New Jersey-based artist Sue Beatrice of All Natural Arts transforms antique pocket watches and other time pieces into awesome works of art using their own clockwork components.

"Combining talent and imagination with a love of nature, the designs are created with the environment in mind. Recycled, upcycled and repurposed objects are combined with natural elements into unique, Earth-friendly and artistic items sensitive to the limits of our natural resources."

No longer keeping time, Sue gives discarded old watches new life as intricate and surisingly lifelike sculptures of animals, human figures, and more. There is something almost magical about these pieces. For example, we wouldn’t be surprised to hear that the clockwork rabbit seen above had suddenly up and hopped away.

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We recently featured the work of British artist David Kemp, who uses found objects to create his art. First we showed you The Hounds of Geevor, whimsical dogs created using old rubber boots, remnants of Cornwall’s once-thriving mining industry.

This awesome sculpture, made of two old whaleboats, is called the Wooden Whaler and is a creative tribute to Cornwall’s fishing industry.

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American artist Dave Cole transforms existing machinery into awesome new devices with functions completely unrelated to their original purpose. In 2012 he transformed a 22,000 pound steam roller into The Music Box. Instead of flattening surfaces the machine now plays the “Star Spangled Banner.”

Though Cole stripped most of the weight out of the compactor to make the sculpture more manageable, it still weighs in at 2,000 pounds. The sculpture was commissioned by the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Click here to watch a video of The Music Box in action.

Back in 2005 Dave Cole created The Knitting Machine. Two enormous excavators were fitted with 20-foot-long knitting needles and positioned across from each other. Working together they knitted an oversized American flag. Click here to watch video footage of The Knitting Machine.

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For an art installation entitled Ballroom Luminoso, artists Joe O’Connell and Blessing Hancock created and hung six awesome chandeliers from a concrete underpass in San Antonio, Texas. The chandeliers were custom-made using structural steel, recycled bicycle parts, and custom LEDs that project a field of silhouettes of sprockets, gears, and other shapes onto the blank slate of an otherwise unremarkable industrial surface.

From the artist’s statement about the project:

Ballroom Luminoso references the area’s past, present, and future in the design of its intricately detailed medallions. The images in the medallions draw on the community’s agricultural history, strong Hispanic heritage, and burgeoning environmental movement. The medallions are a play on the iconography of La Loteria, which has become a touchstone of Hispanic culture. Utilizing traditional tropes like La Escalera (the Ladder), La Rosa (the Rose), and La Sandía (the Watermelon), the piece alludes to the neighborhood’s farming roots and horticultural achievements. Each character playfully rides a bike acting as a metaphor for the neighborhood’s environmental progress, its concurrent eco-restoration projects, and its developing cycling culture.”

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Miami-based artist Federico Uribe used thousands of parts from discarded computers, such as cables, fans, keyboard keys, motherboards, and mice, to create this awesomely intricate piece entitled Tapete (Carpet). It’s probably not a comfortable space upon which to stretch out and take a nap, but it sure is amazing to behold. 

Photos by Pipe Yanguas

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Here’s an awesome way to cope with winter blues, that is, if you live in Krausnick, Germany. There you’ll find a former Soviet military airbase hangar, an enormous structure that originally contained cargo airships, that has been transformed into the Tropical Islands, an indoor tropical beach resort, “Europe’s largest tropical holiday world.” Outside the landscape may be bleak and bitter cold, but inside it’s a warm tropical paradise. 

The hangar is 360-meters long, 210-meters wide, and 107-meters high - tall enough to contain the Statue of Liberty. Instead of military airships or wayward giant monuments, the Tropical Islands resort contains a sandy beach peppered with palm trees around a clear blue lagoon, a water slide, adventure park, numerous restaurants, lodging options and even evening shows. It’s a wonder anyone goes back outside at all. 

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Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman (previously featured here) recently created yet another awesome large-scale installation, this time in the town of Angers, in western France. Entitled Slow Slugs, the piece was created for the Accroche Coeurs Festival. The monstrous mollusks, each measuring 18 x 7.5 x 5 meters (60 x 24.5 x 16 feet), were created by attaching 40,000 colourful plastic bags to netting that was placed over wire frames. 

"The work stood for a total of eight days, with an immense amount of time and planning having gone into its construction. After two weeks of sketching and model making, the massive metal frame was bent and formed in the artist’s studio in Rotterdam. The remainder of the production was completed in France with the skeleton welded on site as well as the bags fastened to the frame."

Visit Designboom to view more photos of the Florentijn Hofman's giant slugs, both during their creation and on display in Angers. Mmm… Slugs