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Turkish artist Hasan Kale (previously featured here) continues to dazzle the Department of Miniature Marvels with his ability to paint beautiful scenes from his native Istanbul on the teeniest, tiniest objects. No challenge is too great, no seed or nut too small. Kale has even painted a piece of chocolate and the inside of a peanut shell.

Visit Hasan Kale’s Facebook page to check out more of his awesomely itsy-bitsy paintings.

[via Scene 360]


Behold the awesomeness that is the world’s largest seamless print photograph. Entitled the Great Picture, this colossal Guinness World Record-holding image measures 107 feet wide by 31 feet high, covering an are of 3,375-square-feet.

Created in 2006, the Great Picture, was a collaborative effort by artists Jerry Burchfield, Mark Chamberlain, Jacques Garnier, Rob Johnson, Douglas McCulloh, Clayton Spada and hundreds of volunteers. And they did it using the world’s largest camera: an abandoned airplane hangar.

"They transformed an abandoned F/A-18 fighter jet hangar into a gigantic pinhole camera by darkening and sealing the interior from outside light. A pinhole, just under a quarter-inch in diameter (0.635 cm) was centered between the metal hangar doors to serve as the camera’s aperture."

"The hangar-turned-camera recorded a panoramic image of what was on the other side of the door using the centuries-old principle of “camera obscura” or pinhole camera. An image of the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station with the San Joaquin Hills in the background, appeared upside down and flipped left to right on film after being projected through the tiny hole in the hangar’s metal door.”

The Great Picture is currently on display in in Chantilly, VA at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center through November 2014. Visit Twisted Sifter for additional images and to learn more about the incredible process that created this massive photo.

Photos by Robert Johnson, the Smithsonian Institution, Douglas McCulloh, and Dane Penland respectively.

[via Twisted Sifter]


South Dakota-based artist John Lopez (previously featured here) creates awesome life-size sculptures of animals by welding together pieces of scrap metal, often pieces of abandoned farm machinery collected from local ranchers and farmers that he’s known since he was a kid. The creatures he creates are so lifelike that it’s hard to believe their myriad parts and pieces were ever used for anything else.

Visit John Lopez’s website, blog and Facebook page to check out more of his magnificent metalwork.

[via Twisted Sifter and]


When French graphic designer and illustrator DZO briefly ran out of paper, he decided to experiment with found goat skulls and smooth river stones as canvases and proceeded to cover every inch of them with awesomely imaginative and elaborate illustrations.

Click here to view more pieces from DZO’s Stones and Bones project.

Visit DZO’s Behance page and Instagram account to check out more of his artwork.

[via Beautiful/Decay and Colossal]


For a project entitled Rouleaux, French multimedia artist Anastassia Elias (previously featured here) creates enchanting silhouetted scenes inside humble cardboard toilet paper tubes.

"Lit from behind, her delightful cardboard scenes appear like stills from a mysterious work of shadow puppetry. Here, the roll, most commonly a piece of trash associated with the mundane rituals of domestic life, becomes elevated to the realm of high art. Elias’s visual narratives span time and space; as surely as summer swings fade to frigid snowmen, we move from an underwater universe to the barber shop around the corner."

The paper shapes are cut from paper the same colour as the cardboard roll, which give them the illusion of being part of the roll itself. They’re carefully positioned inside the roll using tweezers. Each delicate piece takes up to several hours to complete.

Elias recently self-published a book of her Rouleaux pieces, currently available here. The pieces themselves are currently on exhibit at the National Museum of Singapore until August 3, 2014.

Visit Anastassia Elias’ website to check out more of her artwork, including more Rouleaux.

[via Design Taxi and Beautiful/Decay]


Somerville, MA-based artist Judith Klausner (previously featured here) has developed a delightful line of jewelry based on From Scratch, her series of food-based art for which she combines food and traditional handicrafts. Klausner has adapted the process she used to make her Cereal Samplers, cross-stitch samplers made of Corn Chex cereal, to create wearable handmade monogram necklaces.

"Each letter is delicately hand cross-stitched onto a piece of Corn Chex cereal, embedded in resin, and finished with sterling silver plated findings on an 18" sterling silver chain.

It seems fairly certain that no two pieces of Chex are exactly alike, so these exquisite necklaces aren’t just unusual, they’re also unique. If you would like a personalized cereal necklace and/or know someone else who’d love one too, all you have to do is visit Klausner’s ArtSnacks Etsy shop and pick a letter and thread color. She also accepts custom orders for pieces made of 2 or 3 initials.

