Spectacular aerial sculpture hovers above a Madrid plaza

February 20, 2018 by  
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A symphony of color has taken to the air above Plaza Mayor. The instantly recognizable aerial sculpture is the work of none other than American artist Janet Echelman , who the City of Madrid commissioned to help celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Plaza Mayor. Titled 1.78 Madrid, the sculpture “explores the cycle of time” and the far-reaching effects of natural phenomenon and the built environment on our lives. Unveiled February 9 this year, 1.78 Madrid was displayed for a 10-day celebratory event that concluded yesterday. Highly engineered colorful fibers 15 times stronger than steel by weight were braided, knotted, and spliced together to create a dynamic form that constantly changes in the wind and provides a soft counterpoint to Plaza Mayor’s hard edges. At night, the sculpture was illuminated with colored lights. 1.78 Madrid is the latest addition to Echelman’s Earth Time Series that began in 2010 with works exhibited across the world. According to project statement on Echelman’s website, the number “1.78” within the title “refers to the number of microseconds that the day was shortened when a single physical event shifted the earth’s mass, thus speeding up the planet’s rotation of one day,” however it’s not clear what specific event the “1.78” alludes to. In Echelman’s previous works titled “1.8,” the number was a reference to how the 2011 Tohoku earthquake shortened the length of the day by 1.8 microseconds. Regardless, the cycles of time and causality are explored in all her works. Related: Janet Echelman’s dazzling aerial sculpture maps the devastating power of an earthquake “The artwork reminds us of our complex interconnectedness with larger cycles of time and the systems of our physical world,” continues the project statement. “The sculpture’s materials embody this. When any one element in the sculpture’s network moves, every other element is affected. Our surroundings affect how we feel and how we experience our lives – we are responsible for the way our cities look and function.” + Janet Echelman Images via Janet Echelman , by João Ferrand

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Raku Inoue crafts delicate insect sculptures from colorful flowers

August 4, 2017 by  
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Even those scared of bugs won’t be able to resist the exquisite beauty of Raku Inoue’s insect sculptures. Crafted from delicate flower petals and leaves, ‘Natura Insects’ is a beautiful series of miniature flower arrangements pieced together to look like stag beetles, butterflies, and other insects. The Montreal-based Japanese artist draws from traditional Japanese arts such as ink painting (“sumi-e”) and flower arrangement (“ikebana”) and gives the art forms a new, modern twist. The Natura Insects series was completed as part of Raku Inoue’s ‘Challenge of the 9,’ in which he creates different art collections—each with nine works—that push his artistic boundaries. In Natura Insects, Inoue created nine insect sculptures out of leaves and flowers. He sets each creation against textured white paper and photographs them with his seal for Instagram . Related: Red Hong Yi Transforms Colorful Flower Petals into Exotic Birds The delicate creations are thoughtful compositions of texture, color, and pattern. The butterfly , for instance, comprises vibrantly colored petals of varying shapes with rounded petals at the center and long, skinny petals at the edges. In contrast, the less colorful moth features a pair of white flowers for antennae and a highly textured mix of green foliage for the body and wings. The series also includes a spider, a dragonfly, firefly, ladybug, and a variety of beetle types. You can follow Inoue’s prolific and experimental artworks and his ongoing Challenge of the 9 on Instagram or explore his clothing line at Reikan Apparel . + Raku Inoue Via Colossal Images via Raku Inoue

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Everyday objects return to their ‘roots’ by sprouting wooden branches and leaves

August 3, 2017 by  
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Seeing random greenery sprouting from your furniture is usually a sign it’s time to hire a professional housecleaner – unless, of course, its art. Lebanese-Brazilian artist Camille Kachani just unveiled a unique collection of household objects that appear to have sprouted wooden limbs and green leaves. The thought-provoking collection showcases a number of everyday furnishings reworked with plant systems that “sprout” from the objects. Chairs, shelves, shovels, rakes, books, and even ovens have been transformed with weaving roots, branches, and green leaves, resulting in a nature-inspired sculpture that brings the objects back to their original “roots.” Related: Create the perfect minimalist garden with these circular wall planters According to the artist, he reworks the objects in order to reference their natural state and show the limitless “possibilities related to the process of transformation of nature.” By rendering the furnishings or tools unusable, the hybrid objects appear to be slowly returning to their natural form. + Camille Kachan Via This is Colossal

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These artists create mind-bending artwork solely from autumn leaves

September 27, 2016 by  
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Andy Goldsworthy’s Land Art In the land art movement, no name is bigger than Andy Goldsworthy . The British artist is recognized around the world for the ingenious sculptures and art installations that he creates using elements found in nature. Fallen leaves are among Goldsworthy’s favorite tools, and he often uses the contrast between brightly colored leaves to create dramatic geometric shapes. Owen Mortensen’s Organic Leaf Art Few artists have the ability to transform an organic object into something as elegant and chic as Owen Mortensen . In his S3 series (which stands for stands for Selectively Skeletonized Sycamores), Mortensen reimagines leaf collecting by stripping away narrow bands of each leaf and lining them up to form a square. Walter Mason’s Striking Land Art German artist  Walter Mason  uses the gifts of nature — berries, water, grass and trees — to produce his temporary art installations, but it’s Mason’s use of leaves that we’re concerned with. Mason uses leaves to create gorgeous geometric patterns and collages that he captures in photographs and shares on his Flickr page . Lorenzo Duran’s Intricate Leaf Art Spanish artist Lorenzo Duran cuts away at leaves with surgical precision to create detailed landscapes, intricate symbols, and a variety of other images. Duran was inspired after seeing a caterpillar chomping away at a leaf, and it prompted him to adopt the leaf as his medium of choice. One of Duran’s recent commissions if for Leagas Delaney’s “ Plant for the Planet ” project, which showcases the leaf’s ability to absorb CO2. Sylvian Meyer’s Swirling Leaf Patterns French artist  Sylvain Meyer  produces environmental art that transforms organic materials like sticks, stones and leaves into swirling patterns and shapes. Using objects found on the forest floor, she produces elaborate installations that draw our attention to the beauty of the natural world. And because she isn’t introducing any foreign elements into the landscape, here pieces are completely non-invasive. Traditional Chinese Leaf Carving Traditional Chinese artists carve incredibly intricate images into leaves from the Chinar tree , which is native to India, Pakistan, and China. The painstaking process involves removing the outer layers of the dried leaf with a knife (which can take months) while carefully keeping the veins intact.

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