Tag: miniature

May 8, 2013

Bonsai Versions of the World’s Tallest Tree

Bonsai Versions of the World’s Tallest Tree

Bonsai is a Japanese art form using miniature trees grown in containers. Similar practices exist in other cultures, including the Chinese tradition of penjing from which the art originated. The Japanese tradition dates back over a thousand years, and has its own aesthetics and terminology. The purposes of bonsai are primarily contemplation (for the…

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Apr 19, 2013

Picture of the Day: Root-Over-Rock Trident Maple

Picture of the Day: Root-Over-Rock Trident Maple

Root-Over-Rock Trident Maple Photograph by Peggy Greb, USDA Part of the penjing collection at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, this trident maple, Acer buergerianum, has its roots growing over a rock and its foliage and stems trimmed in the shape of a dragon. Penjing, also known as penzai, tray landscape, potted…

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Apr 6, 2013

Master LEGO Builder Creates Epic 200,000 Piece Fantasy World

Master LEGO Builder Creates Epic 200,000 Piece Fantasy World

At over five feet tall and six feet wide, Mike Doyle’s Odan is an incredible fantasy world built from over 200,000 LEGO pieces. It took over 600 hours to build. Entitled, ‘The Millennial Celebration of the Eternal Choir at K’al Yne, Odan‘, it represents Doyle’s first work in his ambitious Contact series of large-scale…

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Mar 19, 2013

21 Examples of Cut Coin Jewelry Art

21 Examples of Cut Coin Jewelry Art

Cut coin jewelry art is a popular method of turning coins into jewelry. Most cut coin art is achieved by drilling a small hole (or holes) into the coin and then using a jeweler saw (which has various types of blades) to cut away parts of the coin. Many artists tend to focus on…

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Mar 18, 2013

A Bonsai Version of the Baggins Hobbit Home

A Bonsai Version of the Baggins Hobbit Home

Chris Guise is an artist and bonsai enthusiast from Maidenhead, England. A mechanical engineer by trade, Chris has a beautiful collection of Bonsai trees that he has cultivated on his Flickr page. In the Bonsai below, entitled Bag End Bonsai Trayscape, Chris created the home of Bilbo Baggins, Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee; where…

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Feb 27, 2013

Intricate Sculptures Carved from a Single Pencil

Intricate Sculptures Carved from a Single Pencil

Hungarian artist and deviantART user cerkahegyzo carves intricate miniature sculptures from a single lead pencil (with the exception of #5 & #15, not sure how he did those!). The artist says it’s a hobby and form of relaxation for him and that he carves them in his free time. During the day he works…

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Feb 26, 2013

Picture of the Day: Duct Tape Landscape

Picture of the Day: Duct Tape Landscape

DUCT TAPE LANDSCAPE Artwork by Takahiro Iwasaki | Photograph by Owen Houhoulis Japanese artist Takahiro Iwasaki carved this amazing miniature landscape into a roll of duct tape. Born in 1975, Iwasaki works and lives in Hiroshima, Japan. He makes miniature sculptures from everyday items like tape, thread and wire. You can find…

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