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Cuttlefish are awesome but, as much as we’d like to have a little cuttlefish friend, it’s probably not a good idea to try to keep one as a pet. Thankfully we just discovered this shiny alternative that could happily live in our pockets.

Designed by Bathsheba Sculpture, this beautiful cuttlefish is made of solid steel and functions as a bottle opener. They’re also available in bronze and plastic (but without the bottle opener functionality). Click here to order.

[via HiConsumption]

New Delhi-based artist Subodh Gupta repurposes everyday materials, turning them into iconic symbols and creating awesome sculptures like this skull made of stainless steel containers and kitchen utensils. Entitled Very Hungry God, the striking 8 foot tall sculpture weighs nearly a ton. It was made in 2006 for the Nuit Blanche annual all-night art festival in Paris.

Here’s how Subodh Gupta described his piece:

"My work was conceived to be shown in a church in Barbes on the outskirts of Paris which is largely inhabited by an immigrant population. I made the work in response to the stories I read in the news about how soup kitchens in Paris were serving food with pork so that Muslims would not eat it. It was a strange and twisted form of charity that did not continue for long but raised conflicting ideas of giving and the way we have become now.

Outside the church I served vegetarian daal soup as a form of “prasad” (in India when you go to a temple or a guduwara you are offered food with the blessing). I liked the mix of the Catholic church and my intervention using a symbol that many artists have used before – the skull – and its many connotations.”

[via The Kick It Spot and 1800recycling.com]

Chinese sculptor Zheng Lu uses Chinese characters, over 20,000 of them, to create beautiful and awesomely intricate stainless steel sculptures. They’re works of calligraphy that’s been lifted from the page and used to form three dimensional objects.

"The characters used are all chosen from Chinese texts and poems. For example, the sculpture that looks like a splash of water is cunningly crafted from the lines of the poem Wan Zhi Shui ("Playing With Water") written by the Tang Dynasty poet Bai Juyi. This playfulness with details can be seen throughout Lu’s work."

Visit My Modern Metropolis to view more of Zheng Lu’s stunning metal sculptures.

Lithuanian artist Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė uses cross-stitch embroidery to adorn metallic objects such as plates, spoons, pot lids, lamps, rusty tin cans, pails and shovels, even automobiles. Some of her pieces feature traditional floral motifs while others are much more unusual and playful - the ashtray appears to contain stubbed out ends of cigarettes. The spoon reflects the mouth of the person about to eat from it.

Visit Severija’s website to check out many more examples of her awesome embroidery.

[via Colossal]

Istanbul-based artist Selçuk Yılmaz created this incredibly awesome lion sculpture using nearly 4,000 pieces of scrap metal. He spent almost a year working on this piece, which required hand-cutting and hammering each of those 4,000 pieces of metal.

Yılmaz named his sculpture Aslan, which is the Turkish word for Lion, and immediately makes us think of “the great Lion” Aslan from The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. The big, shiny cat weighs about 550 pounds (250 kg) and makes us want to travel to Narnia.

Check out more of Selçuk’s artwork via Behance.

Head over to Colossal for more photos of this magnificent metal king of beasts.

Here’s another incredibly awesome snake skeleton created by French/Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping (previously featured here). Entitled Serpent d’océan, this giant skeletal sea serpent is an aluminum sculpture that resides outside of Nantes, France just off the shore of the Loire River where it empties into the Bay of Biscay.

"Measuring nearly 425 feet (130 meters) in length the curving skeleton mirrors the curves of the nearby Saint-Nazaire bridge and was created as a permanent work for the final Estuaire contemporary art exhibition in 2012.”

One of our favourite things about this marvelous sculpture is that how the viewer perceives it varies greatly depending on the weather, the tide, and where you’re standing. Sometimes the serpent appears to be slithering across the surface of the water, emerging from it, or unsettlingly lurking, perhaps in wait for potential prey. In addition to the photos seen here, there are lots of others on Flickr providing beautiful examples of this effect.

Photos by Emmanuel Le Guellec, Philippe Cabaret, Nantes Tourisme, and Gino Maccarinelli respectively.

Visit Colossal to learn more about Huang Yong Ping’s fantastic metal sea serpent.

Korean artist Seung Mo Park (previously featured here) has created a new series of incredibly intricate sculptures, this time using countless layers of aluminum wire tightly wrapped around fiberglass forms.

"The works shown here are part of the Brooklyn-based artist’s Human series where he recreates the delicate wrinkles and folds of clothing as well as the sinuous musculature of the human body in metallic layers reminiscent of tree rings.”

Visit Colossal to view more pieces from this stunning series.

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This beautiful and completely awesome Japanese Maple Bonsai tree is the work of artist Kevin Champeny (previously featured here). At a glance it looks like Kevin must’ve spent years patiently growing and pruning a living tree, but look closer and you’ll see that this a painstaking piece of metalwork:

Copper Japanese Maple Bonsai
39”wide x 26”tall x 21.5” deep 50 lbs

Bonsai tree constructed from 6000+ feet of copper coated steel, 24 running feet of 36 gauge copper tooling foil. 300+ hand cut and patinated Japanese Maple leaves. The tree is hand tied to the stone, no welding or glue of any kind was involved, tension alone holds the tree to the stone and the leaves to the branches.

But wait, Kevin made three more of these stunning metal bonsai trees. You’ll find them here, here, and here.

Reblogged from kchampeny

We just recently featured a selection of awesome work by artist Oakland-based artist Jeremy Mayer, who disassembles old typewriters and transforms their parts into awesome works of sculptural art. But his latest pieces are so great we couldn’t bear to wait to share them with you.

Just like his previous pieces, these beautiful swallows were created by assembling typewriter parts:

"The pieces required Mayer to find multiple sets of identical parts adding a significant amount of time to sourcing materials, but as a happy accident the artist also discovered his design allowed for the wings to partially retract. If you’re unfamiliar with Mayer’s work it might surprise you to know that he doesn’t use solder or glue (or even objects that haven’t originated from a typewriter), but instead assembles everything using only native parts.”

Follow Jeremy’s future projects via his website or here on Tumblr.

[via Colossal]