Stone Yoga – Delicately Balanced Rock Sculptures by Michael Grab

By on November 21, 2014, in Sculpture

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Michael Grab is not a magician, he’s just really, really good at what he does. Michael is an artist who loves to balance rocks on top of each other. One might be tempted to think it’s merely an inane past time but through the years, Micheal’s work has gotten more and more complex. He started balancing rocks in the summer of 2008 while exploring Boulder Creek in Colorado. As he was doing so, he discovered that rock balancing was a very effective meditative medium as well as a creative outlet.He said: “Simple curiosity has evolved into a prolific creative passion, and daily meditative practice. I quickly noticed the unique effect that my creations had on myself and others, often inspiring a sense of magic and peace; a sense that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.”

All of Michael’s installations were created using nothing more than rocks, time, and patience. He doesn’t use glue and the sculptures are fairly stable once set up. Admittedly, a strong wind could collapse the whole structure, but as long as no outside force influences them, they’ll stay in one piece. What makes his sculptures unique is their fairly impossible configurations. He’s even able to make arches between two rocks, something even a mason is hard put to achieve without mortar.

Michael tries to find the ‘natural tripod’ of every rock. It’s the three indentations that act as contact points and stabilize the rock as it rests on top of another. According to him, if you pay enough attention to the rocks, you might even hear and or feel the small ‘click’ as the contact points settle into place. The illusion of weightlessness in his work is achieved as two rocks barely touch and yet manage to support each other.

In an interview, he added: “Bottom Line… it’s a fun way to relax, release stress, play, create… learn… all while challenging my skills and dabbling with countless possibilities”

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7 Amazing Smartphone Photography Tricks – by COOPH

By on November 20, 2014, in Photography , Videos

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Before I start, let me say that #7 blew our minds.

Have you ever wanted to take really awesome pictures with your iPhone? Do you want to impress your friends and family on facebook or instagram with your cell phone photography “skills?” We found this video, put together by the guys at COOPH (Cooperative of Photography), that demonstrates some cool smartphone photography tips and tricks we haven’t EVER seen! Some of these are REALLY creative.

Which one do you think is the most useful? #7, right? I mean, come on…underwater photography with your cell phone and no expensive gear?

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Liquid Glass – Sculptures by Ben Young

By on November 20, 2014, in Sculpture

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Ben Young is a young, self-taught artist currently based in Sydney. He is the artist behind these realistic looking concrete and glass sculptures. Ben was born in New Zealand and raised in Maihi Beach. His proximity to the ocean while growing up has profoundly affected his inclinations as an artist. His day job is building boats, his hobby is surfing, and his passion is creating these awesome glass sculptures  entirely by hand. Each piece is made up of concrete and layers upon layers of painstakingly hand-carved glass. According to him, the planning phase takes just as much, if not more, work than the crafting.

First, he has to work out how to turn his ideas into something tangible by sketching them out. He makes a whole ton of sketches before even thinking of making the first cut. Ben has to take into consideration the play of light on the layers of glass to achieve the almost surreal fell of his work. He said: “I work with 2D shapes and have to figure out how to translate that into a 3D finished product. Sometimes my start point changes dramatically as shapes can be limited – I can’t create any internal right angles – so I have to find a way to layer the glass to create certain shapes.”

Ben uses only the best materials for his work. and since glass doesn’t cut the same way twice, each of his pieces is truly one-of-a-kind. He added: “I love watching the two dimensional shapes evolve into three-dimensional creations and the different way the light plays inside the glass. I love the liquid qualities the glass brings with it. It enables me to play with lighting and watch the glass react.”

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Teasingly Twisted Animal Hybrids by Sarah DeRemer

By on November 19, 2014, in Design

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Sarah DeRemer’s PETA-approved animal manipulations would have probably been Dr. Moreau’s dream come true. Sarah is a California-based artist who has been working with animals for ten years. She studied Studio Art at UC Davis and has since moved to Korea to teach English. Being in Korea meant that she no longer had access to her painting studio, so a year ago, she started playing around with Photoshop. Sarah found that by fiddling around with Adobe’s complex controls and commands, she could create any creature that takes her fancy. Thus far, she has been able to create dozens of lovely pair-ups of the cutest and most ferocious of Mother Nature’s creations.

