Out of the Garden: Biblical tale depicted with massive sculpture made of nails

John Bisbee has been using nails for the purposes of creating art for nearly three decades! He just might be onto something here.

The Maine-based artist is out with his latest series of sculptures all comprised of the medium of nails. The large-scale pieces feature a number of organic shapes that intertwine and grow. The creations are being exhibited under the title, “Out of the Garden” – a clear reference to the Biblical tale.

At centre is a tree bearing fruit and surrounding it a massive snake-like creature with fangs. Another sculpture, called, “Infinity Pool,” is a circular piece that has large spikes at the outer rim, shrinking to smaller nails toward the center, adding a sense of distorted depth. Bisbee’s upcoming 2018 show will be at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland, Maine. Check out some of his latest below!


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Calvin Nicholls’ haut-relief animal sculptures are incredibly realistic

A while back we talked about how Calvin Nicholls is basically the master of paper sculptures (here) and now he’s back with more insanely detailed bird portraits.

The Canadian artist’s material of choice is, of course, paper and his favorite tool is the scalpel. An unlikely match that Nicholls has mastered over the years. His latest series of portraits feature birds, bears, and foxes rendered in haut-relief fashion. The majority of his pieces boast monochromatic shades yet they feel extraordinarily alive and realistic. Literally hundreds of small bits of paper scores ever so slightly to give that feathery look to each piece.

The artist has posted a video showcasing his process here. He also takes commericial commissions and some of the artwork posted below is from a window display he made for jeweler David Yurman. Find more of the artist’s works on his website and Facebook.


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This compact mobile phone is purposely designed to discourage people from using the internet

Being more connected couldn’t actually be what we needed to become happier,” claimed designers Kaiwei Tang and Joe Hollier. “There were all of these products and apps coming out left and right all claiming to make our lives better. These products didn’t respect the user or their time.”

These sentiments brought the duo to a conclusion of designing a mobile phone to prevent people from being overly attached to the internet. The Light Phone, although fully functional for calling and texting, does not have the basic tools of a modern smartphone. Apps can’t be downloaded on the phone which means users can’t go on Instagram, Facebook, or simply check their emails.

But that’s the whole point of the Light Phone – to encourage people to embrace the basic purpose of a compact phone.


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Projection Wall: Large bubbles emit from grid of rope by Rintaro Hara

Projection Wall puts a whole new shine on bubble fun in a wall-to-floor installation that creates prismatic sculptures using a pulley system that visitors operate.

As the pulley is lifted, large bubbles rise from a grid of rope. Then, they are pushed into the room thanks to a fan that sits behind the installation. The work is designed to be a collaborative one and was built by Japanese artist Rintaro Hara for the 2017 Japan Alps Festival.

The piece is reminiscent of a 1998 piece that Hara created called, “Soap Opera.” The piece was inspired by the aliens featured in the 1989 Sci-Fi Thriller The Abyss. There’s also this really cool Rube Goldberg machine Hara made you should check out! Watch the video showing her latest installation in action below and find more on her website and Vimeo.

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Snake-like sculptures made of bird feathers by Kate MccGwire

Don’t be fooled by silky smooth coiling sculptures by Kate MccGwire. They may at first glance appear to be serpent-like but are, in fact, composed of feathers provided by farmers, gamekeepers, and pigeon racers.

The British artist contains the pieces tightly inside frames, cabinets, and bell jars, making the audience feel suffocated and a tad uncomfortable given the snake-like appearance of each piece. MccGwire was inspired to begin the project after stumbling upon a pigeon colony with heaps of feathers near her studio. In particular, magpie and mallard feathers feature an inky blue aesthetic with exotic patterns.

She recently told Artnews, “I’m thinking of it as being like an umbilical cord. I want to seduce by what I do—but revolt in equal measure. It’s really important to me that you’ve got that rejection of things you think you know for sure.

Follow the artist on Facebook and Instagram for more!

Kate MccGwire Sculpture

Kate MccGwire sculpture


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Nomad’s ‘Battery Cable’ has a built-in battery and military grade durability

Nomad designs some of the best accessories for mobile devices. And the Battery Cable is no exception.

This 1.5m/5ft-long charging cable boasts ballistic 1000D nylon ad a kevlar core. Nomad engineered the cable to withstand “a rigorous 10,000 less test ensuring this cable will outlast other cables.” I’m looking at you, Apple. Durability aside, this cable comes with an inline battery pack (2350mAh) capable of fully charging an iPhone. When you plugged in, the cable uses its smarts to charge your iPhone fully up to 100% and then charges itself. So when you wake up, you not only have a juiced up smartphone, but a backup charge as well!

Nomad’s Battery Cable has been my daily driver for a few months now and, honestly, the convenience of having a battery pack embedded into an ultra rugged charging cable is incredible. This is a product designed from the ground up for the power user. In the future, I’d like Nomad Goods to really push the battery pack capacity to hold more charges.

So you’re an iPhone user? Not a problem! Nomad’s got you covered with a 3-in-1 universal cable – and yes, that includes USB-C support – for only $34.95. Click here!


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