This year marks the 81st Fete du Citron à Menton, the annual Lemon Festival in Menton, France (previously featured here). The theme for this year’s festival is “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”. Over 300 artists worked with 145 tons of citrus fruit to create a variety of awesome sculptures inspired by Jules Verne’s classic 19th century science fiction novel about the adventures of Captain Nemo. We’re particularly fond of the giant octopus and squid, but the Nautilus, whale and Nemo himself are pretty great too.

Photos by Lionel Cironneau, Sebastien Nogier, and Olivier Anrigo respectively.

[via NY Daily News]

Peanut artist, or rather “Painter of Nuts” Steve Casino (previously featured here) is still hard at working transforming humble peanut shells into impressively lifelike miniature sculptures of pop culture icons.

"The peanut project began in July, 2012 with the off-handed casualness of hashing out a song or invention on a napkin, but realizing the vision has created serious challenges. Arriving at the right materials, for example, took a lot of trial and error. Learning the right resins and swapping pipe cleaners for bamboo helped, but Casino still struggles with the peanut-specific difficulties of his craft."

Each peanut character requires hours of work. The painting phase alone sometime takes over 10 hours to complete. And, because of the likelihood that a peanut may break during the delicate creation process, Casion always starts out with three peanuts versions per character.

Steve Casino accepts requests for commissioned peanut pieces via email. Follow his work via his personal website or on Facebook.

Visit Wired to learn more about Steve Casino and to check out even more of his awesome painted peanuts.

The 65th annual Sapporo Snow Festival (previously featured here) began just a couple days ago and runs through Tuesday February 11, 2014. Once again the streets of Sapporo are lined with awesome snow and ice sculptures ranging in size from small and intricate to jaw-droppingly huge. We even saw one containing frozen fish. Many of the smaller pieces are carved by local residents while others are the work of competitive ice and snow sculptors from all over the globe. Some of the larger pieces, pristine and white during the day, are beautifully illuminated at night by stunning projections or vibrantly coloured lights.

Visit Kotaku and NYPost.com for many more photos from the 2014 Sapporo Snow Festival.

It’s Sometime Cold Can Be Awesome Day on Geyser of Awesome!

Kansas-based origami artist Joel Cooper creates awesomely intricate three-dimensional masks and geometric shapes, each using a single sheet of paper. In keeping with origami tradition, no cutting or glue is used to make these paper sculptures. Some of his pieces are hand-painted, dyed, or stained both before and after the complex folding process. As a final touch, each piece is treated with polyurethane, acrylic or shellac to make it sturdy enough to display.

Head over to Joel Cooper’s Flickr stream to view more of his beautiful origami art. Original pieces are available to purchase via his Etsy shop.

[via Beautiful/Decay]

Here at the Geyser of Awesome we’re charmed by tiny things and things made of food, so we were over the moon to see these completely kawaii food sculptures. Who wouldn’t be thrilled to find a tiny carrot squirrel or Jawa on their plate?

These adorable food sculptures are the work of Japanese sushi chef Oki of Oki’s Sushi Bistro in Osaka, Japan. Chef Oki used his impressive carving skills along with carrots, sweet potato, daikon, and cucumber to create these edible wonders.

[via My Sushi World]

We recently featured an awesome LEGO sculpture of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that was on display at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con. Here are two more amazing superhero sculptures created by LEGO’s Master Builders: a 7-foot-tall Superman and 6.5-foot-tall Iron Man. It looks like Iron Man’s eyes and arc reactor actually light up too. Super awesome!

[via Nerd Approved]

Have you ever taken a slice of bread and smushed it into a dense little ball? There’s something strangely satisfying about doing it, but then what do you do with the bread ball? Making a sandwich out of them presents a bit of a challenge.

If you’re Oakland-based artist Milena Korolczuk, you use wadded slices of Wonder Bread to create impressively lifelike renderings of historical figures, artists, and pop culture icons. (Milena took these lovely photos of her sculptures too.) Pictured above are Plato, Walt Disney, Jay-Z, Andy Warhol, John Malkovich, Marina Abramović, and a teeny-tiny Stonehenge.

"According to Raster gallery the series was born from Korolczuk’s hands needing something to do while eating breakfast in the morning. Apparently eating wasn’t enough.”

Click here to view more of Milena Korolczuk’s wonderful carved bread heads.

[via Colossal]

Amit Drori and Tel Aviv-based designer Noam Dover created an awesome menagerie of robotic animal sculptures, which are powered by servo motors and remote-controlled by puppeteers, for theatrical production entitled Savanna, A Possible Landscape, which premiered in 2011.

Head over to Laughing Squid to watch a couple short videos of the production.

Photos by Noam Dover and Michal Cederbaum

We absolutely adore this awesome illustration, entitled Cerberus, created by San Francisco-based artist Josh Ellingson as a tribute to the “three-headed guardian of the underworld as well as the traveling Doggie Diner Heads of San Francisco.”

Both the original piece as well as coloured prints of Cerberus are currently available for purchase from Josh’s website.

Photo of the Doggie Diner Dog Heads taken by Scott Beale.

[via Laughing Squid]