Artist Clet Abraham has been sneaking around cities across Europe in the middle of the night and strategically placing stickers on street signs to alter their meanings. And while passers-by may crack a smile when they see the humorous signage, Abraham hopes people will think twice next time they are asked to follow an instruction.
The flying saucer resembling ”Volcano House” looks out over a 60-acre property midway between Las Vegas and Los Angeles in Newberry Springs. The house was designed by architect Harold J. Bissner, Jr. in 1968 and belonged to broadcaster Huell Howser until his death recently. The inspiration? San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, a nuclear plant in northwestern San Diego county. Now, it’s been donated to Chapman University.
The 30 foot tall mural that only reveals itself when wet, was created by Connecticut-based artist Adam Nilewicz. The tree, which is an important symbol for Connecticut, was created using water-repellant Rust-Oleum.
“Public art should embrace the existing environment and work to enrich reality,” writes Niklewicz in his artist statement. ”The blank slates (almost screens) of the two downtown buildings invite visuals that give counterbalance (nature) and meaning (historical context). The image of the Charter Oak speaks to both.”
Carolina Fontoura Alzaga, a Mexican multidisciplinary artist, takes old bike parts and turns them into shimmering chandeliers. Her series of Victorian-era chandelier sculptures is called “Connect”. These Subversive objects challenge the aesthetics of wealth by visually contrasting the classic elegance of the candelabrum with the new-found elegance of discarded, mechanical bicycle parts.
The breathtaking limestone caves in Waitomo, New Zealand, are home to hundreds of thousands of the beetles – which light up the caverns like bright blue stars. The caves are a perfect breeding ground for glow-worms, which can only survive in very dark, damp places where their light can be seen.
Guido Daniele, a hyper-realistic illustrator and trompe l’oeil artist, developed his own technique after a few years of experimentation with airbrush painting methods. He has re-created over 60 different animals, all painted on hands of people and has worked in co-operation with major editing and advertising companies.
Solitary bees do not live within a hive with a queen. There are males and females. A fertilized female makes a nest in wood or stone and bored into the wood in order to construct a nursery.
Photographer Charles Eisenmann began photographing portraits of show people from dime museums in the 1870s. While photographing “ordinary” people in the basic conventional form, Eisenmann continued working on his archive of “freaks” throughout the 1870s and 80s, which he sold in the cabinet style as collectables.
Clothed in stand collar uniforms and bustle dresses from the Victorian Era, each portrait is carefully directed to enhance the visual wonders of the models’ distinct physique. View the full gallery and info at Naruyama Gallery