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Salt Labyrinths

Salt Labyrinths

Artist Yamamoto Motoi creates intricate landscapes using salt as his only medium. Among his creations is this labyrinthine design he created for an exhibition celebrating “Mono-no Aware” an ancient Japanese term acknowledging the ephemeral nature of things. The work took Motoi 10 days and 330 lb. of salt to make.

Popsicle Stick Motorcycles

Popsicle Stick Motorcycles

Unexpected is an expert at building things out of popsicle sticks and glue. Unlike other constructions that still look like sticks, he manages to create objects that look more like carvings from a block of wood. Here, he show off a popsicle Ducati 899 Panigale, which is one of four wooden motorcycles he built.

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Ocean Wave Kinetic Sculpture

Ocean Wave Kinetic Sculpture

Artist Ross McSweeney created this beautiful work of moving sculpture, which uses a series of cams to create a wave-like action. A tiny boat rocks back and forth as a wooden ocean moves below, and fish dive in and out of the waves. We also love his caterpillar marble machine.

Lollipopter Fidget Toy

Lollipopter Fidget Toy

This playful interactive desktop artwork transforms between a pine cone shape and a helix structure depending on the direction you spin it. There’s also a wooden “executive version” because bosses don’t like colors, and like to spend twice as much money.

Thanos Turns to Dust

Thanos Turns to Dust

Artist Steven Richter made himself a miniature sculpture of Thanos from Avengers: Endgame, then proceeded to do away with him with the snap of his finger. Actually, he gradually carved away at him until nothing was left, and created the illusion of turning to dust with time-lapse.

Tiny Automata

Tiny Automata

Back in 2017, artist Federico Tobon of wolfCat Workshop built a series of 29 tiny kinetic sculptures from wood, wire, and paper, each of which was brought to life by simply turning a crank. There are lots of nifty designs, but the walking man and the creature with spinning eyes at the end are our faves.

Wind Wall

Wind Wall

Artist Ned Kahn created this kinetic art installation on the exterior of a parking garage in Clayton, Missouri. Its thousands of tiles each flap in the wind, creating an endless series of patterns which reveal the movement of air currents. The artist’s many works are each inspired by wind, fire, water, sand, or fog.

Carving an F1 Car

Carving an F1 Car

After impressing us with his sculpture of that Toyota Land Cruiser, Vietnam-based Woodworking Art is back with another great automotive woodcarving. This time, he turned a block of wood into a detailed replica of the Ferrari SF1000 Formula 1 race car. Though we can’t endorse using your bare foot as a wood vise.

The Robot Sculptor

The Robot Sculptor

These days, using machines to carve and sculpt is commonplace, but back in 1957 it was anything but. Back then, an ingenious inventor named George MacDonald Reid came up with a process that would snap 300 pictures of a subject’s head, then traced those images to carve it into a block of plaster, one section at a time.

Food Packaging Sculptures

Food Packaging Sculptures

Japanese designer Harukiru has an impressive papercrafting skill. He loves to take packaging from food and drinks and turn it into miniature sculptures. Check out some of his favorites in this clip, then watch him in action as he transforms a Pringles can into a Pringles man.

Sculpting Walter White

Sculpting Walter White

The Breaking Bad movie El Camino is almost here, but there’s little chance we’ll be seeing any of Walter White given its place in the timeline. For now, we’ll have to settle for this amazing mini bust of Bryan Cranston’s bald noggin by Steven Richter. He also shows off how much his skills have improved since his earlier sculpt.

DIY Felt Robots

DIY Felt Robots

Artist Hah Jeong-hee started making felt toys for her kids. She’s made dozens of small toys, but recently she became interested in making robots. Her creations are so detailed that people sometimes mistake them for model kits. Turn captions on.

Sculpting Godzilla

Sculpting Godzilla

What starts out as a few styrofoam spheres, aluminum foil, and some hunks of clay serves as the casting form for an incredibly detailed monster sculpture, courtesy of artist Nick Brown of LoreCraft. The finished piece has even got spikes and teeth that glow under black light.

