Known for his spectacular high-speed (paint throwing) photographs, Shinichi Maruyama has launched a new series titled “Nude.” His latest work is sculptural, and in motion like he was using a paintbrush on canvas. This effect was done by combining 10,000 pictures of a dancer.
Dancer by http://www.shinichimaruyama.com/
At first, it looks like delicate works of carved porcelain are actually thousands of layers of soft white paper, carved into busts, skulls, and human forms by Beijing artist Li Hongbo.
A book editor and designer, the artist became fascinated by traditional Chinese toys and festive decorations known as paper gourds made from glued layers of thin paper which can be stored flat but then opened to reveal a flower or other shape. He applied the same honeycomb-like paper structure to much larger human forms resulting in these highly flexible sculptures.
Bizarre, Flexible Paper Sculptures by Li Hongbo
artist Jaume Plensa recently unveiled a giant new sculpture called Wonderland at the base of Calgary’s tallest tower, The Bow. The wire mesh piece stands 39 feet high and resembles a young girl’s head. (It was actually inspired by a real girl in Spain.) Interestingly, the sculpture has two entrances so that visitors can walk inside of it. “My vision for Wonderland is to inspire everyone who experiences the sculpture: I believe the architecture of our bodies is the palace for our dreams,” said Plensa.
Photo credit: Thomas Porostocky
U.S.A. (burnt/unburnt) is a 2011 installation by Paris-based artist Claire Fontaine (previously) constructed from thousands of green matches that were inserted into a wall at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art as part art of “Evidence of Bricks” at the 2011 Time-Based Art Festival.
United States Map Made from Thousands of Wood Matches by Claire Fontaine by http://www.clairefontaine.ws/