0 The 2015 RUSSIAN POLITICAL SATIRE CALENDAR By Andrei Budaev

Budaev has a workshop in Moscow near the
downtown Ulitsa Maroseika. | Vladimir Filonov / MT
He make have a sleepy look to him but Andrei Budaev, who is in his late 40s, dress simply but speaks quickly. He has been doing political caricatures for almost 20 years, since the Yeltsin era and is best known for his recreations of classical painting, mainly Russian, with faces of political figures crafted onto them.

"Not one work of art is protected from him in the history of humanity," German news magazine Der Spiegel sardonically commented a few years ago.

Budaev told Der Spiegel that "I bring our politicians back to earth. I want them to understand that they're not gods."

 Photos by budaev





0 The MULTIFUNCTIONAL "S-POT' STONEWARE COLLECTION By Maddalena Selvini

Combining warmth – both physically and aesthetically. Maddalena Selvini has created a set of pots and objects that can be piled together on the same fire for cooking or warming up the stones. “Pietra Ollare”, is the material being used, which is specific soapstone from Valtellina, Italy. Each piece is handmade according to, as she puts it, an old craft that is slowly being forgotten.

These pots are naturally lubricated (from the talco), which not only feels nice to the touch but also keeps its warmth for a long time. Maddalena also states on her site:

For this reason these pieces can be spread around the house as warm objects for the body. Because of the properties of this stone I could use the sand left over by the lathe to create a new kind of stoneware and glaze. Therefore nothing gets wasted and plates, cups and teapot become part of the S-POT. With this project I hope to bring the intimate feeling of a stove back into our homes.


0 A SAUNA LIKE NO OTHER - THE CANADIAN GROTTO SAUNA By Partisans

Designing and building a grotto, (any type of natural or artificial cave), is not unusual, but designing and building a grotto that's also a sauna, being close to water and dealing with a prehistoric large-scale rock formation, well, that takes a bit more research, planning... and skill.

Using state of the art 3-D technology to scan, model and build this sculpted grotto, a local design studio, Partisans, was able to create this free-standing structure that not only blends with its elements, but would respect and mature with it as well.

Now, perched on a private island north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, a beautifully sculpted space now exists to create a sensual experience for its owners.

All images courtesy of Partisans.


0 The ART of FRUITS AND VEGGIES SKATEBOARDING THROUGH THE KITCHEN By Benoit Jammes

Really cool and unique illustrations of fruits and vegetables skateboarding through a kitchen comes to life by Paris-based artist, Benoit Jammes. This 'skitchen' series, so aptly called as a result of compromising the words skate and kitchen, has potatoes, tomatoes and various produces showing of their skateboarding skills whether it be jumping into the sink or traversing some edges. Too bad we can't say the same for the unfortunate tomato!


skateboarding fruits and veggies put the pro in produce

0 The "SUPER FLEMISH" SERIES By Sacha Goldberger

What if Superman was born in the sixteenth century?
And what if the Hulk was a Duke?
How might Van Eyck have portrayed Snow White?

All images ©Sacha Goldberger

This art project took Sacha Goldberger 2 years (and with the aid of 110 people - including look-alike models and costume makers), to create, and the results are magnificent! The costumes are incredibly detailed and vibrant, and seeing Iron man or even Superman adorn in 17th century 'dresses', perplexes the mind in the most interesting yet positive of ways. Wolverine doesn't look as threatening anymore...



0 PAMPSHADE: REAL BREAD LAMPS By Yukiko Morita

Loafs of bread and buns always signify warmth and comfort so creating a warm light from breads, we though, was an ingenious idea! Enter the Pampshade.

Back in 2006, Yukiko Morita, a teenager at the time, realized her love for bread and yeast when she got a part-time job working at a small bakery in Kyoto.

“I love bread. Bread is cute,” she says. “I want to display it in my room and stare at it.”  But of course, you can only keep bread in your room for so long before it starts to 'decay'. So, Morita set to work on creating a bread prototype that could double as an interior design.




0 GROUND MEAT Works of Art

What better way to attract customers to your produce than to make them eye-catching? A grocery store in Seattle by the name of Uwajimaya, makes sculptures out of the freshest ground beef and pork which they ground themselves. Their amazing meat displays ranges from castles and cartoon characters to pigs and spiders and are all created by their talented meat department team and the grocery store meat manager Kieran Gormley is the food artist behind the Tumblr Epic Grinds.




0 ANTHILL SCULPTORS

AnthillArt.com makes art sculptures out of anthills. Aluminum sculptures of actual anthills to be precise. They are made by pouring the molten metal into the tunnels and chambers of the nest of anthills. (See the video at the end). And as they put it:
The result is an amazing sculpture showing the intricate detail of the nest architecture. The cast is then mounted for display on a wood base. Each display has a stainless steel plaque mounted on the base with information on the cast and a unique cast number. These make perfect displays for a home or as an educational piece for teachers and professors to display in a science classroom or laboratory.

An Anthill Cast

This cast has a very interesting structure that I haven’t seen in any of the other fire ant colony casts. Instead of having a single distinct tapering structure to it like the other casts, this cast has a large main structure and two offshoots near the ground surface: one toward the front of the display and one to the side, which almost looks like a separate distinct colony.

