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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Inflatable Labyrinth of Light

    “Never regret thy fall, O Icarus of the fearless flight. For the greatest tragedy of them all Is never to feel the burning light.” — Oscar Wilde According to sculptural designer Alan Parkinson, “a luminarium is a sculpture that people enter to be moved to a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Waves of Wood

    “Seaward ho! Hang the treasure! It’s the glory of the sea that has turned my head.” — Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island In Spring of 2019, a room of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art was flooded by a massive wooden whirlpool. Local sculpting duo Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen crafted an immersive exhibit […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Wild Wooden Giants

    “Let the wild rumpus start!” — Max, Where the Wild Things Are If you go hiking in the wooded parts of Copenhagen, you may encounter one of Thomas Dambo’s giants — huge, strange human figures made of wooden planks. Each wild giant is made entirely of recycled wood, sourced from old fences and pallets. Each […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Tea Cup Creatures

    Ever wanted to sip afternoon tea with a Panda? This Japanese company turns your teacup into a zoo! For nearly four years, Japanese tea company Ocean Tea Bag has been designing intricate, animal-shaped tea bags that range from pandas to squids to kittens. Starting this Summer, the carefully crafted critters can now be shipped globally. […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Another World in Otherworld

    “The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.” — Rousseau Founded by Ohio artist Jordan Renda, Otherworld is a new, massive interactive art installation built in the middle of abandoned storefronts in Columbus, Ohio. Renda’s previous work includes haunted houses and escape rooms, but Otherworld is an entirely new type […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Punch Buggies

    What if Herbie were an actual bug? French artist Eduardo Martinet creates insect sculptures from discarded car parts. From ants to wasps to beetles, Martinet crafts lifelike forms in motion by screwing together sheet metal, bits of timing chains, and whole engine parts. While Martinet’s lifelong fascination with insects is the most common subject of […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: 2D Tearoom

    The line between what is “commercial” and what is “artful” is frequently blurred in the realm of modern creators. Over the past decade, some may say that line has been completely erased. Step into a whimsical shop like the Cafe Yeonnam-dong 239-20 in Seoul, and the convergence of commercial and fine art comes full circle […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: In the Fold

    The best art is the kind that you can touch — or fold. Kelli Anderson is a Brooklyn-based designer who creates interactive art kits for every-day people. In her latest work, Anderson makes mathematical, geometric forms a fun, foldable experience. In this latest kit, geometry enthusiasts can get hands-on with Auxetics — geometric structures that […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Ultraviolet Bridges

    In old Nordic mythology, the “Bifröst” is a rainbow bridge that connects the world of the gods to the world of humanity. Przemek Podolski and Marta Basandowska have created their own colorful, cosmic-themed bridges from string and light. Using hundreds of yards of colorful string illuminated by black lights, Podolski and Basandowska construct massive, complex […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Colorful Organic Sculptures

    Blobs, drips, and squishes. That’s exactly how sculptor Dan Lam describes her latest work. It’s not hard to see why. Using synthetic, flowing materials, Lam creates colorful and intriguing organic shapes that look like they’re constantly oozing and flowing. Though many of the pieces look almost like “happy,” soapy, accidental spills, the artist carefully selects […]

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