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Acrobatic Birds mid-air

In Flight: Dramatic Photographs by Mark Harvey capture acrobatic Birds mid-air

 

Throughout lockdown in the United Kingdom, Mark Harvey, who is known for his striking equine and canine photography, shifted his focus to the avian creatures gliding above his home in the Norfolk Broads.

Now part of a series titled In Flight, the exquisitely detailed shots frame common birds—including magpies, blue tits, starlings, goldfinches, great tits, coal tits, long-tailed tits, and green finches—in otherwise unseen poses: some splay out an entire wingspan, while others wrap their feathers around the front of their torsos.

 

Hearkening back to the methods of famed birdwatcher Victor Hasselblad, Harvey employed similar techniques to capture the dramatic shots. He used a slow, medium format with the same camera Hasselblad manufactured for the outdoor endeavor, taking just one image at a time.

 

 

This article was published on ThisisColossal, on October 2020, by Grace Ebert

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Genius illustrations reveal superheroes’ bathroom habits

Genius illustrations reveal superheroes’ bathroom habits

 

 

Superhero fan art has been around forever. Every big name has been reimagined by artists, from Spiderman and Wolverine, to the Hulk and DeadPool. But last year an unusual project came along to show us something totally unexpected – the likes of which we’d never seen before (nor thought we’d ever want to).

 

The brainchild of artist JP “Pat” Huddleston, this series of illustrations depicts how superheroes might look while using the bathroom; and, more importantly, how they might manage their superpowers. 

 

This is the first ‘superheroes in the bathroom’ series we’ve seen (believe it or not), and we can’t help but love the original take on such beloved characters.

There’s no denying the illustrative skill here from Huddleston, but what makes the series stand out is the level of attention to detail and humour weaved in.

 

Each character’s personality traits have been explored just the right amount (these images are safe for work, thankfully), and put to good use. Just a glimpse of Wolverine’s claws while he’s sitting on the toilet was enough to make us shudder (imagine those slipping out at the wrong moment, yeesh), but that reaction quickly turned to laughter when we noticed the Deadpool-themed pants.

 

Genius.

 

 

 

This article was published in CreativeBloq, on July 2021, by Kerrie Hughes.

Herds of life-sized Elephants roam through London’s Parks

Herds of life-sized Elephants Roam through London’s Parks for a global Conservation Project

 

 

Sixty migrating elephants pass between Piccadilly and Buckingham Palace in London’s Green Park in one of nine herds roaming throughout the city. The lumbering creatures are part of an ongoing collaboration between two nonprofits, CoExistence and Elephant Family, that explores how humans can better live alongside animals and the larger ecosystem through imaginative public art projects.

 

As its name suggests, CoExistence’s aim is to identify mutually beneficial modes of living considering that within the last century, the balance between world population and wilderness has shifted considerably: in 1937, 66 percent of global environments were intact with 2.3 billion people on Earth.

 

Today, those numbers have undergone a dramatic change, with a world population of 7.8 billion and only 35 percent of wilderness remaining.

The organization’s most recent effort brings the gargantuan animals to urban spaces throughout London that are typically closed off to wildlife. The herds can be spotted in St. James’s Park, Berkeley Square, and even the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s homes at Highgrove.

 

In addition to generating awareness of environmental crises, the installations raise funds to support grassroots organizations throughout India that promote Indigenous culture and establish technology and infrastructure that allows humans and animals to live symbiotically.

 

CoExistence plans to install approximately 500 animals around the world in the next few years, and with the help of The Real Elephant Collective, each nation will receive a herd designed specifically for the location. The collective partners with Indigenous communities from the Tamil Nadu jungle in southern India, who live alongside the real-life animals, to create the sculptural iterations that stand up to 15 feet tall and weigh nearly 800 pounds.

 

Each creature is constructed from long strips of lantana camara, an invasive weed that spreads in dense thickets and disturbs the environment and by removing the plant, the artists help to reinstate the natural ecosystem.

