Netherlands-based artist Jennifer Townley combines wood, metal, and electrical motors to build spellbinding mechanical creations.
Behold "Fighter," crafted by a team of ice-carving artists (Japan's Junichi Nakamura and Shinichi Sawamura, and the U.S.'s Chan Kitburi and Dean Murray). It took first prize in the multi-block division and a Governor's Award (voted on by event volunteers) at the 2015 World Ice Art Competition.
Artist Phillip Stearns' A Chandelier For One of Many Possible Endings is a custom light fixture containing 92 elements, each connected to a Geiger counter and each representing an electron in a Uranium atom. They light up in response to radiation, creating a haunting pattern.
Japanese artist Haroshi combines his fascination with skateboarding with a traditional method of wooden mosaic common in Japan's Buddha statues. He recycles old skateboards, cuts, shaves, and polishes them to form colorful three-dimensional sculptures.
Tea, anyone? Israeli sculptor Ronit Baranga's unique work melds body parts with tableware: fingers poke through a plate, a disembodied mouth awaits at the bottom of a cup. The effect is both delicate and gruesome.
You may be familiar with the "vase or two faces" images (known as Rubin's vase), where a single image looks like both a vase and two faces in profile. This oddly shaped vase goes much farther than that. It shows two profiles at a time, but those profiles change as the vase spins around.
Oh, and a Lazy Susan. Designer John Edmark has created a bunch of designs for sculptures which "bloom" when spun and lit by a strobe light or are filmed with a short shutter speed.
Some of these moving, biomechanical bird sculptures look like they're about to take flight, while others resemble bizarre Muppets made over in metal. But one thing that they all have in common is that they are deeply satisfying to watch, with possibilities for special effects and industrial design alike.
Yesterday we showed you the incredible sculptures of Yong Ho Ji, who turns regular tires into amazing and disturbing creatures. Now we're showing you the art that can be made from the rest of an automobile, including a wild world of robotic animals. (And maybe even a human or two!)
Korean artist Ho Yoon Shin makes these paper sculptures by hand, achieving works that look completely solid from some angles and nearly vanish from others.
You think you know everything about launching a space vehicle, but the future is going to be a lot weirder than you might think.
The each species of skywhale carries a different biome on their back. For a planet to exist with variable geography, individuals of the various species must band together and fit the environments they carry together.
British artist Mark Oliver makes his "Litter Bugs" from gears, old eyeglasses, tins, and other things he collects as materials for these pieces. Each one is given life through its display with a common name and a "scientific" name. The one above is the "Curio Bug" or "Coleoptera Peculiar."
Okay, the next filmmaker to develop a movie about fairies really needs to bring sculptor Cedric Laquieze on as a concept designer. He carefully arranges parts of various insects parts—as well as plants, feathers, and bones—into remarkable creatures that are beautifully strange.
Now these are the ultimate tree houses. Living trees are guided into the shapes of towers, cathedrals, and pavilions, creating wooden structures that continue to grow and bud and bloom.
The aquatic caddis fly begins its life in a larval stage, and must build an artificial carapace in order to survive into adulthood. When artist Hubert Dupras discovered that they build these cases out of whatever materials are at hand — including sticks and rocks — he had a strange idea.
Art can take you to another world — and sometimes that means you actually have to put on an oxygen tank. These underwater artworks and galleries are the closest you'll get to experiencing art on an alien planet.
This glowing sculpture captures a modest neighborhood at night, its windows glowing peacefully beneath rebar that sprouts like insane stick figures from the roofs. It's also a work of profoundly melancholy science fiction.