114 posts tagged Ephemeral Art
114 posts tagged Ephemeral Art
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We love it when street artists get playful with their surroundings and incorporate the existing features of an area into their work. This simple, yet clever stencil, which turns a fire alarm into a high striker game, was created by Banksy somewhere in New York’s Upper West Side.
The UK-based artist is on the 20th day of his self-proclaimed Better Out than In month-long residency in New York. That he looked at a fire alarm, something most of us would walk past without giving a first, let alone second thought, and saw a carnival game just makes us smile.
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]
No matter what your day job is, if you’re someone who likes to make art in your spare time, chances are you’ll find a way to do it at work as well. Rafael Veyisov works are a parking attendant in the city of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. When he isn’t parking or retrieving cars, he turns them into mobile works of ephemeral art. Using his bare fingers, Rafael rubs the dust off the cars creating silhouetted landscapes, cityscapes, or scenes involving animals and fantastic creatures. Much to our delight, we even spotted a few tentacles on one of his cars.
You may be wondering how Rafael’s customers have reacted to this. When word of his illustrated vehicles began to spread, people weren’t upset. Instead customers began dropping off their cars with him in hopes of returning later to see what he’d made using their vehicles.
But it’s not just the rover that’s made of LEGO bricks. You may have noticed that Curiosity’s little Martian friends are LEGO minifigs as well.
Russian street artist Nomerz, one of our favourite personifiers of public structures, recently transformed this culvert, located somewhere in the Ural Mountains, into a wide-eyed toothy creature with a bit of a salivation problem.
Click here to watch a time-lapse video of Nomerz creating this playful piece.
These awesome sand sculptures are the work of Utrecht, Netherlands-based artist Susanne Ruseler. The sand tableaus she creates are enormous and astonishingly detailed. She travels all over the world creating her beautiful, ephemeral sculptures at festivals, competitions, and private events.
"While studying Biology in college, Susanne Ruseler discovered that her true passion was not in studying living organisms but in creating sculptures from materials such as snow, ice, and sand. After graduating, she started her own sculpture company and has been making fantastic, albeit temporary, art ever since.”
We love this playful photo of a tape installation created by New York-based artist Aakash Nihalani at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York. The artist has turned an unassuming grey space into the illusion of a real-life video game. Awesome!
Visit Aakash Nihalani’s websiteto view more of his wonderful tape-based artwork.
A day devoted to sharing awesome optical illusions is a great opportunity to share more amazing anamorphic street art pieces created by Nikolaj Arndt (previously featured here), who is currently based in Marburg, Germany.
Nikolaj’s artwork is so entertaining, we might need to plan a Geyser of Awesome field trip to Germany. Is anyone else up for a casual stroll with a lion or lunch with some pandas? Just be sure to watch out for sidewalk sharks.
Visit Nikolaj’s deviantART page to check out even more of his fantastic 3D street art.