Created by artist Noah Scalin, this portrait series called Natural Selection¬†depicts famous scientists by using everyday materials. Scalin has chosen some great scientists, whose works have made an incredible impression on our world — Charles Darwin, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Rosalind Franklin, Alan Turing.
Each portrait is laid out as a diptych, including a portrait of the deceased scientist as well as a representation of their skull. The portraits were created using materials such as feathers, computer keys, and even dice. What do you think of Scalin’s unorthodox portraits? Share with us in the comments!
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It’s kind of odd, but we like it! What do you think of this public cinema design? Built in 2012 on the streets of Guimar√£es, Portugal — the structure offers a unique experience for both movie goers, and design lovers. The project was thought up, and built by Colin Fournier from the Barlett School of Architecture, Polish artist Marysia Lewandowska, and London studio NEON.
The tiny cinema includes 16 tube-like openings for people to poke their heads into, and enjoy the show. Their combined protruding lower-bodies are what give the structure its “centipede” look. Dwellers are welcome to enjoy an hour-long film while inside the structure, which is made up of about 20 short trailers. Fun, innovative, and creative! We’re big fans.
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Our thing has always been the fusion of art+science, but we’re really digging artist Ed Fairburn‘s mixed media art consisting of maps, pencil, and ink. Most of Fairburn’s pieces are large in scale, and he uses the complex webs of roads, trains, and rivers on the maps to create unique portraits. He hides these incredibly detailed, and beautiful faces amongst the topography of various regions — including Canada, the US, Germany, and Zambia.
What do you think of Fairburn’s remarkable art? We’d love if you’d share your thoughts with us in the comments!
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Stick to the old rule of thumb “reduce, reuse, recycle” and you just may end up making some cool art! These gorgeous chandeliers were customized and created by artistic duo Joe O’Connell and Blessing Hancock. The pair created six chandeliers in total, each one almost entirely made out of used bike parts.
What makes their work even more impressive, is their location of choice for the installation of the chandeliers. They chose to hang them beneath an underpass in San Antonio, Texas — the perfect urban spot to compliment their industrial look, and for the community to enjoy the public art display. At night, the chandeliers are illuminated with LED lights, and the bike parts illuminate the entire space with their patterned shadows. We think the results are absolutely beautiful!
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Who would think that masking tape could be art? Well, art director and graphic designer Koji Iyama has made it just that. With his new installations across Japan, the latest arriving in the city of Sendai, Iyama has certainly been leaving his colorful mark.
His product of choice? Mt-masking tape. His setting of choice? Old warehouses with high ceilings create the perfect space for him to hang the rolls of tape. He covers the entire floor as well, and even proceeds to cover any objects in his way — bikes, tables, other installations. The result of his final design is pretty cool, and we can imagine very interactive for the people lucky enough to visit his presentations. What do you think of Iyama’s art ventures?
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Unique art is our passion. So it’s no wonder why we’re so inspired by Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto, and his breathtaking art installations made from one of the most sought-after minerals in the world — salt. His project, titled “Saltscapes”, features incredibly detailed works of art created with basic table salt. His large installations have been known to take up entire gallery, church, and even soy brewery floors.
His installations take up hundreds of hours of time, and he must be very meticulous with pouring to avoid too many mistakes. While he does follow a basic¬†guideline¬†for each piece, most of his works of art are actually improvised. He often leaves his mistakes and imperfections intact as he is working.
Yamamoto uses salt as the main material in his art, as a way to honor his sister who passed away from brain cancer in 1994. Salt is often used in¬†Japanese¬†culture as a way to cleanse one of grief. To him the material signifies life, death, and above all, rebirth. Once the artist¬†disassembles¬†one of his complex installations he¬†releases¬†the salt back into the ocean, often inviting his fans to help him with the process. It’s a way of bringing new life to his masterpieces.
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We’re always captivated by¬†original art¬†projects that set themselves apart from the rest — much like our DNA art. “Black Hole” is a project by Swiss photographer Fabien Oefner. The setup of his project is very simple, Oefner drips various shades of acrylic paint onto a metallic rod, which is attached to a drill. He switches on the drill, and photographs the moment when the paint starts to move away from the rod caused by the¬†centripetal¬†force. Because the paint moves so quickly, the photo needs to be captured¬†within a millisecond of the drill being switched on. He makes use of a sensor that is connected to the drill and camera, which allows him to¬†accurately¬†freeze frame the motion of the paint.
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Have you ever seen such an amazing display of¬†craftsmanship, art, and science? This stunning woodcut print called “The Moon” is currently being produced by Tugboat Printshop¬†– a shop ran by a husband and wife team who specialize in woodblock prints. According to their site “The Moon” is the largest print they have ever made, measuring in a 36×32″. Once the woodcarving is complete, the image will be hand printed on paper and sent out to those who were lucky enough to get a pre-order in with the shop. You can keep track of the carving process on the shop’s flickr page. What do you think of this duo’s take on art + science? We love it!
Light painting is a¬†photography¬†technique that involves¬†moving a hand-held light source while the camera shutter remains open, and Brian Matthew Hart is a master of it. We loved these unique portraits for their modern yet hieroglyphic feel.¬†Via Colossal:
Hart created a number of mosaics using individual exposures, the largest hand (below), part of an unfinished diptych, is made from 324 photographs! …check out his website for¬†plenty more.
Given we’re big fans of fingerprint art, we’re all over this series of hand prints. We love the details on the fingertips and the uniqueness of each piece. Hart modelled these light paintings after real-life subjects, however the portrait below is simply called “right hand“.
Starting with a large photograph that‚Äôs transferred to a drawing, Gundersen pins each cork to the canvas, creating a correlation between the hues of the wine-stained corks and the value of light or shadow in the portrait. His latest work,¬†Trisha, took 3,621 corks to complete, but other works have¬†required over 9,000.
If you’re not already blow away by this art’s immensity, check out the video below to catch a peak at how it all comes together. Meet: “Grace”: