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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.

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For her entry into the biannual Sculpture by the Sea in Aarhus, Denmark, Swedish artist Susanna Hesselberg installed this ominous library that plumments into the ground like a mining shaft. While visually arresting, the piece has a somewhat somber intention. Titled “When My Father Died It Was Like a Whole Library Had Burned Down,” the artwork makes reference to lyrics from Laurie Anderson’s song World Without End. The piece joins an additional 55 sculptures on display right now at the 2015 Sculpture by the Sea through July 5, 2015. (via Hyperallergic)

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Young-Deok Seo’s Inventive Bike Chain Sculptures

South Korean artist Young-Deok Seo uses bicycle chain links to create beautifully evocative sculptures of human forms and faces. “I believe my work is an expression of the restless lives of people living in the times of high-technology civilization”  via


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Layered Water Glass Sculptures by Ben Young

A master at glass art for over a decade, Ben Young has recently shared a sneak peak of his latest creation composed from layers of cut laminate window panes. The oceanic sculptures are sliced into cross-sections, which construct translucent geometric surfaces. 

Young told Colossal: 

“I hope viewers might imagine the work as something ‘living’ that creates the illusion of space, movement, depth and sense of spatial being. I like to play with the irony between the glass being a solid material and how I can form such natural and organic shapes.” 

h//t: Colossal 

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Salavat Fidai Carves Miniature Artworks Onto the Tips of Pencils

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With a steady hand and eye for detail, artist Salavat Fidai carves miniature artworks onto the tips of lead pencils. Fidai, who hails from Ufa, Russia is also a painter and illustrator and works not only in miniature but larger scale paintings as well.

Eye Sculpture Made from 1252 Balls Plays on an Anamorphosis

American sculptor Michael Murphy recently added another project called Perceptual Shift to his series of artworks, which play on an anamorphosis.  The installation will be available in New York’s IMAGE gallery until July 3, 2015. 

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Marble Sculptures by Alex Seton

Alex Seton’s artistic practice incorporates photography, video, sculpture and installation to investigate the complex relationship between form and substance. He is best known for his beguiling marble carving, applying his refined craftsmanship to unexpected forms. Blankets, hoodies, inflatables and national flags are rendered in stone, invoking a somatic paradox. By infusing the rich heritage of Classical statuary with contemporary concerns, Seton gives weight to the issues we face here and now.

In his most recent bodies of work, life jackets and poolside toys become potent reminders of Australia’s troubling policies pertaining to asylum seekers; inflatable crowns celebrate the ease of contemporary life, too readily taken for granted. Follow him on Facebook. 

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Today the Department of Teeny-tiny Treasures is marveling at this exquisitely detailed miniature food handmade by French artist Stephanie Kilgast, aka PetitPlat. Kilgast uses polymer clay to sculpt 1:12 scale dollhouse miniatures of so many different kinds of fruit, vegetables, bread, and sweets that we wish we could shrink ourselves and play with them inside actual dollhouses.

For 2015 Kilgast decided to challenge herself to sculpt a one miniature fruit, vegetable, or root each day. You can follow her progress here on Tumblr at dailyminiveggie​.

Visit the PetitPlat website or Instagram feed for many more photos of Stephanie Kilgasts incredibly wee creations. She also shares tutorials and behind-the-scenes photos like this:

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Cabinet Opens Like a Paper Fan

New York-based artist Sebastian ErraZuriz has created a functional sculpture: a wooden cabinet. A piece of art as well as an ordinary object with a purpose,  ErraZuriz hopes to spark curiosity in the field of furniture-making with the Wave Cabinet. Composed of a system of 100 wooden slats, which open like a paper fan, the Wave Cabinet is a contemporary pieces, which holds true to function, ingenuity, and design. ErraZuriz told Colossal“I am inviting people to look at one of the simplest forms of furniture design and to forget that we’re talking about furniture, instead to see it as a way of breaking a box.” 

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 Ghostly Veiled Souls Carved Out of Solid Marble of  Livio Scarpella

The work of Italian contemporary artist Livio Scarpella turns good and evil into delicacy.  This group of sculptures, named “Ghosts Underground”, depicts lost souls anguishing beneath the effect of a thin veil.  Scarpella’s interest in this subject was inspired by a trip to the Sansevero Chapel in Naples, home to Antonio Corradini’s “Veiled Christ”.  Before that time, he mostly exhibited paintings for a decade. By mixing influences of Rococo sculptors like Corradini with modern iconography, Scarpella explores a struggle with religious faith. He couples his “blessed” and “damned” figures with light and dark colored mineral rocks, like amethyst and quartz, inside the chest.  They are hardened hearts that embody the ghost hidden within. Reminiscent of Michelangelo’s The Prisoners, these gentle busts unveil the ghost within. Scarpella takes this idea to a new level in his recent work. His exhibit “Fuori dal Tempo” (“Out of Time”) now showing at Gallery Gomiero in Italy, looks at the theme of sin without repentance.   Undeniably, Scarpella pursues a morbid imagination dominated by smug virtue and natural beauty.

“Fuori dal Tempo” by Livio Scarpella is on view at “Galleria Gomiero” in Milan, Italy