Sculptures from Recycled Tires—Yong Ho Ji

Not only is this a great recycling project, but Ho Ji’s way of using tires for texture and for molding animal forms creates a thought-provoking juxtaposition between the world of machines (cars) and the natural world (or the mythical world, in some of his sculptures).

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Gorgeous Book Carvings of Su Blackwell

While there is quite a bit of beautiful and inspiring book carving art and paper art, the work of Su Blackwell has a particularly rich and endearing quality. Delicate carved detail, selected ink texture, diorama-like assemblage, and lighting combine to make pieces that suggest miniature, self-contained worlds.

Hotel Viura, Spain—Avant Garde amidst 17thC Architecture

A modern, twisted, tilted architectural design for Hotel Viura, in Spain, creates plenty of window areas and terraces for guests to enjoy the old town views. Concrete cubes are starkly juxtaposed to the nearby 17th century church, yet the overall playfulness between old and new materials and forms, both indoors and outdoors, achieves a fresh and entertaining effect.