 

 

 

This article was published in This is Colossal, on June 2021, by Grace Ebert.

Ceramic Mosaics Mend Cracked Sidewalks

Ceramic Mosaics mend cracked sidewalks, potholes and buildings, in vibrant Interventions by Ememem

 

Throughout his home city of Lyon, Ememem is known as “the pavement surgeon.” The artist repairs gouged sidewalks and splintered facades with colorful mosaics that he describes as “a poem that everybody can read.”

 

Intricate geometric motifs laid with pristine tiles hug the cracks and create “a memory notebook of the city. It reveals what happened, the life in these public places,” he tells Colossal. “Here cobblestones have been picked up and thrown. There a truck from the vegetable market tore off a piece of asphalt…”

 

Ememem’s first mosaic dates back 10 years when he found himself in a damaged alley in Lyon. At that time, he already was working in ceramic and translated that practice to revitalizing the outdoor area.

 

Since 2016, he’s been consistently filling potholes and other divots throughout France. “It’s a succession of a lot of places and reflections, experiments I did before. I had done similar things, with other techniques, other supports, and finally, when this one emerged, I knew I found something that I was going to keep doing for the rest of my life,” he says.

 

 

This article was published in This is Colossal, on May 2021, by Grace Ebert.

All images © Ememem.

 

2021 Best Bird Photographer of the Year

Shots of Snuggling Swans and Ravenous Shags Best The 2021 Bird Photographer of the Year Contest

 

 

This year’s Bird Photographer of the Year contest highlights a variety of avian adventures from a mallard duckling chasing a fly and an impatient shag to a hamerkop ruthlessly tossing a toad in the air.

 

Now in its sixth year, the annual competition released a selection of finalists this week from more than 22,000 entries spanning 73 countries that capture a range of playful, intimate, and sometimes merciless moments.

 

2021’s winners will be announced in September.

 

 

 

 

This article was published in This is Colossal, on April 2021, by Grace Ebert.

Minuscule Scenes

Minuscule Scenes appear against the Backdrop of used Tea Bags in Watercolor Paintings

 

 

From her studio in Coxsackie, New York, Ruby Silvious repurposes the thin paper pouches holding her beverage of choice into miniature canvases.

 

Sometimes strung together or ripped to remove the leaves, Silvious’s tea bags depict the quiet, unassuming moments of everyday life: Passersby trudge through the snow, masks hang to dry, and two women meet for a swim on the naturally dyed backdrops.

 

The artist generally keeps the string and tag attached, matching the mundane subject matter with the material’s ritualistic origins.

 

Silvious is working on a book and is preparing for upcoming solo shows in France, Germany, and Japan.

 

Follow her soothing works on Instagram.

 

 

This article was published in ThisisColossal, on December 2020, by Grace Ebert.

Meticulous Digital Works

Meticulous Digital Works layer petals, leaves and natural textures into Fantastic creatures

 

 

Melbourne-based artist Josh Dykgraaf has a discerning eye for matching two seemingly disparate elements.

 

In his ongoing Terraforms series, autumn leaves become feathers, magnolia petals wind into scales, and plumes form fins that swish through water. Each illustration merges flora and fauna into an entirely new fantastical creature, and a single piece can take days to complete, with the pair of Tawny Frogmouths, for example, clocking in at 55 hours and more than 3,000 layers.

 

“My process for how I pair natural textures with animals is usually a bit like cloud gazing—like as a kid, did you ever stare up out the clouds and make out different forms and shapes among them?” Dykgraaf says, noting that he takes all of his own photographs of the source materials on hikes or walks around his neighborhood. Once he returns to his studio, he painstakingly collages the extraordinary creatures, coating a closed beak in bark or an echidna in regrown brush following the East Gippsland fires.

 

In the coming months, Dykgraaf is shifting to a portrait series focused on Indigenous people around the world.

 

You can see a larger collection of the intricately constructed creatures on Instagram.

