Posts Tagged 'sculpture'

Can Coin It!

I love the idea of coin banks. I’ve bought them for friends as gifts and love to see them filling the shelves online and inside storefront retailers everywhere. On many occasion, I fill my chipped and sticker covered Double Decker bus souvenir bank that I picked up in a touristy store in London in ’97. I can’t seem to part with it but at the same time, can’t get myself to leave it out in a room as an accent piece and a reminder to save change. So I look for more sculptural pieces that can double as decorative art. I just saw this one at Fred Flare. It’s a gold can which could easily pass as trash from the prior nights party but I like the cheeky idea.

A penny saved is a penny earned.

A Consortium of Collecting Creatives.

I have to say I feel a familiar vibe with this group of skilled architects who together have started an experimentation on combining light and left over wood. Past times rich in memories of washed up drift wood and crusty shells has now became a symbol of collaboration. The three natives of Texas, New York and Switzerland – alumni of firms like Albert Kahn, Richard Meier and OMA  – are coming up with their own solutions using their skills in proportion, dimensions and assorted lighting elements. Creating sculpture along with illumination The result is pFlume. Up-cycling and uplifting. Turn it on.

P Flume wood lighting sculpture

wood recycle lamp lighting sculpture

wood recycle lamp lighting sculpture

Speedy Delivery Man!

I was an advertising professional years ago. Out of college I went to work for a small agency in Georgetown then segued into the big league at TMP Worldwide. I loved the pulse of the advertising world (think Mad Men a la late 90’s) and thrived in the creative nature of the work. So naturally I got a kick out of this image for client UPS by Ogilvy & Mather (shown at left). They created a series of outdoor sculptures visualizing ultrasonic speed in a composite of blurred lines.

On the other hand, its strikingly similar to the 2007 sculpture by Ryan Johnson (shown at right).

UPS advertisement

UPS advertisement

Tiny Sculpture at Your Fingertips.

Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Most sculptors want a hillside as their medium to create a dimensional masterpiece. Others, like artist Dalton Ghetti prefer to whittle tiny sculptures carved out of the fragile tips of pencils! How amazing! Learn more at this link from Inhabitat!

Pencil sculptures

Bau Down to Puzzle Pendants.

This October, lovers of color, fans of shapes, and diehards for puzzles, can get their hands on the Bau Pendant from Normann-Copenhagen. It’s pretty cool. Designed by Vibeke Fonnesberg, this sculptural hanging lamp is a design study in color, composition, and geometry. The design is based on geometric circles that interlock to create a living and organic expression. Made entirely of birch wood, it arrives packed down with an instruction manual for putting together a hanging piece of impressive and functional art. Looks like something destined for the Museum of Modern Art in NYC of Hirshorn in DC!

The Bau Hanging Light Pendant

The Bau Hanging Light Pendant in Large

Marry Form and Function.

I love sculptural vases or pots. I find that most times I am drawn to the ornate, geometric, or colorful designs. However, pure white and simple sometime wins. On a flea market trip in NYC last year, I passed over a beautiful small, round, multi-colored floral pot that was being sold for $50. The guy would not take $40 so I moved on. The price tag was a bit too high for me that day (must have been dropping coin on lots of other goodies in NYC that weekend). What was I thinking! Too small? Too busy? Too much moolah? I’ve been picturing it ever since. Here are a few that make any day brighter and any flower that much more beautiful.

