Deeply informed by an extensive background in anthropology, medical illustration, exotic animal care, and even stop-motion animation, Artist Ellen Jewett refers to her sculptural work as “natural history surrealist sculpture”, which is actually a blend of plants, animals, and occasionally human-made structures or objects. Each sculpture is constructed using an additive technique, layered from inside to out by an accumulation of innumerable tiny components. Some are beautiful, some are grotesque and, some are fantastical. The singularity of each sculpture is the sum total of its small narrative structures. By employing these more uncommon materials, and leaving traces of fingerprints and other slight imperfections Jewett hopes her work leaves a more authentic impression.
Bonsai is a Japanese art form using miniature trees grown in containers. While in recent years, miniaturization trend of Bonsai has been going even further. There is a new type of bonsai, called “cho-mini bonsai, or ultra-small bonsai”, which is less than 3cm in height. Due to its extreme tiny size, you can easily find a spot anywhere for this little greenery. Of course, not all traditional bonsai species are appropriate for such small space. But a whole range of others seems well-suited to life in a thimble, including simple garden weeds. Would you like to have some tiny bonsai on your desk?
Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal is an international mosaiculture competition held in Montréal, Canada. Around 50 stunning works created by horticulturist-artists from 25 countries will be displayed at the Botanical Garden from June 22 to September 29, 2013. These striking plant sculptures will line a spectacular 2.2 km path through the heart of the Botanical Garden. The colorful two- and three-dimensional drawings, designs, sculptures and reliefs thus created employ a wide variety of flora. You can see more of photos on Flickr and pay a visit by yourself.
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Japan based artist, Takanori Aiba uses materials like stone clay, epoxy putty, copper line, plastic, and resin to create some fantastical sculptures. Those miniature structures were inspired by his earlier experiences in making bonsai and illustrating mazes. Bonsai reflects the Japanese traditional aesthetic sense of expressing the magnificence of nature in a small potted plant. However, the density of decoration and the rich stories of Aiba’s works contains extraordinary times and spaces which differ from the bonsai world determined by plants physiology. The level of detail and intricacy in his work is truly mind-blowing. Each sculpture is like a miniature world, bursting with life and stories. Below you will find a selection of Takanori’s work and you can click [here]to check more of his work.