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A woman painted like a parrot: Eight top images

  • Bird spotter

    A picture that requires a double take: this parrot is in fact a female model who posed for ‘world bodypainting champion’ Johannes Stötter. The Italian artist – whose frog image was an Internet hit – spent weeks planning the transformation, taking four hours to paint his subject with ink. The model’s arm forms the parrot’s head and beak, and her legs form the wing and tail feathers.

  • Pipe dream

    Argentine artist Alejandro Propato attached red, orange and yellow nylon wire to pipes for a piece called Permanent Sunset, as part of the tenth annual Sculpture by the Sea festival in Perth, Australia. Over 70 artworks are on display at Cottesloe beach, including a giant rhino, spinning metallic flowers and a 15m-high replica of a silver bladder from a box of wine. (Photo: Paul Kane/Getty Images)

  • Branching out

    Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto has unveiled designs for a 17-storey tower called White Tree, with balconies spread out like leaves to provide shade for the apartments beneath. The building is part of a project by Montpellier’s civic authorities to build 12 new architectural follies across the French city and reflects Fujimoto's belief that architecture should reflect forms found in nature. (Photo: RSI Studio)

  • Sole destroying

    In an aggressive rebranding exercise, a guerrilla artist has attacked the Prada Marfa sculpture in Texas by plastering it in stickers bearing the logo for TOMS shoes. An accompanying pamphlet renamed the installation ‘TOMS Marfa’, and outlined a bizarre manifesto that includes the claim that those who didn’t buy the shoes would be “damned to hell”. TOMS has distanced itself from the attack on the installation, a fake Prada boutique constructed in 2005 as a “permanent land art project”. Displaying luxury goods inside a shop with a locked door, it was vandalised soon after completion when burglars broke into the store and made off with the counterfeit Prada shoes and purses. (Photo: Will Milne/ Flickr)

  • High hopes

    To mark the third anniversary of the conflict in Syria, British street artist Banksy has reworked his iconic There is Always Hope graffito, which features a girl releasing a heart-shaped red balloon. The new image – in which the girl now wears a headscarf – was projected onto international landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Sydney Opera House on 13 March. On the same day, balloons were released around the world: alongside New York, Washington DC and Paris, a 9-year-old girl took part in front of the Houses of Parliament in London. (Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

  • Pushing the envelope

    Swiss-based artist Sipho Mabona has folded a life-sized origami elephant – from a single piece of paper. Using a specially produced sheet measuring 15 sq m (50 sq ft), paid for by a crowdfunding campaign, Mabona created a sculpture standing over 3m (10ft) tall. The construction took a team of four several weeks to complete, and is now on show at the KKLB museum in Beromünster, Switzerland. (Photo: Philipp Schmidli)

  • Tunnel vision

    A female street art collective set a new Guinness World Record on 8 March when they created the largest spray-painted mural by a team. Over six hours, 100 street artists from the Middle East, Africa, South America and Europe (including Polish-American artist Michelle Tylicki, pictured) sprayed images and words onto a pink background at a tunnel in London. The event, called Femme Fierce, raised awareness for Breast Cancer Care on International Women’s Day. (Photo: Kevin Coombs/Reuters)

  • Not a flash in the pan

    Japanese artist Yoko Ono has a new retrospective at the Guggenheim in Bilbao. The pioneer of performance art is now 81, and Half-A-Wind-Show features nearly 200 pieces created over five decades. While the works range from installations and objects to drawings, films and photographs, it is ideas rather than objects that form the basis of her work. Her set of guidelines for viewers, Yoko Ono’s Instructions, require active participation from gallery visitors. (Photo: Rafa Rivas/AFP/Getty Images)