Wednesday, July 30, 2008
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When commuters turned up at Waterloo Station this morning they could have been forgiven for thinking their luck had finally come in.
Would they buy a yacht, pack their job in and go on a holiday or buy that super-car they’d always wanted?
Unfortunately the mountains of cash that they could see cascading out of an opened vault onto the station’s floor were in fact just part of an elaborate 3D piece of art drawn in chalk.
Mounted on a fake wall in the middle of the station, the image shows a giant vault in a brick wall that is over-spilling with banknotes.
This is actually the latest three-dimensional street painting by renowned American artist Kurt Wenner. A former Nasa illustrator, he began street painting in Rome in 1982, inspired by Renaissance frescos and sculptures.
He translated anamorphism - the technique used by classical artists to create the illusion of height - into a new way of painting to give depth to the street surface.
The art form became known as anamorphic, illusionistic or simply 3D art, and has gained huge popularity around the world.
His latest work, seen here in these remarkable photographs, looks even more stunning when viewed through 3D glasses.
The work was commissioned by price comparison website comparethemarket.com to demonstrate just how much money - £16 million - they believe they have saved their customers on their car insurance policies this year.
Wenner tends to concentrate on classical myths and legends - other works have included Neptune's revenge and the love story of Echo and Narcissus.
One of his first commissions was a piece to honour the visit of Pope John Paul II to the Italian city of Mantua.
This is not the first time his work has brightened up Waterloo Station. Last year he created an image of a woman sitting on a sofa while a taxi crashed through her front wall, which was commissioned by Sky HD to promote its new advertising campaign.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
You saw that perfect sandcastle in your dream - it was reaching to heavens, rising from the surf's mist. It was magnificent and yet so eminently perishable. Welcome the Sultans (and wizards) of sand art to make all that a reality - and more, with incredible detail, creativity and imagination.
There are many fantastic sand art showcases / competitions around the world: held in China, Spain, Brazil, Canada (the ultimate "Tournament of Champions" in Harrison Hot Springs, British Colombia), Florida, Oregon, Texas, Virginia... featuring such undisputed masters like Amazin Walter, Rich Varano (The Sultan of Sand), William Lloyd, Carl Jarra and Suzzane Altamare compete alongside artists from all over the world.
Perhaps the most sophisticated fairy tale sculpture in recent memory
Too bad they are made out of sand, and so will be impossible to preserve, other than in pictures। The traditional fantasy themes - sand castles, dragons, maidens and other fairy tale details - are brought to life so lovingly and with such abundance of detail that it simply transcends the genre:
William Lloyd works on the baby dragon
"The Princess Power" by Rich Varano:
This is how it's done... slowly and with feeling (imagine sculpting every single scale on that dragon) -
A perfect family to inhabit all this sand real estate -
Get yourself a couch to sleep on in the worst case -
A life of the mundane, rendered in sand
Bedroom Scene (a little abrasive relationship... ok, I will stop my puns here)
Time Mirror: on the left is "looking into the past", on the right - "looking into the future"-
The weirdness never ends... -
This is perhaps a commentary on the urban sprawl:
"The Church, The Steeple and all the People" by John Gowdy and Michael Velling:
Nostalgia for winter... Blasphemy! -
Sand people need to go to the sand outhouses to do their sand business... "Occupied!" -
Horror is a common theme (work of Dan Doubleday and Meredith Corson) -
"The End of the Knight" tells an equally sad story:
Something gruesome happened here:
Sand sculptures in Lommel, Belgium:
The images above & below are from the sand art shows in Japan, and in Durham, NC, USA.
The Squids! The Squids! Give us the squids
"Goaaaal!" by Gianni Schimarini - via:
Well, of course, the problem with even the mightiest of sand sculptures... there are going to be blown in the wind... smothered by waves... no trace will be left of them...
"The dust you are, to dust you will return!" -
Even if you don't possess sculpting skills you can still impress the beach crowd. There is definitely "more than meets the eye" here
Trust Chinese to make creepy sand sculptures for the sake of propaganda (more info) -