Alberto Bustos’ Paperlike Ceramics Imitate Sprouting Blades of Grass

Inspired by forms of vegetation, Spanish artist Alberto Bustos‘ pieces appear like blades of grass sprouting from the earth, stretching and curling upwards towards an imagined sun. At first glance the pieces look delicate enough to be paper, layered works that exude a dual sharp and fragile quality. However, after a…

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A Library That Plummets into an Abyss by Susanna Hesselberg for Sculpture by the Sea

Susanna Hesselberg, “When My Father Died It Was Like a Whole Library Had Burned Down” (2015) / Photo by Claire Voon for Hyperallergic For her entry into the biannual Sculpture by the Sea in Aarhus, Denmark, Swedish artist Susanna Hesselberg installed this ominous library that plumments into the ground like…

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Artist Installs Flocks of Surveillance Cameras and Satellite Dishes in Outdoor Settings

From far away Czech artist Jakub Geltner‘s works appear as flocks of birds, seagulls and pigeons gathered on clusters of rocks or resting just beneath a busy overpass. When one looks closer however they realize the groupings are not perched birds, but rather surveillance cameras and satellite dishes the artist…

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Hundreds of Colorful Café Chairs Take the Form of a Winding Roller Coaster in the Middle of a French Square

All images via Baptiste Debombourg Baptiste Debombourg (previously here and here) has transformed a public square using the very objects that typically occupy it—taking 1,200 café chairs and forming them into an elaborate roller coaster. Although the installation is static, Debombourg created movement within the sculpture by incorporating six bright colors…

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Ai Weiwei Wraps the Columns of Berlin’s Konzerthaus with 14,000 Salvaged Refugee Life Vests

Image via Markus Winninghoff Image via Oliver Lang / Konzerthaus Berlin Ai Weiwei has produced a five-column installation on the facade of Berlin’s Konzerthaus, a collection of 14,000 life vests from refugees who landed on the Greek Island of Lesbos after battling the Mediterranean Sea from Turkey. Ai hopes the…

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50,000 Solar Powered Bulbs Illuminate the Australian Desert in Bruce Munro’s Field of Light Installation

All images courtesy of Bruce Munro Over 50,000 bulbs light up an expanse of Australia’s Red Centre desert near Ayers Rock in an installation about the size of four football fields. The solar powered work, Field of Light Uluru, was produced by artist Bruce Munro who conceived of the idea while visiting…

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New Rainbow-Hued Origami Street Art by Mademoiselle Maurice

Mademoiselle Maurice’s work hanging from the Museum of National Art Singapore, all images via Mademoiselle Maurice. Museum of National Art Singapore It’s been a few years since we last featured French street artist Mademoiselle Maurice (previously here and here) and we were delighted to catch up with her new artfully…

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Bits and Pieces: An Expandable Kinetic Toy Sphere Installation by Nils Volker

Bits and Pieces, 2016. Nils Völker. Plastic balls, wood, motors, custom electronics and programming, size variable. Photo by Bresadola+Freese/drama-berlin.de For his latest kinetic installation titled Bits and Pieces, artist Nils Volker (previously) repurposed 108 toy Hoberman spheres which he suspended from microcontrollers inside a space at NOME Gallery in Berlin….

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A Kinetic Artwork that Sorts Thousands of Random River Stones by Age

Performing the role of a scientist, Benjamin Maus and Prokop Bartonicek’s kinetic machine Jller selects and sorts pebbles found on a 6 1/2 x 13 foot platform into a grid organized by geologic age. Without assistance, Jller analyzes the stones’ appearance to understand their correct placement, then transports them to the…

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Undulating Shell Sculptures by Rowan Mersh

Turritella Duplicata II, 2015. Turritella duplicata shells. London-based artist Rowan Mersh assembles dense rolling surfaces comprised of thousands of seashells, tiny solid objects that now appear like fluid waves. Mimicking the natural geometric patterns found in life, the artist uses responsibly sourced shells like windowpane oyster discs or duplicata shells…

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