Life-Size Driftwood Animal Sculptures by James Doran-Webb

British sculptor James Doran-Webb uses driftwood and recycled metal to construct remarkable, life-size sculptures of various animals. From horses and dogs to a lion and a deer, the artist has a vast collection of wooden animals, each boasting a uniquely textured construction.

Doran-Webb manages to manipulate his chosen materials to emulate the body and texture of his wild subjects. The knots, grooves, and rings on each piece of wood add to the visual value and life of each sculpture. Additionally, the sculptor most often reproduces the image of animals in motion, further heightening a sense of vitality and vigor.

Being that the artist has been creating his works, particularly working with wood, since a young age, he always felt the urge to give back. This year, Doran-Webb has launched a tree planting program, aptly dubbed 80,000 Trees. The artist’s ultimate goal through this personal endeavor is to plant 80,000 trees in Cebu, Philippines (where he is currently based) over the course of five years. The progress of this passion project can be tracked on his blog.

James Doran-Webb website

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Intricately Detailed Floating Cube Casts Stunning Shadows

We have always been big fans of Pakistan-born artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s mesmerizing art. In 2014, we raved about Intersections, a captivating wooden cube that cast dreamy shadows with a single light bulb. Fortunately for us, Agha is still creating intricate installations in this style, with her most recent, radiant piece being All The Flowers Are For Me. Like Intersections, All The Flowers Are For Me plays with light and space.

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