“Shadow of Knives“, an incredible series of carved silhouette sculptures created by Beijing-based artist Li Hongbo who intricate, precisely cut animals, humans, and skeletons rise from knives like shadows, leaving behind corresponding negative spaces in the blades. With the delicate appearance of the silhouettes belying the cold, hard metal from which they were carved, the sculptures contrast paper-thin fragility with razor-sharp toughness. The idea behind this series is to warn “human beings will eventually destroy themselves because of their gluttony and their abuse of animals.”
Leaf Beast is a project by Japanese artist Baku Maeda who seemingly brings dead leaves back to life and created beautifully simple animal sculptures out of them. Taking advantage of the warped shape and vein structure of dried magnolia leaves, Maeda made only minimal cuts to create each piece. Really simple yet elegant creation. Click here to see his full series: part 1 and part 2.
Heirloom is an installation by artist Rena Detrixhe who uses thousands of collected seeds to create lace-like patterns on a large piece of sheer fabric. Viewed from far away, it just looks like a normal lace tablecloth, but when get closer, the seeds appears as if they are hovering just above the surface. The idea behind this installation is to create a platform to discuss the relationship between art and environment.
Hungarian architecture studio Hello Wood has created an 11-meter-high Christmas tree for a square in central Budapest from 5000 pieces of firewood (around 15,000 kilograms) for the Budapest community. It is said, “on the Twelfth Night after Christmas, the tree will be dismantled, and the firewood will be donated to charity.”. At the top, the wood lengths get longer and protrude out further to form a pinnacle crowned with a metal star. A scattering of the circular sections are painted white to reference the ornaments from traditional fir Christmas trees. And at night, the tree will be illuminated using special lighting effects making it glittering in the dark.
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