Ripley’s Believe it or Not! 2016: Extraordinary Art

Ripley’s Believe it or Not! 2016: Extraordinary Art

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Nathalie Alony’s Sardine Can Art

Nathalie Alony from Mantova, Italy, makes the most of small spaces, using clay to craft lots of tiny, everyday apartment scenes, which she then places within the confined space of empty sardine cans.

She has completed hundreds of sardine-can scenes, portraying a large array of scenarios.

Most are inspired by her own life, but sometimes people commission her to place their own stories within a can.

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Zac Freeman’s Garbage Portraits

Zac Freeman of Jacksonville, Florida, has created a series of portraits of family members and friends from recycled garbage.

He incorporates up to 5,000 items of trash in each picture, including buttons, bottle tops, key caps and even old computer keyboards.

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Emanuel Pavo’s Tape Art

Toronto-based Emanuel Pavo applies duct tape, masking tape and electrical tape to paper or canvas board to replicate photographs.

Emanuel’s work tends to include storefronts, people and scenes of urban decay.

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Clive Cooper’s Alligator Watermelon Carvings

Vancouver-based food sculptor Clive Cooper carves ordinary watermelons into fantastic shapes.

His work includes human faces, sharks, frogs, monkeys and this scary alligator.

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Ptolemy Elrington’s Hubcap Chicken Sculptures

Artist Ptolemy Elrington from Brighton, England, creates incredible wildlife sculptures from car hubcaps.

He has collected thousands of lost hubcaps from UK roadsides and turned them into imaginative sculptures, like these chickens.

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Lieske Schreuder’s Snail Poop Carpet

Dutch artist Lieske Schreuder made floor tiles from colored snail poop.

Schreuder discovered that when snails eat colored paper, their faeces retain that color.

So she used the malleable excrement from 1,000 snails to make a 5-mm-thick thread that she wove to form speckled floor tiles.

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Salt Cathedral Mine

Believe It or Not, this beautiful cathederal not only lies 443 ft (135 m) underground, it is made entirely out of salt, including the chandeliers.

Miners at the 800-year-old Wieliczka Salt Mine in southern Poland have laboured through the centuries carving objects like this cathederal.

The ornate chandelier was made from rock salt that was dissolved and then reconstituted with the impurities taken out to give it the appearance of glass.

Workers have carved dozens of religious statues, three chapels, and a cathederal out of rock salt.

The mine stretches for 178 mi (287 km) and also has its own underground lake.

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May Sum’s Lipstick Busts

May Sum from Hong Kong, China, carves expensive lipsticks into small, lifelike 3-D busts of fashion icons.

Her work includes carvings of Lady Gaga, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Madonna.

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Brett Kern’s Ceramic Inflatable Models

Pennsylvania artist Brett Kern creates ceramic models that look exactly like inflatable toys.

He is able to copy the precise wrinkles and shapes of air-filled dinosaurs, like this T-Rex and Stegosaurus.

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Angela Rossi’s Pop Culture Plates

Los Angeles, California, artist Angela Rossi buys “orphaned and unloved” decorative, vintage plates and turns them into fun, contemporary pop artworks.

She does this by applying portraits of cult TV and movie characters and icons, such as Yoda and R2D2 from Star Wars, Mr. T and the starship Enterprise.

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Bordolo II’s Trash Zoo Sculptures

Portuguese artist Bordolo II is turning the city of Lisbon into a giant trash zoo.

He scours the streets in search of items of garbage, which he then builds into huge sculptures of brightly colored animals, birds and insects.

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Maor Zabar’s Ice Cream Hat

Israeli designer Maor Zabar uses felt, plastic and wire to create amazingly realistic models of food dishes, which he then fixes to hats, such as this inverted, melting ice-cream cone hat.

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Bradley Hart’s Bubble Wrap Art

Bradley Hart injects plastic bubble wrap with paint to create pictures that appear to be made up of thousands of pixels.

When he’s completed a work, he peels the excess paint drippings off the back, which becomes part of his impressions series.

The walls of Bradley Hart’s studio are covered with a number of his bubble-wrap works of art.

Bradley Hart re-created Johannes Vermeer’s masterpiece Girl with a Pearl Earring by filling in 25,488 individual bubble-wrap bubbles with paint.

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Patrick Page-Sutter’s Goat Dung Goat

Artist and goat breeder Patrick Page-Sutter built this life-size sculpture of a goat entirely from pellets of goat dung collected on the family ranch in Natalia, Texas.

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Chris Thompson’s Meat Business Card

Chris Thompson, head of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania company MeatCards, creates distinctive business cards by laser-etching a customer’s details into 2 x 4 inch (5 x 10 cm) pieces of dried beef jerky.

Not only are the cards impressively different, they remain edible for up to a year.

Ripley’s Believe it or Not 2016

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 2016 offers a completely new compendium of strange but true facts and amazing stories, ranging from the woman who married a Ferris wheel to exploding cow farts, and from the girl who cries stone tears to the pizzeria that deliver its customers’ orders by drone.

Packed with amazing photographs and jaw-dropping facts, and with an out-of-this-world 3D-effect cover, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 2016 offers a feast of information and entertainment.

Prepare yourself for this year’s collection of eye-popping oddities!