The Modernist sandcastles of Coney Island
With over 170,000 views on Flickr, Calvin Seibert’s creations are admired by the world. But what drives one man to spend 10 hours painstakingly building a brutalist sandcastle, only for it to be swept away by the sea or destroyed by drunks? We spoke to him about how a hobby that began at art school turned into a lifelong passion. …
I like making things and tend to work with whatever is at hand. Building sandcastles at a beach to me is a very natural thing to be doing. As a child, I saw photographs of the French ski resort of Flaine. I was very taken by the brutalist buildings, designed by Marcel Breuer. Since then I have always gone out of my way to see brutalist architecture and when I build sandcastles I have them in mind.
Terry Border’s whimsical ‘Wiry limbs, paper backs’ series
Books come to life as characters of themselves.
They make a great collection, though I don’t think they’ll want to hang around on your bookshelf for long.
People Too create striking paper sculptures for Amnesty’s brutality campaign
Their deceptively delicate and very intricate creations for Amnesty International’s Fan the Flame campaign, which are fashioned entirely from white paper. Depicting acts of violence and brutality with a quiet poignancy that is hard to match is any other medium, the detailed sculptures all the more impressive for their impermanence.
High Security: 150 creepy cameras installed on 1 blank wall
While the prop cams are both inactive in practice and redundant in theory (since they all appear to be looking at the same spot), the effect of feeling watched by many eyes is still disproportionately unsettling.
Nope. A big duck in, like, the actual sea and that. “We’re one family and all the waters in the world is our global bathtub”, explains artist Florentijn Hofman.
- Giant inflatable ‘rubber duck’ floats into Hong Kong – video (guardian.co.uk)
- World’s Biggest Rubber Duck by Florentijn Hofman (123inspiration.com)
- The World’s Largest Rubber Duck in Hong Kong (enpundit.com)
- The World’s Largest Rubber Duck Arrives in Hong Kong (thisiscolossal.com)
- World’s Biggest Rubber Duck Debuts in Hong Kong (mymodernmet.com)
- Florentijn Hofman’s Giant Inflatable ‘Rubber Duck’ Floats to Hong Kong (laughingsquid.com)
“A somewhat sentimental take on a mass produced object becoming defunct, the handlebars are given the care and craft of a demented, preserved family pet. The bikes have now been re-appropriated as a family heirloom.”
Lionel Bawden constructs elaborate and fluid sculptures strictly with Staedtler pencils.
“The paper cut sculptures explore the probable and magical transformation of the flat sheet of paper into figures that expand into the space surrounding them. The negative and absent 2 dimensional space left by the cut, points out the contrast to the 3 dimensional reality it creates, even though the figures still stick to their origin without the possibility of escaping. In that sense there is also an aspect of something tragic in many of the cuts.”
I love the sketchiness of the horse sculptures, they look really ad hoc, thrown together, very energetic but I can’t imagine for a moment that these were quick to build.