Magical Scenes Sculpted with Chicken Wire

London-based artist Benedetta Ubaldini uses an interesting medium to craft a variety of three dimensional sculptures. Each hand-sculpted animal and figure is skillfully built using chicken wire. The artist says, “The simplicity of this material contains the magical power of transparency that is capable of giving each piece the lightness of an apparition, a ghostlike quality, like a trace from a memory.”

The transparent, overlapping figures form whimsical and unexpected scenes that you might see in a children’s storybook. Ubaldini shapes the permeable material into giant rabbits, hot pink pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and floating clouds that fill a gallery space. She experiments with colors and lighting to produce installations that, she says, “give a sense of wonder and magic,” and awaken the imagination in all of us.

Benedetta Ubaldini’s website
via [Farewell Kingdom]

January 19, 2017

Adorable Red Panda Cub Can’t Stop Hugging Toy That Looks Just Like Her

As if Maiya—a recovering red panda cub living at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia—wasn’t already completely adorable, the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed 2-month-old has recently been photographed with a cuddly new companion: a same-species stuffed animal. In November, Amala, a beloved red panda at the zoo, gave birth to Maiya. At first, the little one was happy and healthy. Not long ago, however, she was traumatically injured while being carried in her mother’s mouth.

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