2014 Paris Motor Show highlights

Sculpture

A paper bust with a difference (Image: Dominik Mersch Gallery)

At a glance, Li Hongbo's sculptures resemble typical white plaster busts. Take hold of one, and pull it (the sort of behavior liable to have one jettisoned from most galleries, admittedly), and you'll find they're altogether less rigid and static…  Read More

Pierre Cardin's proposed high-rise complex (Image: Palais Lumiere)

Fashion designer Pierre Cardin has proposed a controversial high-rise complex to be built in Venice – a UNESCO World Heritage city that also has a long and distinguished history of innovative architecture. Dubbed Palais Lumiere or "Light Palace" due to its abundance of transparent walls, the design was conceived by the 90 year old Cardin with the help of architect nephew Rodrigo Basilicati has been approved by the Mayor of Venice, Giorgio Orsoni.  Read More

The electree+ harvests solar energy through 27 amorphous-silicon square solar panels

Sitting somewhere between the "solar trees" erected on parking garages at the University of California in San Diego (UCSD) and the nanotrees developed on the same campus, the electree+ is a sculptural bonsai tree with 27 solar cells for "leaves." The tree's branches can be adjusted to catch the rays just right, and its internal battery will store enough electricity to charge an iPhone5 nine times over, a Galaxy S3 seven times, or an iPad 2 twice.  Read More

A close-up of Caspar Berger's humerus, cast in gold

In what could be described as the ultimate memento mori – a genre of art that reminds us of our own mortality – Dutch sculpture Caspar Berger has reproduced an exact copy of his own skeleton. He underwent a CT scan, which provided detailed anatomical data, which was then output on a 3D printer.  Read More

The Cloud House is a wooden sculpture which is useful as well as aesthetically pleasing

Most of us don't live in houses large enough to accommodate standing sculptures, however much we may be taken by them. But creating a work of art that is also a piece of multi-functional furniture means more people could justify having such a piece in their homes. Paris-based Chinese designer Yuan Yuan has made such a union between art and function possible with The Cloud House.  Read More

The Mosely Snowflake fractal, made from 49,000 folded business cards

An origami fractal made out of nearly 50,000 business cards is the first physical representation of the Mosely Snowflake three-dimensional fractal in the world. The sculpture was put together by more than 300 students and volunteers at the University of Southern California.  Read More

'Landscape Abbreviated' by Nova Jiang

Artist Nova Jiang scoured the sidewalks of her native New York (Brooklyn, to be precise) to extract moss samples to embed into the moving planters of her Landscape Abbreviated art installation. Jiang describes her creation as a "kinetic maze," but the intention seems more to have been to delight and inspire than to confuse or bamboozle.  Read More

Szymon Klimek fabricates some of the most amazing miniature electromechanical artwork you ...

A hobby is what you do with the rest of your time. It tends to feed a deep-seated need of which you may not even be aware - to be your best self. Some people golf, some swim, some quilt, some travel, some climb mountains ... there's no end to the list. Then there's Szymon Klimek, who makes some of the most incredible miniature electromechanical sculptures imaginable.  Read More

Plant-in City is a smart garden system that uses computer software to monitor water and li...

Despite large, lush open spaces like Central Park, New York City is the stereotypical concrete jungle – a dense synthesis of buildings, roadways, machines and human flesh that leaves little in the way of nature. Small urban gardens tucked on the top of ten-story apartment buildings do little to change that. The Plant-In City project aims to provide a more substantial garden space in New York City, with a technologically advanced terrarium concept. It's like gardening for geeks.  Read More

Rotated Dow Jones Industrial Average graph shows several key economic events

With the 3D craze sweeping across everything from movies to printing, it was only a matter of time before data presentation entered the realm of the tangible, too. Sculptor Luke Jerram wanted to better understand the significance of the charts and figures the media bombards us with daily, so he took performance graphs for several years of New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) data and rotated them about their X-axis. The resulting sculptures turned out to be both visually compelling and highly unusual.  Read More

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