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Tiny Faces Animate Minimal Mugs and Planters by Ceramicist Rami Kim

   08 Jan 19:00:18  |  ThisIsColossal

Enjoy the company of Rami Kim?s minimally sculpted personalities emerging from her footed planters, mugs, and other ceramic pieces. The artist and animator (previously), who gravitates toward bright monochromatic finishes and simple patterns, creates a wide array of vessels featuring perfectly round eyes, tiny mouths, and noses that add a dose of whimsy and play to her functional objects.
See more of Kim’s works, check for stockists near you, and shop available pieces on her site, and keep an eye on her Instagram for announcements about sales and opportunities to visit her Los Angeles studio. More

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Typeface Studies by Designer Craig Ward Recreate Fonts and Iconic Logos in LEGO

   07 Jan 19:00:19  |  ThisIsColossal

LEGO are the (literal) building blocks behind an array of creative endeavors?we’ve featured dozens on Colossal over the years from Ekow Nimako’s elaborate world-building series to Jumpei Mitsui’s sculptural recreation of Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”?and are put to another inventive use in Craig Ward?s ongoing Brik Font project.
While playing with his children last fall, the New York-based designer realized the plastic pieces could be an interesting analog complement to the brand identities he spends his days working on. More

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A Serpentine Rattlesnake Wraps Around a Metaphorical Wood and Book Sculpture by Maskull Lasserre

   07 Jan 19:00:19  |  ThisIsColossal

In a towering, totem-style sculpture titled “The Garden,” Canadian artist Maskull Lasserre (previously) compresses a collection of 18th-century botanical texts between two parallel planks of Douglas Fir. Metal vices bore through the wooden beams, securing the first four volumes of William Withering’s An Arrangement of British Plants, although both the natural and manufactured components are eroded with Lasserre’s intricately carved snake that winds around the perimeter and appears to bind the individual components together. More

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Complex Networks of Metallic Branches Shape Animal Sculptures by Kang Dong Hyun

   06 Jan 19:00:08  |  ThisIsColossal

What eventually becomes a stately stag or majestically posed lion in Kang Dong Hyun?s Forest of Coexistence starts with countless metallic branches that splay in every direction. The Korean artist (previously) welds spindly shoots and sprawling root-like shapes into facial features and bodies that are then finished with urethane paint. Creating a cohesive display of flora and fauna, each hollow, stainless steel sculpture considers the relationship between species and the idea that “all life on Earth may lead to an invisible string,” Kang says. More

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Wander Through a Mountain of 25,000 Mannequins in an Astounding Look at Consumerism and Waste

   06 Jan 19:00:08  |  ThisIsColossal

In a wooded area of Lincolnshire, it’s not unusual for people to partake in what’s dubbed a “drive through body part heist.” The preposterously named activity involves a trip to Mannakin?a Midlands mannequin distributor frequented by a wide array of clientele like merchandisers, film crews, and Halloween devotees?where visitors spend 15 minutes scouring its meters-high pile of discarded forms for, none other than, body parts. These challenges to fill a car with as many pieces as possible are just one part of the company’s business model, which involves saving the used fiberglass displays from landfills and returning them to the retail ecosystem. More

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Ethereal Oil Paintings by Ekaterina Popova Glimpse the Warm, Intimate Interiors of Home

   05 Jan 19:00:15  |  ThisIsColossal

Within the confines of a canvas, Russian artist Ekaterina Popova nurtures the calm, familiar atmosphere of home. Her dreamlike interiors are comprised of blurred edges and thick brushstrokes in oil that cast a subtle haze over each scene, and Popova’s warm, impressionistic style lends itself to the lived-in feeling of her paintings: a quilt hangs off the edge of a mattress, a book rests in the window as if it was just set down by its reader, and the lunch remnants remain on a dressed table. More

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In ?Wild Design,? Vintage Illustrations Expose the Patterns and Shapes Behind All Life on Earth

   05 Jan 19:00:14  |  ThisIsColossal

Focusing on the patterns and shapes that structure the planet, a new book published by Princeton Architectural Press explores the science behind a trove of organically occurring forms. Wild Design: Nature’s Architects by author Kimberly Ridley pairs dozens of vintage illustrations?spot the work of famed German biologist Ernst Haeckel (previously) among them?with essays detailing the function of the striking phenomena, from the smallest organisms to the monumental foundations that extend across vast swaths of land. More

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Explore Rembrandt?s ?The Night Watch? in Astounding Detail in an Interactive 717-Gigapixel Photo

   04 Jan 19:00:18  |  ThisIsColossal

Totaling a whopping 717 gigapixels, a new photo of Rembrandt’s 1642 painting “The Night Watch” unveils an astounding array of minuscule details and precise artistic choices behind the Dutch Golden Age masterpiece. A team at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, which is currently housing the art historical work, captured 8,439 individual images to create the gigantic composite that leaves just 0.0002 inches between each pixel, which themselves are smaller than a red blood cell. More

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Everyday Objects Are Organized into Perfect Geometric Shapes in Kristen Meyer?s Flat Lays

   04 Jan 19:00:18  |  ThisIsColossal

Kristen Meyer (previously) pinpoints the unique crossroads of organization and art in her meticulous flat lays. Influenced by interior decorating, prop styling, and floristry, the New Haven-based designer constructs precise geometric shapes and network-esque compositions from humble materials like eggshell shards, office supplies, candy, and disassembled bouquets. At once streamlined in material and rich in depth and texture, the dazzling works use implied outlines and negative space to construct interesting categorizations within squares and perfectly round circles. More

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Dramatic Light Illuminates Crosscut Melons, Citrus, and Other Juicy Produce Rendered by Dennis Wojtkiewicz

   03 Jan 19:00:08  |  ThisIsColossal

Artist Dennis Wojtkiewicz (previously) finds creative nourishment in succulent slices of melons, lemons, and apples that appear to glow under studio lighting. Rendered in pastels with slightly blurred lines, his works focus on the seeds, fibrous veins cradling pockets of juice, and thick rinds visible only through clean crosscuts of the edible subject matter. Prints and originals of the luminous fruits are available on his site, and you can follow his latest pieces on Instagram. More

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