When you look at those giant sculpture at a distance, you probably will think those are just typical quirky and colourful sculpture you’d find in a small beach town. However when you look up close, those ocean waste (plastic bottle, lighters, beach shovels, and toothbrushes) made sculptures might give you another feeling – not about art. It’s a shocking transition as a fun work of art shifts into a symbol of our society’s plastic consumption and waste before your eyes. Presented by the “Wasted Ashored” project, these amazing yet disturbing sculptures try to show the everyday person how much garbage is coming up on the beaches and spread the message that ocean trash is a huge problem.
Created by Colombian artist Federico Uribe, “We’re at peace” is a set of unusual artwork which consists in freestanding sculptures entirely composed of bullet shells. It play with the juxtaposition between whimsical subject matter, animals that are full of life, and a historically emblematic and lethal medium. Uribe also hopes people to discover an underlying symbolic and aesthetic reality where life overcomes death and beauty, supplants destruction when look at this work.
Moss People, created by Sculptor Kim Simonsson, is a series of earthy ceramic almost-alien looking sculptures covered by moss-like nylon coating. Simonsson applied this fantastical aesthetic to the intriguing children and forest creatures who served as his muses. No matter it is a two-headed rabbit or a sleeping woman surrounded by ghost children, these childlike innocence is weaved together with a darker theme. Although it is said that the work references imagery from Nordic fairy tales, I can barely feel the fairy tale but the creepiness. What do you think of these works?
Brooklyn-based contemporary artist Dustin Yellin just released his new series of work “Psychogeographies”, a collection of life-size humanoid figures. Like specimens trapped under a microscope, these alien-looking sculptural paintings are painstakingly pieced together using thousands of individual drawings, paintings and magazine or encyclopedia clippings that are then stacked between vertical planes of glass to render three dimensional forms. The whole process to create these works is quite labor-intense. According to the artist, the current seriers of 12 figurines took him 6 years to complete. Take a look at these stunning 3D collage, if you want to view them on field, they are on permanent display at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.