Visit ArtSnacks to view more cross-stitched Chex necklaces and Judith Klausner’s website to check out more of her awesome artwork.


Get excited, guys!!!


Get excited, guys!!!


This tentacular octopus hairpiece is the work of Australian artist Kirstie Williams (deviantARTist Deeed), who created it as part of a magnificent costume for a steampunk ball she recently attended. Williams documented each step of the elaborate creation process, which involved sculpting a foam core, covering it in long artificial hair wefts and then enhancing it with copper-colored paint and a few obligatory brass gears. The hirsute cephalopod was then attached to an Arda Candy Striper wig. As you can see, the result of all her effort is nothing short of spectacular.

Williams is currently auctioning off a commission for one customized octopus hairpiece just like the one seen here. The auction ends June 15, 2014. Click here for details.

Top three photos by Gillian B Dragancaor.

[via Nerdcore and Fashionably Geek]


These fantastical paintings are the work of Brazilian artist Rafael Silveira. His ornate frames are as unusual and beguiling as the surreal paintings within them. His work is heavily influenced by the comics and cartoons he’s loved since he was little. We love how he describes it himself:

“I like to create my own symbolism, using unusual stuff as a metaphors,” said Silveira. “I believe that the universe talks with us using secret, unexpected signs.”

Silveira will be showing his latest paintings in a solo exhibition entitled Unforeseeable, which opens at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York on June 28th and runs through July 26, 2014

Head over to Hi-Fructose to check out more beautifully bizarre paintings by Rafael Silveira.


Wax sculptor Bobby Causey creates phenomenal hyperrealistic wax renditions of famous movie characters and Hollywood stars. Based in Allen Park, MI, Causey is a self-taught professional sculptor. Each of his pieces is painstakingly made by hand. For the sculptures that feature hair, each individual strand is punched in one at a time.

Causey makes an exhaustive study of photo references for each subject. The extraordinary effort he puts in is clearly paid off by the awesome results he consistently achieves. These sculptures look so real, we keep waiting for one of them to stick out a tongue or wink at us.

Visit the Bobby C. Sculptures website to check out more of Causey’s astonishingly lifelike wax sculptures.

[via Design Taxi and Daily Art]


The next time you reach for a toothpick consider the painstaking creations of Virginia Beach-based artist Bob Morehead, who has spent the last 30 years using wooden toothpicks and glue to create awesomely intricate sculptures and buildings.

Morehead’s treehouses and towers each consist of thousands, sometimes tens of thousands, of tiny toothpicks. But his largest work to date is Toothpick City. He’s been working on it for 8 years so far and its toothpick count is now well over 100,000.

Visit Bob Morehead’s Facebook and deviantART pages to check out more of his tremendous toothpick sculptures.

[via Twisted Sifter]


This awesome AT-AT sculpture was created by Denver, CO-based artist Derek Keenan using reclaimed skateboards. It measures 16 inches tall by 17 inches long and features articulated joints.

It’s part of a Star Wars-themed group show, entitled Deathstar Blues, that’s on exhibit at the Black Book Gallery in Denver, CO throughout the month of June 2014.

[via Super Punch]


It’s been far too long since we last shared more phenomenal pencil sculptures created by Connecticut-based artist and craftsman Dalton Ghetti (previously posted here). We’re still in awe of the precision, patience and delicate touch required to create such tiny wonders. Every time we look at the itty-bitty mailbox pictured at the top of this post we wonder if there’s an even tinier letter inside.

Head over to Dalton Ghetti’s website to view more of his miniature masterpieces.

[via Beautiful/Decay]


It’s high time we shared more artwork by Australian illustrator DrFaustusAU (previously featured here), who reimagines movie, comic book and video game titles and characters as book covers rendered in the unmistakable style of Dr. Seuss.

Today we’re treated to covers for The Silence of the Lambs, The Terminator, The Last of Us, V for Vendetta, Mars Attacks!, Predator, and The Evil Dead.

Visit DrFaustusAU’s deviantART page to check out even more of his awesome artwork.

[via Lost at E Minor and Incredible Things]


The Department of Awesome Anamorphic Artwork just learned about an interactive exhibition of playful 3D paintings created by the talented artists at the Brain Mash studio in Novosibirsk, Russia.

Click here for additional images from the show. And for even more awesome art you can follow the Brain Mash crew right here on Tumblr at brainmash-studio.

More 3D pug paintings please!

[via Neatorama]