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    Thursday Salute to Originals: The Color Dimension

    Argentina native Elian projects flat, colorful shapes on a three-dimensional world. Around the globe, Argentinian artist Elian Chali — known as Elian — will cover massive buildings in colorful, minimalist murals that apply new life into urban landscapes. Against the backdrop of the busy city, shapes and squiggles seem to float in their own dimension. […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Re-Imagined Ceramic Shreds

    Dutch artist Bouke de Vries reinterprets pieces of historic pottery in new sculptural creations. Broken plates, shattered vases, shards of glass — all types of fragile artifacts find new life in Bouke de Vries’ creations. Since transitioning from a career in fashion alongside the likes of John Galliano in the 1990s, de Vries has been […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Toothpick Textures

    South African sculptor Chris Soal creates mixed-media sculptures from recycled materials. From toothpicks and bottle caps to concrete and industrial materials, sculptor Chris Soal will repurpose a range of found objects into conceptual, textured designs. The sculptor’s careful attention to lighting and form help craft unique and unconventional textures. In Soal’s hands, sharp and rigid […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: The Banksy of Cleveland

    An anonymous painter known as “HumenRace” has been decorating Cleveland streets with emotional art! From political statements to emotional messages, the anonymous work of Cleveland-based street artist HumenRace has been compared to England’s Banksy for its renegade style and powerful messaging. Overnight, head-turning scenes will appear on the side of storefronts, brick buildings and on […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Human Photography

    Photographer Shin Noguchi captures comical human moments in street photography. Walking through the streets of Japan, photographer Shin Noguchi has an eye for capturing humorous, heartbreaking and sometimes hysterical moments of everyday life. Through his work, the photographer captures and highlights subtle expressions of Japanese culture. While his shots often take place in public spaces […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Street Post Wire Frames

    California-based artist Spenser Little crafts wire-frame portraits in public spaces. For over 15 years, Spenser Little has created wire art installed on lamp posts and other public structures around the globe. Using a simple technique, Little’s work has captivated a wide audience, from pedestrians to museum patrons, with a single metal wire. The subjects of […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Twisting Seats and Bending Benches

    Amsterdam-based designer Sebastian Brajkovic transforms classical furniture into modern, distorted sculptures. Brajkovic’s half furniture, half sculptural pieces are a conceptual exploration of motion and contortion. Inspired by literal expressions of passing time, his sculptures illustrate how physical objects come undone as they age. “I like the aspect that time is visible in the work that […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Resting Giants

    French artists Ella & Pitr paint massive murals of sleeping giants, smooshed and contorted into rooftops, lots and buildings. Flying over the Paris Parc Expo in France, looking down is normally a boring view of concrete and cars. That was until artist duo Ella & Pitr decided to transform the gray space into a massive […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Colorful Paper Passageway

    Emmanuelle Moureaux hangs 140,000 individual colored paper letters to create a rainbow passageway in Japan. Moureaux is a Tokyo-based architect, originally from France, who is known for using color as a three-dimensional element to create tangible layers and spaces. Rather than applying colors as a decorative element to her pieces, different shades are used to […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Face It

    French artist Julien Malland (known as Seth Globepainter) takes us on a tour of his mind with a large-scale installation in Bordeaux. Within the halls of the Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez museum in Bordeaux, Julien Malland has transformed the eighteenth-century castle into a colorful, immersive illustration of his world travels and a tour of his […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Picture, Picture

    Fabian Oefner crafts complex sculptures of intricate technologies suspended in transparent blocks. In a new sculpture series titled Cut Up, Oefner dissects the inner-workings of complex technologies — like an SLR camera — and arranges their pieces in a constructed way. In previous works, the artist would capture moments of intense destruction. Here, Oefner explores […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Haunted Architecture

    Syrian-American sculptor Diana Al-Hadid creates ghostly architectural references that melt away into bodily forms. Al-Hadid is an artist known for creating haunting, organic pieces inspired by well-known archaeological finds. From bronze, steel, and concrete, the sculptor forms disheveled columns, great walls and arcing aqueducts that melt away into human forms. The sculptor is also known […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Shadowy Silhouettes and Illuminated Impressions

    Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde creates interactive artificial landscapes that explore our relationship to the natural world. In his premiere solo installation, PRESENCE, Roosegaarde invites guests of the Groninger Museum (Netherlands) to leave temporary impressions. They can lay down to make a shadowy silhouette on a glowing backdrop, dig through piles of illuminated orbs or even […]

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