Amazing Mechanical Creatures
These astounding mechanical creatures were designed and constructed by French sculptor, Edouard Martinet. Martinet has become the art world’s virtuoso insectophile, transforming bits and pieces of cast-off junk culled from flea markets and car boot sales into exquisitely executed insect, fish and animal forms. His approach to these sculptures is unique: he does not solder or weld parts. His sculptures are screwed together. Martinet takes about a month to make a sculpture and will often work on two or three pieces at the same time. It took him just four weeks to make his first sculpture and 17 years for his most recent completion. His next show at the Sladmore art gallery in London will be in the Autumn of 2013.
World’s Longest Wooden Sculpture
Chinese artist Zheng Chunhui recently unveiled this exceptionally large and intricately carved wooden sculpture that measures some 40 feet (12.286 meters) long, 10 feet (3.075 meters) high and almost 8 feet (2.401 meters) wide. Four years in the making, the tree carving is based on a famous painting called Along the River During the Qingming Festival, which is a historical holiday reserved to celebrate past ancestors that falls on the 104th day after the winter solstice. The Guinness World Records group arrived in November in Fuzhou, Fujian Province, where the piece is currently on display, to declare it “the world’s longest wooden sculpture”.
Incredible Intricate Mixed Media Sculptures
Kansas-based artist Kris Kuksi, previously featured on Curious History, opened his fourth solo show, Revival, at the Joshua Liner Gallery in New York on November 21st. Kuksi continues his use of ornate assemblage to create wildly complex sculptures that comment on history, life, death, and spiritual conflict. Revival will be on view through January 18, 2014 and you can see many more pieces from the exhibition in this gallery.
3D Objects in One Dimension
Incredible series of digital images exploring fractals by digital artist Tom Beddard. The images were rendered with the artist’s WebGL 3D fractal creator. Fractals have a mesmerizing effect when stared at. An endless array of images repeating and morphing into a new images. What is more fascinating is the appearance of a 3D object that is actually one dimensional.
Stunning Metal Sculptures Made from Old Watch Parts
In this series, artist and sculptor Susan Beatrice has designed amazing sculptures made from old watch parts. Many of them are contained within the case of a pocket watch. The artist started a jewelry company using earth-friendly items called All Natural Arts and is based out of Glassboro, New Jersey in the United States. You can find more of her stunning work at her website.
Several of many amazing sketches made by a solder in the A.E.F fighting in France, and on special duty to sketch for A.E.F.’s official newspaper “The Stars and Stripes”