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.

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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.

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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.

Indian sand sculptor Sudarsan Pattinaik and 30 of his students created a massive installation depicting 500 Santas or ‘Sand-tas’ on the beach behind Panthanivas hotel in Puri, Odisha, India. Created in December 2012, the piece required nearly 5000 tons of sand and took about 4 days to complete. Intended to raise awareness about global warming, the displaced Santas were sculpted along with one large sand sculpture of Jesus and the message “Go green, save Earth.”

“I always try to give some awareness messages through my sculpture to the world, so I chose the awareness about global warming through Santas as the subject at the year end,” Pattnaik told the India Education Diary.

[via Inhabitat and Design Taxi]

Denver, CO-based artists Deepti Nair and Harikrishnan Panicker, collectively known as Hari & Deepti (previously featured here), have created a brand new series of their fantastically-themed and exquisitely detailed paper light box sculptures. Entitled “Oh, The Places You Will Go!”, these pieces are currently being shown as part of an exhibition at the Black Book Gallery in Denver.

"The artist couple were inspired by recent travels through Moab, Utah and Yellowstone, Wyoming, and transformed elements of their adventures into delicately hand-cut paper sculptures infused with mythology and science fiction. Each piece is lit from behind or below with LED strips and the boxes are exhibited in dark rooms to enhance the effect."

Hari & Deepti will also be showing work this December at Art Basel Miami 2014 for the Scope International Contemporary Art Show.

To check out more of Hari & Deepti’s wonderful creations visit the Black Book Gallery website and keep up with their latest work on Instagram

[via Colossal]

Today the Department of Awesome Animal Hybrids explores the work of Italian artist Alessandro Gallo. He hand-sculpts wonderfully strange and unsettlingly realistic characters who are part human, part animal, usually dressed in everyday clothes and sometimes engaged is perfectly ordinary activities such as reading on a bench, playing the guitar or having a swing in a park.

"Expertly reproducing human and animal anatomy, Gallo blends the two to create convincing hybrids of man and beast. The works produce an almost eerie sense of unheimliche, as Freud put it: when the familiar becomes uncomfortably strange.”

Gallo just opened a solo exhibition of his newest series of hybrid figures on display at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York. The show is entitled Strani Incontri, which is Italian for “Strange Encounters” and runs through October 4, 2014.

Visit Alessandro Gallo’s website to check out more of his fascinating sculptures.

[via Visual News and Hi-Fructose]

Street artist Reed Bmore uses needle-nose pliers and lengths of galvanized wire to create lyrical and playful pieces art that he hangs around the city of Baltimore, Maryland. He designed a clip system for his wire sculptures that enables them to hang securely while still being able to move with the breeze. And if you’re wondering how he gets them up there in the first place, while Reed was actually climbing street light and traffic poles at first, these days he uses a telescoping painter’s pole instead.

Considering that his work is put up in Baltimore and made of wire, we were delighted to learn that the artist is currently working on a series of pieces based on the TV series The Wire.

[via Reddit, City Paper and the Baltimore Sun]

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman (previously featured here) is delighting the world once again with one of his gigantic animal sculptures. This colossal white bunny rabbit, Hofman’s take on the lunar rabbit from Chinese folklore, was just unveiled in Taoyuan, northern Taiwan for the Taoyuan Land Art Festival. The enormous bunny is made of waterproof paper, styrofoam and wood and measures 25.3 meters (83 feet) long. He lounges happily against the side of an old aircraft hanger in the middle of farmland, watching the clouds pass overhead.

[via Kotaku and The Telegraph]

Renown Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman (previously featured here) continues to make the world a more whimsical place with his extraordinary large-scale animal sculptures. His latest piece is this awesome floating hippopotamus, a follow-up to his famous giant Rubber Duck (that’s still on a floating world tour). Called the HippopoThames, the gargantuan wooden creature is in London for Totally Thames, a month-long celebration of the River Thames all along its 42 London miles, hosted by the Thames Festival Trust.

Hofman’s giant hippo is made of overlapping wood panels constructed on a river barge and measures 21 meter (~69 feet) long. He’s got huge painted eyes, large (yet adorable) pink ears and nostrils and seems perfectly content to float in the river.

‘The purpose of setting my sculptures in the public domain has always been to give members of the public a break from their daily routines, to inspire conversation and to cause astonishment.’ Hofman describes ‘I hope the location of my sculpture will inspire passers-by to engage with its surrounding area of Nine Elms on the South Bank, and to discover the various other events within the Totally Thames programme celebrating London’s river.’

The HippopoThames is currently floating on the South Bank of the river in the Nine Elms district, where he’ll be until September 28, 2014.

Click here for timelapse video of the construction of the HippopoThames.

[via designboom, The Telegraph and Totally Thames]

Lausanne, Switzerland-based multimedia artist Gavin Worth bends steel wire into expressive forms and figures that have the appearance of 2D line drawings magically lifted from the page and suspended in midair. Worth’s creates wire illustrations that depict the human form and capture the beauty of fleeting moments of everyday life and tender human interactions.

"By bending black wire into something of freestanding line drawings, I create sculptures that engage the viewer by involving them in their subtle changes. When the light in the room shifts, so does the mood of the piece. A breeze might softly move an arm. My wire sculptures tell stories of simple human moments: a woman adjusting her hair, a face gazing from behind tightly wrapped arms, a mother gently cradling her baby. The honest, unguarded moments are the ones that I find to be the most beautiful."

Visit Gavin Worth’s website to explore more of his creations.

[via Beautiful/Decay]