Atlanta based artist Brian Dettmer creates intricate sculptural skeletons using altered cassette tapes. Dettmer began his work in 2005 as he was thinking about the downfall of analog media. The idea hit him when he was walking down the street and saw a dead bird. He said, “Here was this thing that used to live, its used to fly around and play a vital role, and now it is dead and all that remains is the solid material.” Dettmer quickly put that idea to the role of cassettes in the media world. He soon used the “skeleton” of old cassettes to recreate actual skeletons of animals and humans. The amazing part is that Dettmer does not use glue or tape. He has kept his methods a secret, but he did reveal that he uses heat to mold the plastic together. When the plastic is hot he molds together the form with his hands.
Japanese artist Keisuke Tanaka carves whimsical sculptures out of large blocks of wood. Paying tribute to natural surroundings, the sculptor indulges his imagination and reverence for nature by creating scenes that are beautifully fantastical. Each and every one of Keisuke Tanaka’s sculptures stretches up to the sky as though beckoning people to gaze up at them with the same love that it took to create them.