From the infamous damming of the Yangtze River, to sky obscuring smog in Beijing, and an incident when 16,000 dead pigs were found in the Huangpu River (which supplies Shanghai with drinking water); China has more than its share of environmental crises. Now, New York-based, China-born artist Cai Guo-Qiang is staging a major solo exhibition featuring 11 works that unapologetically highlight Earth’s current environmental and ecological crisis. The first of those pieces – The Ninth Wave – is featured here. [Read more...]
Italian product and graphic designer Matteo Muci has remembered five iconic houses from the early to mid-century with a slick animation that sees their various pieces falling from the sky. Including Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye; Gerrit Rietveld’s Rietveld Schröder House; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House; Philip Johnson’s Glass House; and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater – each is created before our eyes out of their individual design elements. [Read more...]
The 2013 Kobe Biennale featured an Art Container Contest, challenging entrants to build something spectacular within the confines of the standard shipping container. Designers Masakazu Shirane and Saya Miyazaki created something that enlarged that ‘confined’ space to one that was nearly infinite – a kaleidoscope large enough to step inside. [Read more...]
UK sculptor Robin Wight is creating a magical world with wire. In dramatic lighting, his spirited fairies hold dandelions as they blow away and soar through the air. They look almost real – if you believe, that is. [Read more...]
Words don’t always do a conversation justice – especially when that convo is text based. You’re there texting your bestie and an overwhelming sense of glee sweeps over you. What to do? Say it with an emoji of course.
With the announcement of Unicode 7.0 and 250 new emojis in the works (what would we do without “Man in Business Suit Levitating”) Microsoft has imagined what the new update missed – adding 49 more emojis you seriously wish you had. [Read more...]
Erika Simmons is revealing the Ghost in the Machine – that’s the apt title for her unusually creative artwork which uses the relics of the 20th century – namely film reels, music and VHS cassettes – to create portraits of the person the tape may have featured. She unwinds the magnetic tape inside and, carefully cutting and twirling it, arranges it into incredibly perfect portraits. [Read more...]
There’s not many things that strike fear into a grown man’s heart like the sight of a wasp. Those little buggers pack a sting and bite so painful it will change you for good. With that in mind, this picture is sure to haunt your dreams.
…then again, if you’re into science, this is fascinating! [Read more...]
If you’ve got a young kid, your refrigerator is probably covered with drawings of bears, butterflies, cars and princesses. Let’s face it though: while the little rascals are filled with imagination, their creations aren’t exactly life-like. I mean, when was the last time you saw a whale with a kinked tail? Dutch muralist/painter duo Telmo Miel (Telmo Pieper and Miel Krutzmann) have recreated a series of drawings by kid’s, retaining their youthfully drawn shape while applying an adult artist’s level of detail. The results are truly weird and sometimes creepy. [Read more...]
Already dubbed the “iPhone on rails” and the “Batmobile,” Moscow streets may soon be rolling with these highly futuristic new trams called the Russia One, or R1. Debuted last week by tank and train maker Uralvagonzavod, or UVZ, the next-generation tram looks to bring an ultra-modern transportation system to thousands of miles of Soviet-era tracks. [Read more...]