Ferrofluid Sculpture

I just learned about Ferrofluid today. It can do some amazing things, like this video shows. After the jump is a second video explaining HOW ferrofluid works.

From the YouTube descriptioin:

A steel sculpture with changing magnetisation is coated with ferrofluid.
The fluid is pulled in the direction of increasing flux density and forms peaks, which become smaller in higher flux density. At an accumulation of fluid at ridges, the flux density at the surface decreases. The flow and the distribution of the fluid can be observed at several characteristic locations…

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Love Love – The Perpetually Sinking Boat


‘Love Love’

‘Love Love’ is perhaps one of Julien Berthier’s more unusual sculptural installations. The floating sculpture is made from a large sailboat that has been modified to appear as if it is capsizing. Despite its battered appearance the boat is fully functional and able to move around thanks to a built-in motor. (pics and video)


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Amazing Paper Sculptures by Jeff Nishinaka


The works are given a three-dimensional look through careful layering of the paper and clever lighting.

The stunning elegance of Jeff Nishinaka’s paper art calls for a new definition of paper. His meticulous sculptural 3D work appears to have been created from marble or extremely fine sand or vanilla ice cream or thick foam — definitely of something other than “just” paper. The Los Angeles-born artist works mainly with white, which makes the exquisite play of light and shadow a large part of the appeal of his work. (Pics)


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Amazing Miniature Pencil Sculptures by Dalton Ghetti


It took 2 1/2 years to complete his best-known work, “Alphabet.”

Dalton Ghetti has found a remarkable niche in the art world. There have been artists who use pencils as part of their craft, but none use the smallest and most fragile part: the pencil lead. Check out the pictures to see Dalton Ghetti’s amazing work for yourself. Think twice before sharpening your pencil. (Pics)


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3D-Printed Math and Science Sculptures

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Wild Geometry Dropping Into The 3Rd Dimension

Bathsheba Grossman is a sculptor who uses cutting-edge technology to render math- and science-inspired shapes in three dimensions. You can buy 3D-printed laser-cut metal ones, or order them in plastic at lower costs from ShapeWays. That sound you hear is my jaw scraping my keyboard… (Pics)

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1 mm Tiger Sculpture is Smaller Than a Grain of Rice

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Oh so Tiny!
A Taiwanese artist has created what he claims is the smallest sculpture of a tiger ever made – so small it could fit through the eye of a needle, and can only be seen properly with a magnifying glass.

Chen Forng-shean, who has been sculpting as a hobby for around 30 years, carved the tiger from resin in anticipation of the Chinese lunar Year of the Tiger, which begins on February 14.

Standing at just 1 millimetre (0.04 inch) high, and just over a millimetre long, he says that it’s the world’s tiniest tiger.

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The Toothpick Model of San Francisco That Took 34 Years to Make

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Picks of destiny?

More than three decades ago, Scott Weaver began building a model of San Francisco out of 100,000 toothpicks. He began the fragile project at the age of fifteen, which has survived four homes, an earthquake, and a destructive dog. In The San Francisco Gate, Janny Hu writes:

“Rolling Through the Bay” is 9 feet tall, 7 feet wide and 2 feet deep. It sports four pingpong ball tracks with more than a dozen entry points…. (Pics)

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