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Powerful Portraits of Women by Painter Robin F. Williams

   12 Sep 00:00:06  |  ThisIsColossal

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A Look Inside the 45,000-Piece Collection of Trashed Treasures Curated by Sanitation Worker Nelson Molina

   12 Sep 00:00:06  |  ThisIsColossal

If, like me, you live in New York City, you’re confronted on the daily with mounds of trash on the sidewalk. While the appliances, antique furniture, clothing, and houseplants are a passing novelty for pedestrians such as myself, for Nelson Molina, what’s in the trash was his daily focus for 34 years. The veteran New York Sanitation worker, who retired in 2015 from his East Harlem route, has collected over 45,000 items of interest, all culled from his professional immersion in what New Yorkers discard. More

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Finely Wrought Metal Flowers and Leaves Form the Bodies of Mammals and Birds in Sculptures by Taiichiro Yoshida

   11 Sep 00:00:10  |  ThisIsColossal

Taiichiro Yoshida?s metal sculptures (previously) are so meticulously crafted and impossibly delicate that one could be forgiven for thinking they are digital renderings. However, Yoshida is an accomplished metalsmith who uses silver, bronze, and copper to form the leaves, flowers, and butterflies that cover the bodies of each mammal or bird. Every petal, leaf, and wing is hand-formed, with the coloration created by heating and cooling the metals at specific temperatures. More

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REWILD: A Short Film by Splash and Burn and ESCIF Chronicles Rainforest Restoration Efforts in Sumatra

   11 Sep 00:00:10  |  ThisIsColossal

To draw attention to the ecological devastation wrought by palm oil farming in Southeast Asia, the Splash and Burn project (previously) creates and documents large and small-scale art activations. The initiative’s most recent endeavor, titled REWILD and executed with Spanish artist ESCIF, involved carving a rewind symbol into a palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, and creating a short film documenting the effort. ESCIF explains, ?the idea of going back, of rewinding, is an invitation to reconnect with ourselves; to recover awareness and respect for the earth, which is the ecosystem of which we are a part.”
The land art intervention took place on an acquired plantation within a new forest restoration site made possible by the Sumatran Orangutan Society. More

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A New Circular Juice Machine Turns Orange Peels into Bioplastic Cups

   10 Sep 00:00:09  |  ThisIsColossal

Freshly squeezed orange juice is a welcome sight at cafes worldwide. The machines often showcase about-to-be-squeezed oranges with pinball machine-esque wire loading racks and clear cases that allow the consumer to see their juice being made in real time. International design firm Carlo Ratti Associati (previously) takes the immediacy of the experience to another level. ‘Feel the Peel’ is a prototype machine that uses orange peels to create bioplastic, shaping bespoke cups to hold the juice made from the cups’ own innards. More

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A Stadium in Austria is Filled with 300 Trees to Highlight the Tenuous Future of Natural Spaces

   10 Sep 00:00:09  |  ThisIsColossal

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140,000 Pieces of Paper Form a Colorful ?Universe of Words? Installation by Emmanuelle Moureaux

   09 Sep 00:00:09  |  ThisIsColossal

Tokyo-based French architect Emmanuelle Moureaux (previously) recently hung 140,000 pieces of paper from the ceiling to create rainbow passageways in celebration of a Japanese soft drink company’s centennial. Each piece of paper is cut in the form of a symbol from the Japanese writing system, hiragana. The colorful installation, titled “Universe of Words,” opened this summer during the Tanabata Festival and was inspired by the tradition of writing wishes on paper and hanging them from bamboo branches. More

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Large Scale Murals of Resting Giants Painted on Streets and Rooftops by Ella & Pitr

   08 Sep 00:00:08  |  ThisIsColossal

French artists Ella & Pitr (previously) paint large murals of sleeping characters whose bodies are contoured into the confines of rooftops, geometrical lots, and building facades. Best viewed from above, the murals often feature stripes and the limited color palette of the French flag: red, white, and blue.
The artists often tackle politics and social issues with their murals with their murals?such as the global refugee crisis?but they also paint lighthearted, fun pieces. More

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Colossal is Hiring a Managing Editor

   08 Sep 00:00:08  |  ThisIsColossal

We’re hiring a talented full-time managing editor to help write and edit the majority of articles appearing on Colossal as well as oversee a small number of contributing writers during the week. This role will also assist with the production of large-scale special events & exhibitions, work on occasional brand partnerships, and offer input and direction on various Colossal projects, both internal and external. The position opens this fall and is on-site in Chicago. Learn more here. More

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Miniature Castles Emerge from Burled Wood in Carved Kinetic Sculptures by Uli Kirchler

   07 Sep 00:00:09  |  ThisIsColossal

Woodworker Uli Kirchler?s “very hidden castles” are nestled within gnarled tree burls. The Portland, Oregon-based artist originally hails from Italy, and works with unique pieces of wood with textural surfaces and variegated colorations. He has developed a process of carving multi-story towers that telescope in and out of the wood with the flick of a wrist. The stacked, castle-like towers appear to be built on the rocky hillsides emulated by the knots, burls, and twists in the wood’s natural shape. More

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