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Large-Scale Photographic Installations by Olivier Lovey Blur Distinctions Between Two and Three Dimensions

Large-Scale Photographic Installations by Olivier Lovey Blur Distinctions Between Two and Three Dimensions

Olivier Lovey creates large-scale tricks of the eye by installing photographs in-line with their surroundings. The series, Miroirs aux alouettes, “confuses the real and its double. I question the
Painting With Code: UI Engineer Diana Smith Creates Baroque-Inspired Portraits with CSS

Painting With Code: UI Engineer Diana Smith Creates Baroque-Inspired Portraits with CSS

With little more than a text editor—and years of experience as a web developer—UI engineer Diana Adrianne Smith creates Flemish and baroque inspired portraits using HTML and CSS, the two primary
Salvador Dalí’s Surreal Tarot Card Designs from the 1970’s to be Released as a Complete Deck

Salvador Dalí’s Surreal Tarot Card Designs from the 1970’s to be Released as a Complete Deck

The surrealist master Salvador Dalí often dabbled in modes of mainstream culture, whether designing wine guides, appearing on game shows, or—in this instance—designing a deck of tarot cards for a

Not Just For Bookworms: Helsinki’s Oodi Central Library Connects Residents Through Multi-Faceted Cultural Resources

Readers, researchers, and other curious residents are encouraged to gather together in a massive new ship-shaped library in Helsinki, Finland. Designed by ALA Architects, Oodi Central Library, the
Project Reset Diverts Low-Level Offenders from Court with Art Workshops in New York City

Project Reset Diverts Low-Level Offenders from Court with Art Workshops in New York City

A unique program in New York City created by the Center for Court Innovation offers people who have committed a low-level crime like trespassing or criminal mischief the opportunity to completely
A Monochrome Dystopian World Holds an Eerie Beauty in New Animated Music Video for Thom Yorke

A Monochrome Dystopian World Holds an Eerie Beauty in New Animated Music Video for Thom Yorke

Saad Moosajee (previously) shows the richness and emotional power that can be found in grey-scale animation with his new music video for Thom Yorke. “Last I heard (…He Was Circling the Drain)” brings
It Was Better Tomorrow: Fashion Designer Benjamin Benmoyal Creates Powerful Silhouettes Using Recycled Materials

It Was Better Tomorrow: Fashion Designer Benjamin Benmoyal Creates Powerful Silhouettes Using Recycled Materials

Hulking silhouettes are enlivened with vibrant multi-colored stripes in futuristic garments by fashion student Benjamin Benmoyal. The fabric for the collection, titled “It Was Better Tomorrow”, was
Lavishly Adorned Chairs by Annie Evelyn Reimagine the Functional Role of Furniture

Lavishly Adorned Chairs by Annie Evelyn Reimagine the Functional Role of Furniture

Artist Annie Evelyn’s primary medium: wood. Her primary vessel: the chair. One work, “Cathedral Train Chair”, sports an ocean-blue silk train that fans out from a tufted armchair, emulating the
Colossal Needs You!—Introducing Membership

Colossal Needs You!—Introducing Membership

Since launching Colossal nine years ago, I’ve taken great pride in focusing the site entirely on art and artists. For the first several years Colossal didn’t have advertising—the site was a labor of
Innovative Augmented Reality Book Merges Dance, Theater, Literature, and Technology

Innovative Augmented Reality Book Merges Dance, Theater, Literature, and Technology

Adrien Mondot and Claire Bardainne, who work together as the Adrien M / Claire B Company (previously), explore the intersection of tangible and augmented reality in their multi-media projects. They
Muralist Elian Chali Envelopes Building Facades in Enormous Abstract Fields of Color

Muralist Elian Chali Envelopes Building Facades in Enormous Abstract Fields of Color

Argentinian artist Elian Chali, who goes by just his first name professionally, creates vibrant murals that balance a simple aesthetic with carefully calculated designs. Elian often incorporates
A Yellow Brick Road is Paved in Chicago to Mark Former Home of ‘Wizard of Oz’ Author L. Frank Baum

A Yellow Brick Road is Paved in Chicago to Mark Former Home of ‘Wizard of Oz’ Author L. Frank Baum

Follow the yellow brick road to 1667 N. Humboldt Boulevard in Chicago. The address is home to recently rehabbed affordable housing in the rapidly gentrifying Humboldt Park neighborhood. It’s also
Hand-Carved Wood Sculptures by Jui-Lin Yen Capture Cartoonish Facial Expressions

Hand-Carved Wood Sculptures by Jui-Lin Yen Capture Cartoonish Facial Expressions

Taiwanese woodworker Jui-Lin Yen (previously) creates charming sculptural characters using traditional techniques. Silky-smooth finishes, expert inlay, and careful joinery are used to create
Magazine Cutouts Form Nature Collages Shaped Like Birds and Butterflies by Jennifer Murphy

Magazine Cutouts Form Nature Collages Shaped Like Birds and Butterflies by Jennifer Murphy

Toronto-based artist Jennifer Murphy combines cutouts of animals, plants, and other organic objects to create large-scale nature collages. Strung together using gossamer thread, the collages form the
Impossible Cityscapes by Benjamin Sack Draw Inspiration From Cartography and Musical Compositions

Impossible Cityscapes by Benjamin Sack Draw Inspiration From Cartography and Musical Compositions

At the Direktorenhaus Museum in Berlin this past week, a solo exhibition of detailed architectural drawings by Virginia-based artist Benjamin Sack (previously) opened to the public. Titled Labyrinths,
Déguste: A New Short Film Showing the Beauty and Brutality of Commercial Kitchen Work

Déguste: A New Short Film Showing the Beauty and Brutality of Commercial Kitchen Work

Alternating between sensual, almost biological macro shots of raw ingredients and the harsh, dully-lit environs of a commercial kitchen, Déguste captures the dual reality of working as a professional
Sci-Fi Inspired Cardboard Sculptures by Greg Olijnyk Feature Fully Articulated Limbs and Working Motors

Sci-Fi Inspired Cardboard Sculptures by Greg Olijnyk Feature Fully Articulated Limbs and Working Motors

To balance out his working life as a graphic designer focused on 2-D digital projects, Greg Olijnyk creates cardboard sculptures in his free time. The remarkably refined artworks are made with
Impasto Oil Paintings by Li Songsong Explore Historical Events as Cultural Artifacts

Impasto Oil Paintings by Li Songsong Explore Historical Events as Cultural Artifacts

Li Songsong uses dramatic textural repetition to create portraiture and landscapes in his large-scale oil paintings. The Chinese artist often centers visual narratives around historical events of the
Forest Creatures Gather Together to Perform a Moonlit Rendition of an Opera

Forest Creatures Gather Together to Perform a Moonlit Rendition of an Opera

A songbird soloist accompanied by choruses of toads, turtles, and hedgehogs are conducted by a squirrel in Maestro, a delightful new animated short by Illogic. Set in a moonlit forest, the wild
Mushrooms, Cattail Reeds, and Agricultural Waste are Reimagined to Construct “The Growing Pavilion”

Mushrooms, Cattail Reeds, and Agricultural Waste are Reimagined to Construct “The Growing Pavilion”

That’s not a giant glazed cake you’re looking at: The Growing Pavilion, which was created for Dutch Design Week is constructed with mycelium panels. Set on a timber frame, the panels are grown from
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