New York-based artist Thomas Doyle creates beautifully detailed and thoroughly unsettling mixed media dioramas using models and materials originally made for model train sets. Houses fall from the sky and crash into the earth, creating dystopian suburban scenes. Elsewhere another home and its residents have been completely reclaimed by nature. However Doyle is not trying to tell specific tales with these scenes. Instead he leave the interpretation up to the viewer. Choose your own (disastrous) adventure.

Doyle is currently showing work at the Torrance Art Museum as part of the Prep School: Prepper and Survivalist ideologies and utopianism/dystopian visions show, which runs through May 15, 2014.

Click here for a bref video about Thomas Doyle and his haunting dioramas.

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New York City-based artist Andy Yoder used thousands of hand-painted matchsticks to create this awesome globe. The painstaking process took him two years, during which each match was glued onto a foam and cardboard frame inside a plywood skeleton. Entitled Early One Morning, the sculpture measures 42” in diameter.

And in case you’re daydreaming about setting this matchstick Earth on fire, Yoder’s son, Redditor yoderaustin, explained that the entire piece has been doused with flame retardant.

Early One Morning will be on display from May 8 -11, 2014 at the PULSE New York Contemporary Art Fair.

Click here for additional photos.

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The city of Boston is soon going to receive one of the most awesome statues we’ve ever seen. After a lengthy review process, professional sculptor Stefanie Rocknak has just been chosen to create a sculpture honoring Edgar Allan Poe, one of literature’s most unforgettable and influential authors and poets. Rocknak was selected from a field of 266 artist from 42 states and 13 countries, each of whom submitted proposals for the Edgar Allan Poe Square Public Art Project.

Rocknak’s appropriately dramatic and haunting sculpture will be called Poe Returning to Boston:

“I propose to cast a life-size figure of Poe in bronze. Just off the train, the figure would be walking south towards his place of birth, where his mother and father once lived. Poe, with a trunk full of ideas—and worldwide success—is finally coming home.”

"His expression is complex. He is determined and his stride is decisive. His face reflects a mixture of pain, anger and sadness, and from some angles, a subtle sense of hope. As he walks towards Carver Street, he openly dismisses what is behind him with his left hand; the Frogpondians to the north. Boston is not claiming Poe, Poe is claiming Boston. To punctuate this, he leaves a literal paper trail behind him. He has not only left his mark on the world, he has left it on the city of his birth. His ideas are jumping off the page and cascading out of his trunk; a heart lies just behind him, and an oversized Raven explodes to the south. The Raven, which has become symbolic of Poe’s brooding creative spirit, visually reflects Poe; his coat mimics the raven’s wing, and, like a bird, Poe is slightly pigeon-toed. They are one, heading up-wind towards their final resting place."

The photos seen here show the final design model, which was made of clay. The real Poe Returning to Boston will be unveiled on October 4, 2014, three days before the 165th anniversary of Poe’s untimely death. Poe and his raven will haunt the corner of Boylston Street and Charles Street South, a location dubbed Edgar Allan Poe Square during bicentennial celebrations in 2009, just two blocks north of the writer’s actual birthplace.

As lifelong fans of Poe, we’re both thrilled and a little envious. We’ll simply have to add this to our sightseeing list the next time we’re in Boston.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

Reese Moore lives in Volusia, Florida and has never ridden a motorcycle, but that doesn’t stop him from designing and hand-crafting incredible Bone Motorcycles like the Cowasaki seen here. For a mere $55,000 this awesome bonecycle could be yours.

Moore spends about a year collecting all the bones necessary to create one bone motorcycle. The average piece consists of “3-4 cow skulls, 2-3 alligator skulls, goat, wolf, raccoon, turtle, and pig bones. Also it takes 1 cow back for each of the wheels.” The bones are taken from dead animals found on the side of the road or carcasses pointed out to him by farmers and hunters. After all the necessary pieces have been collected, it takes Moore about one week to sand them down and assemble the bike. Exactly how he does it is a closely-guarded secret. He’s has been doing this for over 10 years now. But before that he worked as a snake wrangler.

Visit Uproxx to learn more about Reese Moore and his wonderfully macabre creations.

