Lose Yourself in the Magic of These Kinetic Sculptures

Painter and sculptor Anthony Howe does the impossible: he creates delicate and seemingly fluid pieces of art with the rigid raw material of stainless steel. These incredibly detailed kinetic sculptures are built in Howe's remote workshop on Orcas Island near Washington.

As Howe describes his work: "Kinetic sculpture resides at the intersection of artistic inspiration and mechanical complexity. The making of one of my pieces relies on creative expression, metal fabrication, and a slow design process in equal parts."

The sculptures are big—Howe has made pieces that weigh as much as 1600 pounds, and others that are 25 feet tall—which makes their seemingly effortless and flowing movement even more impressive. The artist adds music and lights to the works, then films and shares short, hypnotizing videos on YouTube. As you can see, each sculpture contains numerous elements that rotate around an axis point. They're powered by either the wind or gear motors.

Howe writes on his website that he tests the endurance of each piece himself for an extended period of time to make sure it can withstand the stress of wind and others elements. He is not currently taking commissions, but he does periodically add works to his website after the testing stages have been completed. Those on his waiting list are given the opportunity to purchase them first. The sale of In Cloud Light III (above) is pending, but you can daydream about owning Switchback ($45,000), or My Father's Influence ($65,000).

Or you can just enjoy his many mesmerizing YouTube videos above and below.

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See the Secret Paintings Hidden in Gilded Books
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The art of vanishing fore-edge painting—hiding delicate images on the front edges of gilded books—dates back to about 1660. Today, British artist Martin Frost is the last remaining commercial fore-edge painter in the world. He works primarily on antique books, crafting scenes from nature, domestic life, mythology, and Harry Potter. Great Big Story recently caught up with him in his studio to learn more about his disappearing art. Learn more in the video below.

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Candytopia, the Interactive Art Installation Made of Sweet Treats, Is Coming to New York City
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A colorful exhibition is sharing some eye candy—and actual candy—with visitors. The sweet art pop-up, called Candytopia, is heading to New York City this summer following successful stints in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, Gothamist reports.

Candytopia feels a little like Willy Wonka’s chocolate room. More than a dozen rooms with psychedelic backdrops will be on view, as well as candy-inspired interpretations of famous artworks such as Mona Lisa and The Thinker. The installation is the brainchild of Jackie Sorkin, the star of TLC’s Candy Queen.

Many of the art installations are made from actual candy, but unlike Wonka’s lickable wallpaper, visitors will have to keep their hands and tongues to themselves. Instead, guests will be given samples of various sweet treats like gummies, chocolates, and “nostalgic favorites.”

Forbes named Candytopia one of the best pop-up museums to visit in 2018. New York City seems the perfect place for the exhibit, having formerly hosted other food-inspired pop-ups like the Museum of Pizza and the Museum of Ice Cream.

Candytopia will debut in New York City on August 15 at Penn Plaza at 145 West 32nd Street. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and they can be ordered on Candytopia’s website. Private events and birthday parties can also be arranged.

Keep scrolling to see some more installations from Candytopia.

A wing of the Candytopia exhibit
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An Egyptian-inspired statue made of candy
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A candy version of the Mona Lisa
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A shark statue
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[h/t Gothamist]

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