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Force of Nature: Mother Nature Furiously Spins the Earth

Italian sculptor Lorenzo Quinn sculpted his project Force of Nature I and II, after being a witness to the devastating destruction of hurricanes in Thailand and in the Southern United States. Constructed from bronze, stainless steel and aluminum, the work reflects nature’s perceived powerful energy, which is unpredictable, beautiful, yet dangerous. By omitting Mother Nature’s face, Quinn reminds us that there is no sense of security or protection from the Earth itself. We are not in control, sudden destruction awaits at any time. 

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CLOUD by Caitlind R. C. Brown and Wayne Garett

CLOUD is a large-scale interactive sculpture created from 6,000 light bulbs, new and burnt-out. Constructed by Calgary-based artist Caitlind r.c. Brown and collaborator Wayne Garrett, CLOUD was on public display for one-night-only during Calgary’s first Nuit Blanche Festival. As part of the process of creating the sculpture, Brown collected burnt out incandescent light bulbs from local households, businesses, museums, and eco stations.

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Of all the Totoros we’ve seen over the years, this awesomely detailed manic Totoro is almost certainly the creepiest. With a grin that would impress the Cheshire Cat and billowing fur that suggests he might be a ghost, this stunning My Neighbor Totoro-themed diorama was recently on display at the 2015 Amazing Japan Model Expo in Osaka, Japan.

This annual event draws fantastically skilled and creative model-makers and sculptors from across Japan to come exhibit their best creations together. Head over to RocketNews24 to check out more of the fantastic models that were shown at this years Amazing Japan Model Expo.

Photos by @T_SONOYAMA, @na_ta_s, and Kinisoku respectively.

[via RocketNews24 and iNotOtaku]

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Ceramic Sculptures That Look Like Wood by Christopher David White 

Christopher David White is known for his ceramic creations that double as fantastic optical illusions. It’s hard to believe the hyper realistic pieces are made of clay, as they resemble knotty wood and dilapidated cardboard. These visual effects demonstrate incredible artistic skill and White utilizes multiple hand-construction methods such as modeling, molding, and casting in order to produce the incredible textures that make his sculptures so confounding. 

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Twisted Tree Branch Installation by Henrique Oliveira

Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira’s installations often feature a spectacular presence of tree branches overpowering artifice. Titled Baitogogo, the sculpture  seems to be growing organically from white beams of  Paris’ Palais de Tokyo museum. Composed from popular reclaimed Brazilian plywood material, tapumes, the entangled tree branches are desperately reclaiming their space. Both an aesthetically and conceptually beautiful project, Oliveira’s intentional contrast between nature and the manmade construction begin an environmental conscious dialogue we often ignore. 

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Highly Detailed Laser Cut Wood Sculptures With Ornate Patterns and Motifs

Oakland-based artist Gabriel Schama produces highly detailed laser-cut wood sculptures made of mahogany plywood. The complex relief sculptures are composed of several layers of wood that forms a cohesive portrait of patterns. The shapes commonly resemble mandalas, and the labyrinth of patterns form the silhouettes of people’s faces, motifs, and blocks inspired by geometric, floral and Persian inspired designs. 

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Pearl Ships Sculptures by Ann Carrington

Entitled  “Galleons and Feathers,” Ann Carrington‘s passion for collecting vintage knick knacks and old pearl necklaces from junk shops aided her creation of her majestic galleons. After watching a documentary about a Chinese pearl jewelry, Carrington decided to construct her project in the Spring of 2014, once she acquired enough pearls. 

To begin the sculpture, she weaved bracelets, bangles brooches, tiaras, and other ornate jewelry pieces on a metal structure to accentuate the shape of the ships, which sit on an opulent and glamorous sea of pearls. Called White Cloud City and Wing Wo Wave, the ships are named after two pearl factories in China.