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A Week of Visual Ingenuity

Submerged Turntable by Evan Holm

Apparently with the right electronics you can submerge a record player and still get nearly perfect audio, as demonstrated in this Submerged Turntable installation by artist Evan Holm.

A Massive Inflatable String Jungle Gym by Numen/For Use

Created by Croatian-Austrian collective Numen/For Use, String Prototype is a design for an inflatable volume containing a network of cables that can be explored similar to a jungle gym. The design group is known for their large-scale interactive environments made from tape and netting and this is their first foray into what they call "large geometric inflated objects."


A 19th Century Lithographer Transforms the Alphabet into a Series of Sweeping Landscapes

Buried in the archives of the British Museum is this wonderful series of lithographs from illustrator Charles Joseph Hullmandel that transforms the English alphabet into sweeping landscapes. Hullmandel was one of the most important figures in the advancement of British lithography in the first half of the 19th century and these particular pieces were produced sometime between 1818 and 1860.

Interactive Mirrors Built from Arrays of Moving Objects by Daniel Rozin

New York-based artist Daniel Rozin creates amazing installations and sculptures that have the ability respond to the presence of a viewer. Among his best known works are an ongoing series of interactive mirrors built from complex arrays of moving objects including wooden pegs, circular bands of laminated rings, plastic spokes and even pieces of discarded trash. Using custom software and video sensors Rozin has the sculptures react in real-time to create a live visual representation of a viewer's likeness.

New Flower Mandalas by Kathy Klein

Using the flower petals of carnations, daisies, mums and other wildflowers Arizona-based artist Kathy Klein creates temporary mandalas in outdoor locations near her home. She calls the pieces danmalas ('the giver of garlands' in Sanskrit), and each piece is photographed and then left to be discovered by others. If you're desperate for any hint of spring in your space, Klein now offers prints and has a 2014 calendar of her best works.

New Geometric Sandcastles from Calvin Seibert

New York-based sandcastle artist Calvin Seibert just returned from a 10-day trip to Hawaii where he completed a number of his abstract, geometric sandcastles. For the past 30 years Seibert has worked as a sculptor's assistant and puts some of his acquired skills in construction and basic carpentry to use while executing these perfect, angular sand structures.

Dollface: Bizarre Portraits Made from Repurposed Toy Parts by Freya Jobbins

Using dismembered plastic parts from old dolls and other toys, artist Freya Jobbins assembles these exceedingly strange portraits of people and pop culture icons. Chances are when viewing these you fall firmly into one of two camps: the highly amused or the highly disturbed. Regardless, it's hard to deny the incredible amount of labor that goes into each piece, from the exploration of form and the use of color to make each anatomical amalgamation.

From the Colossal Shop: Tool Roll-ups from Winter Session

Perfect for holding pens, pencils, bicycle tools, makup brushes, paint brushes or any other kind of tool, these beautifully handmade tool roll-ups from Winter Session will never let you down. Available in four color combinations, each roll up is made from waxed cotton canvas and can be adjusted to match the height of any object.  

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