Bob Morehead is a self-taught artist who creates incredibly intricate sculptures using only wood glue and toothpicks. Guided by his imagination, and inspiration from the Italian architecture along the Amalfi Coast where he was born, one of Morehead’s most elaborate cityscapes spans 8 feet in length and consists of over 300,000 toothpicks. Check out “Bob’s Toothpick City” as well as more individual creations below!
“The Floating Piers” is a giant floating dock system nearing completion on Lake Iseo in Italy. 220,000 high-density poly-ethylene cubes will be covered in 100,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric to create an epic walkway 3 kilometers long.
The project is the brainchild of artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, known for large-scale installations. Although Jeanne-Claude passed away in 2009, Christo has continued to pursue “The Floating Piers”, originally conceived together in 1970. More progress shots below!
In 2009 designer Gianluca Gimini started asking friends and strangers to draw a men’s bicycle from memory. While some got it right, most made technical errors — missing fundaments parts of the frame or chain.
The exercise is similar to psychological tests used to demonstrate how little we know compared to what we think we do. However, for Gimini this isn’t about proving how dumb we are but, rather, how extraordinary our imaginations can be! Having now amassed a collection of 376 drawings from participants ranging from 3 – 88 years of age, Gimini has started building realistic renderings of the bikes based on these sketches, in a 3D program.*
*Post edited to clarify these are 3D renderings
See more images from “Velocipedia” below!
Amazing wood sculptures by Italian artist, Giuseppe Penone. In “The Hidden Life Within,” Penone carves a young tree inside an old tree to highlight the passage of time and the importance of living in the present. “Tree of 12 Metres” is similarly concerned with growth and drawing attention to natural processes that normally go unnoticed. Check out more images below!