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Artist Norihiko Terayama’s handmade acrylic desk accessory is filled with tiny dried flowers for a dramatic display. It’s also a functional ruler, as each stem is placed precisely one centimeter apart. Measures 1.5″ h x 11.8″ w x .31″ d. Available exclusively from Generate.

Making a Pencil Vase

Making a Pencil Vase

Artist Olivier Gomis shows how he took hundreds of colored pencils and turned them into a cool looking wood vase. Rather than encasing them in epoxy resin, he sanded and glued together layers of pencils, twisted them into a tower, then turned that structure on a lathe.

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Self-erasing Sand Machine

Self-erasing Sand Machine

Using parts from a 3D printer, custom laser-cut components, and LED lighting RCLifeOn created this mechanical table that uses a magnet and a ball bearing to draw complex patterns in sand, only to erase everything it doodles. On the plus side, as soon as it wipes out an image, it gets to work on another.

GRID Phone Art

GRID Phone Art

GRID Studio turns electronic junk into art. To make their unique wall art, they carefully disassemble old smartphones, then meticulously place and glue their components into a shadowbox frame. They currently make versions based on the iPhone 3GS, 4S, and 5, as well as the Nokia E71, and BlackBerry Bold 9000.

Sculpting a Giant Stone Apple

Sculpting a Giant Stone Apple

Scotland-based artist James Parker is known for his sculptures of oversized fruit and other curvy objects. To make his works, he meticulously chips away and shapes thin slices of slate, arranges them one-by-one, and layers them until the giant fruit comes to life. He’s also built an awesome stone Death Star.

Song Lyric Turntable Art

Song Lyric Turntable Art

Looking for a unique, personalized gift? Kentucky artists The Davidson Workshop creates these wooden art pieces that look like record players. Each one comes engraved with the lyrics to a song of your choice, along with a custom message in the center of the wooden record sitting on its platter. Measures 13″ w x 9″ h x 1″ d.

Shepit Wood Acoustic Panels

Shepit Wood Acoustic Panels

Arranging blocks of wood, foam, or fabric can help break up echoes in a room. These geometric acoustic panels from Shepit Workshop also double as a cool piece of modern wall art. They can be made in sizes from 25″ x 15″ up to 60″ x 40″, and in either stained or painted wood.

DIY Chroma Cube

DIY Chroma Cube

If you want an impressive work of glass art, you turn to Jack Storms, but his works take months to complete and cost thousands. After seeing one of Jack’s amazing Spectrum Cubes in Guardians of the Galaxy, ResinAce tried to approximate the effect using resin and dichroic film. It’s not as intricate as the real deal, but still very cool.

Pop-up Wood Castles

Pop-up Wood Castles

At first glance, this looks like an ordinary log. But there’s something hiding inside of it. When it’s given a firm shake, a series of castles rise from its surface, much like the opening credits of Game of Thrones. These ones were posted by Ctoom, but you can find similar pop-up sculptures over on Etsy.

Parallel Dimensions

Parallel Dimensions

CG artist pwnisher challenged his followers and fellow artists to come up with a short render based on a basic template that he provided. 125 artists responded, each offering their own very different take on the provided source image of a character walking toward a mountain.

The Volkswagen Bead-le

The Volkswagen Bead-le

Back in 2010, a group of artists in Mexico created this VW Beetle, known as the “Vochol.” The bug is adorned with patterns that celebrate indigenous Huichol culture and spirituality, including deer, scorpions, and peyote flowers. The car is covered with more than 2,277,000 individual beads and took over 9,000 hours to complete.

The Human Spirograph

The Human Spirograph

Performance artist Tony Orrico is known as “The Human Spirograph” due to the recurring geometry featured in his works. He creates many of his pieces by lying on the floor and making repetitive gestures with his arms as he rotates his body. His technique results in a perfect balance of symmetry and human imperfection.

Wireframe Fractal Zoom

Wireframe Fractal Zoom

Maths Town teamed up with fellow fractal fanatic Yann Lby to create this hypnotic visual made up of colorful wireframes. For math geeks, the pattern starts as a 2D Mandelbrot fractal but uses its iteration data to project a vertical axis. Blow it up full screen dim the lights, get ready to enter a hypnotic trance.

