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Crocheted Hams and Hairdryers by Trevor Smith Evoke Memories of Mid-Century Domesticity

   11 Aug 01:00:01  |  ThisIsColossal

By day, Trevor Smith is a local council worker in Victoria, Australia. After hours, Smith creates replicas of elaborate meals and household appliances in crocheted wool. Cheese platters, baked hams, toasters, and hair dryers are carefully constructed using foam armatures underneath the woolen exteriors. Smith has had a lifelong interest in crafts, and shared with The Design Files, “my mother was a talented craftswoman and I was always shadowing her, wanting to be doing what she was doing.” Smith earned a degree in Visual Arts as a sculpture major and also has been a curator of public art collections for the last 30 years. More

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The World?s Largest Bicycle Garage Opens in Utrecht

   10 Aug 01:00:01  |  ThisIsColossal

Colossal recently covered Utrecht’s efforts to green up their public transit with bee-friendly bus stops, and the Dutch city is at it again with the world’s largest bike garage. The multi-level structure, recently completed, is totally underground, allowing the public square above to be a pedestrian-first space. Designed by Ector Hoogstad Architects in collaboration with the Sant & Co firm and Royal Haskoning DHV, the garage accommodate 13,500 bicycles. This quantity unseats Tokyo as home to the world’s largest bike garage. More

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Bolivia?s Powerful Cholitas Luchadora Wrestlers Photographed by Todd Antony

   10 Aug 01:00:01  |  ThisIsColossal

Photographer Todd Antony (previously) documents Bolivia’s best-dressed wrestlers in a new series, Flying Cholitas. The women, who are indigenous Aymara, compete in their sport wearing voluminous petticoats, colorful skirts, and long-sleeved lacy tops rather than in the minimal, form-fitting spandex worn by many athletes around the world.
These ensembles that Aymara were expected?sometimes even required?to wear during five centuries of oppression under Spanish occupiers. More

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Squirming Multi-Colored Bodies Dance Across the Screen in an Unsettling Animation by Mike Pelletier

   09 Aug 01:00:02  |  ThisIsColossal

“Flurry” is a bizarre new animated short from the experimental artist Mike Pelletier. The two minute-long video features no obvious narrative. Rather, the animation is an exploration of movement and volume: an indeterminate number of humanoid figures seem to merge and divide as their flaccid limbs wiggle and squirm. Pelletier is Canadian and now based in Amsterdam. In a statement, the artist shares that “his work explores the various ways in which the human body is represented in art and the social milieu”. More

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Animals Evolve into Islands Teeming With Coral, Succulents, and Tropical Fish in Hyperrealist Paintings by Lisa Ericson

   09 Aug 01:00:02  |  ThisIsColossal

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An Amusement Park-Themed Animated Short by Fernando Livschitz Goes Off the Rails

   08 Aug 01:00:01  |  ThisIsColossal

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Landscapes by Jason Anderson Blend Precise Pixelation and Hazy Abstraction

   08 Aug 01:00:01  |  ThisIsColossal

U.K.-based artist Jason Anderson creates abstract urban landscapes using pixelated patches of pastel-toned oil paint. Each work on linen has a single focal point of bright yellow usually representing the rising or setting sun, though in the painting above the illumination comes from an approach train. Anderson balances the natural and manmade by primarily featuring infrastructure?ships, marinas, trains, buildings?that appears small and distant within each pastel haze.
Anderson’s career began with stained glass restoration projects at cathedrals and he shares in a statement that his training in the jigsaw-like aspects of stained glass design and repair continue to inform his style as a painter. More

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Infinite Forms Unfurl in New Rotating Sculptures by John Edmark

   07 Aug 01:00:01  |  ThisIsColossal

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Thread Recreations of Famous Paintings Produced by Mathematical Algorithms

   07 Aug 01:00:01  |  ThisIsColossal

Moscow-based programmer Ani Abakumova uses algorithms to organize lengths of colored thread into the style of classic paintings. Although the mathematical formulas for the placement of each thread are created on her computer, Abakumova performs the labor of attaching each string in the correct order and pattern. She works exclusively on circular hoops, narrowing her focus on the subject of each painting such as the Mona Lisa or the Girl with a Pearl Earring. More

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Banal Moments Contorted into Surreal Stoneware Sculptures by Genesis Belanger

   06 Aug 01:00:02  |  ThisIsColossal

Genesis Belanger twists and stretches familiar objects into surreal scenarios with her stoneware, porcelain, and concrete sculptures. The Brooklyn-based artist frequently depicts detached limbs, misplaced teeth, and unusually located food in her work. One sculpture shows a mustard-topped hot dog disappearing into a handbag with a mouth-like zipper; another series dispenses rocks from dysfunctional quarter candy machines. This spring, a stoneware desk topped with flaccid pens, a tape-like tongue dispenser, and a drawer full of coping mechanisms was on view in the New Museum’s store window gallery. More

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