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A new life-size wax candle sculpture by Urs Fischer

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Here’s a new life-sized wax sculptures by Swiss contemporary artist Urs Fischer. Fischer’s sculptures are made of wax pigments molded over a steel structure. They are exquisitely built, with great detail given to realism and expressiveness.

In this live installation, the figure sits on an office-type chair, arms in front, with fingers interleaved like . . . → Read More: A new life-size wax candle sculpture by Urs Fischer

Performance art involving knitting and crocheting by Lerato Shadi

"TLHOGO"  performance, approx 3 hours 30 min, 2010

“TLHOGO” performance, approx 3 hours 30 min, 2010

Performance artist Lerato Shadi uses knitting/crocheting, video, installation and sound to investigate themes of absence and presence, as well as the transformation of subject and object. She is a more traditional performance artist in that she lends her physical body to performances that last many hours.

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Spencer Tunick assembles 1700 naked participants in tribute the Wagner’s Ring Cycle

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To mark the start of Munich’s 2012 opera season, last weekend artist and photographer Spencer Tunick staged a remarkable installation where 1700 members of the public took off their clothes and painted their bodies gold or red. Inspired by Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle “Der Ring des Nibelungen,” the American artist used the human participants to . . . → Read More: Spencer Tunick assembles 1700 naked participants in tribute the Wagner’s Ring Cycle

“Diamond Dust” a finger painted mural by Judith Braun

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a time-lapse photo of Judith Braum while she was working on "Diamond Dust"

Primates do it. Toddlers do it. Finger painting has to be the most primal (and exhilarating) way of making art. New York City based artist Judith Braun is known for her enormous symmetrical wall paintings created using her fingers along with . . . → Read More: “Diamond Dust” a finger painted mural by Judith Braun

An interactive book installation in Japan

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Japanese arts collective NAM with Numabooks, a group of book artists, collaborate to create mobile pop-up shops. Last summer they built one called “Numabookface” which featured hundreds of books stacked in the form of a gigantic human head. “Numabookface” was on display at the Ikijiri Institute of Design(IID).

Currently NAM and Numabooks . . . → Read More: An interactive book installation in Japan

Popsicle Stick Bomb

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You have to watch the video to appreciate the Popsicle Stick Bomb. It rises up like a cobra, hissing out sticks as it unravels. Supposedly the chain is easy to assemble and is reusable. The only supplies you need are popsicle sticks! Pretty wild.

If you want to make one, go to Instructables . . . → Read More: Popsicle Stick Bomb

Rook Floro casts a shadow

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UK-based artist Rook Floro has created this intriguing sculptural piece. Inspired by Carl Jung’s psychological theory about the shadow, Floro says, “It (his work) concerns with the repressed ideas, weakness, and desires of oneself that the conscious mind refuses to acknowledge… It represents my ‘shadow’ which involves my hidden desires to be different and become . . . → Read More: Rook Floro casts a shadow

A self-destructing wax candle sculpture of a woman in bed

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Who says only the young and beautiful get attention at fashion events? Recently at the Arnhem Mode Biennale 2011 this reclining mummified lady stole the show. The life-sized burning candle installation was created by the Belgium fashion design house A.F. Vandevorst.

I wonder if they got their inspiration from the Swiss artist Urs Fischer’s . . . → Read More: A self-destructing wax candle sculpture of a woman in bed

Wrap-up of Liu Bolin’s “Hiding In The City” series in New York City

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photo credit: Bryan Der­balla for The Wall Street Jour­nal

This is Made In Slant‘s third and final installment of the “Hiding In The City” series Liu Bolin did in New York City earlier this summer. Chinese artist Liu Bolin has become famous for “painting himself” into a background, thus disappearing into the environment.  His . . . → Read More: Wrap-up of Liu Bolin’s “Hiding In The City” series in New York City

Performance dining on the 405 Freeway during Carmageddon in Los Angeles

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Matt Corrigan (left), Amanda Corrigan (middle), Barry Neely (right), Photo: Jesse Glucksman

How often do you get the opportunity for fine candlelight dining on the busiest freeway in the United States? Not often, thought Matt Corrigan and Barry Neely. With the freeway officially shut-down last weekend, Matt and Barry decided to seize the moment . . . → Read More: Performance dining on the 405 Freeway during Carmageddon in Los Angeles