She was inspired by the Hybrid Animals sub-reddit and simply got carried away – with fascinating results. Sarah loves juxtaposing adorable animal heads into ferocious animal bodies and vice-versa. The effect can be startlingly pleasing and a tiny bit disturbing. After looking long and hard at any one of Sarah’s creations, you start worrying about encountering them in the wild. It takes the rational part of your brain a second to remind you that none of them exist in the real world and that a green, dog-headed tree snake isn’t about to fall off a tree and bite your ankle.

These days, Sarah makes animal hybrids on request. Apparently, she finds it therapeutic to create impossible, but highly entertaining animal combinations. Among her creations are: a screaming Birboon (a bird+babboon combination, pictured above), a sleepy Peruvian Llioma (peruvian llama+lion), a hungry Squiwren (squirrel+wren), a howling Monkowl (monkey+owl), a couple of placid German Sheepherds (German shepherd+sheep), a proud and noble Steagle (stag+eagle), and much much more.

Sarah’s work has become viral on the net and has been published in the New York Post, the UK Telegraph, and the Daily Mail.

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Awesome Do-It-Yourself 3D Paper Animals by Wolfram Kampffmeyer

By on November 18, 2014, in Sculpture

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Wolfram Kampffmeyer is a talented German artist who is the creative force behind these awesome three dimensional paper sculptures. The animals come in soft pastel colors and look like badly rendered computer generated images. What’s mind-blowing is that they’re not. They’re real, tangible, hand-made sculptures made out of paper. Their resemblance to computer rendered models is intentional. Apparently, Wolfram studies computer animation. Tired of looking at a flat screen all day at his 3D virtual models, he made them come to life. He said: “If you are sitting in front of the computer all day watching your virtual models, you start wishing to hold them in your hands. It was difficult working with virtual models all the time and never being able to really touch them!

After rooting around the internet, he found a program that lets him transform his virtual 3D animal models into real 3D paper models. Not too long afterwards, PAPERWOLF was born. It’s Wolfram’s online Etsy shop that sells do-it-yourself paper craft kits. It started with his Big Five series composed of a Lion, a Buffalo, a Rhino, a Elephant, and a Leopard. After a while, the series spread out and Wolfram started creating entire ecosystems with his 3D paper animals. Pretty soon, the animals started coming out of the walls.

I want to make the Paper WOLF, a big sculpture half coming out of the wall. And I’m working on a bee and a fish. A Snake and an Owl are finished as prototypes, but not yet published. And I have too many ideas in my head and too little time to make them all…” – Wolfram Kampffmeyer

Wolfram is careful not to make his models too big and unwieldy. Too many polygons in a model and it will take too long to make, too small, and it’ll be too difficult to shape. Thus far, he has managed to find a happy medium where his animals can be assembled in a reasonable amount of time and still retain a certain amount of liveliness.

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Unique Sand Art by Andrew Clemens

By on November 16, 2014, in Sculpture

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Andrew Clemens is an Iowa-born artist who died 120 years ago. That’s a small sample of his work above, and no, it’s not Photoshop. The images inside the glass was created by carefully pouring colored sand into the glass in layers. Spill some the wrong way and you’ll have to pour out the whole thing and start from scratch. At the age of five, Andrew suffered from a bout of encephalitis which left him completely deaf and mute. He started his sandpainting career when he was thirteen. He would collect naturally colored sand during his summer vacation and carefully separate them into different colored piles. He would then pour them into used medicine bottles using hickory sticks and fishhooks.

