27 posts tagged Shapes
27 posts tagged Shapes
Today the Department of Awesome Anamorphic Artwork presents one of the largest pieces of anamorphic street art we’ve seen to date. Created by Swiss artist Felice Varini (previously featured here) for the Unie Hasselt-Genk public art exhibition, the piece was painted on the roofs and facades of 99 buildings located in the city centre of Hasselt, Belgium. Entitled Trois ellipses ouvertes en désordre, Varini’s massive painting can only be viewed in its entirety from a specific vantage point. However the piece is so large that the individual segments are attractions unto themselves.
These beguiling geometric figures are the work of Scotland-based laser physicist-turned-artist Tom Beddard, aka subBlue. Although it looks like you could reach out and touch them, they’re three-dimensional models digitally rendered by Beddard’s formulaic methods. Beddard calls them Fabergé Fractals because their incredibly intricate and dazzling patterns are ornate like jewel-encrusted Fabergé eggs.
Beddard describes his work:
"The 3D fractals are generated by iterative formulas whereby the output of one iteration forms the input for the next. The formulas effectively fold, scale, rotate or flip space. They are truly fractal in the fact that more and more detail can be revealed the closer to the surface you travel.
"The fascinating aspect is where combinations of parameters can combine to create structural ‘resonances’ of extraordinary detail and beauty—sometimes naturally organic and other times perfectly geometric. But then like a chaotic system it can completely disappear with the smallest perturbation."
Visit the subBlue website to check out more of Tom Beddard’s awesome geometric artwork.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
We continue to be blown away by the awesome (and completely edible) 3D-printed sugar sculptures created by The Sugar Lab team at 3D Systems (previously featured here). Pictured here are some of their geometric sugar cubes, ornate cake toppers, gorgeous sculptural pieces and a futuristic vase that feels like it belongs in an episode of Star Trek. They were all created using the ChefJet™ series of kitchen-ready 3D printers for edibles, which are expected to be on the market in the second half of 2014.
The Sugar Lab is currently had some of their 3D printed confections available for purchase via Cubify.
Head over to Twisted Sifter for additional images.
New York-based sandcastle artist Calvin Seibert (previously featured here) recently traveled to Hawaii where he created more of his awesome abstract, geometric sandcastles. They’re an impressive and tantalizing distraction for those of us still surrounded by wintry weather.
Click here to view more of Calvin Siebert’s recent sand sculptures.
Nestled between hills in the eastern Sahara desert bordering the Red Sea in El Gouna, Egypt is an awesome piece of land art entitled Desert Breath. Between 1995 and 1997 this site-specific installation was created by the D.A.ST. Arteam, comprised of installation artist Danae Stratou, industrial designer and architect Alexandra Stratou, and architect Stella Constantindies.
8,000 square meters of sand were displaced to create large positive and negative conical volumes which form two interlocking spirals that expand from a water-filled center across an area of 100,000 square meters.
17 years since it was created, Desert Breath still exists, “becoming through its slow disintegration, an instrument to measure the passage of time.”
Click here to view more photos of and information about this beautiful project.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
German nature photographer Michael Poliza created a beautiful series of photos of naturally-occurring heart shapes that he spotted while flying over portions of Africa, Mexico and Australia. It’s as though the Earth itself were saying “Happy Valentine’s Day!”
The top photo was taken in Namibia where Poliza found a perfectly heart-shaped arid expanse of land lined with trees. The heart shaped lake was found north of Playa del Carmen in Mexico. He found the swirled desert heart in the Sossusvlei sand dunes of Namibia. The brilliant purple heart was found while flying over the Magado Crater in Kenya. Poliza took the bottom two photos in Australia. The left photo shows a heart-shaped formation captured by Poliza in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National park, near Mount Olga, in the Northern Territory of Petermann, Australia. The green heart on the right was found off the coast of Van Dieman Gulf in the Northern Territory at Point Stuart, Australia.
Today the Department of Awesome Anamorphic Artwork checks in on New York-based artist Aakash Nihalani (previously featured here), who continues to transform public spaces with his playful geometric tape installations.
"For however briefly, I am trying to offer people a chance to step into a different New York than they are used to seeing, and in turn, momentarily escape from routine schedules and lives. We all need the opportunity to see the city more playfully, as a world dominated by the interplay of very basic color and shape. I try to create a new space within the existing space of our everyday world for people to enter freely , and unexpectedly ‘disconnect’ from their reality."
These beautiful geometric objects are 3D-printed sugar sculptures and they’re some of the prettiest pieces of candy we’ve ever seen. They were made by 3D Systems and The Sugar Lab. The latter is a micro-design firm created by Liz and Kyle von Hasseln, a husband and wife team dedicated to the awesome craft of creating bespoke, 3D-printed edible confections.
‘The overlap of technology, food and art is so rich, and the potential for customization and innovation is limitless,’ said Liz von Hasseln, cofounder of The Sugar Lab. Existing commercial applications for printable sugar include complex sculptural cakes for weddings and special events that are made possible only with 3D printing, and customizable confections for bake shops and restaurants. continued von Hasseln, ‘We see our technology quickly evolving into a variety of flavors and foods, powered by real food printers for professionals and consumers alike and we could not think of a more qualified partner than 3D systems to help make that a reality.’
The ChefJet will deliver single-color prints; while the more advanced ChefJet Pro will dispatch full color prints. Both can produce either sugar or milk chocolate confections, in different flavors that include cherry, mint and sour apple, and will be available to the market later this year.
Italian photographer Alberto Seveso (previously featured here) recently created an awesome new series of photos entitled Dropping. For this series Alberto dropped vivid shades of acrylic paint into water and used high-speed photography to capture the shapes created the moment the paint splashed above the water’s surface.
Head over to Colossal to view more of this beautiful series.
With the weather getting colder (that is, for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere) it’s high time we shared more images from the Department of Awesome Snowflake Photography. These amazing photos were taken by Russian photographer Alexey Kljatov, who adapted his camera in order to achieve remarkably close-up focus on individual snowflakes after they’ve fall on the ground. He illuminates his shots with a flashlight and the background texture is dark wool fabric.
Alexy’s images reveal the unique geometric shapes of each snowflake with such astonishing clarity that it’s easy to forget just how tiny they really are. Visit Alexey Kljatov’s Flickr stream to view many more of his remarkable snowflake photos.
[via My Modern Metropolis]