Darth Vader’s Renaissance

This fantastic metal bust was created by Bellino Alain of Nice, France, using ornaments and cutlery made of bronze and brass. The pieces were soldered together and then chemical dipped to apply a dull, black patina perfectly bringing out the full dark side of Darth’s character. The result looks half futuristic, half renaissance and fully perfect. See pictures of the busts piece by piece creation below, then head toBehance/sculpteur or bellino.fr for more of Alain’s sculpture and metal restoration work.

Via Behance.net Bellino Alain’s Portfolio

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Coffee Taken To Another Level

I am a die hard coffee connoisseur.  Having said that, I have had some pretty amazing cups of coffee, be it far and few between (Internationally – American coffee, not so much. I digress) but  a cup of coffee that’s a work of Art?! Never!  Well, according to ThatslikeWhoa.com I would have to travel all the way down to Australia to get exactly that.

Seems that Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous painting, “La Giaconda” (commonly referred to as the Mona Lisa) was  recreated for the Rocks Aroma Festival in Sydney, Australia.  3,604 cups of coffee and 564 pints of milk each with varying amounts of coffee and milk were used  to achieve different tonal shades and to depict depth and shape of the work of art.

 

 

 

Via That’s Like Whoa!

I’ll never look at Haivaiana’s the same way again…

The Fat Monkey  (Macaco Gordo) sculpture was created  by Florentjin Hofman during the Pixelshow Conference in Sao Paolo. This pixelated monkey was created with the help of local students and made out of 10,000 flip flops, one of Brazil’s long standing icons. The fat monkey is a work in the series Obeastitas.  How cute can a sculpture get?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Via Florentijn Hofman

Defies Gravity And Reality

Parisian artist and photographic illusionist Phillippe Ramette has a passion for defying gravity and distorting our sense of visual reality.

In these photos he seems to do supernatural feats.  One can not keep from staring at these photos and think ‘How did he do that?!’  That’s how you know his photos are pure genius!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Via Design Taxi

The Beautiful Intricate Art of Mehndi and Henna Hand Art

Menhdi is the application of henna as a temporary form of skin decoration in  India, Pakistan and the Middle East. Henna is typically applied during special occasions like weddings and Hindu festivals but more commonly weddings.

This art is applied in order to beautify one’s body and can be applied to the shoulders, arms, hands, palms, legs, soles and feet. However, Henna is usually drawn on the palms, hands, soles and feet, where the color will be darkest and last the longest because the skin contains the highest levels of Keratin which binds temporarily to Lawsone, the colorant of henna.

The Mehendi or Henna motifs are extremely intricate because they represent the adoration of the bride and epitomize her transformation from a virgin girl to a temptress for her husband. As per Kama Sutra, Henna is one of the sixty four Arts of women. Popular motifs of the bridal mehendi are conchshell, flowers, kalash, peacock, doli and baraat patterns. The intricate motifs of the bridal henna hide the husband’s name. It is said that the henna motif is specially made for each groom’s name who then has to find his name in his bride’s mehendi as an evidence of his sharp eyes and active brain to impress his girl.

If you’ve never had the privilege of experiencing Mehendi hand art done on your person or seeing it done on a friend or even better yet going to India and seeing it first hand, then you are truly missing out on a mesmerizing experience.  OddStuffMagazine.com recently posted 135+ Awesome Designs of Mehandi and Henna Hand Art.  The photos don’t really do this art justice but I posted some photos for your enjoyment.

Via Odd Stuff Magazine