Artist Turns Toxic Sludge from Polluted Rivers into Luminous Works of Art

Artist John Sabraw creates colorful and highly textured paintings utilizing pigments made from the toxic sludge found in the Ohio River region. Sabraw collects the toxic, acidic water from streams and rivers that have been heavily contaminated by runoff from coal mines and brings it back to a lab where, with the help of a group of engineers, he creates pigments that can be blended with polymers and resins to make acrylic paints. Sabraw explained to Hyperallergic: “I was struck by the local streams that are largely orange, red, and brown, I found out that these colors were mainly from iron oxide, the same raw materials used to make many paint colors, but this iron oxide was from polluted water from abandoned coal mines. I thought it would be fantastic to use this toxic flow to make paintings rather than with imported iron oxide from China.”

Artist Creates Reverse-Pointillism Landscapes by Using Incense to Burn Tiny Holes in Rice Paper

Korean artist Jihyun Park, uses lit incense sticks to burn thousands of tiny holes in rice paper, creating meticulously detailed artworks ranging from images of clouds to mountains and trees. In the aptly named "Incense Series", the burning of the incense sticks creates emptiness where there once was substance, both in the stick itself and the paper used. At the same time, the emptiness creates space in the paper and empty spaces show new image. Speaking about his work, Jihyun Park says: "It is my hope that the 'moments' I capture of my subjects are ones that are at their most ideal– true utopias. While drawing them with the incense, I am “holding” a split moment of harmony in my hands."

Designer Builds an 8-Bit Instant Photo Gun that Prints Out Images Like Receipts

Moscow media-artist, musician and engineer Dmitry Morozov aka vtol, built this ingenious 8-bit instant photo gun, using an old game boy, arduino, a camera, and a thermal printer. Users can take lo-fi monochrome pictures and print them out like receipts using the gun to trigger the device. Watch the video below to see the gbg-8 in action.

Olek Transforms a Homeless Shelter in Delhi into a Colorful Crochet Installation

Texitle artist Olek was recently invited to create a piece in New Delhi, India for the St+art Delhi street art festival. Olek chose a night shelter for homeless women and with the help of a full team of volunteers and organizers she transformed the corrugated metal structure into a colorful crochet installation inspired by basic Indian Iconography such as the elephant, the butterfly and flowers. Speaking about the project Olek said: "It felt like I gave birth to an oversize baby without any pain killers. I had to pull the black magic to make it happen. Physically and emotionally drained. Was it worth it? Absolutely YES."

Floating Flower Garden: An Interactive Installation Made from Thousands of Living Flowers

As part of their current large-scale exhibition at Miraikan in Tokyo, TeamLab has created an interactive floating flower garden with an infinite number of living flowers that fill up the entire space. Over 2,300 floating flowers bloom in the space. These flowers are alive and growing with each passing day. When a viewer gets close to this flower-filled space, the flowers close to the viewer rise upwards all at once, creating a hemispherical space with the viewer at its center. In this interactive floating flower garden viewers are immersed in flowers, and become completely one with the garden itself.

Artist Janusz Grünspek Meticulously Recreates Everyday Objects Using Wooden Skewers

Polish artist Janusz Grünspek creates minimalist three-dimensional works using simple wooden skewers and a hot glue gun, Working with incredible precision Grünspek crafts simple and direct studies of the forms and compositions of everyday objects. His wireframe sculptures tackle the construction of objects such as cassette tapes, a coffee maker or an Apple laptop, revealing the structural lines that the eye can't see.

Beautiful Imaginary Landscapes Made from Cut Up Vintage Postcards

Italian artist Caterina Rossato, creates striking three-dimensional assemblages out of vintage postcard, mostly of buildings and natural landscapes. Using an X-Acto knife, Rossato deconstructs the images and rearranges them to create new imaginary scenes, fueled by fantastical dreams. Speaking about her work the artist says: "I create landscapes made through a collage of other landscapes, combining images in which the sense of recognition of reality slips from one level to another and it is never clearly identified."

Temporary Scaffolding Structure Becomes an Art Installation for Memorie Urbane Festival

As part of this year’s edition of the Memorie Urbane street art festival in Gaeta, Italy, Milan-based street artist Fra.Biancoshock, created a new installation titled "24/7", that ironically distorts the concept of "artist-in-residence" and highlights an "intimate" aspect of the urban artist’s life, an apparently fascinating, itinerant and exciting life that involves sacrifices in relationships, friendships and private spaces. The scaffolding, faithful companion of the urban artist, becomes a real home with all the essential necessities required to live in it. The so-called "artist residency" consists in whole days spent on a scaffold, in the rain or under the blazing sun, to leave an artistic contribution to a city and its community.

Blister Pact: A Large-Scale Sculptural Installation Made from Thousands of Plastic Packages

Ian Trask’s newest installation, "Blister Pact" opening this March 7th at the Invisible Dog Art Centre is an examination of the materialistic culture in which we live. Thousands of plastic packages were sourced from consumers and producers in the artist’s community and woven together into a a translucent structure inspired by the architecture and glyphic writing systems of ancient burial memorials. “What I really wanted to show was a huge spectrum of shapes, because part of my goal was to demonstrate the overwhelming use of this type of packaging across a range of commercial industries.” Trask told Hyperallergic.

Artist Isobelle Ouzman Carves Old Books into Intricate 3D Illustrations

Using pens, glue sticks and an x-acto knife, illustrator Isobelle Ouzman, transforms books that she finds in recycling bins and thrift stores into three-dimensional natural scenes filled with flowers, trees, ferns and animals. Ouzman's work is a visually striking statement against the decline of printed books in our technology-driven society. "Rather than have these discarded books sit out in the rain or in some store to gather dust, I’m trying to make good use of them." She explains, "I love books very much and would never carve into one that was valuable. I’m just trying to bring them back to life. Make them mean something once more."