Not matter how many times I saw Michael Grab‘s balancing rock work, I always be amazed. The Colorado-based artist is adept at finding an intrinsic balance within his natural supplies, perceiving a harmony despite the chaotic conditions that surround each precarious structure. To build something like that, Grab needs to combine physical methodology with equally vital mental components in order to tune into himself and his environment, and find that essential place of stillness. Just like how it sounds, it is pretty complicated. But if you have an astonishing sense of balance, a lot of patience, practice and steady hands, it is still possible. So take some time to do some balancing work, you don’t need to be as expert as Grab. But the whole procss of balancing is acutally therapeutic and meditative.
You can crochet a lots of things – scarf, head-wear, toy or huge sculptures, but most likely you crochet yarn or thread. While artist Susanna Bauer tries to do something different – she managed to add tiny crocheted embellishments of cotton yarn to the rigid edges of large dried magnolia leaves and create some fascinating yet delicate sculptures. To work with fragile material like dry leaves is difficult enough to have a double thought. But when you take a closer look, you will find near perfection in Bauer’s stitching, a near Herculean effort in patience. Here are some of our favourite and you can see more on Bauer’s website.
Fusion Framee, an interesting project by Darryl Cox where Cox unites a reclaimed tree branch and a picture frame into a kind of their own, into an extraordinary piece of art. When finished, each one exhibits many individual characteristics, but in a singular, harmonized style. To create such frame, Cox usually first finds a unique frame and then spends a day in the Central Oregon forest searching for a just right piece of tree branch to blend with the frame is gratifying in and of itself. As you can imagine, each project involves woodworking, painting, and a bit of sculpting, which takes many of hours hard working. Of course, the end result is quite impressive. Those tree branch look like naturally grow out of the frame or in the other word, frame naturally evolve from the tree limb.
You can explore many more pieces by Cox on his website and in his online shop. Of course, if you think $2000+ price is quite expensive for a frame, there are lots of affordable art & design products out there. You just need to find by yourself.
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.