Archive

Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Sand Sculpture at Fort Meyers Beach

2011/02/08 2 comments

DSC_0508I attended the American Sandsculpting Championship at Fort Meyers Beach and was really blown away by the works. I had expected some nice sand castles with flourishes. But what I got were sculptures taller than me that often looked like stone and seemed impossible to execute in sand.

The rules are that the artists are allowed only sand, water, and tools to build the works. So no internal framework, no supporting members, and no glue (though I understand they are sprayed with a diluted glue mixture AFTER completion to hold them against the elements for viewing and judging).

Turns out that Fort Meyers Beach is one of the premier location for sand sculpting. Many beaches have sand which is composed of coarse roundish grains. Much of the sand on the Florida West Coast is very fine and powdery which is easy to see. What’s not so obvious is that the grains are more angular and this combined with the small size makes the sand much more cohesive and perfect for building and sculpting.

Official Site: http://sandsculptingfestival.com/

More of my pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/asantaballa/sets/72157625881886039/show/

–Al-

Categories: Art Tags: ,

You Think You’re Good at Recyclyng Bottles?

2010/05/20 1 comment

You have nothing on the Thai monks from the Sisaket province. Using One Million beer bottles, Heineken for green and Chang for brown, they’ve built a temple which serves an useful purpose, cleaned up some local pollution, and serves as a continuing visual reminder of the importance of working with the environment.

Read more and see pics at http://greenupgrader.com/4262/one-million-beer-bottles-later-and-its-a-buddhist-temple/

–Al-

Categories: Art, Green Tags: ,

The Art of Eva and Franco Mattes

This Italian couple’s latest work is taken from previous works of great artists. Literally. They are now exhibiting their piece “Stolen Prices” which is a combined display of tiny pieces taken from real famous artworks. The filchees include Kandinsky, Koons, Burri, and Warhol. The piece was kept secret from the 90’s so as to pass the stautue of limitations, but the couple claims their intent was not to harm the pieces, but to give tribute. Read the Washington Post Review and see more of the couple’s work including some interesting virtual world performances at http://0100101110101101.org (click on the large intro picture to get into the site).

–Al-

Categories: Art Tags:

The Art of Owen Freeman

I was reading this piece –“The Terrorist Next Door” — in the New York Times this morning about the car bomb in Times Square. But what caught my eye was this interesting illustration of Times Square done in a semi Cubist style in shades of gray.  It didn’t look so much a newspaper illustration as a neat work of art.

I saw the caption was for “Owen Freeman” and decided to look him up.  What a cool set of illustrations! His stuff looks on the face to be plain old illustration, but the pieces  capture your attention and make you look into them deeper. The one in the Times article made me stop reading the article right then and there and go look him up before finishing the read.

Since his work is for periodicals, most of them tell a story in a single image. But he does such a great job of that. This one , “Clapped“, tells about the punch that brought the man down. The dark, almost black, color and the “scratches” on the “print” set the mood of the fight. The red splotch of blood on the fallen man’s barely visible face, and the trace of blood on the attacker’s knuckle tell of the ferocity of that one punch that brought him down, the red standing in sharp contrast to the gray of the rest of the picture.

Take a look at some of the rest of his work. Very worth a peruse.

http://www.owenfreeman.com/

http://www.escapeintolife.com/artist-watch/owen-freeman/

http://tenthmil.com/campaigns/arts/owen_freemans_oceans

Categories: Art Tags: