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Watercolor Paintings of Imagined Trash Structures Packed With Advertising by Alvaro Naddeo

   20 May 01:00:01   |  ThisIsColossal

Brazilian artist Alvaro Naddeo‘s watercolors imagine a dystopian world left in ruin by overconsumption and littered with the branding and logos of the past. Store walls, rusted out vehicles, and arcade machines gain new value as building materials and are combined with other objects and parts to form pop surrealist stacked structures.
Naddeo tells Colossal that he starts with a loose sketch by hand. He then uses 3D software to help define a plausible shape for his imagined constructions, and creates a reference composition in Photoshop. More

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Mirrored Ceilings and Criss-Crossed Stairwells Give a Chinese Bookstore the Feeling of an M.C. Escher Woodcut

   20 May 01:00:01   |  ThisIsColossal

Zhongshuge bookstores, designed by Shangai-based architecture firm X+Living, feature incredible rooms coveted by book and illusion lovers alike. Each location in this chain of Chinese bookstores has uniquely designed spaces with reflective elements that immerse guests in parallel environments. In the Chongqing branch, criss-crossing staircases and a mirrored ceiling double the room for an effect that seems straight out of an M.C. Escher woodcut or an infinite Indian stepwell.
In the Yangzhou location, each book-filled room also features mirrors, but many are found on the floors rather than ceiling. More

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The Square Wave Kinetic Sculpture Forms Complex Geometric Patterns as it Spins

   19 May 01:00:01   |  ThisIsColossal

A recently launched Kickstarter campaign introduces a five-dimensional sculpture said to be inspired by mathematics and the Fibonacci sequence. Square Wave, the first in a collection from artist Ivan Black (previously) and Atellani, is an object constructed out of 21 precisely bent and connected metal rods with no hidden mechanical components. The toy fluidly transitions into various shapes and patterns based on the amount of kinetic energy applied and the way it is held and turned. More

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An Award-Winning Sand Sculpture by Damon Langlois Captures a Crumbling Abraham Lincoln

   19 May 01:00:01   |  ThisIsColossal

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Jarring Juxtapositions of Prosperity and Conflict by U?ur Gallenku

   18 May 01:00:01   |  ThisIsColossal

Turkish artist U?ur Gallenku? uses split images to emphasize the grave differences between war-torn countries and privileged, peaceful societies. Gallenku? often specifically references Western visual culture in his juxtaposed images, such as Christian iconography of the Madonna and child, and the Instagram aesthetic of the ice cream cone portrait. In each composite image, the Istanbul-based artist pairs a carefully matched slice of prosperity with jarring documentation of conflict and poverty to show what occupies the attention and defines the experiences of people around the world, depending on where they live. More

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Letters and Numbers by 36 Illustrators Come to Life in Alphabetical Animations by Albert Oriol

   18 May 01:00:01   |  ThisIsColossal

The popular 36 Days of Type challenge (previously) is an annual open call for designers, illustrators, and artists to bring the alphabet and numbers one through nine to life. For its sixth year, Barcelona-based motion designer Albert Oriol collaborated with 36 fellow creatives to animate individual letters and numbers. By tapping a wide variety of illustrators with unique styles, Oriol’s end result is a highlight reel of diversity in design. More

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Building Bridges: Six Sets of Reaching Arms Clasp Hands Over a Venice Waterway

   17 May 01:00:01   |  ThisIsColossal

In 2017, one of the most talked-about works seen during the Venice Biennale was Lorenzo Quinn’s Support, which was not an official part of the iconic art fair. The sculptural installation of hands emerged from Venice’s waterways and appeared to hold up an old building. His follow-up piece to Support, which has been installed with backing from London-based Halcyon Gallery, is again not officially associated with the Biennale. More

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A Fleeting Dandelion Wish Processing Facility Appears For Two Days Outside of Los Angeles

   17 May 01:00:01   |  ThisIsColossal

A recent two-day installation in Commerce, California afforded visitors an opportunity to evaluate and deposit their secret wishes. Dandelions, which was organized by the anonymous artist group Art Department, took place in an administrative building at the Laguna Bell electrical substation from May 11-12, 2019. The cavernous space was transformed into a secret wish processing facility, where visitors submitted their wishes for questioning and analysis before receiving a dandelion to send their wish in a whoosh down a chute of either slam dunks or long shots. More

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   16 May 01:00:01   |  ThisIsColossal

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Multiverse: Hiroshi Kondo?s Dizzying Documentation of Taiwan?s Busy Streets

   16 May 01:00:01   |  ThisIsColossal

Tokyo-based filmmaker Hiroshi Kondo captures the endless movement of urban environments in his fast-moving short films. Kondo often homes in on one specific element of city living, like street lights?or, in his new short film, scooter commuters. Multiverse follows riders as they move in swarms, their density highlighted through time-lapse. At certain moments, Kondo focuses on an individual rider, which emphasizes unique journeys within the teaming repetition. More

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