As his skill progressed, his designs started getting more complicated. Andrew started adding names. Perhaps the names of those who commissioned the piece. The next thing he did was to write short phrases with the medium. When he’d mastered that, he started creating realistic looking portraits of flowers, animals, presidents, and locomotives. Just to show off, he did some of them upside down. The tops (bottoms?) of the bottles were then stoppered and carefully sealed with wax. My favorite one show a gentleman riding a horse. Look at the detail of that thing. He even managed to paint grass, bridles, and fur using sand!

A few of Andrew’s more intricate designs took more than a year to complete. What makes his work unique is that he used no adhesive in his work, trusting instead to gravity and pressure to hold the design together. In his day, his work sold for around $5-$7 each. And because no one has ever managed to replicate Andrew’s level of skill, the few surviving samples of his work are worth tens of thousands of dollars today.

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Timeless Classics – Images by Eisen Bernardo

By on November 15, 2014, in Design

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Eisen Bernardo is a Filipino children’s book illustrator and graphic designer. He is the artist behind the viral  images of modern magazine covers juxtaposed into classical paintings. The series is called “Mag + Art”. I love the way that each image fits perfectly, and sometimes seamlessly, into the scene. The series is where Picasso, Ingres, Boticelli, and Klimt meet Adele, Ali, and Angelina Jolie meet. Eisen said: “This ongoing project is my way of giving homage to the magazines – as venue of human artistic expression and vehicle of popular culture.”

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Solar Paintings by Jordan Mang-osan

By on November 14, 2014, in Sculpture

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Remember when you were a kid and you used to go out on a sunny day with a magnifying glass in hand to burn your way into whatever was available (ants, dried leaves, the ends of you sister’s pigtails)? Well, Filipino artist Jordan Mang-osan has turned the destructive power of the childhood past time into a work of art. Jordan is an award-winning artist who is a pioneer in solar drawing. He uses a magnifying glass to burn his drawings into slabs of wood. His solar drawings has been drawing the attention of the art community for quite some time now. As a member of the indigenous Igorot people in the Philippines, the nature of his work is mostly drawn upon the culture, history and environment of his native Cordilleras region.

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This is What a $95,000,000 View Looks Like

By on November 14, 2014, in Architecture

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You read that right. Ninety five. Million. Dollars. In other words, about 323 Ferrari’s.

Construction just finished at 432 Park Avenue last month, marking it the tallest residential building in New York City and the rest of the Western Hemisphere. The luxury condo rises a majestic 1,396 feet, 34 feet taller than the One World Trade Center (although with the spire, the OWTC’s official height is 1,776 feet, which, if you didn’t know, is symbolic of the 1776 Declaration of Independence). There are a total of 104 units, of which 10 floors are penthouses. One of the penthouses that sold was listed at $95 million.

To be blunt, the views are nothing short of spectacular. The 10′ x 10′ windows allow for sweeping vistas of everything from the Hudson to the East River, from Central Park to the Atlantic Ocean. Building amenities include a state-of-the-art gym, billiards room, 75-foot pool with a spa and massage therapy room, a children’s playroom, and a boardroom. The project was designed by architect Rafael Viñoly, and will welcome the first residents in 2015.

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You Won’t Believe The Interior of This Tokyo Residence – Mizuishi Architect Atelier

By on November 12, 2014, in Architecture , More

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It has been said that the Japanese love to create tiny things. If you have ever been to the greater Tokyo area, you will know what I mean.

This house might be considered then, to be quite an achievement. The River Side House, as it is known, is a project designed by Mizuishi Architect Atelier, and, according to their site, was built this way due to restrictions on the lot. The tiny home sits on a triangle site, and encompasses an area of a mere 29.07 meters. However, the residence includes a dining & kitchen area, a living space, and even a guest room. High, vaulted ceilings help ensure a feel of openness, and the interior minimalist arrangements only complement that feel. Wooden accents add warmth, and the entire project was priced at about $200,000 (USD).

Would you live in a place like this? We at Pondly were surprised at how open the interior looked!

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