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Joana Choumali Embroiders iPhone Photographs as a Healing Meditation

April 4, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

Photographer Joana Choumali‘s photographic series Ça va aller translates to “It’s going to be fine,” a common phrase used by people in Côte d’Ivoire to casually reassure each other, even after a deeply traumatic event. Choumali started the project less than a month after the March 2016 Grand-Bassam terrorist attack, when three gunman opened fire at a beach resort an hour away from her home in Abidjan. The images in the…

 

 



Art History

CT Scan of 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Statue Reveals Mummified Monk Hidden Inside

February 21, 2015

Christopher Jobson

Photo by M. Elsevier Stokmans; Boeddhamummie (Drents Museum) (MMC / Jan van Esch) What looks like a traditional statue of Buddha dating back to the 11th or 12th century was recently revealed to be quite a bit more. A CT scan and endoscopy carried out by the Netherlands-based Drents Museum at the Meander Medical Centre in Amersfoort, showed the ancient reliquary fully encases the mummified remains of a Buddhist master known as Liuquan of the…

 

 



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Murals Created with Thousands of Buttons, Pins and Beads by Ran Hwang

July 23, 2012

Christopher Jobson

East Wind from Old Palace. 180 x 360cm. Three panel, buttons, beads, and pins. 2012. Healing Blossoms. 170 x 826 cm. Buttons, beads, pins on wooden panel. Empty Me. 210 x 360cm. Buttons, beads, pins. 2010. Part mural, part sculpture, with elements of tapestry and painting, it’s almost impossible to define the work of Ran Hwang who uses thousands of components including pins, buttons and beads to create these enormous wall-sized images….

 

 



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The Balanced Rock Sculptures of Michael Grab Rely Solely on Gravity

December 3, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Land artist Michael Grab creates astonishing towers and orbs of balanced rocks using little more than patience and an astonishing sense of balance. Grab says the art of stone balancing has been practiced by various cultures around the world for centuries and that he personally finds the process of balancing to be therapeutic and meditative. Over the past few years of practicing rock balance, simple curiosity has evolved into therapeutic…

 

 



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Meditating Machinery: Mechanical Buddhas and Other Religious Icons by Wang Zi Won

March 1, 2013

Christopher Jobson

South Korean artist Wang Zi Won constructs intricate mechanical figures of Buddha and bodhisattva that appear to be lost in meditation or enlightenment. The electrically-powered figures are fused with numerous mechanical components which at times resemble halos or lotus flowers and simultaneously move the humanoid figures through repetitive motions (see videos above). The artist says his intention is to examine a future where humans and…

 

 



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A Peek Inside the Galleries and a Playlist of Short Films Showing at Banksy’s Dismaland

August 22, 2015

Christopher Jobson

Dietrich Wegner / Photo by Christopher Jobson for Colossal The fun thing about Dismaland is that in addition to pieces by Banksy, you get to immerse yourself in the works of 58 additional artists, and films by 22 directors and animators. It’s impossible to grasp the scope of every last sculpture, painting, and installation, but included here is a small selection of pieces the crowds are buzzing about inside the three large indoor gallery…

 

 



Art Design

If a Tree Falls in the Forest… These Megaphones Will Amplify Its Sound

September 23, 2015

Kate Sierzputowski

All images by Tõnu Tunnel The soothing sounds of nature have never been easier to hear after a group of interior architecture students from the Estonian Academy of Arts decided to infiltrate a nearby forest with three giant wooden microphones. The sound-amplifying installation is near RMK’s pähni nature centre, an area where one can currently rest within the grooves of one of three megaphones to intently listen to the detailed rustling of…