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SurpRICE

Wolfgang Laib Pours 30,000 Piles of Rice

Wolfgang Laib Pours 30,000 Piles of Rice rice multiples installation Chicago

Wolfgang Laib Pours 30,000 Piles of Rice rice multiples installation Chicago

Wolfgang Laib Pours 30,000 Piles of Rice rice multiples installation Chicago

Wolfgang Laib Pours 30,000 Piles of Rice rice multiples installation Chicago

For his latest exhibition at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, German artist Wolfgang Laib poured over 30,000 piles of rice and seven piles of pollen to create one of his largest installations ever entitled Unlimited Ocean. Laib worked with several SAIC alumni during a ten day residency in October to pour each small mound resulting in an enormous grid that covers much of the expansive Sullivan North Gallery in downtown Chicago.

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Wafer Thin

Food Architecture

Food Architecture studio food architecture

Food Architecture studio food architecture

Food Architecture studio food architecture

Gary Bryan photographs these perfect little edible structures without the use of CGI using nothing but great lighting and little cookie wafers.

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Bâtiment (Building)

A Giant Mirrored Building Facade Turns Anyone into Spiderman

A Giant Mirrored Building Facade Turns Anyone into Spiderman optical illusion mirrors installation architecture

A Giant Mirrored Building Facade Turns Anyone into Spiderman optical illusion mirrors installation architecture

A Giant Mirrored Building Facade Turns Anyone into Spiderman optical illusion mirrors installation architecture

How fun is this? Bâtiment (Building) is a mirrored installation by artist Leandro Erlichcurrently on display at Le 104 in Paris as part of their In_Perceptions exhibition. The piece is clever in its simplicity: a massive building facade is constructed on the floor near a towering mirror giving anyone reflected the uncanny appearance of being weightless. Optical illusions are familiar territory for Erlich, whose pool installation appears to plunge air-breathing gallery patrons several feet underwater.

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Pencil Box

Pencil Collections

Pencil Collections sculpture pencils

Pencil Collections sculpture pencils

Pencil Collections sculpture pencils

I love these little pencil rectangles from Amsterdam-based Flickr user bisybackson.

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Cage Bird

A bird made of birdcages

A bird made of birdcages wood sculpture birds

Here’s something unexpected. Just spotted this new sculpture of a bird made from dozens of birdcages by Kum Chi-keung as part of the Sculpture Dimension exhibition at Grotto Hong Kong.

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Words can Fly

Words Can Fly: A 3D Typographic Poster in Support of Fukushima, Japan

Words Can Fly: A 3D Typographic Poster in Support of Fukushima, Japan typography paper origami Japan birds

Words Can Fly: A 3D Typographic Poster in Support of Fukushima, Japan typography paper origami Japan birds

Words Can Fly: A 3D Typographic Poster in Support of Fukushima, Japan typography paper origami Japan birds

Words Can Fly: A 3D Typographic Poster in Support of Fukushima, Japan typography paper origami Japan birds

Words Can Fly: A 3D Typographic Poster in Support of Fukushima, Japan typography paper origami Japan birds

This beautiful typographic poster made of folded paper was designed and constructed by Montreal-based designers Kyosuke Nishida, Brian Li and Dominic Liu for the Words Can Fly A Thousand Miles Project. The piece shows a number of origami cranes bursting through the surface of carefully crafted type. Via their website:

This design was inspired by the Japanese traditional custom, Senbazuri, which means a group of a thousand origami cranes. It is customary to fold these cranes to wish someone luck. We wanted to pay tribute to this custom through the process of constructing the paper sculpture.

The words on the poster were inspired by the instant encouragement and consoling words that Japanese people were able to receive just after the tsunami and earthquakes hit Japan, through social networking services such as Facebook and Twitter.

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Seed Faces

Seed Faces

Seed Faces recycling plants paper organic home gardening faces

Seed Faces recycling plants paper organic home gardening faces

Seed Faces are little heads made from recycled paper pulp. You put the suckers in some dirt and in a few days heirloom sprouts grow out of their friggen’ faces. If you want, you can then eat them.