These Crochet Playgrounds Are All the Rage in Sapporo, Japan

Toshiko Horiuchi-MacAdam is the artist behind these genius playgrounds, located at the open air Hakone Open-Air Museum in Sapporo Japan. What’s so fascinating about these crocheted playgrounds is that the idea came as a ‘happy accident.’

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::: This is Horrorgami, Origami Gone Mad :::

Marc Hagan-Guirey

is the mastermind behind Paper Dandy and this Horrorgami series. 

This whole series is entirely composed of Marc’s favorite haunted houses that he has recreated so carefully and precisely. Each of these masterpieces is made from one solitary piece of paper and without any glue whatsoever.

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In the spirit of Halloween, check out these insanely carved punkins!

Who does these incredibly detailed carvings?

What I wonder as I look at these incredible carvings is how long does it take Ray Villafane to make one of these sculptures? How long does he have before the pumpkins start decaying and turning brown? Every picture I have seen is at the end stage or the during phase, and there is absolutely no brown spots or soft spots! And yet, according to a recent article, one sculpture averages out to take around eight hours to create. (That’s an average!) So some could take more than that time, and yet how does he beat the clock?

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This Graffiti Artist Creates His Work in 3D ::: Meet Shaka

SHAKA is a visual artist who incorporates a unique 3D in his work. It uses a process that allows him to sculpt directly onto the canvas. His theatrical scenes beyond the literal space of the work to create a bridge to the place where we are. The characters challenge us by their behavior often exacerbated. Faces are fragmented, ribbed, made of abstract shapes or figurative tending to complicate or to codify their behavior, giving the impression that they wear a mask. This show is a static call the meeting to deal with nonsense reflection of our way of being in everyday life.

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Street Art Series #3 ::: Rome Street Artists ::: Invader, Street and Lex, Ludo

Last April, I remember seeing sooo many of Invader’s “space invaders” all over the city of Paris, where I got engaged a year ago. Fast-forward about a year, and this May, I will be officially out of the “single” market and happily entering a new chapter, as my new hubby and I will be heading to Rome to celebrate!

Although I love surprises, I want to purposefully try to seek out these pieces during our trip. It’ll be like a treasure hunt – with the only treasure will only exist in the digital photograph or video form. After researching all of the street art that’s been incorporated through Italy, I wanted to showcase a few that have expressed themselves brilliantly throughout Rome. Here are some of the pieces I hope to see in person:

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Here are more about these artists and their work:

INVADER

STEN AND LEX

LUDO


Street Art Series #2 ::: Slinkachu ::: A Tiny Street Art Collection (1 of 3)

Street Art Series #2 ::: Slinkachu ::: A Tiny Street Art Collection (1 of 3)

Slinkachu is a is a British street artist and photographer who received a ton of notoriety on the scene for his “Little People,” which consist of installations of these tiny scenes that date back to 2006 at various locations through the streets of London. His art has been featured in numerous exhibitions in London and Norway. In his own words, this is how he describes his work, where he came up with the concept and why…

My ‘Little People Project’ started in 2006. It involves the remodelling and painting of miniature model train set characters, which I then place and leave on the street. It is both a street art installation project and a photography project. The street-based side of my work plays with the notion of surprise and I aim to encourage city-dwellers to be more aware of their surroundings. The scenes I set up, more evident through the photography, and the titles I give these scenes aim to reflect the loneliness and melancholy of living in a big city, almost being lost and overwhelmed. But underneath this, there is always some humour. I want people to be able to empathise with the tiny people in my works.

In the business of life, we are all guilty of coasting through life, getting caught up in our own little worlds. These “little worlds” of his put everything in perspective. Plus, they’re so perfectly constructed that the composition in each shot just tells its own story. If I’m ever walking the streets in London, I will be sure to keep an eye out for one of these scenes. Just a brilliant concept that’s executed so strategically… LOVE his work!

Street Art Series #1 ::: Legos ::: Dispatch Work

Street Art Series #1 ::: Legos ::: Dispatch Work

With dispatchers in almost 25 places worldwide, these street artists have come together and showcased their installations unifying all of these varied locations in one united place – the inter-webs. Whether you’re viewing the work from Tel Aviv or from New York, Amsterdam or Barcelona… the work is the same and consistent everywhere. The Dispatch Workers manage to fill the gaps of older structures – or do their “patch work” so-to-speak – with nothing but stacking LEGOS!!! Alternating different colored legos to create these really eye-catchy patterns. Something so simple – yet ever so clever and brilliant! You take a familiar toy from childhood – and an incredibly recognized brand at that – and use these plastic stacking, primary colored blocks as a way to finish off the structural inadequacies. In short, they literally fill in the gaps and replace the holes where cement or concrete once filled – like I said – it’s just ingenious! Let’s review this again… they take plastic structural-building toy blocks to replace the holes from a “durable” material such as concrete or cement – just so much ironic hilarity in this concept, I f’n love it!!!

On a side note, I’ll be going to Italy on my honeymoon in a couple months, and I will make a point to seek out these installations, if they happen to still be there. Who knows… maybe I’ll get lucky and find them.

Also, stay tuned as I will be posting more to contribute to showcasing these street artists. They are free thinkers, go against the grain and they are anything but the status quo. We need more of those in this world – before the corporate culture and our governments stamp it out. Oh, and to end on a lighter note… I really like their work, how it’s executed and just how much fun it represents!  For now, if you’d like to check out more artwork, check out this site in the meantime.