These days, you don’t have to visit a museum to see inspiring works of art. The Internet has made appreciating artwork quick and easy, giving us an endless amount of eye-candy to enjoy. Finding what speaks to you is a whole new matter, sorting through all the different mediums like painting, sculpture, photography and installations is a huge undertaking in and of itself. That’s why, today, we bring you some of the art trends we’ve learned to love over the years. From book sculptures to immersive installations, they’re what we can only hope to see more of.
1. Book Sculptures and Installations
From Brian Dettmer and Guy Laramee’s incredible book sculptures to Anouk Kruithof’s falling wall and Miler Lagos’ inventive igloo, as an artistic medium, books have never been so popular. With the rise of e-readers these fantastic artworks are all the more appreciated. They’re a nice reminder that, even though we’re living in the age of the Internet, books will always have their place.
2. Beautiful Umbrella Installations
Often put away in a closet until needed on a rainy day, umbrellas have suddenly appeared in installations all around the world. From Portugal’s rainbow canopy to Bulgaria’s pink patterned display, these installations aren’t meant to keep you dry, rather they’re created to show us that extraordinary art can be made out of quite ordinary objects.
3. Interactive Street Art
Street art isn’t only created to make a social or political statement, sometimes it’s there for the thrill of those who happen to pass by. These clever pieces of art, ranging from Ernest Zacharevic’s bicycle riding children to Panya Clark Espinal’s anamorphic subway stairs, are meant to come alive with public interaction. Unknowingly or knowingly, the public becomes a part of the artwork, bringing a creative new dimension to the already interesting work.
4. Artwork Created with Thousands of Things
When artwork is created using thousands of items is it always better? In these cases, yes. From Luzinterruptus’ flowing river of books to Ran Hwang’s bright red bird made of buttons and pins, these installations show us what can happen when thousands of items are in the hands of some very patient artists. Who knew that a pixelated portrait could be made using crayons in a Pointillist-style if not for the work of American artist Christian Faur? It’s ingenuity at its finest.
5. Epic LEGO Sculptures
While LEGO’s trademark plastic bricks will always be a classic toy, these artists have taken them to a whole new level with these epic sculptures. Carefully constructed, brick by brick, these amazing artworks, which include a spooky Victorian house, an underground Batcave, a Roman coliseum and a Star Wars M.C. Escher re-mix, are almost too incredible for words. Using thousands of LEGO blocks, each artist behind these sculptures has created a work of art that’s as timeless as LEGO itself.