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Insane Joker Bust

Insane Joker Bust

Dǒuyīn (TikTok in China) user Taogeceping posted this brief footage of an incredible sculpture of Joaquin Phoenix’s take on The Joker. Not only is the front of the bust incredibly realistic, but it also features a surprise when you walk around to its back. We’d love to know who the artist is so we can give credit where it’s due.

Field of Light, Australia

Field of Light, Australia

Shimmering at the base of Australia’s sacred Uluru, Field of Light – Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku in local Pitjantjatjara – is an epic art installation of 50,000 solar-powered lights that glow from dusk ‘til dawn. Artist Bruce Munro’s traveling spectacle covers an area the size of four football fields until it’s lights-out 1.1.21.

Making a Giant Nixie Tube

Making a Giant Nixie Tube

Dalibor Farný is one of the world’s only experts at making custom nixie tubes. In this 22-minute video, he crafts the prototype for an enormous tube filled with numeric filaments. The process requires surgical precision for the filament wiring, masterful glassblowing skills, and the tiniest defect can make tubes unusable.

The Painted City

The Painted City

Inspired by this image, LEGO builders Grant DavisEli Willsea, and Micah Biedeman collaborated on this impressive diorama, which features an pyramid of buildings at its back, flanked by structures on either side. When viewed from the proper angle, a minifig can be seen sitting on a girder, drinking in the majesty of his world.

Abstract Stag Painting

Abstract Stag Painting

You could hang a hunter’s trophy on your wall, or perhaps choose something a little more friendly to animals with this colorful, abstract image of a powerful stag. Created by artist Koby Feldmos, this original 67″x 34″ painting has an almost sculptural feel to it thanks to its thick layers of oil paint.

Playing Arts Future Chapter 1 Cards

Playing Arts Future Chapter 1 Cards

Inspired by an early 20th-century project in which artists predicted the future, Playing Arts invited dozens of artists to do the same for the year 2120. The unique and colorful images come printed on premium playing cards and work in concert with an augmented reality app to bring some of the designs to life. View all card designs here.

Shattered Glass Portraits

Shattered Glass Portraits

Swiss artist Simon Berger creates portraits by shattering glass. His technique involves gently hammering away at a sheet of laminated safety glass, which holds together the pieces as his finished image comes into view. Watch him create another of his smashing portraits here.

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Making Typewriter Art

Making Typewriter Art

British artist James Cook specializes in what is basically a primitive version of ASCII art. Rather than digitizing an image and using a computer to print images, he types them out one key at a time using vintage manual typewriters.

Staple Dog

Staple Dog

Brooklyn artist James Haggerty creates images using staples as his medium. After wowing us with his Star Wars series, he made an incredible portrait of their family dog, Doxie. The finished piece is made from 75,738 staples in a variety of colors. We love how he arranged the staples to create the hair texture.

Pastry Piping Master

Pastry Piping Master

We have fond childhood memories of creating repetitive geometric patterns using a Spirograph. This compilation video of elegant desserts being embellished by pastry artist Amaury Guichon reminds us of those times, as he show off some masterful piping skills with his delectable, edible treats.

Spinning Platform Choreography

Spinning Platform Choreography

This mindbending dance performance comes from Yoann Bourgeois, who’s famous for deeply integrating scenery into his choreography. This footage, from the 2016 performance Celui Qui tombe, features a troupe of six talented dancers as they move and balance to stay upright on a rapidly-spinning platform.

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Russian art collective TUNDRA teamed up with display company HOLO ONE to create this hypnotic artwork. It features a series of modular, scalable persistence of vision screens which display moving patterns that highlight and reflect the space in which they are installed. The piece made its debut in Shanghai, China in July 2020.

Cardboard and Popsicle Stick Globe

Cardboard and Popsicle Stick Globe

Most cheap globes are made by forming cardboard or plastic around a mold. Maker SKM shows how he built his own cardboard globe from scratch by building a spherical skeleton, then wrapping the structure in triangular slices of paper. More impressive is the 3-axis rotating stand, built primarily from popsicle sticks formed into rings.

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