Moodtown Design’s Cool Stainless Steel Dog Key Chains

These fully handmade, frosted-finish dog breed keychains are made with origami-like sculptural shapes of high quality stainless steel after 1550 degree Celsius casting by China’s Moodtown Design. And they are beautiful. Read more

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The Apex Predator Collection : Luxury Goods Made With Human Hair & Teeth

Barrett Barrera Projects, a St. Louis-based consulting company specializing in the arts, is returning to Miami Art Week to present Darwinian Voodoo’s Apex Predator Collection by Mariana Fantich and Dominic Young of Fantich & Young as one of the art installations the company will unveil during Art Basel this coming December. Read more

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Mini Sculptures of 16 Great Film Directors: King Cuts

I wish I could afford even one of these Mike Leavitt sculptures. His King Cuts are 18″ tall sculptures made from wood and polymer clay and impressively carved into the likenesses of his 16 favorite film directors of all time (an excellent selection). Humorously and accurately outfitted with props from their films, he has created 16, several of which are still available for purchase. Read more

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Victor Solomon’s Literally Balling

Victor Solomon’s series “Literally Balling” capitalizes on the level of cultural dominance achieved by the sport of basketball and its stars. By recreating basketball hoops and backboards with appropriated luxury materials he satirizes the religious devotion to the sport while simultaneously commenting on the fragility of luxury. Read more

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Macabre Miniature Narratives In Acrylic Bubbles

Abigail Goldman has a sick sense of humor. And people love it. Her handmade “Die-O-ramas” are miniature narratives in which grisly murders of all types have taken place. Last March she showed 50 pieces of her macabre work at SPOKE NYC in an exhibit titled Wishful Thinking. Read more

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Tom and James Franco Turn Giant Sewer Pipes Into Art Pillars (UPDATED with new pics)

For the past year, Bay Area artist Tom Franco, founder of the Bay Area’s of Firehouse Art Collective, has been collaborating with his brother, actor James Franco, on a series of enormous ceramic sculptures at Mission Clay Products. The Phoenix-based factory, who produces large vitrified clay pipes used mainly for sewage, has an Arts and Industry program where they provide materials and working space in their factory to artists. Read more

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Urban Concrete Cuckoo Clocks and Brutalist Birdhouses.

If It’s Hip, It’s Here has long been a fan of modern cuckoo clocks as is evident by previous posts beginning with our first way back in 2007, then one on Italy’s Diamantini and Domeniconi Cuckoo Clocks and finally the beautiful handmade Pedro Mealha Cuckoo Clocks. Now we bring you sculptural concrete Cuckoo Blocks by artist Guido Zimmermann. Read more

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Liz Glynn’s Open Air Ballroom In Central Park

Thanks to my friend George Sweet (no relation except for our mutual interest in the beautiful and unusual), I was made aware of this public art fund installation presently on view at the corner of 60th Street and 5th Avenue in New York’s Doris C. Freedman Plaza. “Open House” by Liz Glynn is a collection of concrete cast Louis XIV furniture that was designed to highlight class distinctions. Read more

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