Even in museums, guests aren’t typically allowed to get too close to paintings, especially famous ones, like Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring”. Hirox Europe, a company specializing in high resolution 3D scans, decided to use their 3D digital microscope to create an interactive 10-billion pixel panorama image of this famed artwork. Simply put, it consists of 9,000 images that were stitched together to produce the final image. Read more for a video, additional pictures and a link to explore yourself.
Brick master Jumpei Mitsui recently unveiled his latest creation, and it’s the famed painting from the Edo-period of Japan, Hokusai’s Ukioy-e print “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”. It took him over 400-hours and 50,000 pieces to recreate this masterpiece. Even before starting the build, Mitsui had to study videos of waves crashing as well as academic papers on the topic. Next, he sketched a detailed model of the LEGO model, complete with boats. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
For those who don’t know, several sets submitted to the annual LEGO Ideas contest will eventually become a reality, and this year, they received a record 35 submissions. One of them that easily achieved 10,000 supporters is this Vincent van Gogh: The Starry Night set. It re-imagines the original painting in a 3D scene and places strong emphasis on the artist’s iconic brush strokes as well as color choices. Clips and brackets are used to recreate the swirling clouds, while plates stack to form the hillsides and bushes. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The LEGO Group launched four new Art mosaics sets that give creative fans a different way to transform their passion into art. Whether it be Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, The Beatles or iconic characters from the Marvel Universe and Star Wars galaxy, these mosaics are perfect for your home. Each one of these sets can be reimagined in a number of different ways and they all come with a signature tile unique to the set that is worthy of any true work of art as well as a hanging element. The Sith (above) is a 3-in-1 portrait set that lets you build portraits of Darth Vader, Darth Maul or Kylo Ren. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: AI Artists
Unlike other artists, Refik Anadol transforms pools of data into mesmerizing art. That’s right, when Anadol comes across an interesting data sets, they’re processed into swirling visualizations of how computers see the world by using artificial intelligence-powered machine learning algorithms. These techniques are used to filter and / or expand the raw material, which is then shown on large screens or projected onto walls and entire buildings. Read more for a video and additional information.
Denis Shiryaev is back at it again, and his latest project involved turning people in famous painting, like the Mona Lisa, into real human beings, or as close as possible. Some of the algorithms used to achieve these lifelike portraits include StyleGAN 2, First Order Model, DAIN, and ESRGAN. He’s spent around 3-months on it so far and countless hours perfecting their looks. Read more for the video.
Photo credit: Marc Thorpe
Your eyes aren’t playing tricks, Marc Thorpe has proposed an installation for the city of Marfa, Texas titled “Citizens of Earth,” and it’s not to pay tribute to flying saucers, but rather show why international borders are useless in the 21st century. It would be located in a desert community around 20-miles outside of Marfa, right on the border of Mexico and the United States. Read more for another picture and additional information.
Photo credit: Kreatworks
Artists at Bangkok, Thailand-based Kreatworks used scrap metal, mainly consisting of old auto / motorcycle / machine parts, to fabricate a 10.8-foot tall Incredible Hulk sculpture. Unfortunately, it can’t be shipped to the United States due to its size. Should you live somewhere in Asia, just know that each one is made to order, so you may have to wait a while. Read more for additional pictures.
BMW is set to present its latest collaboration, a multi-tiered project with eminent international contemporary artist FUTURA 2000, at Frieze Los Angeles 2020. The artist has created three exclusive and unique versions of the BMW M2 Competition in his iconic style, whilst also designing a limited-edition series of the BMW M2 Competition which will be able to to the public for purchase in June 2020. One of the hand-painted BMW M2 by Futura vehicles will celebrate its world premiere at the second Frieze Los Angeles on the Paramount Pictures Studios lot in Hollywood. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
HTC has partnered with the Louvre Museum in Paris to create a unique virtual reality experience, called “Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass”. It brings story of the Mona Lisa, the iconic masterpiece by artist Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), to life, in celebration of the 500th anniversary of da Vinci’s death in France. Through VR, the Louvre can now offer visitors a chance to experience the iconic image as never before, revealing details invisible to the naked eye, as well as providing insight into the techniques da Vinci used, and the identity of his sitter. Read more for a video and additional information.