Category - Art

Absolutely Incredible Sandcastles. #7 is Simply Mind Blowing.

With the summer season fast approaching, a trip to the beach is surely on many of your minds. The smell, the sights and the sounds all combine for one wonderful location to spend your leisure time. We all enjoy a nice dip in the ocean or a quick nap in the warm sun, and who can forget one of the sandy locale’s best activities, building a sandcastle. As we grow older, the frequency with which we take part might dwindle if there are no children accompanying us, but the joy remains. Not all of us move away from the beach activity as we get older though. Many become even more enamored with the creating and crafting of sandcastles. The crude and easily destroyed constructions of their youth have been replaced by intricately designed pieces of art that would hold up to any sculpture in beauty.

The results may become vastly different, but the tools used to create actually do not change much. Popular Mechanics asked two U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition winners what their essential tools were and at the top of their list was the ubiquitous five gallon bucket. Not surprisingly, gloves and shovels also made their list. And while most of the rest of their list would not have made it to the beach with you, they are mainly only used to provide the intricate final details necessary for competitive competition. We leave you with some incredible photos from a championship sandcastle competition. Enjoy, and let’s all try not to feel bad this summer when our crowning sand achievements last a whole 30 minutes before being washed away into the ocean.

Source: Popular Mechanics

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Unique Artist Creates Incredible Portraits on a Massive Scale

Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada is a Cuban-American artist who has quite the unique way of bringing his work to the world. If you were to see him, or on one of his larger projects him and his team of assistants, in the process of creation you would likely be very confused as to what was going on. This is because at close up and street level, his work quite frankly looks like nothing more than odd arrangements of various materials. And since he often brings materials to the site of his work, they’ll be completely foreign to the area.

His work truly takes shape though the farther and farther away you get from it. For most, the opportunity to truly appreciate his pieces only comes when they have the opportunity to view an aerial photo due to the fact that simply put, Jorge’s works are just downright huge.

How finely put together his pieces appear when viewed the way they were meant to be is remarkable given their massive size in relation to their creator. I cannot even comprehend the talent required to have such large lines and curves all fit together so perfectly – even the shading seems without flaw. Below are a few of his creations along with some peeks into the process that brought them to be.

Source: Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada

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Blind Sculptor Shares His Beautiful Gift With Others

Blind sculptor Felice Tagliaferri produces some of the finest, most beautiful sculptures in the world today. His works have been renowned in the art community after he rose to fame in 2008 after producing his own version of 1753 sculpture “Veiled Christ” after he was refused being allowed to touch it so he could experience the masterpiece in his own way. Now, he makes it his life work traveling the globe sharing his gift others.

Felice, who has been blind since he was 14 years old, has conducted many sculpting workshops for those without sight and his latest endeavor has taken him to India. There, he is conducting a two-week workshop where he will teach eager artists-in-training his skills, as he was taught by master sculptors in his youth. While the sculpture that helped him rise to fame eventually sold for $200k, truly the most meaningful reward for Felice will come March 12th, when his latest students will hold their debut at the Bethany Society, a local charitable organization.

Source: Felice Tagliaferri

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Tagliaferri’s reproduction of the Veiled Christ

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…and the original Veiled Christ produced in 1753 by Giuseppe Sammartino

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Experiencing his beautiful creations

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Teaching his craft to a young student

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Eager students hard at work

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Experiencing art Felice’s way

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"Papa Woijtyla"

“Papa Woijtyla”

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"Mamma Con Bambino"

“Mamma Con Bambino”

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"Donna Nel Vortice"

“Donna Nel Vortice”

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"Geisha Allo Specchio" \

“Geisha Allo Specchio”

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"Busto di Donna"

“Busto di Donna”

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"Donna Sdraiata In Marmo"

“Donna Sdraiata In Marmo”

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"Volto di Cristo In Marmo"

“Volto di Cristo In Marmo”

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"Busto di Giovane"

“Busto di Giovane”

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"Testa di Cavallo In Marmo"

“Testa di Cavallo In Marmo”

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