Internationally renown English artist Damien Hirst just unveiled his latest work that’s part of his ongoing Natural History series that began in the early 90s with a shark suspended in formaldehyde, and it’s a pretty awesome spectacle. Entitled Gone but not Forgotten, it’s a gilded woolly mammoth skeleton, standing three meters tall, encased in a massive case made of glass and steel.

‘The mammoth comes from a time and place that we cannot ever fully understand. despite its scientific reality, it has attained an almost mythical status and I wanted to play with these ideas of legend, history and science by gilding the skeleton and placing it within a monolithic gold tank.’ hirst explains of the piece ‘it’s such an absolute expression of mortality, but i’ve decorated it to the point where it’s become something else, i’ve pitched everything I can against death to create something more hopeful, it is gone but not forgotten.’

Hirst donated his splendid golden mammoth to the amfAR organization, who are using it to raise funds by putting it up for auction at their annual Cinema Against AIDS gala in Cannes.

Click here for a time-lapse video of the creation of Gone but not Forgotten.

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It’s been too long since we last checked in on a certain Japanese art student named Hikaru Cho (previously featured here) and her awesomely unsettling painting skills. As you may recall, she primarily uses acrylic paints to give herself and others fantastic (and sometimes fantastically horrifying) physical attributes such as buttons, laces, zippers, extra eyes or mouths, plug sockets and more.

Today we discovered that, in addition to creating ever-more convincing physical illusions, Cho has broadened her amazing skills to transforming pieces of food into very convincing likenesses of exactly the sorts of food they are not. Is that a tiny eggplant? Nope. It’s an egg. And that cute little orange is really a tomato. We love it.

In Cho’s wickedly skilled hands, nothing is what it seems and we aren’t even sure we’re awake.

Follow Hikaru Cho here on tumblr for a regular dose of the surreal.

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Here’s another incredibly awesome snake skeleton created by French/Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping (previously featured here). Entitled Serpent d’océan, this giant skeletal sea serpent is an aluminum sculpture that resides outside of Nantes, France just off the shore of the Loire River where it empties into the Bay of Biscay.

"Measuring nearly 425 feet (130 meters) in length the curving skeleton mirrors the curves of the nearby Saint-Nazaire bridge and was created as a permanent work for the final Estuaire contemporary art exhibition in 2012.”

One of our favourite things about this marvelous sculpture is that how the viewer perceives it varies greatly depending on the weather, the tide, and where you’re standing. Sometimes the serpent appears to be slithering across the surface of the water, emerging from it, or unsettlingly lurking, perhaps in wait for potential prey. In addition to the photos seen here, there are lots of others on Flickr providing beautiful examples of this effect.

Photos by Emmanuel Le Guellec, Philippe Cabaret, Nantes Tourisme, and Gino Maccarinelli respectively.

Visit Colossal to learn more about Huang Yong Ping’s fantastic metal sea serpent.

Argentinian artist Diego Daniel Gonzalez (aka DDG Colecciones) is a self-taught sculptor who created an awesome version of the original 1980’s Skeletor action figure that’s nearly as tall as he is. That’s a whole lot of villainy. We hope there are live-size He-Man and She-Ra sculptures out there somewhere to face off against this big blue fiend.

Visit DDG Colecciones for more photos and click here and here for video footage that provides an even better sense of how large this sculpture is.

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Artist Sandy Cramer of Knot Just Rope in Rockbridge, Ohio, spent 2.5 hours with water-based white paint, a brush, and a Vet Tech anatomy book as a reference in order to transform her horse Raven into the awesome Skeleton Horse you see here. If you visit Sandy’s Knot Just Rope shop in Rockbridge, you might get the meet Raven in person.

Click here to learn more about the making of the Skeleton Horse.

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The first time we posted about the wonderful work of origami artist Matthieu Georger (previously featured here) it was to share his incredible cobra. Last month Mattheiu created this awesome T-Rex Skeleton based on a design created by the late Japanese origami master Issei Yoshino. It was folded using 2 sheets of mc [Methyl Cellulose] treated tissue paper.

Check out Matthieu Georger’s Flickr page for more of his amazing origami creatures.

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Illustrator and copywriter Alexander Barrett created each of these awesome sculptures using Oreo cookies or sometimes just the creme filling. The project began when he was asked by the Wieden + Kennedy ad agency to participate in Oreo’s Super Bowl Instagram Experience. Alexander in turn asked his fans to send him photos to use as inspiration.

He says, “They asked if I was a sculptor. I lied” and furthers, “At no point in those 72 hours did I know what I was doing. And it was a blast.”

Visit Alexander Barrett’s website to view more of his Oreo cookie sculptures.

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This awesome chrome Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton was created by French artist Philippe Pasqua and installed overlooking the river Seine in Paris, France. The life-size sculpture is made from 350 molded bones and measures 21 feet long by 12 feet tall. He’s a wonderful and ferocious sight.

Photos by Anthony Gelot

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Taking inspiration from the proverb “You are what you eat.” Portland, Oregon-based artist Wendy Wallin Malinow has been working on an awesome series of intricately cut and layered paper designs entitled Bone-A-Day.

Each piece depicts an animal’s exterior shape and skeleton. Inside the ribcage of each animal is whatever they last ate, sometimes also in skeletal form. Some pieces seem true to life: a squirrel eats acorns, a bird eats a worm, a rabbit eats a carrot, and a fish eats other fish. But then things get more imaginative and playful: a jellyfish got the better of a mermaid, the Big Bad Wolf ate Little Red Riding Hood (part of her, at least), and Sylvester the Puddy Tat Cat finally managed to gobble down Tweety Bird. It also looks like Jonah never did get out of that whale.

Follow Wendy here on Tumblr to view more of her wonderful artwork.

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