Brick sculptures are nothing new. They date back to ancient Babylon. Even so, they remain relevant in these modern times since they’re fairly durable, low maintenance, and can be incorporated into any brick building. Brad Spencer is a North Carolina-based sculptor who specializes in carving children into freestanding brick walls. His work takes a little getting used to, but once you realize that the children growing out of the brick wall isn’t about to detach themselves and chase after you, you can really start appreciating Brad’s work.
Haroshi is a self taught sculptor and skateboarder currently based in Japan. One of his more recent series combine both of his passions: skateboards and sculptures.The unusual appearance of his sculptures are because of the composition of skateboards he uses. The layers of wood create a colorfully variegated design. Most of the skateboards he uses are his own, but he wouldn’t say no to a few donations as well. According to his website: “His creations are born through styles such as wooden mosaic, dots, and pixels; where each element, either cut out in different shapes or kept in their original form, are connected in different styles, and shaven into the form of the final art piece.”
Jodi Harvey-Brown is the talented artist behind these awesome pop-up paper sculptures. It all started when she bought a box of used books at a second-hand shop, after experimentally folding a page to create one of the characters in the stories, she was hooked. She said: “The books that we love to read should be made to come to life. Characters, that we care so much for, should come out of the pages to show us their stories. What we see in our imaginations as we read should be there for the world to see.”. To make her pieces last longer, a layer of protective coating is applied to her creations for waterproofing and to prevent yellowing.
Wires are also incorporated into some of the structures for strength and stability.
Joe Mangrum has spent the last eight years scattering sand around the streets of New York. No, he’s not a litterbug, he’s a sand artist. He draws intricate geometric shapes by hand using brightly colored sand. Sand being sand, his works last a day at most, less if it’s windy or if it rains. His installations strongly resemble Buddhist mandalas but the unexpected mix of geometry and biological elements give it a unique look. Joe said that his ‘paintings are influenced by an abundant world of undersea creatures, carnivorous plants emanating electrical impulses, and cross-cultural metaphors from many years of travels around the world’.
Baku Maeda is the imaginative artist behind Ribbonesia. It all started when he took note of the the gross under-appreciation of the beauty and simplicity of ribbons and decided to do something about it. Combining artistry and his love of animals, Maeda created an entire menagerie out of folded ribbons. Pretty soon, his work expanded into nature-themed masks, headdresses, and designs. Maeda is currently based in Sapporo, Japan.
Evelyn Bracklow is the artist responsible for the army of ants crawling all over this delicate porcelain tea set. She hand-painted them herself. She calls it “Chitins Gloss”. Evelyn summed it up pretty well when she said: “Fear, disgust, fascination and admiration: this very interplay of feelings constitutes the charm of the work. Furthermore, to me, the ants symbolize all the stories that any formerly discarded piece of porcelain carries with it. Where one once dined and drank, today ants bustle in ever new formations, every single one applied with a great love for detail.”
Benjamin Shine is a gifted British artist and sculptor who expresses his creativity using one of the most unlikely mediums – tulle fabric. He crafts images out of tool fabric using nothing more than a hot iron and his imagination. Benjamin has done quite a full abstract designs as well as full celebrity portraits. In an interview, here is what he said of his work: “The idea of ‘painting with fabric’ led to the development of this technique where the portrait image is created through the intricate pleating and pressing of a single length of tulle fabric. The technique aims to utilize the translucent qualities of the tulle fabric to generate various gradients, tones and textures.”
James Doran-Webb is the artist behind these amazingly life-like horse sculptures. Each horse is made up of roughly four hundred separate pieces of painstakingly collected driftwood, weighs around five hundred kilos, and has a stainless steel frame which enables it to support up to five persons on its back. They also have a moveable neck and limbs which allows the artist to position them in life-like poses. The sculptures were commissioned to herald the coming of the Year of the Wooden Horse in Singapore. Originally from Birmingham, James is currently based in Cebu City, Philippines where he has set up a company which makes and designs export-quality wooden objects. James is also an environmentalist and for each kilo of driftwood that he buys from the locals, he plants a seedling in the denuded hills of Cebu.
Luca Iaconi-Stewart is a San Francisco-based sculptor who was inspired by a high school architecture class to create this 1:60 scale model of a Boeing 777 entirely out of Manila folders. This project started out way back in 2008 when he was still in junior high. The project is still ongoing as it’s sort of a trial-and-error process which Luca works on when he has the time. He also happens to be a bit of a perfectionist and his failed attempts include two sets of wings and three wonky tails. Luca relies on a detailed schematics he found online; he then utilizes Adobe Illustrator to recreate the drawings, which he prints directly onto the folders before cutting them out. It seems to me that it took so long to finish because he faithfully recreated everything, down to the nuts, bolts, and gears. Too bad it can’t fly. Luca hopes to wrap up the painstaking process of creation this summer.
Mr. Finch is an autodidact whose specialty is creating woodland flora and fauna out of bits and pieces of ‘found objects’. He painstakingly crafts his work in a studio full of glass jars, books, and naughty cats. Mr. Finch lives and works in Yorkshire in close proximity to rolling hills and mossy woods where he gathers inspiration for his creations. He said: “It’s a joy to hunt for things for my work…the lost, found and forgotten all have places in what I make. Most of my pieces use recycled materials, not only as an ethical statement, but I believe they add more authenticity and charm. Velvet curtains from an old hotel, a threadbare wedding dress and a vintage apron become birds and beasts, looking for new owners and adventures to have. Storytelling creatures for people who are also a little lost, found and forgotten…”