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The Missing Links: A Papier-Mâché Statue of Tom Hanks

Thank you so much to Julia Davis for filling in last week while I was out of town! * What’s a Papier-Mâché Statue of Tom Hanks Cost to Build These Days? About $10,000 if you believe this Kickstarter project. The creators of the project weren’t actually serious about the statue. They are, however, trying to make a serious [...]

Dragon Statue Made Out Of CD Shards

This dragon statue has a real sharp look about it, and it was once able to hold many megabytes of information, so it’s (somewhat) useful! It’s an opalescent dragon for the information age, and the many sharp edges will make you feel alive again…with pain! 136 blank CDs were harmed in the making of this dragon [...]

Epic Scale Samus Aran Papercraft Sculpture

Now this is an epic example of artistic nerdery! At almost seven feet tall, this papercraft statue of Samus Aran from the video game franchise Metroid makes all other sculptures of Samus look like space junk, if only because this statue is made of nothing but paper, glue and lots of elbow grease. It’s based on Samus [...]

Barbie throughout Art History

In the Western tradition, it has always been about Barbie. Venus? Actually Barbie. Mona Lisa? It was Barbie. The model for the Statue of Liberty? Barbie. So French artist Jocelyne Grivaud created many Barbie images as great artists should have composed them. Content warning: nudes. Link (Google Translate) -via Flavorwire

8 Artists Who Poured Their Heart and Soul Into Their Work (Also: Their Blood and Urine)

All artists put a little bit of their soul into every piece. But these artists put their soul – and a whole lot more – into their art. 1. Hair and Nails When Hananuma Masakichi learned he was dying of tuberculosis, he wanted to give his girlfriend a way to remember him. So he constructed a life-sized [...]

The Easter Island “Heads” Have Bodies

Maybe this isn’t a newsflash to anyone but me, but, um, the Moai “heads” on Easter Island have bodies. Because some of the statues are set deep into the ground, and because the heads on the statues are disproportionately large, many people (myself included) tend to think of them as just big heads. [...]

7 Wonderfully Creepy Gaming Easter Eggs

Did you know the statue of liberty in GTA IV has a secret beating heart held up by chains on the inside? And that there’s apparently no reason for it? Cracked has all kinds of cool video game Easter eggs in this great article. Link

Soviet Statue turned Monument to Capitalism

A militaristic statue in Sofia, Bulgaria was recently visited by pop culture vandals, who added some color and re-envisioned the proud Soviet soldiers as superheroes and icons of capitalism, such as Captain America, Santa Claus, Superman, and even Ronald McDonald. Completing the piece is the slogan written below, which claims to put the statue “…in [...]

Enormous Statue of Pharaoh Found in Egypt

Archaeologists found an enormous 42-foot tall statue of Amenhotep III in Egypt, and the news bring about the poem Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley to my mind: The statue consists of seven large quartzite blocks and still lacks a head and was actually first discovered in the 1928 and then rehidden, according to the press release [...]

Statue Removed from French Town for Being Too Well Endowed

The government of the French town of Neuville-en-Ferrain commissioned a statue of Marianne, a traditional symbol of the French Revolution. After protests by the mayor and other residents, the statue was removed for having a little too much up top: “It was making people gossip,” said one town hall employee. “Remarks were made, during weddings for [...]