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PICTURES OF THE DAY: The Art Of Surprising Materials
April 28, 2012
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Art can be created from almost anything, and three contemporary artists are proving the point, with intricate sculptures built from wire mesh, an iconic Japanese print recreated with cola, and landscapes and people collaged out of old maps.

The Great Wave (Of Cola)

Artist Phil Hansen created this copy of 'The Great Wave off Kanagawa', a woodblock print created by Japanese artist Hokusai between 1830 and 1833. Hansen's copy is missing the rich blue colours of the original, but it does have something Hokusai didn't: it was painted using Coca-Cola.

In the video above, Hansen shares his technique for cola painting. And if you want to try your own hand at recreating the iconic woodblock print, you can download a free template on his site.


Mapping Out The Art


Matthew Cusick knows his way around a collage: he built these artworks out of disused road maps. Cusick, who was born in Texas, is a well-regarded collage artist who has been exhibiting since 1995. His work with maps goes back to at least 2003.




Meshing With Reality


Chinese artist Shi Jindian works with finely woven wire mesh, and the precision of his three-dimensional works can make them look like a special effects wireframe more than something that exists in reality.

But these densely detailed works actually started out surrounding real life objects - once Jindian's meshing is complete, he removes the original vehicle, leaving a tangible shadow behind.




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