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Shattered CD Sculptures

Wednesday 02.29.2012 , Posted by

What do you do with your old CD collection once you’ve uploaded all the songs to your iPod? Self-classified “sustainable artist”, Sean Avery came up with a creative solution. He shattered hundreds of old CDs and transformed them into incredible iridescent animal sculptures with wire mesh and a whole lot of glue. [Read more...]

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Zhang Kechun’s Photographs of The Yellow River

Wednesday 02.29.2012 , Posted by

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In December an amazing photo collection by Zhang Kechun, titled Yellow River Project, was selected as a finalist for the fourth annual Three Shadows Photography Award. The emotion that lies within each of these photographs gives one a feeling of sympathy for the devastating floods and further destruction that is happening in China. Zhang uses a masterfully subtle touch to convey his message. His choice of colors show the often suppressed news of how quickly the river is rising and the effect it has to the area which is home to many. Although the message is somewhat depressing, the photos possess a hopeful quality: one that the strong nation will prevail. [Read more...]

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Beautiful Cut Paper Looks Like 3D Stained Glass

Wednesday 02.29.2012 , Posted by

Looking like 3D versions of stained glass windows or ancient mandalas, these insanely intricate paper-cut sculptures use hundreds of layers of paper to build up their peacefully meditative forms. Each piece looks as if it was carved into a single block of multi-colored paper strata, revealing complex repeating geometric patterns buried in its depths. Even more interesting, not only do these works have depth, but also bands or bridges of paper floating over the carved away sections below. What results are overlapping, interwoven patterns that draw one in to explore what lies underneath. [Read more...]

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How Much Does Solar Cost in Your State?

Wednesday 02.29.2012 , Posted by

Solar is a great way to get yourself free from the power grid and take control of your own energy generation, while also helping to drastically lower your impact on the environment. Solar panels last a long time too, once you’ve installed them, they often provide reliable power for well over 20 years, silently generating electricity with little to no maintenance. Sounds great! So why are people slow to implement this fantastic technology? The initial cost of solar is sometimes prohibitive for families, especially if their energy needs are high. This graphic by One Block Off the Grid, uses over 45,000 results from their online solar cost estimation tool to show what you can expect, on average, in your state. [Read more...]

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Adventures in Dog-Sitting

Tuesday 02.28.2012 , Posted by

If I could change form for a day, I have always debated whether I would want to be a bird or a family dog. Naps, belly rubs, walks, massages, playtime and treats…sounds like an amazing life, but flying is also pretty cool. Now that I’ve seen Dave Meinert’s incredible new music video for “Hearts” by Johnny Neon, I can say that I would choose the canine path! The video follows a young dog named Lemon through a fun-filled adventure all over Cape Town, meeting new canine and human friends, soaking up the sun, and splashing around at the beach. [Read more...]

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A Hotel Room With A Split Personality

Tuesday 02.28.2012 , Posted by

The Marseille France based hotel Au Vieux Panier has rooms that will either put you to sleep in aesthetic comfort or keep you wide awake with fascination. Each room features the designs and artwork of an artist, graphic designer or painter from around the globe, bringing their unique style to the blank canvas of a hotel room. The latest completed room is not their most relaxing addition: it’s very fittingly called “Panic Room.” [Read more...]

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How Indie Brewers are Outpacing Beer Industry Growth

Tuesday 02.28.2012 , Posted by

Over the last few decades, craft breweries with their high quality micro-brewed creations, have been creating specialty batches of their “nectar of the gods.” Although large breweries dwarf independent breweries in volume of production each year — think Budweiser — the growth of small breweries has eclipsed overall beer industry growth. A lot of that can be attributed to their sense of style and taste… attributes the big brewers only dream about. One of the greatest things about these indie brewers is that they’re not trying to make enough beer to fill a football stadium, so they can focus on producing quality beers with the right ingredients. [Read more...]

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Au Poil! French Animation Takes It To The Toilette

Tuesday 02.28.2012 , Posted by

It’s not to often that you find a story with decided toilet humor which keeps you captivated for 5 minutes, but that’s just the case with this new short: Au Poil! The French language animation brings to life a large cast of interesting characters in its brief running time, introducing us to a host of bathroom accessories with attitude and very different levels of hygiene. It’s a battle for privilege and freedom, all wrapped up in one small bathroom. [Read more...]

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Tuesday 02.28.2012 , Posted by

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Partying in Rio: A Tilt-Shift Carnival Film

Tuesday 02.28.2012 , Posted by

Music, costumes, masquerades, dancing, food and five days of all night partying describes Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Film director and musician Jarbas Agnelli, in partnership with photographer and filmmaker, Keith Loutit, set out to capture this amazing event on camera in a way it has never been seen before. In the five days of carnival, the pair shot 167,978 photos, then with masterful editing and a soundtrack composed by Agnelli himself, they composed a tilt-shift style video from their stills titled The City of Samba. The final product is nothing less than amazing. The original score fits perfectly with what is being seen and conveys all of the right emotions. Watching the video, you forget that they are still shots and the effect of the tilt-shift makes everything look like claymation. A genius way to change the regular perspective of a larger than life festival. [Read more...]

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