New Spectacular Pixelated Animal Sculptures

These pixelated animal sculptures by artist Shawn Smith re-imagine creatures found in nature as disintegrated and blocky figures. Smith’s ongoing Re-things project blurs the lines between real life and the digital world. The Austin, Texas-based sculptor says, “Specifically, I am interested in how we experience nature through technology.  When we see images of nature on TV or on a computer screen, we feel that we are seeing nature but we are really only seeing patterns of pixelated light.”

The sculptures in Smith’s collection include animals that the artist has never personally come in contact with in real life. He takes digital images found online and recreates their three-dimensional structures, one block at a time. Using wood, plastic, and metal, Smith constructs his pixelated replicas with a myriad of often self-dyed components. In the end, the pieces include a wide spectrum of colors, some of which one would not normally include, that are not always one concrete entity. They are often fragmented. For this, Smith explains, “Through the process of pixelation, color is distilled, some bits of information are lost, and the form is abstracted.”










Shawn Smith website
via [L’ACTE GRATUIT]



December 10, 2016

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.

Read Article


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.

Read Article


Get Our Weekly Newsletter