There was a time when Steampunk was super hot, and you could see all things Steampunk make rounds of the web. It may be past its prime for the moment, but Steampunk as art is here to stay. The sculptures here aren’t essentially Steampunk, though the influence is clear. Made by French sculptor Alain Bellino, the sculptures are often made by transforming old items into various shapes.
These bird inspired shoes take up the mantle of going from a tad strange to a whole new level of weird. The range starts with shoes that have slightly weird shape and bird claw-like heels. Then the range progresses into shoes that look increasingly like a bird, until you run into a shoe where you would feel like you’re shoving your foot into a taxidermied bird.
Russian illustrator Varya Kolesnikova makes these lovably cute and adorable illustrations, often with fairy tales forming the theme. As is to be expected, several of these illustrations do make their way into children’s books and receive the attention they so rightfully deserve.
Popsicle sticks, they can do all sorts of things. Like these wonderful kinetic sculptures that Joyce Lin made. The sculptures are popsicle sticks for the most part, though other ingredients do find their way in as well for a few odd jobs. A design student at RISD, Joyce made these sculptures during her spare time.
Illustrator Jed Henry combines traditional Japanese art with modern popular culture icons to create these beautiful prints. His series of video game characters as traditional Japanese woodblock prints has been extremely successful, and now the artist is also working on combining popular anime with traditional Japanese woodblock art.
Artist Abraham Poincheval lived for thirteen days inside a bear. When we say bear, we mean this very bear-like structure where the artist decided to spend 13 days. The bear was positioned in the center salon at the musée de la chasse et de la nature in Paris. Visitors were encouraged to interact with the artist, or the dude who sleeps in the bear. Facilities were included inside the sculpture to cater to basic needs like food and water. The bear even had its own electricity.
Flipbooks by artist Juan Fontanive are incredible, not only are the animations beautiful, but the underlying mechanism is pretty darn sweet. The artist makes these mechanisms by recycling and repurposing parts from old bicycles and clocks. Then comes along the process of hand drawing, painting, and screen printing the images. Several of these display birds and insects in flight, a subject that goes extremely well with the sound made by the flipbook as pages shuttle.
Artist Redosking draws beautifully detailed and very realistic eyes. The drawings are done with color pencils, assisted by a white gel pen.
French street artist OakOak (previously, 2) livens up his city with a little touch of humorous street art. The artist noticed the city of Saint Etienne, France needed a bit of humor in its street, so he picked up paint and set out to make the coal mining town more pleasant. OakOak has done a pretty good job at it, check it out.
A sand castle would typically be composed out of an uncountable number of grains. That’s the way it has always been, and that’s the way it will continue to exist. Twists are good though, like the work of artist Vik Muniz and artist/researcher Marcelo Coelho that involves etching microscopic castles on a single grain of sand.