Build a Full-Sized Aston Martin With this Kit?

If you were anything like me as a kid, your shelves were covered with boxes and boxes of model kits for the hottest cars out there – Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Shelbys and Aston Martins. As tiny as they were, for each completed model there was the dream of someday owning and driving the real, full-sized thing. Harkening back to that childhood fantasy, the people at Evanta Motor Company have created a replica of the 24 Hours of LeMans Winning Aston Martin DBR1/2 which Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori drove in 1959 – affixed to a parts tree in full 1:1 scale!

A Warped World of Woven Fibers

When you think of traditional carpets from Azerbaijan, the thought of contemporary art does not quickly spring to mind… but these beautiful, and modern works will change that. Faiq Ahmed, a native of the Eurasian nation, has taken his countries old-school art form and brought it beautifully into the current era, deconstructing the ancient process of weaving and adapting it to todays contemporary art forms.

Repurposing NASA by Matthew Spencer

US space exploration is beginning to take on a different light and persona since its exceptional beginnings in 1958 – the ending of the NASA space shuttle program earlier this year; the exploration of space by manned space shuttles to be carried out by private companies; the landing of the new Curiosity Rover on Mars; and the death of the first astronaut to step foot on the moon, Neil Armstrong. Even though astronauts from around the globe will still congregate at the International Space Station while scientists scour the galaxies from Earth with powerful telescopes and images from far away satellites traveling beyond our solar system — things have still changed a lot in the continual exploration of the unknown.

How Would Kerouac Like Becoming an Infographic?


Jack Kerouac’s gravestone reads, “He honored life.” Said to be a progenitor of the hippie movement and pioneer of the beat generation, he lived a simple life. Kerouac claimed that he wrote his novel, On the Road over the course of three weeks on a 120-foot roll of teletype paper. The makeshift roll was actually tracing paper sheets taped together and the novel was typed single spaced, without margins or paragraph breaks. His antics made it hard to doubt that he marched to the beat of a different drummer than most.

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Can’t Hide From Emanuele Ronco

In a series of illustrations called Dreams of Glory, visual artist Emanuele Ronco makes it apparent that there is no hiding for those in the political spotlight. Each of Ronco’s portraits feature prominent political figures attempting to hide behind their hands, but in his version the hand is transparent revealing all of the facial details beneath. The portraits are splashed with color highlighting the artist’s background in graffiti.

Take That You Ugly Ship


“Your ship looked like s#!t, so we painted it,” is the tag line from the Vimeo video showing the process of sprucing up this busted ship. Deemed “The Fun Ship,” this massive vessel has been beached at Llanerch-y-Mor near Mostyn since the summer of 1979.  For those of you, like myself, that do not know where to find Mostyn on a map, it is around the way from Liverpool in the UK (see map below). Liverpool based Empirewise Ltd had big plans for the ship to transform into a 300-room hotel, static leisure center and market, but not much has happened since its arrival in ’79.

Time Travel with Digital Photos


Roads run through places in the USA forgotten by time, roads which meander through places that seem like they have not been updated in decades, if not centuries. Sometimes the nostalgic look is on purpose, to capture traditions of the past; other times the run-down look is simply because the places have been left alone by progress. The wonders of digital photography allow us to manipulate photos in many ways, but in the last handful of years that ability has allowed us to transport the images back in time.

Illustrations Travel Back to New York’s Gilded Age

The so called Gilded Age in American history, was one of enormous industrial, urban and agricultural growth… one which saw a previously sleepy nation step forth as a major player on the world stage. The name for the era, coined by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner in their book The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today (1873), made reference to the process of coating cheap metal in a thin layer of gold… effectively making something cheap look more desirable. The term was a humorous jab at an era where many people complained of wildly ostentatious displays of wealth, crass manners, political corruption, and often shoddy ethics. But, for all its shortcomings it was an extremely exciting time, and artist Eric Rosner knows it.

From Below: Room Photographs From a Floors View

The unusual photographic work of German photographer Michael H. Rohde gives us a highly unique perspective of the indoor world… from the floor up. As if you’d laid down on the floor of a home and slowly sunk into the floor, his images capture rooms “From Below,” as the series is titled. His images are disorientating in their unusual viewpoint, making our eyes struggle to make sense of a rarely seen perspective.