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Haroshi’s Virtual Reality at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Haroshi Skateboarding Cat

Japanese artist Haroshi has returned to the Jonathan LeVine Gallery for a new exhibit called Virtual Reality, the second solo show of his skateboard deck sculptures at the gallery in two years.

Haroshi Skateboard Wall

It is kind of hilarious that Haroshi created a wall of skateboard decks made from reused old skateboard decks, but it’s a perfect way to show off his preferred medium in an extremely literal fashion. All of Haroshi’s sculptures are meticulously crafted from old skateboards and no additional color is added to the wood. What an amazing way to upcycle!

Haroshi Sphere
Smiley Faced Sphere Made From Bits of Skateboard Decks

At the exhibit’s opening reception last week, the gallery was just packed with Haroshi’s avid fans, many carrying their own skateboards. It was quite an enthusiastic scene! It is worth noting that the artist is very cool to his fans and I encourage you to come out, even in this cold winter weather, and see this fun show while it’s still up.

Haroshi Skull
Skateboard Deck Skull

Virtual Reality by Haroshi runs through February 9, 2013 at the Jonathan Levine Gallery, located at 529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor (West of 10th Avenue) in New York. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 AM to 6 PM.

Haroshi Mouse Sculpture

Coolest Thing in the Universe: A Gamer’s Virtual Reproduction of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion

Nipper, a Counterstrike map-hacker, has devised an incredibly detailed reproduction of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. According to sci-fi author Cory Doctorow over at Boing Boing Dot Net “Nipper’s packed a jaw-dropping amount of detail into the map, even down to various behind-the-scenes sections, and has creatively improved some of the slacker moments in the ride, such as a set of Eschereqsue staircases to one side of the otherwise boring stair-climb. The only thing that could make this better would be modeling ALL the backstage areas, so you could tear through the break rooms and maintenance areas with your giant guns, hunting your fellow players.” I spent a lot of time at Disneyland as a kid and I can testify that this looks just like the real thing. Scary!