Choi Xoo Ang’s Disturbing Sculptures
Choi Xoo Ang, the Seoul born artist and dark master of the imagination, has created sculptures at once hyperrealistic and completely nightmarish, making you feel as if your real life has bled into an inescapable, bad dream.Twisted tongues, stitched backs and floating heads appear throughout Choi’s polymer clay figures, which display remarkable realism despite their fabulous content. Many of the pieces give metaphorical shape to real issues in modern day Korea, including human rights and abuse.
Cosonno, Italy’s Abandoned Las Vegas
In 1962, Italian entrepreneur Mario Bagno bought all of the land in Consonno, a small village in northern Italy. He forced the town’s inhabitants to leave and started work on a Las Vegas-style destination complete with a Muslim minaret, Chinese pagodas and a medieval castle.
Delays in construction forced Bagno to open his “City of Toys” (Città dei Balocchi) before it was finished. The destination city was short-lived, however. In 1976, a landslide destroyed the only road into town and the project was abandoned. Today, the “City of Toys” still stands, covered in graffiti and forgotten by nearly everyone but a few adventurous Instagrammers.