Vietnamese artist Tran Thi Hoang Lan makes images entirely out of sand. Rather than painting on top of the sand, she only uses natural-colored sand, placing it meticulously by hand in order to create "paintings" of flowers, buildings and scenery.
She has collected 81 different colors of sand and has a Guinness Record for finding the most colors of natural sand.
Artist Loren Stump uses a technique known as murrine, which involves layering glass together, then slicing the glass to show the pattern that has been created by the layers. Rather than creating abstract patterns, Stump uses the layers to create entire "paintings" that are only revealed when the glass is sliced. An elaborate image, like the one pictured, may contain "hundreds of components and be assembled and pulled and reassembled many times."
Given how intricate the process is, it's no surprise that each slice of this "loaf" sold for $5,000.
4. Building Something For Three Years To Get Destroyed In Six Weeks
Artist James Grashow took three years to build this imitation of a marble fountain. Made of corrugated cardboard, the work was meant to decay outdoors and, though it took three years to build, it only took the work six weeks to fall apart in the rain.
Artist Chris LaPorte's "City Band"is a pencil drawing of a photo of his grandfather's high school marching band. He went through over 100 pencils to draw it, which is no surprise given its scale. It's an impressive 13x26 feet.
6. A 40-Foot Wooden Carving Carved In A Single Tree Trunk
Each year in Harbin, China, there is an Ice and Snow Festival which runs from mid-December to early February and attracts nearly 800,000 visitors. This sculpture, called "Romantic Feelings," was made by 600 sculptors from 40 countries and is 115 feet high and 656 feet long. It's Olympic-themed and features an ice Acropolis.
In 1991, it took nearly a month for artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude to install all the bases for the umbrellas in Ibaraki, Japan and California. When it came time to open them, it took 1,880 workers to do it.
10. Kinetic Toothpick Sculpture That Took 35 Years To Build
Artist Scott Weaver used 100,000 toothpicks to create his sculpture "Rolling Through The Bay," which depicts parts of San Francisco. The sculpture is also kinetic, which means that it is designed for movement; in this case, a ping pong ball can roll through it. You can watch a video of it in action on Colossal.
11. Making 100 Million Porcelain Sunflower Seeds By Hand
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei commissioned Chinese workshops to make 100 million porcelain sunflower seed husks by hand. Rather than using industrial factories, he used skilled labor.
Though visitors at first were encouraged to walk through them, the seeds started to create porcelain dust, which the museum was worried would be harmful to people's health. Visitors could still view the seeds, but not walk through them.
For 33 years, postman Ferdinand Cheval collected stones along his route to build a palace. Held together by cement and wire, it's a remarkable structure from someone who had no training in building, masonry or art.
Henry Darger wrote a 15,145 page manuscript made up of 13 volumes that contains 300 illustrations. Known as In The Realms of the Unreal, its full title is The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What Is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion. It follows the Vivian girls, seven girls whose mission is to rescue children who have been abducted by the adult Glandelinians.
Composer John Cage created a piece entitled "As Slow as Possible." Being played by an automatic organ, the piece started with 17 months of silence and the next note change won't take place until September of 2020.