76 posts tagged Octopus
76 posts tagged Octopus
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]
Multidisciplinary Belgian artist Olivier Senny, who goes by the name Olsen, created an awesome series of pieces that are part painting, part sculpture.
Entitled Les Evadés du Plakadre, this mischievous series depicts cartoonish characters who’ve manage to at least partially escape from the confines of their 2D canvases and interact with our 3D world.
Visit Olsen’s website to check out more of his playful artwork.
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 tentacular landscape is the work of Heri Irawan, an illustrator and concept artist based in Vienna, Austria. Entitled The Octopus World, it’s a fantastic depiction of an octopoid landmass whose inhabitants are connected to the surrounding world via its tentacles, both above and under the water. There are so many wonderful details in this piece. We love that some of the land-tentacles have volcanoes in place of suckers.
Armenian artist Davit Yukhanyan created this awesome ink drawing, entitled And When You Lose Control, which is actually countless tiny drawings that coalesce to form the image of a stoic Alpine Ibex either making friends with or beset by two octopodes.
[via Faith is Torment]
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]
George Evangelista, a freelance concept artist based in Melbourne, Australia, created this awesomely strange and tentacular illustration of what appears to be a man wearing a bright yellow octopus on his head. We can’t tell if the octopus and the man are actually getting along or if one is the victim of the other, but whatever their situation, together they create a man who bears a striking resemblance to Homer Simpson from The Simpsons.
[via Laughing Squid]
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.