In the Artist’s Studio: Watching @wolfbat’s Carvings Come to Life

To see more photos of Dennis’s work—and the work of people who inspire him—follow @wolfbat on Instagram.

Under his art moniker Wolfbat (@wolfbat), New York City-based artist Dennis McNett uses Instagram to share the process behind his huge, intricate wood cuts and sculptures.

"Everything I do is hand carved with a chisel," says Dennis. While sometimes it’s hard to capture in a photo, "I try to show the process from start to finish to give a better idea of what people are looking at when viewing my work. It’s also fun to show some of the big sculptures I make for performance, which are then burned afterwards."

Dennis first heard about Instagram from his interns, he says. “They kept talking about it and encouraged me to join.” After signing up, however, his captivating wood cuts and sculptures—which take the form of Viking ships, dragons and other mythical creatures—quickly found an audience.

The Instagram community is also a source of inspiration. “I use Instagram to share my work,” which Dennis says is strongly influenced by the imagery of the early 80s skating and punk rock scene, “but also to see other peoples work and share things that inspire me.”



Street Artist Rone (@r_o_n_e) on the Walls of Berlin

For more photos and videos of Rone’s work across the world, browse the #Rone hashtag or follow @r_o_n_e on Instagram.

Atop a five-story-high building facade at Nollendorfplatz in Berlin, street artist Rone (@r_o_n_e) has completed his latest work. Known for paintings of glamorous and idolized women, Rone’s street art aims to highlight the friction point between beauty and decay. At a distance, the women depicted on the Berlin building appear perfect, but viewed up close you can see paint running and signs of deterioration.



Capturing the Moments of 2013 on Instagram

To see more photos and videos of events from around the world in 2013, browse blog posts with the Current Events tag.

In 2013, people used Instagram to not only document and share the world around them, but also capture some of the most memorable moments of the year.

From opening a window into the clean-up operation in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan to hosting the first InstaMeets at the White House and in Russia, here are some of the top moments on Instagram from 2013:

  1. Catholics bid farewell to Pope Benedict XVI and welcome Pope Francis
  2. Egyptians gather in Tahrir Square and revolt against President Morsi
  3. @joemcnallyphoto snaps a #fromwhereistand from atop the Burj Khalifa
  4. People document the for the US Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage in California
  5. Instagram celebrates the marriage of @robinmay and @matthewjay, the first known couple to wed after meeting on Instagram
  6. @dguttenfelder, @drewkelly and others share moments from North Korea
  7. Russia sees its first InstaMeet, as does the White House
  8. The world welcomes the birth of Prince George, and another celebrity baby makes her debut.
  9. Michelle Obama joins the #tbt (#ThrowbackThursday) bandwagon
  10. Kobe Bryant walks again
  11. People document the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan’s destruction in the Philippines
  12. Batkid saves San Francisco as crowds document his adventure with the #sfbatkid hashtag
  13. Crowds gather to mourn the passing of Nelson Mandela and celebrate his life


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Celebrating Loi Krathong (ลอยกระทง) and Yi Peng (ยี่เป็ง) 2013

For more photos and videos from the 2013 Loi Krathong and Yi Peng celebrations, browse the #ลอยกระทง (Loi Krathong), #ยี่เป็ง (Yi Peng) and #โคมลอย (khom loi) hashtags.

On the evening of the full moon on the 12th month of the Thai lunar calendar, people from Thailand and parts of Laos and Burma come together to celebrate the Loi Krathong (ลอยกระทง) festival. Taking place during a time when rivers traditionally flood, the festival is celebrated with the construction of small, elaborately decorated floats, called krathongs, that people set loose in rivers to float away with the current. For some, the festival marks a moment to honor Buddha and a chance to let go of negative thoughts as you set your krathong afloat. For others, the krathong stands as an offering of thanks to the goddess of water, Phra Mae Khongkha (พระแม่คงคา).

The Loi Krathong celebration coincides with the Lanna holiday of Yi Peng (ยี่เป็ง) that occurs in northern Thailand. For this night, which is a time for Buddhist meditation or “merit-making,” celebrants launch thousands of paper lanterns, or khom loi (โคมลอย), into the air. The latnerns, often set off in great numbers simultaneously, create giant glowing clusters that drift through the night sky.

The city of Chiang Mai is known for its elaborate celebration of both holidays, resulting in one of Thailand’s most iconic sights: a city aglow with lanterns floating through both the water and sky.



Hokkaido, Japan’s Iridescent Blue Pond (青い池)

See more photos from Hokkaido’s Blue Pond by visiting the 青い池 (Blue Pond) location page.

In a crater atop Mount Meakan (雌阿寒岳), there sits one of Japan’s most Instagrammable sights: the iridescent Blue Pond (青い池).

The pond’s origins are recent. After nearby Mt. Tokachi erupted in 1988, the regional government constructed a dam to protect nearby towns from volcanic mudflows. The resulting body of water, also commonly called Aonuma (青沼), owes its bright color to a high concentration of aluminum hydroxide, which reflects blue light. Blue Pond is just one of five volcanic lakes in the region formed after the eruption, and each has its own distinctive color.

The pond is a popular destination for tourists during the warmer months, but its location in the northern part of the country makes it difficult to access during winter snows.



Chris Burden’s Suspended Submarines

For more photos and videos from All the Submarines of the United States of America and more works from “Chris Burden: Extreme Measures,” explore the #chrisburden hashtag and visit the New Museum location page.

New York City’s New Museum (@newmuseum) is in the midst of hosting “Chris Burden: Extreme Measures,” a retrospective of the artist’s work that spans more than four decades of installations.

The highlight of the retrospective is a gallery-sized installation of 625 suspended cardboard submarines entitled All the Submarines of the United States of America. A side wall of the gallery also features a list of the names for each of the submarines represented in the exhibition. Taken together, the hanging miniature submarines are reminiscent of a school of fish swimming underwater, and their arrangement has proven irresistible to visiting Instagrammers.

Notably, Burden has refused to give a statement on the political opinion behind the work, leaving visitors to form their own ideas out of the "host of questions and thoughts about security, politics, warfare and history" that the piece raises.

Outside of the works on display, Burden is now perhaps now most popularly known for his Urban Lights installment in front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (@LACMA).

"Chris Burden: Extreme Measures" and its All the Submarines of the United States of America installation are on display at the New Museum until 12 January, 2014.