Sprawling Nature-Inspired Mural Drawn Entirely with a Sharpie

After seven long months of work, California-based artist Sean Sullivan finished Grand Pale Maw, an expansive drawing that covered the wall of a hallway in the Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) gallery. Using just a black marker, the artist started drawing with the image of a fallen oak tree in his mind, but his imagination quickly took off from there as he painstakingly drew heaps of rotting wood, fallen branches, knots and fissures, wild grass and plants, bushy leaves, and even a massive whale. The amount of detail in the mural is breathtaking, as each closer look reveals another aspect of the piece.

Sullivan was originally given just three months to complete the mural, but he exceeded that timeline by four months. Finally, in November 2011, the artist wrote on his blog that he “threw in the towel” and decided to end his work on the wall. Although the piece is technically finished, it’s interesting to imagine how it might’ve developed even more had Sullivan continued working on it.

According to the exhibit page on LACE’s website, Sullivan “often attempts to address mythological divisions surrounding nature and the artificial world by creating highly focused handcrafted drawings.” In this work in particular, the idea of “passage” is emphasized as “a physical space as well as a narrative of inheritance.”

Sean Sullivan Website
via [Asylum Art]

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World Map Reveals What Each Country Does Better Than Any Other

Designer David McCandless of Information is Beautiful has created a fascinating world map called International Number Ones. “Because every country is the best at something,” McCandless also offers the caveat that this accolade is “according to data,” which makes perfect sense once you study the map. Being the number one at something isn’t necessarily a compliment. Many countries are the “best” when it comes to issues that are morally reprehensible.

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December 9, 2016

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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