"Anger Release Machine": a coin-op for shattering fine breakables

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In 2008, the Swiss/Danish design team Yarisal & Kublitz created their "Anger Release Machine," a vending machine stocked with "crystal glasses, plates, porcelain, various items" (the catalog helpfully adds "70 x 77 x 182 cm") -- insert coin, shatter breakables, feel better. Read the rest

Adam Savage writes about space nerd sculptor Tom Sachs

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In Wired, our pal Adam Savage geeks out with Tom Sachs, a sculptor who makes incredibly intricate space-themed installations:

(Sachs had) mounted two Space Program exhibitions—the moon (at Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills) in 2007 and then Mars (at the Park Avenue Armory in New York) in 2012. There were the blue Tiffany Glock and orange Hermès hand grenade, and also a Chanel chain saw and a Prada toilet. And a foam-core R2-D2, which I’d collected pictures of as inspiration for building my own DIY Artoo, a decade before I knew who Sachs was.

We had a lot in common. We’re both obsessive organizers. We both make replicas. And when we’re in the shop and can’t think of what to work on, we build infrastructure—stands, shelves, benches. Sachs told me he’d cribbed construction ideas from MythBusters Now he uses my workshop when he’s on the West Coast, and I use his when I’m back east. Our wives describe our relationship status as “dating.”

When I look at Sachs’ workshop, what’s more familiar to me than the tools are the rituals, the signs of how Sachs turns prosaic objects and materials into art.

"Ground Control to Major Tom" by Adam Savage (Wired)

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Documentary on the past, present and future of typewriters

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Typewriter sculptor Jeremy Meyer sez, "I just got back from Telluride where the feature-length documentary by Doug Nichol called 'California Typewriter' premiered." Read the rest

Skull Walker: a scuttling skull-creature

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Y Nakajima's "Skull Walker 2.0" used the skull off an older sculpture and a HEXBUG Strand Beast Toy Figure (inspired by Theo Jansen's Strandbeest walkers) to create this brilliant piece of nightmare fuel. (via Laughing Squid) Read the rest

Grotesque, fleshy sculptures by Russel Cameron

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Russel Cameron's grotesque, beautiful sculptures "possess human characteristics such as skin texture and some form of anatomical structure," fashioned into blobby, nightmarish, sexual forms. Read the rest

Poseable Vitruvian Man action figure

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Is your David action figure lonely? Get him some much-needed companionship with this poseable Vitruvian Man, which comes "with a movable strut that makes it possible to recreate various scenes." Read the rest

Sculptor builds tiny, elaborate treehouses in house-plants

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Jedediah Voltzby's Somewhere Small sculpture series is composed of 25 tiny treehouses painstakingly built around houseplants, drawing on Voltzby's extensive experience as a props-master for films. Read the rest

Grotesque portraits of people with Play-Doh deformities

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Portugese artist Tomba Lobos sculpts bizarre facial deformities out of Play-Doh and then uses Photoshop to apply them to his subjects.

"I would like to think this project as a low budget tribute to old school Special Effects wich can be seen, for instance, on Cronenberg's movies like Videodrome and Chris Cunningham's music videos like Rubber Johnny," Lobos writes.

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Learn about modern sculpture, and make your own

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David A. Carter and James Diaz' You Call That Art?! is a great, brief history of modern sculpture that encourages you to make your own!

Perfect for middle and high school age students, this book offers a brief look at 10 great 20th-century artists: Auguste Rodin, Constantin Brancusi, Pablo Picasso, Naum Gabo, Alexander Calder, Isamu Noguchi, Jean Arp, Marcel Duchamp, Louise Nevelson, and Lygia Clark. Stories about these artists, and their works, serve as inspiration for your own crazy projects!

The book also comes complete with its own set of die-cut cardboard pieces that fit together any way you like. Having taken residence on our coffee table, designing odd new sculptures has be come a household pastime.

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Artist installs rooms beneath Milan's sewer entrances

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Biancoshock, an artist in Milan, created these "Borderlife" installations that appear to be underground rooms beneath the city's sewer-entrances, as a way of calling attention to homelessness, especially in Bucharest, where 600 people are living in the sewer tunnels. Read the rest

Beautiful, improbable, amazing electronic sculptures from Maddscientist39110

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Maddscientist39110 is a sculptor and electronic artist who creates beautiful, functional, and, above all, improbable synthesizers and lamps (and such) out of shiny metal and found objects. Read the rest

Tentacled crib

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Rentdownstairs was expecting a new baby, so they commissioned Atlanta woodworker Garrick Andrus to carve this amazing tentacled crib out of walnut for the impending bundle of joy. Read the rest

Echo Observatory: beautiful, tactile fractal explorer with knobs on

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Love Hulten writes, "The Echo Observatory is a handcrafted tribute to fractals and self-similar patterns. It's a mysterious artifact that both generates and visualizes complex mathematical formations, in real-time." Read the rest

Junkbots from Madrid, recycled from iconic Spanish packaging

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Javier Arcos lives in Madrid, where he scouts junk to turn into some of the sweetest, snazziest junkbots I've ever seen (and I've seen a few). Read the rest

A hand-carved wooden clock that scribes the time on a magnetic board

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Suzuki Kango carved over 400 wooden parts for his senior thesis exhibition project: it uses "four magnetic stylus pens on a magnetic drawing board to mechanically write the full time every minute in 24-hour format." Read the rest

BT 622212453353: a machined sculptural component of a gadget from a better future

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Sculptor/machinist Chris Bathgate (previously) has posted the details of his latest piece, "BT 622212453353." Read the rest

Skulls carved from vegetable matter

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Dimitri Tsykalov, a Russian-born sculptor living in Paris, sculpted a series of gorgeous, haunting skulls out of fruits and vegetables in the mid-2000s (previously), documenting his work with photographic prints. Read the rest

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