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mysterious paper sculptures in scotland

That’s right, this is about a mystery — during the course of the last year, several amazing paper sculptures have been left at libraries in Scotland. Because it is unknown who is the gift-giver/artist, this fun and unexpected episode is being called a¬†“reverse heist”.

To the artist: Thank you and please keep your identity and motives a mystery for as long as you can. We know too much about most things these days — sometimes it is nice to be left wondering.


house sculpture from pencil graphite

If you haven’t seen the work of Dalton Ghetti yet, you are in for a treat. This talented artist sculpts out of pencil graphite – yeah, that’s right, the tiny post that used to be made out of lead. Once a pencil has been used down to a small piece (the part we usually throw out), he gets to work. He has made little houses, a bust of Elvis, a hammer, a chair… so cool!

Oh and today is my birthday. So, Dalton… can I have one?

Just kidding…

(But, really… can I?)

Before I die by Candy ChangI haven’t seen anyone battle neighborhood blight in such a creative way as Candy Chang with her “before I die” project. With the owner’s permission, she designated a wall on an abandoned house as a chalk board. She spray painted lines on it for passersby to write what they want to do before they die. Some answers are simple, some are fun, some are inspirational and others are heartbreaking.

What an amazing project.

Concrete succulent table

Concrete succulent table from Five Feet From the Moon

I saw a spectacular table from Five Feet From the Moon. I found their website and discovered even more! These tables are made with concrete tops and double as planters with live plants as embedded centerpieces… so cool!

Holding on to Myself by Peter Callesen

Peter Callesen creates sculptures from a blank sheet of paper.

If your office is like most, you end up with a stack of copy paper that can no longer be used in the copier. Peter Callesen shows us that your stack of scrap can be like a block of marble for¬†Michelangelo. Callesen “liberates” people and plants and buildings from the confines of the blank page with his innovative paper sculptures. Thank you for making us rethink scrap paper uses!


revision table from artists for humanity in boston

The Revision Table from Artists for Humanity in Boston uses old magazines and junkmail.

Tired of getting junkmail? Yeah – me, too. Well, this Revision Table from the Artists for Humanity in Boston uses that junk and makes it more beautiful than the senders of junkmail ever could have envisioned. What a great reuse of our junk!


skate wall by skate study house

Skate Wall by Skate Study House uses what

Having navigated the streets around my grandparents’ house as a kid, with one leg on the board and one swiping the ground, I thought this room divider by Skate Study House was pretty darn cool. Want to separate your home office from the den or bedroom, but still allow light to pass through?


Goslink instruments

These are some of the instruments played by Goslink.

I can’t understand a word they say, but I like it anyway. Goslink is a Dutch band (I believe) with fabulous instruments that all appear to be made from former trash. And it sounds damn good when they play!


Strandbeest design by Theo Jansen

Strandbeest design sketch by Theo Jansen

Ever since I first saw this guy in a car commercial, I’ve been addicted to his videos! Theo Jansen has constructed beach creatures, called Strandbeests, from electrical tubing and soda bottles. He believes he has designed a new life form. He is teaching them to protect themselves from wind and water and is training them to potentially move sand to fight erosion. Makes my weekend activities seem rather dull…


Calling My Children by David Binder

Calling My Children by David Binder takes us inside Gail Farrow's struggle with AIDS.

I’ve known David Binder for years. He is a very successful Photojournalist who has brought us inside the AIDS epidemic since the 1980’s. David followed Gail Farrow and her family as they fought through her illness. And after Gail passed, he followed her family in their struggles to recover. Through David’s still photos and intimate interviews, we learn about a family and a community in the award-winning documentary, Calling My Children.