American artist and filmmaker Philip Haas created an awesome group of four towering sculptures inspired by a famous series of oil paintings by 16th century Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo (previously featured here) in which he depicted himself as each of the Four Seasons. The 15-foot-high fiberglass sculptures entitled The Four Seasons, just like faces in Arcimboldo’s paintings, are composed of fruits, vegetables, and flora representing Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.

Spring is primarily made up of flowers and other plants, while Summer and Autumn are composed of the bountiful fruits and vegetables associated with the harvest. Finally Winter is made of mainly roots and trees, with bare branches and the leaves of evergreen plants forming his hair. Together they form a wonderfully surreal, larger-than-life representation of the turning of the year. Haas’ spectacular sculptures have been shown throughout the US since they were created in 2012.

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Dutch artist duo Haas&Hahn need your help with the Favela Painting Project! 

Working together with local residents, the duo provides opportunities for Brazilian community members to transform their own neighborhood and create public artworks in Rio de Janeiro. Haas&Hahn's newest artistic endeavor is to take their idea to the next level and paint an entire favela in the city.

Learn more and donate to their Kickstarter campaign here.

Read an interview with the architects and the New Museum’s Deputy Director, Karen Wong.