Parrot Party Vase by Lladro

Parrot Party Vase by Lladro

Paper Sketch Vases at Anthropologie

Paper Sketch Vases at Anthropologie

Bulbus Vase by Vivienne Foley

Bulbus Vase by Vivienne Foley

Man Vase by Jonathan Adler

Man Vase by Jonathan Adler

Gold Crevasse Vase by Zaha Hadid for Alessi

Gold Crevasse Vase by Zaha Hadid for Alessi

Barfota Vases at Ikea

Barfota Vases at Ikea

Surface Vase by Rosenthal

Surface Vase by Rosenthal

Amalfi Byzantine Vase by Michael Wainwright

Amalfi Byzantine Vase by Michael Wainwright

Celadon Fish Vase at Korean Arts

Celadon Fish Vase at Korean Arts

Arko 7 White Ceramic Vase by Solomia

Arko 7 White Ceramic Vase by Solomia

Trivina Flower Vase at Velocity Art & Design

Trivina Flower Vase at Velocity Art & Design

Jardins de Monde Rose Bowl Vase by Juliska

Jardins de Monde Rose Bowl Vase by Juliska

Vase Blossom Black by Lekker Home

Vase Blossom Black by Lekker Home

Venini Vase at Barney's

Venini Vase at Barney's

Let The Tiger Out of the Box.

This is a creative way to recycle those Amazon cardboard boxes that are inundating the UPS trucks in every city across the globe. The Practice of Everyday Design brings us its website launch photo series with this geometric cardboard Tiger head made by Antoine Morris. Roarrr!

Cardboard Tiger Head Sculpture

Twiggy in the Woods.

Opening July 24th at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme Connecticut, is Patrick Dougherty’s newest twig sculpture exhibition.

Bedazzler | by Patrick Dougherty

Bedazzler | by Patrick Dougherty

InteriorDesign.net features Patrick’s work and reads… “Like all Dougherty projects, the Kansas one began with a site visit to determine exact location, in this case a patch of lawn around a giant American elm. Then he and a group of volunteers—professors, students, locals—trolled a sustainable forest for maple and dogwood saplings. Extra-large saplings were stuck in the ground vertically; smaller ones were woven horizontally. “When I started this art form, I discovered what birds already knew,” he notes. “Sticks have an infuriating tendency to entangle with one another. It’s this simple tangle that holds my work together.” No wire is ever required.

Toad Hall | by Patrick Dougherty

Toad Hall | by Patrick Dougherty

Combining his carpentry skills with his love for nature, Patrick Dougherty began to learn more about primitive techniques of building and to experiment with tree saplings as construction material. In 1982 his first work, MapleBodyWrap was included in the North Carolina Biennial Artists’ Exhibition sponsored by the North Carolina Museum of Art. In the following year, he had his first one person show entitled, Waiting It Out In Maple at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His work quickly evolved from single pieces on conventional pedestals to monumental scale environments which required saplings by the truckloads. During the last two decades, he has built over 150 works throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

Call of the Wild | by Patrick Dougherty

Call of the Wild | by Patrick Dougherty

Just Around the Corner | by Patrick Dougherty

Just Around the Corner | by Patrick Dougherty

Trail Heads | by Patrick Dougherty

Trail Heads | by Patrick Dougherty

Reciprocal Energy.

Canadian House & Home features Michel de Broin, a Montreal born artist who has assembled jaw dropping sculptures for private and public awe. His projects seek to escape the constraining nature of modern utopian aspirations and attempts to reenact them in a playful manner. I found them to create a bit of a smile, and test my belief in what I am actually seeing is true. It is.

Dead Star 2008

Dead Star 2008

De Broin has been a part of many solo shows across Europe, more recently the Reciprocal Energy in Paris, 2008. De Broin has also been part of many group exhibitions in Canada, Europe and United States. In Superficial, deep into the woods in Alcase, France, a large stone is covered with large fragments of mirror to become a reflective surface of the surroundings. The rock disappears.

Superficial, 2004

Superficial, 2004

Inspired by the curved staircases which are so much a part of Montreal’s identity, Revolutions, in Parc Maisonneuve-Cartier, is a staircase twists into a knot, deconstructing the vertical symbolism normally attributed to stairs.

Revolution, 2003

Revolution, 2003

Photography is a big part of the final affect of the work – carrying his vision away from the installation. This photo project called Solitude consists of a suspended mobile home in isolation but in the centre of traffic for a retreat.

Solitude, 2002

Solitude, 2002

Contact the artist through his website or by email.


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