As seen on the Web Designer Depot (link above to original article), Alex Queral is a Philadelphian sculptor best known for using old phone books to carve their pages into celebrities faces.
Some of the celebrities he’s made sculptures of include Barack Obama, Jack Nicholson, Frida Kahlo and John Goodman.
The process takes at least a couple of weeks to complete.
He begins by sketching the famous person’s face on a piece of paper and laying it over the phone book, after that he uses a razor blade, patiently carving away at the thousands of pages that lie within phone book to create the 3D portrait.
He then paints each face with a monochromatic wash to distinguish the portraits from the pages.
Queral says that creating these portraits is a very tense process because it takes so long to do, and if you “cut something away you can’t get it back again.”
In the mid 1800s posters were about the only option for mass media advertising appealing to the masses.
It's interesting to see the marketing techniques used back then and compare them to modern times.
These posters would be far too wordy and less colorful and catchy than contemporary versions.
eward poster for the capture of the men responsible for President Abraham Lincoln's assassination, April 1865.
There are many famous statues in existence today, from the Statue of Liberty to Christ the Redeemer or even Michaelangelo's David.
However, statues in honour of well know fictional characters are also common place. As seen on Blastr, below are some well known examples. See the full photoset here.
Yoda is enshrined as part of a fountain at the Letterman Digital Arts Center in Presidio, San Francisco, home to Industrial Light & Magic, LucasArts and other components of Lucasfilm Limited.
Located just outside the Baker Street station in London, the statue stands 9 feet tall and was installed in September 1999.
The people of Vulcan, keenly aware of the connection of their town's name and the Star Trek franchise, put up the sculpture to attract tourists. In addition to other attractions, and a local Star Trek convention, it pulls in fans from all over the world.
Godzilla - Chiyoda, Japan
Alice in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll's creation of Alice, the Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit has been given sculpture treatment in New York City's Central Park. Based on the original book's illustrations by John Tenniel, the statue was built by José de Creeft in 1959, commissioned by George Delacorte.
The "Little People Project" has been abandoning little people on the streets of London since 2006.
Some of the scenes are extremely clever as can be seen below.
Click the top link above to visit the project's website
The Muppeteer or Muppet master always holds the Muppet above his head or in front of his body, with one hand operating the head and mouth and the other manipulating the hands and arms, either with two separate control rods or by "wearing" the hands like gloves.
As reported on UPI, trends are changing in China as a nation of young shopaholics is born. Salaries for young, urban Chinese have almost tripled in less than a decade. This new generation is embracing some popular American brands in their own country.
Police sketches are facial composites of an eyewitness's memory of a face, as recorded by a composite artist. In modern times advanced software can be used instead of a trained artist. Facial composites are used mainly by police in their investigation of (usually serious) crimes.
The sketches can be seen at post offices, newspapers, tv and internet reports around the country.
Li Wei is a contemporary artist from Beijing. His work often depicts him in apparently gravity-defying situations. Wei started off his performance series ‘Mirroring’ and later on took off attention with his ‘Falls’ series which shows the artist with his head and chest embedded into the ground. His work is a mixture of performance art and photography that creates illusions of a sometimes dangerous reality. Li Wei states that these images are not computer montages and works with the help of props such as mirror, metal wires, scaffolding and acrobatics.
Below are some of Li Wei's most imaginative and gravity defying images. More can be seen here