Artist Creates a Giant Sculpture out of Cheese Puffs to Raises Awareness About Gun Violence

Iranian artist Sharareh Khosravani has recently created a large gun sculpture made out of cheese puffs that addresses difficult issues with a humorous twist. The piece called “Warning” aims to generate discussion around gun violence and the emotional scars it leaves on countless children in today's society. Via her website, "I hoped to add a dimension of humor to the warning. In part this work came about because of events such as the Boston Marathon bombing and recent school shootings that made me think about the way violence affects children today. We want to believe that schools are safe places and children are innocent, but sometimes that safety is only an illusion. You may feel safe even when you are actually in the line of fire."

An Inflatable Shell Transforms the Inside of Dumpster into a Community Space

Part community space, part art installation and part urban intervention, "Inflato Dumpster" is
an inflatable membrane containing 2000 cubic feet of volume fitted inside a large dumpster. The project was created by New York based architect John Locke through his Department of Urban Betterment (DUB) with the goal of transforming something typically associated with waste and discarded materials into a space for something exciting and new. Speaking about the project John said, "As public space in New York becomes increasingly privatized and commodified, The Inflato Dumpster seeks to counter that tendency by serving as an open, engaging street-level structure that acts as a mobile learning laboratory."

Damien Hirst Creates Stunning Aerial Views of Cities Around the World Using Surgical Tools

Renowned British artist Damien Hirst recently unveiled a new collection of paintings titled "Black Scalpel Cityscapes". Described by the artist as ‘portraits of living cities’, the paintings are made up of vast numbers of surgical instruments that are carefully arranged to create stunning bird’s-eye views of urbanised areas from around the world. Manmade features and natural elements such as buildings, rivers and roads are depicted using are depicted in scalpels as well as razor blades, hooks, iron filings and safety-pins, all set against black backgrounds. "Black Scalpel Cityscapes" is on view at White Cube in São Paolo through January 31st.

Artist Documents Random Objects Rescued from Her Curious Son's Mouth

Lenka Clayton's "63 Objects Taken From My Son's Mouth" is an art project documenting a collection of random objects taken from her infant son's mouth from age 8 - 15 months. The collection indirectly documents those months of their lives, and includes currency from three countries, acorns, bolts, bubblegum, buttons a cigarette butt and various odds and ends. Via her website, "A steadfast experiment in combining two seemingly incompatible experiences, the project pushes together the open, autonomous freedom of working as an artist and the often isolating, bound routines of motherhood." Clayton has published a photo book of all 63 objects filled with life-size images of each item.

Photographer Nick Turpin Captures Painterly Images of Bus Passangers on their Night Commute

For his latest body of work titled "Through a Glass Darkly", photographer Nick Turpin created a series of intimate portraits of London Bus passengers in the winter months. The photos were shot at night from a raised platform with a long lens hand held at 1/40th second, on the limits of what modern camera sensors can record. Speaking about his work Turpin says, "I have a great deal of faith in street photography, I think it's an extremely important way of showing us the societies that we have built".

We Go on Hiatus for a Spell

Dear readers,

After almost 5 years and 2.200 posts we're going to take a break from regular updates of this blog. This past month has been a struggle to keep everything going as our life has been swallowed up by hospitals, waiting rooms and many challenges that have required all our energies. We've enjoyed working on the blog and we hope you enjoyed reading and participating. You can always follow us on Twitter at @Junkculture and on Tumblr to watch for updates.

New York City’s Iconic Water Towers are Transformed into Temporary Canvases for a Public Art Initiative

Part art exhibition, part awareness campaign, "The Water Tank Project" is a large scale public art initiative to draw attention to water as a precious resource by transforming 300 rooftop water tanks in New York City into original works of art. Filmmaker Mary Jordan, who came up with the idea for the project, sees the initiative as a chance to educate people about the global water issues. "Understand that we have to reduce our plastic waste, reduce our meat consumption and really conserve our water," she said.  Over 100 water tanks will be wrapped with art by acclaimed artists such as John Baldessari, Jeff Koons, Maya Lin, Andy Goldsworthy and even NYC public school students.

The Kodatrope: An Interactive Art Installation Made from Hundreds of Slide Photographs

The "Kodatrope" is a large scale interactive art piece created by Lee Pivnik, that overloads the viewer with information in order to separate them from their daily routine. When lit from the outside, the interactive kaleidoscope allows you to place your head and shoulders inside, and looks up at more than 500 different photographs that have been collected from different families from the 1960s and the 70s. Speaking about the project Pivnik said, "The concept behind The Kodatrope was that I wanted to place people in an environment where they are cut off from their own thoughts, and can focus on observing photographs, which are records of other people's memories."

Campaign Aims to Turn Abandoned Bicycles' Saddles into Outdoor Planters

Every year over 2 million bicycles are abandoned on Tokyo streets. Left to decay, these bicycles go largely unnoticed sitting in the same spot day after day. COGOO, an organization which aims to create cleaner cities, decided to do something about the problem and together with TBWA \ hakuhodo, they collected dozens of abandoned bicycles and transformed the saddles into planters. The project titled ‘Saddle Blossoms’ aims to create a series of artistic interventions to arouse the curiosity of passersby and make the bicycles noticed.

The Week-End

Our most popular posts this week featured an ice chandelier that can be hung from tree branches during winter, a series of images documenting people from around the world transporting loads of objects on their heads, body painted models seamlessly camouflaged into NYC landmarks and an outdoor installation made from suspended paper lanterns.