Archive for the installations Category

Edward Keinholz

Posted in installations, oddities, sculpture with tags , , on May 19, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Today I bring you the evocative assemblages of Edward Keinholz, most of which contain a dash of sharp satire and/or criticisms of modern life (works range from the 1960’s-1980’s).


Although he obtained no formal training, Keinholz grew up on a farm where he learned carpentry, drafting and mechanical skills.


His roster of formal jobs is as eclectic as his artistic endeavors: orderly in a psychiatric hospital, manager of a dance band, used car salesman, caterer, decorator and vacuum cleaner salesman.



Edward Keinholz

Valentine Roundup

Posted in anatomy, food, installations, valentine's day with tags , , , on February 14, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I suppose I’ve made more of a fuss over Valentine’s Day on this blog in previous years. Not sure why it kind of escaped me this time around, but since I didn’t do a countdown or themed posts, here are a few links to “Valentine” goodies (I use the holiday label loosely).

Wild at Heart Installation:


Rib Cage Cookies:

X-ray Lovers Portraits:
Adobe Photoshop PDF

I may return with more as the day goes on!

Extensive Pile of Noodles Produces an Emotional Reaction

Posted in installations, sculpture with tags , on August 2, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

I had to steal that headline from the source, because it is so perfectly…perfect.

This fellow is the work of Theo Mercer. He is actually constructed from silicone cords (not real noodles).


It is quite incredible that a PILE with two eyes can produce a sense of pathos and emotion in the viewer. Don’t you want to hug this lonely monster…even at the risk of getting…noodley?


Theo Mercer

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Mystery Organ Installation

Posted in anatomy, installations, sculpture with tags , , on June 10, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

The Internet is a glorious tool, but some sites (I’m talking to you again, Tumblr and Pinterest) spread amazing images like the proverbial wildfire…without credit.

A Google image search on this still failed to turn up a creator, but I think it’s rather wonderful.

Organ Installation

Does anyone know who made this?

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Sky Whale

Posted in craft, creatures, installations with tags , , on May 25, 2013 by shewalkssoftly

Can you look at Sky Whale and not get in a good mood? I sure can’t.


Patricia Piccinini crafted this lovable, lighter-than-air giant.


How happily amazed I would be if I saw this floating in the sky near my house.



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Pip & Pop

Posted in installations with tags on August 20, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

Pip & Pop create spectacular miniature worlds of neon sugar and teeny trinkets.

They look like colorful alien civilizations expanding over barren terrain!

I may not be one for bright colors in general, but I wouldn’t mind touring these fictional worlds…and taking a few bites out of the sugary parts.

See more here and here.

Beth Cavener Stitcher: The Four Humors

Posted in exhibits, installations, sculpture with tags , , on July 30, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

Thank you, Street Anatomy for pointing me toward Beth Cavener Stitcher’s Four Humors sculpture series. I had admired her work in the past, but was rather intrigued by these representations of Hippocratic medicine.

Sanguine – Too much blood – passionate, bold, impulsive

Choleric – Too much yellow bile – irritable, hostile, bitter

Melancholic – Too much black bile – depressed, anxious, moody

Phlegmatic – Too much phlegm – passive, introverted, rational

This must have been a powerful exhibit to see in person.

See more shots and info here.

Hye Yeon Nam: Please Smile

Posted in automata, installations, robots, sculpture, technology with tags , , , , on June 23, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

What an interesting interactive installation…

From the website:
Please Smile is an exhibit involving five robotic skeleton arms that change their gestures depending on a viewer’s facial expressions. It consists of a microcontroller, a camera, a computer, five external power supplies, and five plastic skeleton arms, each with four motors. It incorporated elements from mechanical engineering, computer vision perception to serve artistic expression with a robot.

Audiences interact with “Please smile” in three different ways. When no human falls within the view of the camera, the five robotic skeleton arms choose the default position, which is bending their elbows and wrists near the wall. When a human steps within the view of the camera, the arms point at the human and follow his/her movements. Then when someone smiles in front of it, the five arms wave their hands. Through artwork such as “Please smile,” I would like to foster positive audience behaviors.


Easter Desktop Goodies Part 2

Posted in absurd, art, candy coated nightmares, craft, creatures, easter, food, humor, installations, kitsch, plush, sculpture, steampunk, vintage, you can't handle the cute with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

Just a small dose of pure evil here.

By Albrecht Dürer:

Another public display:

Now THIS is a rabbit installation (there was no source so I don’t know where it’s located):

Love this girl’s work (link on photo):


By the wonderful Femke Hiemstra:


Ghost Girl inspired eggs, done by Lauren Nemchik (thanks to the talented Tonya Hurley for sharing these!):

Steampunk egg:

Wow…this one has a little “stage” too!

Rather pretty…

Not the most elaborate Peeps diorama I’ve seen, but it gets major bonus points for the subject and wordplay:

Kitschy chickadees:

Fabulous vintage Easter hat featuring what seems to be…a colorful Shih Tzu:

Classic Easter parade gear:

This makes me sad. I highly doubt this feline felt “deprived of a proper Easter egg hunt” before being forced into this hideous torture hat.

And for the Alien fans out there:

Happy Easter to those who celebrate. If you feel like some blast from the past posts, check these out:

Sketchy Bunnies
Eggshell Sculptures
Easter Dekstop Goodies of the Past
Portrait Eggs

Rustic Cottage on a Highrise

Posted in architecture, installations with tags , on March 19, 2012 by shewalkssoftly

I have a tendency to wish that sculptures, installations and other fictional artistic creations were real. Case in point: this cabin.

Using a nineteenth-century architectural style and vintage building materials, the structure is both homage to the romantic spirit of the Western Myth and a commentary on the arrogance of Westward expansion.

Although this is just an installation, I think it’s a fantastic guest house idea. I do understand the commentary imbedded in such a structure, but I happen to like it aesthetically in its own right.

See more pictures at the Source.