Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads is an impressive public installation created by contemporary Chinese artist Ai WeiWei. Each one of these gigantic heads weights around 800 pounds and each of them measure 4ft high by 3ft wide.
The controversial artist, who is known for his criticism towards the Chinese regime as well as an array of unusual concept art, reinterpreted the twelve bronze animals that represent the traditional Chinese Zodiac signs – it is his first major public sculpture project and will be for display at the Pulitzer Fountain in New York.
In a recent statement, Ai WeiWei said:
"My work is always dealing with real or fake, authenticity and value and how value relates to current political and social understandings and misunderstandings. However, because Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads is composed of animal heads, it’s a work that everyone can understand, including children and people who are not in the art world. I think it’s more important to show your work to the public. That’s what I really care about."
The heads will be on display there from May through July 2011, with additional international and domestic dates to follow.
Take a look at these delicious pieces of…uhm – fruit and vegetables! Don’t they look like they came straight out of Pandora?
The pictures were taken by the very talented Carl-Johan Paulin, who has been working as a photographer for almost twenty years. Admirable is, what the quirky man says about his job in advertising after these twenty years: “It still feels as exciting like the first time, with every new commission.“
Only recently came we across the photography work of Hubert Blanz who lives and works in Vienna.
His 2008 X-plantation-series features amazing collages made from aerial photographs of airports and it simply blew us away! The German artist collects these images from the Internet and digitally sews them together and thus creates these dynamic compositions that seem totally surreal.
His other work is quite impressive as well; you can check it out here.
Mhmmm…Shawarma! Vancouver based illustrator Taizo Yamamoto has used his incredible talent to draw up some detailed images of delicious Arabic food on 11 x14 inch Bristol paper.
These hypnotizing meat sticks that we usually stare at on our way home from various nightly activities made us hungry for more. And more we can see here, including another recent highlight of the Canadian artist – the homeless’s shopping carts.
Now, check out the crucial detail of those tasty Shawarmas!
We’re not entirely sure what they are made out of and they are not even for sale, but we are sure if you ask Julian who also is an absolutely amazing illustrator (http://www.inprnt.com/gallery/julian_callos/) that contributes to LA Weekly on a regular basis, he might reconsider.
On his Society6 profile Julian states: “I wanted to give something special to some friends of mine this past Christmas, so I decided on some hand-made gifts. We have our own "tribe" and each person has a spirit animal, so I made everyone a sculpture of his or her spirit animal. It was a total labour of love and I’m super excited to share with everybody!“
You can check out the whole animal gang here. Our favourites are the ducking black fox, the twisted weasel and the crow.