Copacabana beach residents take issue with risque sand sculptures

Dec 4, 2015

Copacabana beach residents take issue with risque sand sculptures

Sand sculptures of curvaceous, full-bottomed women on Copacabana beach may be one of Rio de Janeiro’s wackier tourist attractions, but now they’re under fire from a resident’s association claiming the risque creations promote prostitution. Jassim Al-Alawadhi was one of several tourists stopping to take ...

New York's Met showing 150 newly donated Japanese art treasures

Oct 20, 2015

New York's Met showing 150 newly donated Japanese art treasures

An exhibition of 150 important Japanese artworks is being held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It includes a statue of the Buddhist deity known as Fudo Myoo by sculptor Kaikei, who lived in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. The ...

Anish Kapoor's Versailles sculpture is vandalized

Jun 19, 2015

Anish Kapoor's Versailles sculpture is vandalized

Vandals have sprayed yellow paint on a controversial sculpture on display in the gardens of France’s famed Palace of Versailles that has become known as the “queen’s vagina.” “Damage to the work ‘Dirty Corner’ was discovered Wednesday morning. It was lightly sprayed with paint. ...

Sculptor's huge 'queen's vagina' triggers uproar at Versailles

Jun 8, 2015

Sculptor's huge 'queen's vagina' triggers uproar at Versailles

British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor has sparked an uproar in France by installing a huge work he has called a “queen’s vagina” in the stately grounds of the Palace of Versailles. The 60-meter (200-foot) long, 10-meter (33-foot) high steel-and-rock abstract sculpture, resembling a funnel in ...

Designer creates 'furniture farm' in rural England

May 24, 2015

Designer creates 'furniture farm' in rural England

Deep in the English countryside, rows of trees are being grown into upside-down chairs, slowly taking shape with years of careful nurturing. Around 150 armchairs, 100 lamp shades and other items such as mirror frames are being grown out of the ground in a ...

Mystery sculpture along Nagano river generating a buzz

Feb 12, 2015

Mystery sculpture along Nagano river generating a buzz

A mystery stone sculpture that someone created along the Chikuma River in Nagano Prefecture has left some residents puzzled and others seeing it as a good opportunity to generate interest in their mountain community. The sculpture, which is now about 2 meters tall, first ...

'Theo Jansen: Strandbeest'

Oct 2, 2014

'Theo Jansen: Strandbeest'

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Dutch artist Theo Jansen first started creating his signature “Strandbeest” (“Beach Animal”) works in 1990. These huge objects, a combination of art and science, are made mostly out of plastic tubes and can walk by themselves using the power of the wind. Fifteen of ...

'Izumi Kato: Soft Vinyl Sculptures'

May 21, 2014

'Izumi Kato: Soft Vinyl Sculptures'

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As someone who liked to play with plastic Ultraman superhero and Kaiju monster toys as a child, Izumi Kato has been long familiar with soft vinyl, and since 2010, the artist has been using it to create sculptures. Unlike wood, which is often limited ...

Can nature solve humankind's errors?

Feb 5, 2014

Can nature solve humankind's errors?

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Masato Kodama's sculptures are concerned with light, gravity and air. For him, light is a symbol of tomorrow and potential futures, gravity represents the present and the past, and air is associated with memory.