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Recycled Motor Oil Pool Reflects The Stunning Architecture of Switzerland’s Bellelay Abbey

Switzerland’s Bellelay Abbey is featuring two enigmatic pools of recycled motor oil, which reflect the stunning architecture of the grand, ornate chapel. A contrast to its white-washed environment, the glassy black pools mirror in detail the building’s beauty The juxtaposition lends itself to the purity and prestige of the building. Unlike water reflects, the oil pool allows viewers to appreciate a vivid, clear image with no glare. Along with its aesthetic value, the oil pools offer Bellelay Abbey a serene and poised atmosphere. 

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A giant helium balloon bearing the face of an ojisan (middle-aged man) appeared in the sky in Utsunomiya on Sunday, in an event organized by the Utsunomiya Museum of Art to bring artwork to the public outside museums.

The balloon measures 15 meters in diameter and features the face of a man who lives in the city. The man was selected from 218 applicants.

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Beautiful Floral Installation Suspended in London’s Garden Museum

Rebecca Louise Law is known for her large scale installation of suspended dried flowers on site specific installations. Her work has been commissioned for iconic fashion brands such as Hermes and Gucci. The images seen above are taken from her installation at London’s Garden Museum for their Flowers & Fashion exhibition composed of 4,600 flowers. Ultimately the London-based artist hopes to combine her degree in fine art from Newcastle University along with her work as a florist into her art. 

via  Rebecca Louise Law

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Look closely, these frilly mushrooms are made of books. Although they look like something Alice might’ve encountered during her adventures in Wonderland, they’re the creation of Chicago-based visual artist Melissa Jay Craig. Entitled (S)Edition, this delightfully strange installation features 99 books made to look like common Amanita muscaria mushrooms. Each bookshroom is made of cast and hand-shaped abaca, also known as manilla help, embellished with cotton rag paper.

From Craig’s artist statement about this installation:

Fungus is an agent of change. I’m fascinated with its myriad forms, and I love to go in search of it. I can become more excited by discovering a beautiful fungal growth than by perusing artwork ‘discovered’ for us by curators in contemporary museums. When I was a child, the first time I had the intriguing feeling that the planet carried messages (texts, if you will) for those who were curious enough to look, was when I came upon a group of Amanita Muscaria, huddled together in a dark, secret space under tall pines.

Visit Melissa Jay Craig’s website for additional photos of her fascinating fungal books and to check out some of her other creations as well.

[via Colossal]

This is What Happens When You Give Thousands of Stickers to Thousands of Kids

In December 2012, Artist Yayoi Kusama replicated a safe domestic environment at the  Queensland Gallery of Modern Art by painting every wall, chair, table, piano and home ornament white. By creating a sterile environment, Kusama essentially composes a huge white canvas. Following the installation of the room, the museum gave its smallest visitors thousands of small colored got stickers to decorate the space. The results were a vibrant collaboration where no space was left untouched. 

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It’s been a few years since we first featured the kaleidoscopically awesome work of Australian artist Pip & Pop (previously featured here), aka Tanya Schultz, who creates dazzlingly colorful and complex site-specific installations using sugary candy, glitter, beads, sand, toys and other knickknacks. It’s painting with Pixy Stix!

Schultz often invites other artists to collaborate on the creation of her magical fluorescent dreamscapes. The pieces pictured here were created at venues in the Netherlands, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia respectively.

Visit the Pip & Pop website to check out many more photos of these sugary fantasy lands.

[via My Modern Metropolis and Hi-Fructose]

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Sirens of the Lamb, 2013 - NYC | Banksy

“‘Sirens of the Lamb’ makes a statement about the meat industry, or lost innocence — or something like that. In any case, it’ll certainly make you stop and look. Banksy’s 'Sirens of the Lambs’ started its tour of New York City in — naturally — the Meatpacking District….It features a bunch of cuddly puppet animals peeking out of a truck, squealing (or at least squeaking) with fear…” –NPR

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THE ART OF BOOKS | Ekaterina Panikanova

Constructing multi-layed paintings across a plane of vintage books, old papers and documents, artist, Ekaterina Panikanov creates an ambitious project treading the lines of collage-making and installation. Surreal and expressive in nature, Panikanov’s installation uses both paint and ink to manifest her signature vintage mood. Generally monochromatic in nature, to accentuate the Victorian-esque style, Panikanova carefully curates the imagery found in her work with a combination of random animals, catering, portraits and nature.