Cast #067 - Aluminum Fire Ant Colony Casting


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0 INTENTIONALLY AWKWARD OBJECTS By Katrina Kamprani

If looking at these photos makes you cringe, then Katrina Kamprani has done her job of creating what she calls The Uncomfortable Collection. Check out these uncomfortable objects of art she has created!






0 25 AMAZING CREATIONS USING EVERYDAY OBJECTS By Gilbert Legrand

Who would have thought you could create such animated looking objects out of mundane things we use every day! Gilbert Legrand has given us a whole new perspective on the tools, utensils, and other household items such as brushes, a spray bottle and even zippers!  

"My Little Enterprise" - (Hammer 'n Nails)

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"A Pipe Breaker" - (Tobacco Pipes)

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0 A SMILEY FACE HIDDEN AMONG 36,445 SCREWS - An INSTALLATION By studio yumakano

This installation project by studio yumakano entails an assortment of screws, 36,445 to be precise, in varying depths, to create a tactile texture. The nails portray a pattern which represents the city, Hamamatsu, famous for its industrial hub with the manufacturing giant, Suzuki, known for its cars, motorcycles and other instruments, calling it home.

The amount of screws embedded, 36,445, is the same number of officially registered businesses located in the metropolis.

All images courtesy of yumakano

’36445+1screw:)’ Installation
The project is currently on display in a multi-story parking lot of Hamamatsu city, Shizuoka, Japan, courtesy of design east 05 camp.




Touching the surface

0 CREATIVELY EDIBLE-LOOKING SHOES By Shoe Bakery

Chris Campbell is the Head Artist of Shoe Bakery. His love for shoes and sweets has allowed him to create the most unique and delectable-looking set of shoes we've ever seen. All their shoes are handmade and the attention to detail is so amazing that we were literally drooling after viewing the photos.


0 AN ARTIST'S CANVAS USING OLD BOOKS

These awesome artworks by artist Mike Stilkey puts old reclaimed books to good use by using their covers as canvases. What a great idea! Instead of tossing out these old books, he uses his artistic talents to bring them to life and showcases all his artworks in galleries throughout the world.


0 MINI BIKES AND CARS MADE OUT OF OLD WATCH PARTS

Some of us go through watches a great deal an once they no longer work, we would toss them aside and never giving it another thought that they could be reused again. Not Dmitriy Khristenko, a Ukranian-born American artist who has some amazing talent!  From flea markets to waste baskets, he finds these old watches everywhere and then dismantles them and put them back together in a whole other unexpected way! Check out these models of cars and bikes he made from old watches!




0 AMAZING WATERMELON CARVINGS BY CLIVE COOPER

Watermelon like many other foods in the world of art is never just for eating. We've seen watermelon sculptures and carvings before but nothing like the ones Vancouver-based food artist, Clive Cooper from Sparksfly Design has.


Clive's amazing watermelon carving of an Alligator



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0 THE MINIATURE PAINTINGS BY Turkish Artist, Hasan Kale

Meet Hasan Kale, the artist from Istanbul who paints on things so small an unimaginable it will leave you in awe. No canvas is too tiny or weird for him to paint on. Take for example peanuts in a shell. He doesn't just paint on the shell but rather on the peanut itself! Half a peanut at that! He'll paint a drawing not on the entire shell but a sliver of the shell.

He purposely chooses difficult objects and how small they are or how well they absorb paint is not as important to him. What is important to him, is how they come to life and bring joy to people....



1 COLOURFUL BOEING 737 FOR TEAM BRAZIL'S 2014 FIFA WORLD CUP TRAVEL

You won't miss this colourful big bird in the sky that's for sure! Vibrant colours, from nose to tail and even the engine are painted on this 737 Boeing plane by Brazilian artist twins, Osgemeos. The pictures fittingly represents the colourful people of the Brazilian culture and are depicted in the twin artists' styles with elongated faces, quirky outfits, colourful skin and animated expressions.

It will be transporting the Brazilian National Football team from city to city during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Games.





quirky outfits, colorful skin and animated expressions wrap around the plane

0 THE EDIBLE BEYONCE OREO POP-TRAIT (made from 3780 pops)

Another yummy and most definitely edible creation by the one and only MICHELLE WIBOWO...   


The scrumptious five foot by eight foot portrait was made entirely of Oreo pops - crushed Oreo biscuits mixed with Philadelphia cream cheese – each pop was handmade in different consistencies to create 2244 dark pops and 1536 lighter pops; an impressive 3780 pops in total! The full creation required eight hours of careful construction on the day and more than six weeks planning.


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Food artist Michelle said: “When I was asked to create a pop icon portrait using just Oreo pops, new mum and superstar BeyoncĂ© seemed the natural choice. It took a long time to map the exact position for each pop and create a recognisable likeness, but the hardest part of the process was trying not to eat it!


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Impressive 3780 pops in total!
Impressive 3780 pops in total! 
      



Former Atomic Kitten pop star, Jenny Frost and her son Caspar had fun helping to create the tasty A-list likeness as part of a campaign to inspire families to have more fun in the kitchen together.   mb4      



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