Friday, September 25, 2009

Squid Dreams at Balsa Man

Most people know about that giant art festival in the desert. But did you know there's a miniature version called Balsa Man that happens annually on the same night? Not only do they burn a tiny man, they give tiny art grants for tiny art projects, on a scale of one to twenty dollars. One of this year's prize-winners was called Squid Dreams.

Photo by sandwichgirl

Artist Justina Kochansky, who fabricates tiny squid panoramas, was awarded a $10 grant to create an installation with a tiny squid dreaming of larger things...

Photo by artist Justina Kochansky

Check out Justina's photo stream on Flickr for her sculptural web comic Articulate Matter, which is largely based on various squid adventures - and check out the Balsa Man Web site, a hilarious send-up of the larger event, with detailed documentation and rules like the photo policy, which claims rights to all thumbnails of event.

Photo by Jacob Davies

You can also see more fun Balsa Man pictures here. And you can purchase original sculptures and prints of Justina's work from her Etsy shop.

Photo by artist Justina Kochansky

So precious. Sweet squidly dreams!


EJPcreations said...

That is the most adorable instilation I have ever seen! I love squid dreaming in the distance with his little squid stuffed animal.

Tiffany Westlund said...

I love it..."squid dreaming of larger things" too cute

Artsnark said...

too cool