Stone busts carved from stacked books


Sculptor Long-Bin Chen creates art out of recycled books and magazines; his current show, at Charleston's Halsey, features a series of pieces that appear to be solid sculptures, but which are actually carved stacks of books, painted and surfaced on one side. He has recently completed a set of enormous Buddha heads carved from stacks of phone books. As the Halsey explains, "The Buddha sculptures represent the missing heads of many ancient Buddha figures that have been looted from Asia and sold to Western museums and collectors. Since colonial times, Westerners have taken heads from the Buddha statues in Asia and brought them back to the West. While one finds so many Buddha heads in Western museums and galleries, an equal number of Buddha bodies in Asia are headless. When carved into phone books, Chen's Buddha heads contain the names and numbers of millions of residents."

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Fluorescent, pissing Lenin statue


A fluorescent statue of a urinating VI Lenin has been erected in Nowa Huta, a town built by the old Stalinist regime. The Soviet-era Lenin that stood in the spot was subjected to multiple unsuccessful attempts by activists to blow it up. The new statue, "Fountain of the Future," is a temporary installation that is meant to spur debate about what statue should be permanently installed in its place.

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Sculptures made from repeating human bone motifs


Czech artist Monika Horčicová makes beautiful, haunting sculptures comprised of repeated, 3D-printed human bones. They remind me of the Capela dos Ossos in Portugal, whose walls and vaults are lined with bones of 5,000 parishoners from nearby churches. There's something about Czech artists and bones, it seems -- witness Alice, Jan Svankmajer's classic taxidermy adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.

PRÁCE / WORKS | Monika Horčicová (via Kadrey)

Automata clock-monster with moving eyes

Automata builder Dug North sez, "I combined my love of clocks with my affinity for wooden monsters to create this monster clock with moving eyes. The monster is made of basswood, ebony, and tagua nut. A small weight-driven German clock movement powers the eyes and clock. It is titled simply 'Monster Clock No. 1,' which implies I may be making more of these. Please do!

Moving-eyed monster clock by Dug North now on display

Incredible movie character sculptures

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Bobby Causey makes incredibly realistic sculptures of movie characters, some life-size, and some thumb-size. More below. (via Laughing Squid)

Christopher reeve sculpture by bobbyc1225 d32lvz4

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AT-AT made from old skateboards


Derek Keenan's AT-AT made from old skateboards is part of the Deathstar Blues show at Denver's Black Book Gallery. It sells for $2,000.

Deathstar Blues (via Super Punch)

Real-world wireframes: sculpture from Louise Wilson


Another find from the Contemporary Craft Festival: the beautiful and eerie everyday objects turned into wireframes by Louise Wilson, whose pieces were as much fun to look at and handle in person as you'd imagine from these photos. They were surprisingly robust, too.

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Melting life-sized candle-man


This melting paraffin man is is an untitled piece by Urs Fischer, who does a lot of amazing life-sized paraffin pieces. (via Crazy Abalone)

Chrome skull knife-block


Monica Tsang's 2011 Skull Knife Stand sculpture appears to be a one-off, and not an object of commerce, and that is a silvery, skull-shaped shame. (via Kadrey)

Blind Eye Sees All: surveillance sculptures that benefit EFF


Jud Turner's latest sculpture is the haunting "Blind Eye Sees All (No Secrets Anymore)" (above); he's produced 50 miniatures (right) based on it whose sale benefits the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He writes, "I am saddened at what my country has become in the last 30 years. I read '1984' in 1984 as a 14 year old, and have worried about the rise of the surveillance state ever since. I don't know what to do other than to make art that communicates, and support entities like EFF."

Thank you, Jud.

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Apex Predator Red Shoes with teeth


Red Shoes is a welcome addition to Fantich & Young's Apex Predator sculptures (previously) in which shoe-soles are studded with false teeth in a wonderfully gross echo of hyperdontia (warning, a bit icky). This seems like the kind of thing you could do yourself with some Sugru and some old dentures. In fact, I may have to give it a go. (via Crazy Abalone)

Octoploid & Bartholomew the Rhinoceros: Assemblage sculpture/junkbots from Jud Turner


The brilliant found-object/assemblage sculptor Jud Turner (previously) has unveiled two new pieces: Bartholomew the Rhinoceros, a "half-life-size" rhino made from motorcycle and snowmobile parts; and Octoploid, the standout of the two (though it's a close-run thing), which is headed for Reantus's offices.

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Convertible Hudson Spaceship from Tinkerbots


Many's the time I've featured the beautiful Tinkerbots of San Diego's Dan Jones. This time, my eye's been caught by his Hudson Skymaster convertible spaceship, which he added to the Boing Boing Flickr pool.

Hudson Skymaster

Melted cassette tape skulls and skeletons


Here's gallery of skeletons and skulls made from melted-down cassette tapes by Brian Dettmer. Memento mori for a dead medium.

Brian Dettmer's Melted Casette Tape Skeletons and Skulls

(via Neatorama)

Bruno the bear's tragic demise commemorated in sleeping bag form


In 2006, Bruno the bear appeared in Bavaria, the first wild bear spotted in the region for 170. So they hunted him down and killed him.

Artist Eiko Ishizawa has commemorated Bruno's life and death with a sculptural sleeping bag shaped like Bruno's hide and head, which you climb into and zip shut. She's making a limited run, based on commissions. They're $2350 for adult bears and $2050 for kid-sized bears. If you buy one, Ishizawa would like you to photograph yourself in it around the world for a gallery of the wanderings of Bruno's avatars.

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