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Emulsifier: An Anamorphic Painting on 160 Glass Strips

Friday 10.17.2014 , Posted by
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Artist Thomas Medicus hand-painted 160 glass strips to create an anamorphic sculpture/painting which transforms from one image to another as it rotates. From fish to bird, machine to animal, the meticulously crafted piece only gives you a clear view of the painted images from 4 vantage points, leaving all others a jumble of miss-matched pieces. It’s truly special to behold. [Read more...]

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Desire to Fly: A Charming Stop-Motion Film Explores a Humorously Inventive Fairy World

Thursday 10.16.2014 , Posted by
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There’s something innately humorous about inventing contraptions for fairies, and mixed-media artist Samantha Bryan will be the first to tell you. This charming stop-motion documentary, Desire to Fly, explores the artist’s preoccupation with imagining the activities and equipment required to be an upwardly mobile, hard working fairy – and in particular her fat bottomed variety. How would they make a living? What tools would they need? [Read more...]

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Watching Virtual Creatures Learn How to Walk is Surprisingly Hilarious

Thursday 10.16.2014 , Posted by
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This is one of those awesome examples where good science is also hilarious fun. For his PHD thesis, Thomas Geijtenbeek taught virtual creatures how to walk, and even though his subjects aren’t real, their journey to moving forward followed a surprisingly lifelike path: face-plants galore. [Read more...]

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This Guy Asked His Wife to Doodle on His Car With a Sharpie (and It’s Gorgeous!)

Wednesday 10.15.2014 , Posted by
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When this guy got his car, there was some slight damage on the bumper. Little did he know that the problem would launch he and his wife into a journey of artistic expression. He let her loose with a sharpie to disguise the damage – but her painstakingly applied swirls and paisleys looked so good, she just had to keep going. [Read more...]

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Is This The World’s First “Layer-Lapse”?

Tuesday 10.14.2014 , Posted by
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We’ve seen artists like Stephen Wilkes and Fong Qi Wei create photographs that capture multiple times in one image, but Julian Tryba might be the first to bring it to video. Tryba is giving us a look at a world where time is no longer linear. Inspired by Einstein’s theory of relativity, he imagines a visible world where individual objects and locations have a different and changing clock assigned to them. Suddenly it’s night and day, busy and quiet, all in the same scene. He calls his unusual effect “layer-lapse”. [Read more...]

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This Mountain Lodge Looks Like a Cube Balanced on One Corner

Monday 10.13.2014 , Posted by
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It looks a bit like the scene from some distopian future, but this mountain lodge is pure luxury. Prague-based architecture firm Atelier 8000 recently submitted their “Kežmarské Hut” to an international competition aimed at designing a lodge for the high snowfields of Slovakia’s Tatra mountains. Their proposal is one that is exceedingly contemporary, and entirely fitting for the location. [Read more...]

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5 Things You Can Learn From Red Bull’s Visual Content Strategy

Monday 10.13.2014 , Posted by
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In recent years, Red Bull has transitioned from a beverage brand to a full-blown media company with an exceedingly smart visual content strategy that takes content marketing to new heights. What are the keys to Red Bull’s world dominance? Here are the 5 things you can learn from their visual content strategy. [Read more...]

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12 Victorian Predictions for the Year 2000

Monday 10.13.2014 , Posted by
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One of the most interesting things about looking back at old predictions, is seeing how they turned out when the future date finally rolled around. As a whole, people are pretty bad at guessing what the future will look like (and especially if top hats will be in fashion), but common desires and dreams are still sometimes fulfilled in surprising ways. This set of German cards from around 1899 or 1900 are an excellent and entertaining example.

“Life in the Year 2000” was created by Hildebrands, a leading German chocolate company of the time. Certainly inspired by what the next century would hold, one card from the series was placed in each of their boxes of chocolate. [Read more...]

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Atmospheric & Eerie Sculptures Built in Aquariums

Sunday 10.12.2014 , Posted by
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Mariele Neudecker creates fantastic sculptures inside large water filled aquariums. Using an intriguing combination of materials, including chemicals to create eerie atmospheric effects, her “Tank Works” invite viewers to move closer and explore the world within.

Her sculptures take their inspiration from romantic paintings and photographs, using lighting to create life-like sunbeams and dense fog around sculptures of mountains, trees and even a model sailing ship. Like the real world, the chemistry-based atmosphere in the tank has a life of its own, slowly changing over time to create new environments. [Read more...]

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How Much Space Do Cars Take? Cyclists Demonstrate How Bicycles Fight Congestion

Saturday 10.11.2014 , Posted by
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People that commute by car spend an inordinate amount of time staring at taillights. There’s no way they’re getting around that traffic in front of them. But what about bike commuters? This group of Latvian cyclists recently created a powerful demonstration of the large footprint created by cars that carry just one occupant. [Read more...]

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