Guy accidentally makes sculptures after pouring molten aluminium into watermelons

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By Inigo del Castillo in Video on Friday 1 May 2015

Probably the only time you can waste a perfectly-good watermelon. YouTuber ‘The Backyard Scientist’ recently discovered a new form of art: aluminium watermelon sculptures.

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Artist shows us how to recycle plastic army men as a functional fruit bowl

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 1 May 2015

Apparently, when toy soldiers aren’t out on the battlefield, they’re in the kitchen holding up fruits. Mike Pinder of Instructables has come up with a neat tutorial on how to turn plastic army men into a beautiful – and manly – fruit bowl.

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Designer deconstructs a bicycle then lets a 3D printer put it back together again

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By Dave Kim in New Design on Wednesday 29 April 2015

Inspired by the bicycle freewheel, the wheel on this 3D-printed piece moves ‘forward’ when the hand crank is turned ‘forward’ and the wheel continues to rotate when the hand crank stops. Although it may seem simple, developing a design to print all of the moving parts in place proved to be a technical challenge.

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Artist gives old computer parts renewed purpose by turning them into intricate insect sculptures

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Thursday 23 April 2015

They say that ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’, but in this case, one man’s broken circuit board is another woman’s bug sculpture. In her series ‘Computer Component Bugs’, UK-based artist Julie Alice Chappell breathes new life into old and unwanted computer parts by recycling them into beautiful high-tech insects.

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Incredible life-like wooden sculptures: we interviewed the master sculptor

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Monday 20 April 2015

Take a quick glance at Peter Demetz’s wooden sculptures and you’d probably mistake them for real people. Each one is flawlessly created by this master sculptor, and it’s no surprise how flawless they are since each piece takes Demetz anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to complete, depending on size and composition. […]

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Plants and animals intertwined with negative space produce these awe-inspiring art pieces

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By Kenny Ong in New Art on Thursday 26 March 2015

When you look at Ellen Jewett’s work, you’ll appreciate that her ‘creature’ sculptures are intricately layered inside out with an astute accumulation of numerous tiny components, many of which are microscopic representations of plants, animals and objects.

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Mind-blowing sculptures are made from nothing but household dust

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By Noola Banks in New Art on Wednesday 25 March 2015

British artist Paul Hazelton uses the most unlikely material to create his incredibly intricate and beautiful works of art: household dust. Hazelton collects settled dust from not only his own house, but also the houses of his friends (he has also, supposedly, been sent dust by fans of his work) to make highly detailed, freestanding sculptures that explore themes and ideas such as money, value, history, myths and, of course, mortality.

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These wooden sculptures are so realistic, you’d think they’re living, breathing people

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 11 March 2015

It’s not every day you mistake a piece of wood for a real person, but then again, Italian sculptor Peter Demetz isn’t your ordinary artist. With his mastery of the human form and wood sculpting, Demetz turns timber into life-like sculptures of people.

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Paris welcomed a rather unusual Christmas tree sculpture to its city (and it was the butt of all jokes)

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Wednesday 11 March 2015

This sculpture by Paul McCarthy was located in Place Vendome, in the heart of Paris, last year, and it quickly became the ‘butt’ of all jokes. The sculpture was simply called Tree, and was supposed to be a 80-foot inflatable Christmas tree, but it bears an uncanny resemblance to a sex toy.

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These very stationary sculptures are made from some previously very active skateboards

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By Kenny Ong in New Art on Wednesday 25 February 2015

Where do skateboards go after they retire? Well, if you’re a skateboarding enthusiast like 37-year-old Tokyo-based artist Haroshi, you make beautiful sculptures from the huge pile of decks and broken parts you amassed over the years.

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Bewitching glass sculptures sandwich waters with landscapes

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Friday 23 January 2015

Looks like we can’t get enough of Ben Young’s glass sculptures. Raised in Waihi Beach, New Zealand and now based in Sydney, Australia, the self-taught artist has been doing these for over a decade, drawing, cutting and crafting his works by hand, layer by painstaking layer.

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Mines in South Africa, visualised with what’s missing from them

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 21 January 2015

As South Africa’s first commercial mine, when the Blue Mine in Springbok started its operations in 1852, it paved the way for development as more mines – along with workers who settled nearby – opened. In recent years, the region’s inhabitants have been facing a much less illustrious future with the very last remnants of their copper deposits being mined.

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Disney just helped create an autonomous robot that digs up large scale images in the sand

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Monday 19 January 2015

Australia Day is the day to celebrate being an Aussie while eating a sausage breakfast and building sand castles. But what if you were able to grab a robot that could design the sand into intricate images of Disney characters? You’d definitely win first prize at the sand castle competition. So here it is. It’s […]

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Beautiful ice sculptures result when the fierce winds on this mountain blow

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By Kenny Ong in New Eco on Tuesday 30 December 2014

Mount Javornik is part of a mountain range in eastern Slovenia. It is popular with skiers as it receives a generous abundance of snow fall year after year. And when the snow is pummeled by the ferocious wind in such high altitudes, the trees and lookout towers upon which they rest are compressed into hard […]

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Success! Forensic artist reconstructs realistic face from skull-shaped vodka bottle

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Monday 10 November 2014

Amazingly, Scotland-based forensic artist Nigel Cockerton, whose thing is, well, facial restructuring, went on to pad out an empty skull-shaped bottle from Crystal Head Vodka earlier this year layer by layer, making the skull really come to life with a realistic face at the end. It’s pretty amazing work.

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