72 posts tagged Cephalopod
72 posts tagged Cephalopod
This awesome sculpture, depicting a big bright orange octopus hoisting a tiny diver in one of her tentacles, was created by German sculptor Katharina Fritsch in 2010. We can’t decide if this lovely cephalopod has caught the diver getting up to no good and is about to dish out some punishment, or if she’s simply trying to give the diver a better view of something fantastic that they’re watching together.
Obvious Winner recently shared a few tentacular pieces of artwork by Singapore-based artist Keng Lye (previously featured here). You may recall that Keng creates these amazingly lifelike depictions of aquatic animals by gradually layering containers with acrylic paint and resin. The end result is a painting of a creature that looks like it’s about to wriggle out of its container and onto your lap.
Visit Keng Lye’s DeviantART gallery to view more of his awesome artwork.
[via Obvious Winner]
This tentacular piece of yarnbombing is the collaborative work of Jill Watt, who blogs as the Dapper Toad, and her sister Lorna of Knits For Life. This isn’t their first knitted creation, but it is their biggest yet.
The sisters used four miles of yarn to transform a Magnolia tree in San Mateo, CA into a giant blue squid. They even included some crocheted goldfish trapped in the squid’s tentacles.
"Lorna, an artist-in-residence for the Downtown San Mateo Association, wrote up a great post on how she and her sister conceived of, designed, and then created the “Yarnbomb Squid Tree.” Jill reports that it took 20 hours on a sweater machine to make enough to cover the tree and that it took them 14 hours to install it, in 91°F weather!”
[via Laughing Squid]
These awesome little cephalopods are Bobtail squid and they were photographed by diver and underwater photographer Todd Bretl. Todd’s stunning photos reveal the beautiful markings on the squids’ tentacular bodies and, we like to think, a bit of their respective personalities as well.
Bobtail squid primarily inhabit the shallow coastal waters of the Pacific Ocean and are closely related to cuttlefish. However they tend to have a rounder mantle than cuttlefish and have no cuttlebone. And when we describe them as little, we really mean it. The typical mantle length of a male bobtail squid measures being between 1 and 8& cm.
Here’s an awesome new addition for the Department of Teeny-weeny Wonders: This incredibly wee cephalopod is a baby East Pacific Red Octopus - a very sneaky little baby, as it turns out - if it’s anything like the one discovered living in the Shale Reef exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. You see, while he was found living there, he wasn’t born there:
"A baby red octopus is small enough to sleep on your fingernail. Which explains how one managed to sneak into the Monterey Bay Aquarium on a rock or sponge and stow away there for nearly a year, secretly snacking on the aquarium’s crabs, before being found.”
When he was finally discovered, it was by Security Officer Clara Nilsen, who was making her rounds when she spotted something strange on the floor. What she initially mistook for a banana peel turned out to be a healthy young red octopus. The once itty-bitty stowaway was now the size of a fist.
“We’d noticed that there weren’t as many crabs coming out at feeding time in that exhibit,” said Senior Aquarist Barbara Utter. “Now we realize that’s where they’d all been going—into the octopus’s tummy!”
So sneaky! Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium blog for the complete story.
"This little creature was less then 30mm long, but still managed to make himself look threatening! Couldn’t have been more than a few days old. Watch how the chromatophores, the pigment cells, expand and contract to change the color of the squid…fantastic!"
Designer Peter Han creates awesome chalkboard drawings during a drawing class he teaches called Dynamic Sketching:
"Using only chalk, Han works with his students to let go of their preconceived notions about art and design by working in a fast, impermanent medium that always ends up being erased. The hope is to eventually free them from the idea of permanence and allow their ideas to grow through making mistakes."
Adriel de la Torre directed a short video, entitled Pardon My Dust, in which we get to watch Peter Han drawing and working with his students while telling about the philosophy behind his class. It’s beautiful and fascinating.
It’s lots of fun to simply take things apart, but Oakland-based artist Jeremy Mayer takes things apart and then transforms them into entirely new things. That’s not just fun, that’s awesome. Jeremy disassembles old typewriters and reassembles their parts to create full-scale, anatomically correct sculptures of humans and animals. Jeremy uses a process known as “cold assembly”, which means no soldering, welding, or glueing is done to attach the various typewriter parts to each other.
Visit Jeremy Mayer’s website to check out more of his awesome sculptures.
[via Design Taxi]
Using the long exposure setting on his camera and an LED light, Pasadena, California-based artist Darren Pearson, aka Darius Twin (previously featured here), spends his nights creating awesome light paintings depicting a host of wonderful creatures which look like ghosts made of light. Each piece takes between two and five minutes to create.
Seattle-based photographer Christopher Boffoli (previously featured here), master of capturing miniature human figures interacting with life-size food, has a new book of his work coming out in September entitled Big Appetites: Tiny People in a World of Big Food.
Visit My Modern Metropolis to get a peek at more images from Christopher’s Big Appetites series.