Hungarian artist Ervin Herve-Loranth has unleashed a giant on the city of Budapest. Entitled Feltépve (“Ripped up” or “Pop Up”), the cranky colossus is made of polystyrene and appears to be emerging from a secret subterranean lair beneath Szechenyi Square. He was created for Art Market Budapest, a 4-day-long international contemporary art fair.

Head over to We Love Budapest for additional images.

[via The Telegraph, The Huffington Post UK and We Love Budapest]

It’s been over a year since we last checked in on the gravity-defying balanced rock arrangements created by land artist Michael Grab (previously featured here). Much of his most recent work has been created in and around Boulder, Colorado. For Grab, rock balancing is as much a meditative and stress-relieving act as a form of artistic expression.

"The most fundamental element of balancing in a physical sense is finding some kind of “tripod” for the rock to stand on. Every rock is covered in a variety of tiny to large indentations that can act as a tripod for the rock to stand upright, or in most orientations you can think of with other rocks. By paying close attention to the feeling of the rocks, you will start to feel even the smallest clicks as the notches of the rocks in contact are moving over one another.

In the finer point balances, these clicks can be felt on a scale smaller than millimeters. Some point balances will give the illusion of weightlessness as the rocks look to be barely touching. Parallel to the physical element of finding tripods, the most fundamental non-physical element is harder to explain through words. In a nutshell, i am referring to meditation, or finding a zero point or silence within yourself. Some balances can apply significant pressure on your mind and your patience. The challenge is overcoming any doubt that may arise.”

Grab is inspired by the wise words of Grand Jedi Master Yoda who famously said, “Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.”

To check out more of his beautifully balanced rock structures, visit Michael Grab’s website, Facebook page and YouTube channel.

[via FreeYork]

Seattle-based artist Carol Milne knits with glass, or rather, she creates wonderful glass sculptures that make it seem as though she’s either a superhuman glass knitter or in possession of enchanted knitting needles and very specialized gloves. The reality is actually much more complicated, but no less awesome. Milne invented her glass knitting technique back in 2006. It’s a process that involves knitting with wax instead of glass, followed by lost-wax casting, mold-making and kiln-casting.

First, a model of the sculpture is made from wax which is then encased by a refractory mold material that can withstand extremely high temperatures. Next, hot steam is used to melt the wax, leaving behind an empty cavity in the shape of the artwork. Pieces of room temperature glass are then placed inside the mold which is then heated to 1,400-1,600 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the type of glass. Afterward, the piece is slowly cooled over a period of several weeks, followed by a careful excavation process, where Milne delicately chips away like an archaeologist to reveal the final piece.

To check out more of Carol Milne’s extraordinary artwork visit the Glass Art SocietyMilne’s Facebook page or her online gallery.

[via Colossal]

Recep Alçamli is a chemical engineering student in Turkey who uses his free time to carve awesomely tiny and exquisitely detailed sculptures on the graphite tips of pencils. Alçamli’s impressive skill places him in the excellent company of artists such as Dalton Ghetti, cerkahegyzo, Pete Goldlust and Diem Chau (all previously featured here).

Head over to Recep Alçamli’s Facebook page to check out more of his amazing pencil sculptures.

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There’s no need to clean up this droid. It appears R2 switched out his standard bucket of bolts for some fancy-schmancy formal wear. French sculptor and restorer Alain Bellino (previously featured here) assembled and painted antique bronze ornaments to create this beautiful Empire style R2-D2 sculpture.

Click here for additional photos.

Visit Alain Bellino’s website and Behance page to check out more of his fantastic restored metalwork creations.

[via Ego-AlterEgo]

We love this awesome 3D printed “Cerberus in a Can" by Mythic Articulations.

Who’s a good boy? You’re a good boy!
Who devours the flesh of mortals? You devour the flesh of mortals!

This skeletal hellhound is a beautifully detailed model consisting of 29 parts and featured 25 points of articulation. In a standing pose the beast is 5 inches tall.

He’s available via the Mythic Articulations Etsy Shop, where you’ll find all sorts of other fantastic skeletal beasties.

Reblogged from mythicarticulations

It’s October at last, which means that pumpkin carving season has officially begun. This ferociously awesome Tyrannosaurus rex head sculpture was carved from multiple pumpkins by Chris Vierra, one of the amazing sculptors at Villafane Studios (previously featured here).

Vierra transformed a pile of pumpkins into a fantastically detailed dinosaur’s head at the Field Station: Dinosaurs outdoor prehistoric theme park in Secaucus, New Jersey.

Visit the Villafane Studios website to check out more of their phenomenal carved pumpkins. We can’t wait to see what else they do this season.

[via Design Taxi and Distractify]

Hong Kong-based sculptor Johnson Cheung-shing Tsang (previously featured here) recently created this dreamy pair of porcelain vases, cut along their rims to reveal the profiles of people. When placed side by side they appear to be kissing. They remind us of another mysterious pair of smooching figures, The Lovers II, painted by Belgian surrealist René Magritte in 1928.

Visit Johnson Tsang’s blog for additional process photos and to check out more of his wonderful ceramic creations.

[via Colossal]

These dreamlike sculptures are the work of Chinese artist Hu Shaoming, sculptor and graduate of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. For his city series Shaoming created an awesome transparent blue mechanical seahorse, submerged in water with a silver cityscape on the top of its head emerging from the surface of the water.

For a series dealing with the concept of time, Shaoming disassembled old objects, such as cameras and telephones, and then rebuilt them with the surreally beautiful addition of zippers which open to reveal the inner mechanisms of each device.

Check out more awesome artwork by Hu Shaoming on Jue.so.

[via Colossal]

Korean artist Seung Mo Park (previously featured here) continues to develop and perfect his ability to create awesomely photorealistic sculptures using stainless steel wire mesh. Numerous layers of wire appear to form a holographic shadow world from which hauntingly beautiful faces and figures emerge.

"If you gaze at Park’s work for long enough, it almost seems as though he has dialed into some special channel caught between realities. A slight turn to the right and maybe his subject will become a real boy once and for all. A slight turn to the left and these ghostly figures might be subsumed forever."

Park’s sculptures appear so lifelike that it feels like it would only be mildly startling to see one of his faces or figures suddenly move, their eyes locking with our own, perhaps about to speak. We love how the wire mesh frays around the edges of some of the pieces, as though that’s where Park’s shadow world gives way to our own.

Visit Beautiful/Decay to view more of Seung Mo Park’s recent work.