a variety of ingredients as her medium, the crafty artist has constructed a multitude of garments with consumable goods that include (but are not limited to) bananas, mushrooms, …

Conducting Energy of a Space with Sliced Black Masking Tape

New York-based Korean artist Sun K. Kwak masterfully redefines a space with her spectacular tape installations. Primarily working with ordinary black masking tape, the artist manages to produce a fluid stream of color that looks like a painting by applying the adhesive strips directly to the walls …

Art

Adorable Newborn Puppies in Their First Three Weeks

Photographer Traer Scott, once profiled on My Modern Met for her moving series on Shelter Dogs, just came out with a new book that's guaranteed to warm your heart. You don't have to be a dog lover to appreciate <i>Newborn Puppies</i>, a book filled with 75 color and black-and-white photos of puppies from …

Stunning Landscapes Illuminated by Faraway Galaxies

In these photographs, by Aaron Groen, it's very easy to get lost in each of his starry wonderlands. <i>A Series of Dark Places</i> is a collection of work in which the South Dakota-based artist juxtaposes the beauty of the universe against the many familiar natural and man-made forms here on Earth. Using …

Galaxies

Stunning 3D Glass Sculptures Inspired by Wind and Water

Over the past six years, artist Shayna Leib has been creating incredible sculptures that show the movement of wind and water over sea anemone-likelandscapes. Inspired by her travels, including her deep water dives, this Madison, Wisconsin-based artist designs these unique glass sculptures that …

Sculpture

Hyperrealistic Pencil Drawings Look Deeply Into Soulful Eyes

Manchester-based artist Martin Lynch-Smith expertly sketches the human eye, capturing every minute detail. From the wispy hairs of one's eyelashes and the wrinkled creases under the eye to the entrancing texture of the iris, the artist is able to execute hyperrealistic renditions of soulful …

Art

Young Photographer Takes Surreal Self-Portraits to Cope with Depression

Art is oftentimes an outlet for creative and emotional expression, something that 20-year-old Christian Hopkins knows all too well. The young photographer uses photography as a coping mechanism for depression. He says, “I've been suffering from Major Depression for the past 4 years and it has …

Creative Food Art That Will Surely Brighten Your Day

She couldn't have expected it. You see, for Ida Skivenes it started off simply. She didn't start posting photos on Instagram to gain thousands of followers or to become a widely popular food artist. Rather, in June 2012, she saw a photo on the Internet of two pieces of toast that looked like a bear …

Art

Amazing Illusions of Single Flowers Defying Gravity

Don't be fooled, these flowers aren't actually floating in water! Japanese product design firm, Oodesign, developed these clever little vases as a fun way to show off your favorite buds. Shaped like a ripple of water, the clear PET formed resin plates give the illusion that the blooms have figured …

Amazing

Golden Crown of Water Crests Over an Aqua Wave

Photographer Arlo West calls it a “once-in-a-lifetime shot.” One very early morning, off the coast of Maine, West took this amazing photo of a wave breaking as a magnificent crown of water sprayed over it. Not only was his sense of timing perfect, the way he highlighted all the different colors …

Landscape Photography

Dazzling Streaks of Light Show Airplane Flight Paths

This series of photographs, entitled <i>Nachtfluge</i>, features the light trails of airplanes as they take off and land across the evening skies. To create each shot, Brooklyn-based photographer Kevin Cooley traveled to various major airports in the United States, including JFK, LAX, and Newark, New …

New Jersey

Spectacular Aerial Shots of International Airports

<b>Newark Liberty International Airport</b><p><i>Flying</i> is an ongoing series by New York-based photographer Jeffrey Milstein that presents a spectacular aerial view of airports. Like his other collection of images titled <i>Aircraft: The Jet as Art</i>, Milstein follows an aviation theme; though, instead of featuring …

Airports

Amazingly Detailed Paintings on Tiny Canvases

The smaller, the better, in the eyes of Hasan Kale. The Turkey-based artist creates micro paintings on very unusual canvases, including the wings of butterflies, snail shells, lemon peels, and coffee beans. Since the 1980's, Kale has produced these tiny little masterpieces, all of which feature his …

Painting

Contemplative Silhouettes Search for Their Path in Life

Artist Kasia Derwinska creates scenes with contemplative silhouettes trying to find their own paths in life. Each anonymous character is either standing at a distance or walking off in a vast and empty landscape. There are recurring visuals throughout her portfolio that include umbrellas, clouds, …

Photography

500 Climb Over Each Other to Form Giant Human Towers

Every two years in Tarragona, Spain, this amazing display takes place in which people compete to create complex human towers. Called Concurs de Castells, the event occurs across two days in front of an audience of thousands. In 2012, each of 32 teams had five chances to build their most difficult …

Unique

Thrill-Seeking Kayakers Paddle Across an Active Volcano

Extreme sports photographer Alexandre Socci accompanied professional kayaker Pedro Oliva and his team (including kayakers Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic) as they decided to take on the turbulent waters surrounding Kilauea, an active volcano on the southeast slope of Mauna Loa in south-central …

Extreme Sports