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Extraordinarily Realistic Flowers, Mushrooms, and Fruit Recreate Intricate Details in Paper

   11 Dec 19:00:13  |  ThisIsColossal

Make sure you’re plenty caffeinated before snacking on one of Ann Wood’s blackberries. The Minneapolis-based artist, who is half of the creative team behind Woodlucker (previously), crafts a vast array of florals, fruits, and insects so realistic that it takes a second glance to realize they’re made from paper. Delicate oyster mushrooms with wide caps and thinly folded gills grow from a hunk of wood, fuchsias with softly curved petals hang from a branch, and bundles of radishes with long, spindly roots appear like their plump, juicy counterparts. More

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An Astronaut Steers an Elaborately Constructed Paper Spaceship in a Window Display by Zim & Zou

   10 Dec 19:00:04  |  ThisIsColossal

Equipped with joysticks and panels of gauges and knobs, an intricately constructed spaceship built by Zim & Zou (previously) navigates through a starry expanse of whimsical planets and alien creatures. The pink-and-blue craft, which was designed as a window display for Herme?s, is the latest project from the French artists, whose elaborate scenes and characters are constructed from precisely cut paper sculptures. This fantastical work, titled ?Journey of a Lifetime,” peers over the adventurous protagonist, who traverses an unknown world amidst a chaotic scene of levers, monitors, and tea that’s flung into the air of the weightless environment. More

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Absurdly Flexible Chicks Lunge, Twist, and Stretch into Perfect Yoga Poses

   10 Dec 19:00:04  |  ThisIsColossal

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Energetic Explosions of Color and Doodles Encircle the Subjects of Russ Mills?s Digital Portraits

   09 Dec 19:00:16  |  ThisIsColossal

Artist Russ Mills (previously) describes his chaotic, illustrated portraits as being ruled by the absurd. Bright bursts of color, paint splatters, and doodles scrawl across the canvas and surround single figures with a mishmash of markings. “I try to convey the ridiculousness of the world we all share in a way that only I really relate to,” he tells Colossal.
Currently based near Brighton, Mills balances analog and digital techniques in his practice. More

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Pyrotechnic Posters Ignite a Spectacular Performance of Fire, Flares, and Sparks

   09 Dec 19:00:15  |  ThisIsColossal

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Paper & Glue: A New Documentary Follows JR Through Some of His Most Iconic Projects

   08 Dec 19:00:24  |  ThisIsColossal

A new feature-length documentary goes behind the scenes with French artist JR to capture some of his most significant projects to date, including his poignant photographic work of a child peering over the U.S./Mexico border wall and pair of installations at a maximum-security prison in Tehachapi, California. Paper & Glue follows the renowned artist through the evolution of his practice from early graffiti days to his current undertakings?his anamorphic work at Florence’s Palazzo Strozzi earlier this year and his illusory transformation of the Louvre courtyard in 2019 are both evidence of his growth?that are increasingly massive in scope and impact and often shine a light on humanitarian issues. More

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Colossal?s Favorite Books of 2021

   08 Dec 19:00:24  |  ThisIsColossal

Before we (eagerly) say goodbye to 2021, we’re taking a look back at the year, starting with the books we covered on Colossal. Throughout the past 12 months, we published dozens of articles centered on new artist monographs and tomes surveying broader topics that range from art and design to science and history. We’ve gathered our top 10 below, although you can browse nearly every title we mentioned on the site on Bookshop. More

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Parallel Fields of Color Align in Daniel Mullen?s Precise Mathematical Paintings

   07 Dec 19:00:13  |  ThisIsColossal

What are the visual impacts of converging planes of color? This question is central to Scottish artist Daniel Mullen?s most recent series of paintings, which displays stacks of thin, rectangular sheets in exacting, abstract structures. “I am looking more at Rothko’s body of work and studying the vibrations of color and the almost alchemic effect that his work has on the sense,” the Rotterdam-based artist tells Colossal.
Comprised of meticulous angles and lines on linen, the acrylic paintings are studies of precision, geometry, and perception, allowing each element to collide in a mathematically aligned composition. More

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A Rare Encounter with the Elusive Giant Phantom Jellyfish Captures Its 33-Foot Billowing Limbs

   07 Dec 19:00:13  |  ThisIsColossal

Back in August, we shared news of a previously undiscovered jellyfish so vibrant that its brilliant red body was a stark contrast to its deepwater environment. Now thanks to researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, we can add another similarly spectacular sighting to this year’s collection of rare deepsea finds. A remote-operated vehicle spotted the elusive giant phantom jellyfish in the midnight zone, an area of the ocean about 3,200 feet below the surface, in one of just nine of the team’s encounters with the species since it was discovered in 1899. More

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Illuminated Dinosaurs Stalk Paris?s Jardin des Plantes in a Spectacular Journey Through Time

   06 Dec 19:00:06  |  ThisIsColossal

Trilobites, luminous flying raptors, and a T-Rex towering 27 meters above the ground are just a few of the otherworldly creatures currently haunting the grounds of the Jardin des Plantes. The massive organisms are the subjects of a fantastic exhibition now on view at the Paris venue that takes viewers on a spectacular journey of development and biodiversity through the ages.
Populated by hand-painted silk sculptures crafted by the Sichuan-based company China Lights, Evolution on a Path to Enlightenment opens about 3,700 million years ago with the Precambrian era’s marine creatures. More

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