Dances and Branches: Colossal’s Most-Read Stories of 2021

COLOSSAL We spent the last year collaborating with creatives from every corner of the planet to publish nearly 700 articles and interviews that range from art, design, and photography to science and history. As we plan our coverage for 2022, we’re looking back at some of the stories you read most (thank you!). And in case you… More Dances and Branches: Colossal’s Most-Read Stories of 2021

Human Anatomy and Decomposing Flora Unveil a Surreal Mix of Dreams and Feelings in Rafael Silveira’s Portraits

GRACE EBERT In Rafael Silveira’s Unportraits, magenta curls and slick, turquoise coifs frame the bizarre scenarios unfolding in a subject’s mind. The Brazilian artist, who gravitates towards oil paints in shades of pink and blue, translates a character’s psyche through wilting flowers, gashes in the earth’s surface, and parrots with feathers that drip like wet paint. Anatomical… More Human Anatomy and Decomposing Flora Unveil a Surreal Mix of Dreams and Feelings in Rafael Silveira’s Portraits

Marked with Pattern and Texture, Hula’s Murals Appear to Emerge from the Sea

GRACE EBERT To paint his murals, Sean Yoro, aka Hula, yields to the shifting tides of the ocean. The Los Angeles-based artist (previously) paddles out to underpasses and concrete barriers only accessible by water where he balances on a surfboard with a minimal number of supplies—all paints, brushes, and other materials have to fit within the… More Marked with Pattern and Texture, Hula’s Murals Appear to Emerge from the Sea

Organizan ‘Besotón contra la homofobia’ en Six Flags por discriminación a pareja gay

Javier Cisneros Activistas de la comunidad LGBT organizan un Besotón fuera de las instalaciones de Six Flags por discriminación a pareja gay Este miércoles 29 de diciembre el usuario de Twitter @giov publicó un hilo en su cuenta de Twitter en que indicaba que sus amigos habían sido discriminados en Six Flags por ser homosexuales,… More Organizan ‘Besotón contra la homofobia’ en Six Flags por discriminación a pareja gay

China desarrolla sistema de control cerebral contra sus enemigos, según EE.UU.

El avance militar de China incluye diversos tipos de misiles de largo alcance y capaces de evitar radares, pero también armas de otra índole, como las de control cerebral, lo que ha originado sanciones económicas de Estados Unidos FOTO: KEVIN FRAYE / GETTY IMAGES Por:El Diario Actualizado 30 Dic 2021, 12:48 pm EST  eldiariony eldiarionyElDiarioNY El Departamento… More China desarrolla sistema de control cerebral contra sus enemigos, según EE.UU.

“Cometió uno de los peores crímenes”: fiscal de Nueva York tras culpabilidad de millonaria Ghislaine Maxwell por pedofilia; caso que salpicó a Trump, Clinton y el Príncipe Andrés

La multimillonaria Ghislaine Maxwell fue declarada culpable de atraer y transportar a adolescentes para que fueran abusadas sexualmente por su amigo Jeffrey Epstein. Ahora podría ser sentenciada a hasta 65 años de prisión FOTO: JOHANNES EISELE / AFP / GETTY IMAGES Por:Andrés Correa Actualizado 30 Dic 2021, 8:04 am EST Tras más de semana de deliberaciones… More “Cometió uno de los peores crímenes”: fiscal de Nueva York tras culpabilidad de millonaria Ghislaine Maxwell por pedofilia; caso que salpicó a Trump, Clinton y el Príncipe Andrés

Pearls Puncture and Support Fruit and Vegetables in Photographs by Ana Straže

GRACE EBERT All images © Ana Straže, shared with permission In her latest series Forbidden Foods, photographer Ana Straže pierces a peeling slice of grapefruit, a cut eggplant, and other fruits and vegetables using small pins topped with pearls to create contemporary still lifes of common foods. The Slovenia-based artist manipulates food and positions the pins in patterns… More Pearls Puncture and Support Fruit and Vegetables in Photographs by Ana Straže

The Square Wave Kinetic Sculpture Forms Complex Geometric Patterns as it Spins

ANDREW LASANE A recently launched Kickstarter campaign introduces a five-dimensional sculpture said to be inspired by mathematics and the Fibonacci sequence. Square Wave, the first in a collection from artist Ivan Black (previously) and Atellani, is an object constructed out of 21 precisely bent and connected metal rods with no hidden mechanical components. The toy fluidly transitions into various shapes… More The Square Wave Kinetic Sculpture Forms Complex Geometric Patterns as it Spins

Four Adorable Prairie Dogs Peek Out of Kinetic Sculpture Constructed with LEGO

GRACE EBERT Designers Jason and Kristal Allemann, of JK Brickworks (previously), understand that prairie dogs have a tendency to scramble into their burrows at first sight of a threat, so the two LEGO enthusiasts have designed a kinetic sculpture that captures the rodents’ most endearing actions while above ground. The articulate animals are shown popping out of their holes,… More Four Adorable Prairie Dogs Peek Out of Kinetic Sculpture Constructed with LEGO

Elaborate Designs by Mitsuru Nikaido Transform Animals and Insects into Complex LEGO Robots

GRACE EBERT Kurashiki-based builder Mitsuru Nikaido reimagines marine life, insects, and land animals as mechanical, robot-like characters built entirely with LEGO. Using his signature palette of gray and white bricks and unique parts, Nikaido creates spring-loaded limbs for walruses, a gecko tail capable of swinging toward its body, and spiders that appear like they could scurry away… More Elaborate Designs by Mitsuru Nikaido Transform Animals and Insects into Complex LEGO Robots

Auction sales hit record $15 billion as young, wealthy collectors enter the market

Robert Frank@ROBTFRANK KEY POINTS The Big Three auction houses hit a record $15 billion in sales this year, as a surge in global wealth and a wave of young, first-time collectors drove sales of everything from Basquiats to Birkin bags. Sotheby’s said 44% of its bidders this year were new to the auction house, while… More Auction sales hit record $15 billion as young, wealthy collectors enter the market

The Year of the NFT: How an Emerging Medium Went Mainstream in 2021

BY SHANTI ESCALANTE-DE MATTEI Though NFTs have been around since 2014, 2021 was the first year that this novel technology broke through into the mainstream, disrupting the art world and industries beyond it. Over the course of the past 12 months, the NFT scene has evolved rapidly. Below is a timeline of some of the most… More The Year of the NFT: How an Emerging Medium Went Mainstream in 2021