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[Best of 2014] The Year in Sculpture

It was a monumental year.

There was once a time when a sculpture was judged for its realism. With the advents of 3D printing, programmable LEDs, and multidimensional digital manipulation, however, these classical qualifications have become obsolete. Chipping away with new technologies, the contemporary sculptor is no longer confined to a single medium or style. In 2014, we watched as sculptures defied gravity, questioned the future of formalism, dissected Marina Abramovic, and much more. This is the Year in Sculpture:

+ In January, we meditated upon the meticulous wax creations of La Huy.

+ We went behind-the-scenes of the world’s largest underwater sculpture by an artist is proving that “art can affect the environment.” 

Image courtesy of Jason deCaires Taylor

+ We dined on majestic monuments.

+The ever prolific Olafur Eliasson struck again and again and again.

Laser cut projection maps and digital 3D models (in Japanese shipping containers) made us dizzy with their new-age kaleidoscopic visions.

+ Betty Rieckmann pursued “the purest form of visual art” in her fluorescent homage to the great Frank Stella.

+ Pointy politicians beeped and blooped their positions on the big issues of the day.

Georgios Cherouvim's interactive installation, Debate. via

+ Manhattan glittered with musical history in this designer’s topographical attempt to “address the loss of multi-sensory experience in modern music.”

+ In May, the Domino Sugar Factory reopened its factory doors for Kara Walker’s 75-foot-long sugar sphinx.

+ Eyal Gever sculpted the unsculptable with the help of the largest 3D printer on Earth.

A frozen waterfall by Eyal Gever. Image courtesy of artist

+ Jeff Koons raided famous closets.

+ Moscow’s Circle of Light Festival had a twisted take on classical art.

Userpic, Aristarkh Chernyshev's contribution to the Circle of Light Festival. via

+ An artist in Prague had a blast with ceramic explosions.

+ In July, we watched the Guggenheim struggle with James Turrell’s giant projection cone.

+ Mike Fleming's sculpture whipped her hair, back and forth, to mark “the end of authentic gestures.”

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+ Kids crawled on, over, and through Carsten Höller's artwork.

+ We learned the true meaning of Xtreme Origami.

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+ In August got in a fight with 3D sculpture. 3D sculpture won.

+ Our paranoia got the better of us as we were tracked down by golden CCTV cameras and stared down by the all seeing eye.

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+ We remembered ten years of eccentric effigies by the hand of artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz.

Sebastian Errazuriz's giant bull. via

+ Moto Waganari 3D-printed a paradox with in his Real Virtuality series.

+ We hung out with cardboard renderings of Argentinian endangered animals.

+ We learned that a giant duck may soon be Copenhagen’s energy workhorse.

+ Chris Ofili brought his legendary elephant dung back to the (already smelly) streets of NYC.

+ In October, 1024architecture illuminated everything

+ We renounced our malfunctioning oscillation overthruster, and leaped into the fourth dimension with the help 4D hypercube.  

+ Thanksgiving provided us ample opportunity to play with our food.

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+ We may be waiting for another nine years for a bitumen blob to drop from Julie Mecoli’s melting mini cities.

+ And last but definitely not least, we 3D-printed Barack Obama.

Photo courtesy of Digital Program Office / Smithsonian Institution

This is the part three of our end-of-the-year series. Be sure to check out the year in brains and sound. Stay tuned as we continue to look back on 2014 and collect all of our favorite examples of modern creativity, fantastic innovations, and important trends.

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[Best of 2014] The Year in Sound

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