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Every Year Japanese Art Students Get Together and Make Giant Animals Out of Straw

Since 2008, students from the Musashino Art University in Tokyo have travelled to Niigata City, Japan to create huge sculptures made from straw (featured previously) for the Wara Art Festival. The giant straw sculptures are built atop large wooden frames which serve as the base for the woven straw artworks. The festival also features kite flying, a miniature market and other events. It’s a huge hit with kids and parents as people get to interact with the sculptures, taking photos and playing in the open fields. Below you will find…

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Artist Channels the Ocean Into One-of-a-Kind Tables Using Marble and Acrylic

Based in TimiÅŸoara, Romania, artist and designer Eduard Locota creates incredible one-of-a-kind furniture inspired by the ocean. Using acrylic glass and marble, Locota’s ‘delMare‘ collection of ocean-inspired furniture are 100% hand crafted and incredibly labour-intensive. “I’m not good with failure, so if I have a vision of something that I love doing, I will pursue it. I can say that my soul doesn’t have brakes. As an artist, I believe imperfection create beauty. All the pieces are 100% unique, hand-made and distinct, with imperfections, flaws and flaming frozen cores.” Below…

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Artist Transforms Fallen Redwood Into Giant Octopus (15 Photos)

Artist Jeffrey Michael Samudosky recently transformed a huge fallen redwood into an amazing giant octopus sculpture. In the progress pictures below you can see the incredible transformation and how the octopus slowly takes shape. To create the artwork Samudosky used a variety of tools including chainsaws, dremels and chisels. Born and raised in Shelton, Connecticut, Jeff studied art and photography in high school. After graduating, he traveled the continent as an Outward Bound instructor, ice climber, and whitewater rafting guide. In Jackson Hole, Wyoming he trained as an Alpine mountaineering…

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Strandbeests: The Kinetic Beach Walkers Powered by the Wind

Made from thin PVC tubing, sails, and an untold number of zip ties; Theo Jansen’s STRANDBEESTS (Dutch for ‘beach animals’) have been conjuring awe and wonder for the last few decades. Jansen’s incredible creatures have travelled to beaches around the world and their complex and mesmerizing movements are based on an algorithm he designed. According to The New York Times: Adept at both drawing and math, Jansen put in seven years at Delft University of Technology on the physics track. But then he realized that he was never going to…

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Lakes of mercury and human sacrifices after 1,800 years, Teotihuacan reveals its treasures

When archaeologists found a tunnel under Mexicos birthplace of the gods, they could only dream of the riches they would discover. Now its wonders from jewel-eyed figures to necklaces of human teeth are being revealed to the world In 2003, a tunnel was discovered beneath the Feathered Serpent pyramid in the ruins of Teotihuacan, the ancient city in Mexico. Undisturbed for 1,800 years, the sealed-off passage was found to contain thousands of extraordinary treasures lying exactly where they had first been placed as ritual offerings to the gods. Items unearthed…

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Igor Loskutow Used a Chainsaw to Carve this Incredible Dragon Bench

Igor Loskutov is an amazing artist that not only carves intricate sculptures out of wood, but uses a chainsaw to do it! Born in Talin (then USSR and now Estonia) Igor has been focusing on chainsaw wood sculptures for over 15 years (2002). Currently based in Bad Dürrheim, Germany the artist has won a number of carving competitions and contests and has completed many commissioned works for clients. You can see his extensive gallery of completed artworks on his website as well as Facebook. Igor shared a gallery of photos…

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