This awesome, but inedible Cherry Pie Mule is the work of Fort Lauderdale, FL-based artist Robert Tabor. It features a sculpted fork heel and cherry pie toe made of sculpted clay. It was decorated with, various acrylic and glass beads, fabrics, trims, and crystal rhinestones.
Click here to view more of Tabor’s amazing Fantasy Shoe Sculptures.
The Cherry Pie Mule is currently available via Robert’s Etsy shop, Sole Sensations.
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This awesome, but inedible Cherry Pie Mule is the work of Fort Lauderdale, FL-based artist Robert Tabor. It features a sculpted fork heel and cherry pie toe made of sculpted clay. It was decorated with, various acrylic and glass beads, fabrics, trims, and crystal rhinestones.

Click here to view more of Tabor’s amazing Fantasy Shoe Sculptures.

The Cherry Pie Mule is currently available via Robert’s Etsy shop, Sole Sensations.

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Here’s a slice of pumpkin pie made of canned food. It’s a piece of PumpCAN Pie and it was designed and built by Desimone Consulting Engineers in 2009 for Canstruction event in New York. The team used 2,580 cans of tuna, sardines, evaporated milk, baked beans and cream corn to build the slice of pie and fork. If you’re wondering why they didn’t use canned pumpkin, it’s because there was a pumpkin shortage that year.
Canstruction is an international charity which hosts public events showcasing awesome structures made entirely out of cans of food. At the end of each event all of the canned food is donated to local hungry relief organizations.
The Desimone Consulting Engineers’ PumpCAN Pie was one of 30 canned food sculptures that helped contribute to a total of 100,693 cans of food which were donated to the City Harvest food rescue organization.
Photo by Monica Schipper
Visit Woman’s Day to check out more canned food sculptures from the 2009 NY Canstruction event.

Here’s a slice of pumpkin pie made of canned food. It’s a piece of PumpCAN Pie and it was designed and built by Desimone Consulting Engineers in 2009 for Canstruction event in New York. The team used 2,580 cans of tuna, sardines, evaporated milk, baked beans and cream corn to build the slice of pie and fork. If you’re wondering why they didn’t use canned pumpkin, it’s because there was a pumpkin shortage that year.

Canstruction is an international charity which hosts public events showcasing awesome structures made entirely out of cans of food. At the end of each event all of the canned food is donated to local hungry relief organizations.

The Desimone Consulting Engineers’ PumpCAN Pie was one of 30 canned food sculptures that helped contribute to a total of 100,693 cans of food which were donated to the City Harvest food rescue organization.

Photo by Monica Schipper

Visit Woman’s Day to check out more canned food sculptures from the 2009 NY Canstruction event.

British artist Dean Patman has been fascinated by animals ever since he was little. As a child he drew them, but now he uses everyday objects like spoons, forks, teapots and knives to create impressively life-like animal sculptures.

"I’ve always been a little nutty about animals." he says, "At school my teachers soon learnt that the best way to motivate me was to make it about animals. I especially loved being able to draw or model them."

Visit Dean Patman’s website to check out more of his awesome found object animal sculptures.

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A couple weeks ago we featured necklaces with scented miniature food pendants and now we’ve found the perfect rings to match. Danvers, MA-based artist Casey the Crafter uses polymer clay to make each of these realistic and beautifully detailed food-themed rings by hand. In addition to rings, she also sculpts wonderful standalone pieces, which are perfect for dollhouses or simply as kawaii collectibles.

Check out CaseysMiniShop on Etsy to view more of her marvelous miniature creations.

[via That’s Nerdalicious! and Neatorama]

New Knoxville, Ohio-based artist Gary Hovey sees silverware as much more than household utensils that simply sit in a draw when they aren’t in use. Hovey instead uses silverware - forks, knives and spoons alike - to create elaborate stainless steel animals sculptures.

"Upon first glance, the many wildlife figures, like birds, fish, and bears, have realistic shapes. It is only upon closer inspection that the details and texture of the materials become more clear. Each piece of flatware contributes unique qualities: fork prongs create layers of feathers and fur; spoons add rounded curves; and knives produce a shiny flat surface."

Visit Gary Hovey’s website to check out many more of his awesome cutlery creatures.

[via My Modern Metropolis]