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Just in time for Easter, here’s a brand new entry from the Department of Extraordinary Eggshell Artists: Polish artist Piotr Bockenheim spends countless hours using a tiny electric drill, an awesomely delicate touch, and immeasurable patience to turn goose egg shells into exquisite sculptures.

Head over to Piotr’s DeviantART gallery to view more.

[via Colossal]

Let’s pay a visit to the Department of Fantastically Fragile Things where we’ll learn about an awesome series of sculptural light fixtures entitled Fragile Future III. Created by Dutch artists Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta of Studio Drift, each one-of-a-kind modular chandelier is made of bronze, LEDs, and real dandelion seed heads, carefully hand-picked and connected piece-by-piece to the LED lights.

It’s a very labour-intensive process that’s meant as, “a clear statement against mass production and throwaway culture.”

"Are the rapid technological developments of our age really more advanced than the evolution of nature, of which the dandelion is such a transient and symbolic example? And could those two evolve together and meet in the future? Studio Drift proposes a vision of that future in their own signature aesthetics, a distinct mix between hi-tech and poetic imagery. Light functions as a symbolic and emotional ingredient rather as a tool to simply illuminate the dark. Fragile Future III is about conveying emotion and at the same time refers to the fact that light lies at the basis of all life.”

There’s just one possible problem: the overwhelming urge we’d feel to make a wish and blow on at least one of the downy dandelion heads. At the same time we love the idea of light fixture made of potential wishes.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

During a recent cold snap, Washington-based photographer Angela Kelly and her son used homemade soap bubble solution and her camera to create an awesome series of photos entitled Frozen in a Bubble.

In an interview with KOMO News, Kelly explains, “We blew the bubbles across the top of our frozen patio table and also upon the hood of my car and then we watched in awe as each individual bubble froze with their own unique patterns. We noted how they would freeze completely before the sun rose but that once the sun was in view they would defrost along the tops or cease freezing altogether. We also noted how they would begin to deflate and implode in on themselves making them look like alien shapes or in some cases shatter completely leaving them to look like a cracked egg.”

Visit Angela Kelly’s Flickr stream to view more of her magical winter photos. She also has some prints available via Etsy.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

We’ve featured all sorts of egg-related art here at the Geyser of Awesome over the years, but this is the first time we’ve seen fragile eggs transformed into beautiful little lamps.

These amazing egg lamps are the work of Vietnamese artist Ben Tre, who uses his skilled hands and a tiny dental drill to carve impressively detailed scenes on the eggshells. Once the carving stage is completed, the finished eggs are then lit from the inside using small LEDs.

Visit Ben Tre’s website and deviantART gallery to check out more of his exquisite egg lamps.

[via Neatorama]

These incredibly delicate and detailed sculptures are the work of Edinburgh-based artist Polly Verity, who creates them using wire and paper.

Most of her subjects are animals or mythological creatures and the size of her sculptures range from palm to life-sized. The wire for the sculptures is built up into a 3D frame and this becomes the contour and outline of the creature. The wires are joined together through wrapping and pinching; no heat is applied to forge the wire. She then applies wet fine paper that she first sizes with glue onto the structure. The paper dries and tightens up while formed on the frame. Her creations are usually kept encased in a glass dome or box for protection and display.

Visit Polly Verity’s website and Flickr page to check out more of her fantastic and fragile creations.

[via Beautiful Decay]

It’s been a while since we last checked in with the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders. These beautiful creatures are called Sea Butterflies, which are small pelagic swimming sea snails. These particular Sea Butterflies were photographed by Russian biologist and photographer Alexander Semenov (previously featured here).

Sea Butterflies float and swim freely in the water, and are carried along with the currents. This has led to a number of adaptations in their bodies. The shell and the gill have disappeared in several families. Their foot has taken the form of two wing-like lobes, or parapodia, which propel this little animal through the sea by slow flapping movements. They are rather difficult to observe, since the shell (when present) is mostly colorless, very fragile and usually less than 1 cm in length.

Visit Alexander Semenov’s website and Flickr page to view more of his captivating photographs of fascinating marine life.

[via Design Taxi]

Inspired by watching a caterpillar munching away on a leaf, Spanish artist Lorenzo Duran Manuel Silva painstakingly transforms dried leaves into delicate works of art.

"By studying various techniques by the Japanese and Germans, as well working at his craft, Silva is able to make his creations stand out."

Lorenzo carefully cuts away sections of the leaves, creating enchanting scenes, silhouettes, intricate geometric patterns, or even negative images.

Visit Design Taxi to view more examples of Lorenzo’s awesome leaves.

It’s been a while since we last visited the small but astonishing Department of Eggshell Artists. Pu Derong is a self-taught artist from China’s Hebei Province who, with a knife and an incredibly skillful hand, transforms eggs into awesome works of art.

"I had always been fascinated by eggs as a child," Pu says. "They are so fragile. Artists use canvases; eggs are mine.” The talented artist from Dongzhuangtou village showed a great interest in painting and calligraphy from a very young age, but he didn’t have the financial resources to attend a specialized art school, so he taught himself. In his adult years he did all kinds of manual labor, worked as a repairman and as a chef, but never gave up on his passion for art. One day, he discovered eggshell carving completely by accident, and he’s been hooked ever since."

The fragile shell of an egg is a mere 0.3mm thick, so it took many failed attempts before Pu began to master his art. Today he is recognized as one of China’s most skilled artists, and rightfully so.

"One wrong move can ruin hours of painstaking work, so Pu Derong says he has to remain concentrated from the moment his knife touches the shell until the piece is completed. Although on occasions he uses dyes, most times the artist takes advantage of the egg’s natural coloring to highlight his work."

Unlike other artists working with eggs, Pu Derong never pierces the shells of his eggs. Instead he carefully carves away just a fraction of his 0.3mm thick canvas in order to create his designs. Pu even made his own carving knife. His subjects vary from beautiful patterns inspired by nature to traditional Chinese motifs and architectural pieces.

[via Oddity Central]

UK-based artist Susanna Bauer has exceptional needlework skills and, we’re guessing, a very gentle touch, that enable her to use dried leaves as a canvas for some of her miniature art pieces.

"Most of my pieces are small sculptural objects often based on found natural materials. I like giving time to the inconspicuous things that surround us and often go unnoticed, paying attention to small details and the tactile quality of objects. Appropriating traditional craft techniques like weaving and crochet as a means of sculpture brings a contemplative element to the development of my work. I am interested in unusual combinations of materials, the experimentation with fragility and strength and the individual stories that evolve and shape themselves in the process of making."

The next time you find a dried leaf, pick it up and examine just how fragile they are and you’ll be all the more amazed by Susanna Bauer’s beautiful artwork. Visit her website to check out more of her work.

[via Design Taxi]