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Architectural landmarks illustrated with tyre tread marks

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Artist Thomas Yang used prints from bicycle tyre treads to create a poster of the Empire State Building at 100copies. Yang has since focused his attention to three further landmarks around the world using his bicycle tyre tread method. These landmarks are; the Eiffel Tower, the Tower Bridge and China’s Forbidden City. Individual prints are sold out but there is availability for full sets.

via Arch Atlas

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John Bisbee’s Nail Sculptures

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30 years ago sculptor John Bisbee was reclaiming objects for art in an abandoned house when he accidentally kicked over a bucket filled with rusty, old nails. To his surpris, the nails that fell out as one lump of metal. Ever since the Maine-based artist has used nails as his sole medium to create a stunning array of large-scale sculptures and installations, keeping true to his motto of “Only nails, always different.”

His works of art range from solid, geometric structures to dense entanglements of twisted wires to delicate, floral arrangements that flow across walls. “A nail, like a line, can and will do almost anything,” Bisbee says in an interview with American Craft. “What can’t you draw with a line? The nail is just my line.”

“You’d think that you would sort of choke off your options and potential, the more you keep excavating a single item, but I find it’s the opposite—it explodes. There are so many amazing tangents that I haven’t had time to take; so many great insights that are buried years back, so it’s ever expanding, this mundane object. I’m quite happy saying now that I will only work with nails.”

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Amusing Images of Historical Paintings Taking Selfies

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Selfies have become a photographic phenomena that has permeated our culture, especially amongst the young generations. It might surprise you then to see  previous generations keeping up with the times and taking part in the selfie culture.  Denmark-based art director, Olivia Muus has introduced 17th and 18th century paintings to the snapping culture long before cameras were even invented in her own photo series titled #museumofselfie.

In each image, Muus positions a real hand holding an iPhone in front of a painting at a museum. She’s cleverly placed it so that the scale matches the artwork, and this creates the illusion that these 2D people are somehow taking their own self portrait. There’s no Photoshop used in this series – just two cameras and a gracious hand model.

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Clever Street Art by Oak Oak in his new book

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French street artist Oak Oak has just released a new book that has more than 100 images of his creative and clever works. The book opens with:

“Oak Oak is a young man from Saint-Etienne (France) who loves to take a walk in the city. But unlike any ordinary tourist looking for historical building and the most daring architectures, Oak Oak seeks insignificant details. A small crack on a wall? That is precisely what he will be drawn to! Instead of seeing a defect in construction, he would rather see a web spun by Spider-Man. A post has been knocked over? Instead of blaming whoever failed to put it back in place, he would rather make up a story to explain why it is down. Therefore, Oak Oak is an unusual lateral thinker in an urban environment. Welcome to his world…”

Oak Oak Urban Diversion is now on sale through Omake Books. The 96 page book is in English, French and Japanese.

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Famous Novels Turned into Detailed Book Art

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Tokyo-based artist and designer Tomoko Takeda turns intangible literature masterpieces into works of visual art in her series ものがたりの断片 (monogatari no danpen, trans. “story fragments”). With an eye for detail, Takeda cuts and carves away at the pages of books to form intricate, layered, sculptural objects.

Each piece’s design is related to the contents of the story itself. Natsume Sōseki’s I Am a Cat, for example, is illustrated with a scalloped cover and a pop-up kitten, while Daniel Keyes’ Flowers for Algernon was carved into layers depicting a delicate blossom. In translating these famous novels into relevant visual works of art, Takeda explains, “I made books not to read, but to enjoy looking at.”

via Lustik