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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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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Flying Sand Creatures

    Netherlands photographer Claire Droppert captures abstract silhouettes of animals but in a completely unstructured, unusual way. Sea creatures, silkworms, snakes and more emerge in midair from clumps of tossed sand in Droppert’s latest photography series — Sand Creatures II. Each scene captures a moment of explosive motion, with the sandy particles often shown blowing or […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Glitter-tography

    All that glitters is not gold. To artist Sara Shakeel, the whole world is coated in diamonds, crystals, and glitter. The ex-dentist turned photographer has developed a following for some iconic images, featuring subjects from french fries to female figures covered in silver and shiny things. Her most recent work, The Great Supper, features a […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Pint-Sized Pottery

    “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” — Vincent Van Gogh Japanese ceramicist Yuta Segawa has crafted thousands of tiny jars, shrinking full-size detail into thumb-sized crafts. Together, the miniature vessels create a dotted spectrum of color. Crafting the miniature figures is an example of what details a human touch […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Abandoned in Tehran

    “Every natural action is graceful.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature Iranian photographer Gohar Dashti photographs every-day abandoned spaces in and around Tehran in her 2017 series, Home. The images she captures are not of historic buildings or landmarks, but rather the organic growth of the natural world when humans leave their home forever. Some staged, […]

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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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