Money Origami - Flower Heart
Folded from one £5 note. Folded by HN.
Hans Hemmert - German Panther (2007)
Your scuba diving one day when… holy shit sea zombies!!!
But you’d be mistaken, these are Jason deCaires Taylor’s underwater sculptures. They create a unique, absorbing and expansive visual seascape. Highlighting natural ecological processes, Taylor’s interventions explore the intricate relationships that exist between art and environment. His works become artificial reefs, attracting marine life, while offering the viewer privileged temporal encounters, as the shifting sand of the ocean floor, and the works change from moment to moment… But it’s just a load of underwater sculptures. Looks neat through!
ECO ART: Henrique Oliveira’s Urban Peels
Artist Henrique Oliveiraa was a student in São Paulo, Brazil when the plywood fence outside his window began to peel and fade into different layers and colors. The wood, called tapumes in Portuguese is ubiquitous in the Brazilian city, serving as enclosures and barriers for various sites. When the fence was dismantled, Oliveira harvested the remains and used them as materials for his senior show. The result propelled him into his current work: undulating, swirling, bulging peels of wood layered onto hallways and walls in daunting forms. His most recent show will be called, fittingly, Tapumes.
Oliveira begins with a PVC skeleton, tacking curls of scrap wood around established bends and tucks. He finds the bulk of his material in the dumpsters of São Paulo, choosing pieces that are splitting and decaying — affected by city life, then utilizes those aesthetic elements in each artwork. The laminate element of the wood is stripped from its basebord and arranged on a work like a brushstroke. Each massive, writhing art piece represents a combination of techniques used in architecture, sculpture and painting. The artist seeks to address issues of perception and decay in his work — while stunning us with the glory of dumpster scrappings. His stormy pieces dissolve the barrier of order and swirl into expressive, dynamic forms. The show Tapumes, will be on display from March 26 - May 9th, 2009 at the Rice Gallery in Houston, Texas.
Old and discarded batteries are shaped into an art piece. We think it looks pretty neat! It’s just another art work that is trying to convey the message of recycling…
The big pile of batteries seems nothing beyond exactly that – a big pile of batteries. While “What is art?” might be a question too big and too abstract to find a definitive answer.
Modern artists are constantly finding new ways and new materials to expand their horizon of work. The “Dead Star” is a piece of art created by Michel de Broin that is a collection of old and discarded batteries. This huge ball of batteries gives the visual illusion that it is about to explode with its structural arrangement. An exhibit at the Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology in New York, the pile of batteries not just makes for an interesting art piece but keeps the toxic waste out of the dumps and still pretty useful.
Eco Art Canada - Wolf
Oh! I love the autumn, it’s truly delightful. Those bright, colorful and beautiful leaves add magic to nature. Ever thought of preserving the beauty of those fallen leaves? Well, folks at Longal Craft Company did just that. They give new life to old leaves by transforming them into exquisite artworks. Using some special tools, the artists carve old leaves into stunning portraits.
The innovative work is pioneered by the Chinese company Longal Craft Company. The trained artists who specialize in making innovative and chic art pieces, convert old leaves into one-of-a-kind artworks.
Inspired by the beautiful old Chinar leaves, Longal Crafts have added new life to them. The leafy medium of expression has seen everything the Statue of Liberty to Mao Tse-Tung to Che Guevara to some feminine characters to the great Chinese legends.
It’s hard to believe that old leaves become canvas for this unique art form. Using special tools, the artists carve the leaves to create one-of-a-kind portrait. The most common material used in the leaf carving is the leaf from Chinar tree, a native to India, Pakistan and China, which has close resemblance to the maple leaves.
This unusual art makes old, fallen leaves the canvas for exhibiting creativity and innovation. Every single leaf is hand crafted so that you get what is the best. The innovative artists take photographs of natures, landscape, animals and human and later stencil them onto the leaf. Ultimately, using special tools, the images are crafted onto the leaf. The process begins with collection of mature leaves in autumn. The leaves are then dried in a shady place for around 10 months. Prior to the initiation of the carving work, the leaves are boiled in very high temperature water for about 5 hours. This treatment makes sure that the bacteria and all the small worms are dead. The process of boiling can make the leaves fragile. Once the surface of the leaf is removed, the carved part looks like crystal and the veins become very clearly visible. Once the carving is done, the leaves require specialized drying. After the leaf carving artwork is dry, the leaf is waxed so that the leaf can be kept a considerable long time. This artwork can be kept for decades.
The art work on the Chinar Leaf exhibit extraordinary efforts put in by the artists. The portrait carved on the leaves display additional charm to the plain old painting. The artwork is quite impressive not only because of its beauty quotient, but also for using a sustainable resource. Every year in the months of autumn, trees around the world shed their colorful leaves, however did anyone ever knew that they could be turned into perfect canvas for artists to display their creativity.