Hundreds of Paper Birds Roost in an Origami Chimney

Inspired by the Vaux’s swift, a species of birds that flock together in groups of 30 or more, and that build their nests in dark cavities, paper artist Bijian Fan has created this mesmerizing installation called Roosting . This particular work was inspired by the swifts in downtown Los Angeles. Due to the loss of much of their natural roosting habitat, hollow trunks and branches of old or dead trees, swifts must use places like brick chimneys to rest and sleep.

In this installation, the chimney, made of origami cubes, is an application of a curriculum Fan has created called Origami Mathematics Genius (or OMG). Taking the art or paper folding, he uses mathematics, from simple concepts such as geometry and fraction to more complicated concepts like spatial visualization and computer aided design, to create contemporary artwork.

It took Fan a month to fold the cubes of the chimney and cut all the birds. This gorgeous installation can be found at the Ojai Art Center until May 8 as part of the exhibition Paper & Beyond.

Bijian Fan’s website

January 23, 2017

Cinephile’s Ongoing Project Reveals Color Palettes Found in Famous Films

Fantastic cinematography can make a film unforgettable. When done well, it’s like every still frame is a work of art. Color plays a vital role in this, and a cinematographer’s choices set the mood of a scene. Graphic designer Ruby Radulescu demonstrates the importance of a movie’s color spectrum in a fascinating series called Movies in Color. The premise is simple: she creates detailed color palettes based on a frame of a famous film.

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January 22, 2017

Felted Bird Sculptures Celebrate the Colorful Details of Peacock Feathers

Captivated by color and fascinated with feathers, Australian artist Jill Ffrench handcrafts enchanting felted birds. In her splendid series of peacock pieces, Ffrench pays particular attention to the creatures’ tail feathers, which she adorns with beautifully balanced patterns and eye-catching designs. Composed only of wire, wax, and a range of colorful felt, the sculptures convey both the beauty of birds and the capabilities of the craft itself.

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