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Spherical Fire Pits

Spherical Fire Pits

Ohio artist Melissa Crisp creates these incredibly cool steel fire pits which feature intricately cut scenes of nature. Each one creates a dramatic silhouette when a fire is lit. They’re built for wood, but can be converted to burn gas. We especially love the Phoenix Rising design.

The Typewriter Sculptor

The Typewriter Sculptor

In this episode of Wired’s Obsessed, they introduce us to Jeremy Mayer, an artist who creates truly incredible sculptures of birds, people, and other living things entirely from old typewriter parts. Check out more of his works on his Instagram feed.

Sculpting Two-Face

Sculpting Two-Face

Artist Steven Richter reminds us of the recyclability of unbaked clay by tearing down a clay mold of the Night King from Game of Thrones, then reusing the material to create an amazing sculpture of Harvey Dent/Two-Faced as he appeared in The Dark Knight. You can find some of Richter’s works for sale in his Etsy shop.

Copernicus Kinetic Sculpture

Copernicus Kinetic Sculpture

A fascinating work of kinetic art by Piotr Jędrzejewski. This endlessly moving creation uses a pair of gear-driven rotating spheres to constantly keep in off balance and in motion. The sculpture is on display in front of Poland’s Wrocław–Copernicus Airport.

Building a Magnetic Eiffel Tower

Building a Magnetic Eiffel Tower

Lover of all things with magnets, Magnetic Games used a hundreds of magnetized girders and spheres to construct an impressive desktop replica of the Eiffel Tower. The video is both visually hypnotic and serves as a great bit of ASMR as well.

Sculpting Iron Man/Tony Stark

Sculpting Iron Man/Tony Stark

Artist Steven Richter takes on RDJ’s battle-scarred looks as he heads from the end of Avengers: Infinity War into Endgame. The sculpt features a great likeness of Tony Stark, as he peers out from his broken armor, made with the help of a 3D-printed casting.

Wallace Loves Cheese

Wallace Loves Cheese

Stop-motion animator Lawrence Becker of SamplerTimes Studios got his hands on a 40-pound block of sharp cheddar cheese. But rather than getting out the crackers right away, he decided to sculpt a model of one half of the duo of Wallace and Gromit before snacking.

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Viking Ship Fire Pit

Viking Ship Fire Pit

While fiery Norse ships are normally reserved for viking funerals, we’ll make an exception for this truly awesome handmade fire pit from sculptor Trevor McIntire of ImagineMetalArt. It’s made from 18 ga. sheet steel and measures about 39″ long x 16″ wide.

Nebula Ellipse Sculpture

Nebula Ellipse Sculpture

Artist Ivan Black shows off an amazing kinetic sculpture which works like a giant-sized, light-up Lollipopter. As it spins, its illuminated aluminum bars create hypnotic, mathematically-inspired patterns. Read more about Ivan’s work on Colossal.

Life-size LEGO VW Camper Van

Life-size LEGO VW Camper Van

While you can buy an official LEGO Camper Van kit already, this custom build is far more impressive. This realistic replica took over 400,000 bricks to build, and has a steel frame which allows people to walk inside and check out all of the brick-built details.

Sculpting Zombie Yoda

Sculpting Zombie Yoda

While Yoda may have passed away in Return of the Jedi, it is possible he could come back to life if there was a zombie apocalypse on Dagobah. Sculptor LoreCraft shows us what that horror might look like if it ever came to pass.

Wooden Predator Bust

Wooden Predator Bust

Creep out your friends and family with this amazing hand-carved wooden bust of the Predator. In addition to this foot-tall beast, Etsy shop Love My Custom Wood makes all kinds of nifty carved wood sculptures inspired by science fiction and pop culture.

Making a Hybrid Mega-sphere

Making a Hybrid Mega-sphere

Artist Heath Knuckles creates stunning organic works of art by taking pieces of uniquely textured wood, cutting them into layers, and filling the in-between bits with colored resin. He then works them on the lathe into a perfect spherical shape. More here.

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