 

 

 

This article is from Thisis Colossal, March 8, 2021. Grace Ebert

The Unexpected Beauty of Everyday Life throughout Asia

The Unexpected Beauty of Everyday Life throughout Asia

 

 

Traveling from his home in Tokyo to cities and small villages across Asia, Ryosuke Kosuge is adept at spotting the textures and patterns that occupy local life, whether through the rocky formations surrounding Heaven’s Gate Mountain in Zhangjiajie, an array of birdcages created by a woman in Guizhou, or the wires crisscrossing a market in Nanning.

 

His arresting images approach everyday moments from a place of curiosity and display the beauty and wonder inherent in both natural and urban environments. The photographer, who works as RK, tells Colossal that he chooses destinations based on the specific mood he hopes to convey, although sometimes those decisions are spurred by a personal desire to experience local customs and cuisine.

 

You can follow his travels on Instagram.

 

 

This article is from Thisis Colossal, March 10, 2021. Grace Ebert

Fabio Viale tattooed and carved marble sculptures

Fabio Viale sets tattooed and carved marble sculptures across the tuscan town of Pietrasanta

 

 

The tuscan town of Pietrasanta has been treated to a public exhibition featuring the monumental works of the sculptor Fabio Viale. The artist, who is widely known for his tattooed marble sculptures, was invited by Pietrasanta’s mayor to display a series of works conceived in dialogue with the town’s historic urban fabric.

 

Titled ‘Truly’, the exhibition was held across Pietrasanta’s most picturesque public spaces, including its piazza del Duomo and the 14th century church of Sant’agostino. responding to the ongoing pandemic, Fabio Viale interprets the meaning of our period of enforced isolation, premiering — among other works — hissculpture ‘The three graces’ within the church.

 

ITruly, an exhibition produced with the support of the Galleria Poggiali, Viale responds to the new iconography to which we are all subject — face masks.

 

The artist symbolically expresses the theme through the sculpture ‘The three graces’, set within the church of Sant’agostino. Made in white marble and featuring detailed drapery, the subjects depict three women originating from Ghardaïa, a city in Algeria.

 

Here the women wear the traditional haik, a loose, white, full-length garment wrapped around the head and body, leaving only one eye uncovered. Having visited the city of Ghardaïa on one of his frequent travels, Viale says that he wished for the artwork to focus attention on the issue of denied freedom and, at the same time, on the clichéd perception of this idea that westerners have.

The positioning of ‘The three graces’ in the church highlights its mystical and symbolic energy, and further seeks to stimulate a conversation around the issues of personal, religious and meditative freedom. This idea is also reflected in its juxtaposition with ‘Stargate’, a sculpture made out of arabescato marble from mount altissimo.

 

Comprising two monumental fruit crates joined together with a small gap left in between, the sculpture becomes both a passage and a boundary — themes associated with outcomes of new spirituality and emancipation.

 

 

 

All images: installation view, truly by fabio viale, pietrasanta 2020
Courtesy l’artista e galleria poggiali | photo credit © nicola gnesi.

Ted Chin’s surreal Composites

The Imaginary Universe in Ted Chin’s surreal Composites.

 

 

In Ted Chin’s surreal dreamland, it’s not uncommon to see massive anglerfish swimming through the sky or a figure scooping up shooting stars. The San Francisco-based artist merges idyllic landscapes and outdoor scenes with fantastical details, choosing to upturn an evergreen in mid-air or position an oversized octopus underneath a floating house.

 

Simultaneously uncanny and calming, the composites are eye-catching and rooted in imagination. “There are things in the world that inspire childlike wonder and awe, and it is my passion to recreate and share them with the world,” the artist says.

All of the digital works here, which blend stock images and Chin’s own shots, fall under the scope of Ted’s Little Dream, the fictional universe that the artist created years ago and continues to work within. “Storytelling has always been something that inspired me.

 

When I was in grad school, I was not able to travel as much as I wanted to,” he says. “I’ve always dreamed about visiting different places, to see and experience new things, and to tell stories.”

 

 

 

This content is an article published in Colossal, in January 2021, by Grace Ebert.