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

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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 human…

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The Balanced Rock Sculptures of Michael Grab Rely Solely on Gravity

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

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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 im…

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