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Unconventional Mosaic Art

Six Time Mosaic Champion – Saimir Strati

Six Time Mosaic Champion – Saimir Strati

Each year from 2006-2011, Albanian artist Saimir Strati broke the Guiness World Record for the largest mosaic using nails, toothpicks, corks, paintbrushes, screws, and coffee beans.  His first record-breaking piece was a reproduction of a self portrait by Leonardo da Vinci created using more than half a million nails.  His other record shattering pieces include a horse made from toothpicks and a banknote made up of screws. The only thing more striking than the scale and materials Strati uses is his process. Strati creates the mosaics by hand where onlookers can watch him complete the mural one piece at a time.  Many people gather to watch the painstaking process....

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Unconventional Mosaic Art: Atom Animation

Unconventional Mosaic Art: Atom Animation

Nanophysicists at IBM set a record that will be hard to beat when they used atoms to make the world's smallest stop-motion film. Using a scanning tunneling microscope, the researchers used tiny magnets to move atoms one by one along a copper surface.

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Shattered Glass Animal Sculptures by Marta Klonowska

Shattered Glass Animal Sculptures by Marta Klonowska

The photos speak for themselves on this one. Using broken shards of colored glass, Marta Klonowska transformed what some people may call trash into beautifully unique sculptures. These sculptures reflect animals seen in baroque and romantic paintings by Peter Paul Rubens and Francisco de Goya. Her work appeared at the European Glass Context 2012, an exhibition known for focusing on artists that create contemporary glass and ceramic...

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Michael Kalish: Muhammad Ali reALIze

Michael Kalish: Muhammad Ali reALIze

Michael Kalish pays tribute to the most popular boxer in the world; Muhammad Ali through the work of an unconventional sculpture. This 22-foot-high sculpture combines 1,300 punching bags, 2,500 pounds of aluminum piping and 6 1/2 miles of steel cable to create the image of Muhammad Ali’s face. It was finished and on display at the Nokia Plaza L.A. in 2011 after taking 3 years to complete. Kalish is known for this type of artwork and was approached by Muhammad and his wife after seeing his license plate sculpture on television. “I love turning ordinary objects into extraordinary works of art,” said Kalish. “This is an opportunity of a lifetime and I’m...

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Painting with Pills by Andy Diaz Hope

Painting with Pills by Andy Diaz Hope

Andy Diaz Hope is a Standford graduate Artist from San Francisco, who took his digital photographs and transformed them into mosaics using gel capsules entitled; “Better Living”. This unique industrial designer says, The images are photographs that I print multiple times and then cut into a grid of squares which I roll and put into the capsules and press closed. The pills are then placed to recreate the image in a grid of capsules. The UV coatings are clear and used to preserve and protect the gelatin of the capsules. The message behind this project is to criticize pharmaceutical company practices and the relevance of drugs in todays culture, whether it be...

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