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Hanging Celebrity Portraits Made From…

Tuesday 07.15.2014 , Posted by
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Sometimes clouds look so solid you could reach out and touch them, but any attempt would reveal that they are made from tiny water droplets. The celebrity portraits of artist Augusto Esquivel are much the same, but instead of water, he uses buttons. [Read more...]

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An Out-of-Body Experience, in Real-Time – Using an Oculus Rift and GoPros

Tuesday 07.15.2014 , Posted by
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You’re probably familiar with the 3rd person view in all sorts of video games… even Mario Kart used it. With a viewpoint placed just behind and above the character you’re playing, it gives you a clear understanding of where you are in a virtual space – something a first person view doesn’t always communicate so clearly. Now, two Polish designers have created that unusual perspective in real life – thanks to an Oculus Rift, and two GoPros mounted high on a custom backpack. [Read more...]

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These 60s Kids Described Their Nightmares. Then Arthur Tress Recreated Them in Haunting Photographs

Monday 07.14.2014 , Posted by
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When it comes to vivid and original nightmares, kids can out dream the rest of us. Their imagination runs rampant – during the day and at night – with little filter to differentiate between reality and fiction. These classic images from photographer Arthur Tress drive that point home. He asked children in the late 60s and early 70s to describe their fantasies and nightmares. Then he brought them to life in these particularly unnerving staged images. [Read more...]

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Animal Sculptures Disintegrating Into Thin Air

Monday 07.14.2014 , Posted by
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Japanese artist Tomohiro Inaba creates sculptures that look as if they are disintegrating into the ether. In one example, we encounter a grazing deer. It’s lowered head and firmly planted front feet are perfectly represented, but moving further back on its frame, it quickly transforms into a chaotic tangle of wire… then thins to one wire… then nothing. Like many of his sculptures, this example bridges a realm between reality and abstract, while creating a vision that is at once beautiful and unnerving. [Read more...]

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Nothing Makes a Morning Like Exceptionally Great Espresso (and This Fine Print Tells You How to Make It Right)

Friday 07.11.2014 , Posted by
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There’s nothing quite like starting your day with a great espresso. Just the aroma alone is enough brush away the memory of sleep and excite us about the day ahead. Printmakers Steffen Heidemann and Viktoria Klein of Stellavie Design Manufaktur know that making a truly great espresso is both an art, and a science. They’ve embedded their rich knowledge on the subject into this exquisite silkscreen print featuring the ins and outs of preparing the perfect espresso, and a number of delicious espresso based beverages. [Read more...]

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These People Are Laying in 7 Days of Their Own Garbage

Thursday 07.10.2014 , Posted by
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It’s difficult to imagine how much trash we create each week, but photographer Gregg Segal is making it visual. The bulk of packaging wrapped around an item we’re buying is often the last thing on our mind when at the store, but Segal is putting that issue – and the growing trash problem in the modern world – front and center… and on top of his subjects. [Read more...]

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How About Cutting a Face Into Your Hair? This Barber is Creating Detailed Portraits

Wednesday 07.09.2014 , Posted by
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Looking for a bold new style? How about carving Edward Scissorhands or Steve Jobs into your noggin? “Rob the Original” is doing that for his daring clients, creating a series of hair portraits that are just as bizarre as they are incredibly detailed. [Read more...]

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A Mesmerizing Stop-Motion Video Made by Sanding Through Objects a Half Millimeter at a Time

Wednesday 07.09.2014 , Posted by
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There are hidden spaces inside the objects that surround us, and it only takes a industrial sanding machine to reveal them. That’s the work that artist Laurin Döpfner has done with the video Verschleif, removing just a half millimeter of each object with a pass from the sander, and photographing each layer to create a seriously mesmerizing stop-motion video. [Read more...]

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This Isn’t Trash. It’s a Painting on Carved Wood.

Wednesday 07.09.2014 , Posted by
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These paintings are pure trash… but only on the surface. Beneath their rough exterior is a precisely carved basswood sculpture, and only the paint on the surface provides the exacting trompe l’oeil vision of reality. Artist Tom Pfannerstill creates his unusual sculpture/paintings based on discarded objects he finds on his daily travels. Calling his finds a ‘gift from the street’, they act as a record of his movements and a commentary on our commercial/consumer driven society. [Read more...]

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Do Cats Look Like Their Owners? Cats Faces Merged Onto Their Human Friends

Tuesday 07.08.2014 , Posted by
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Every time we see a wrinkly dog walk down the street next to it’s wrinkly owner, we’re reminded that dogs can look a lot like their human friends. But what about the cats? Sebastian Magnani is following up his series Underdogs with a feline themed face merging called Undercats. It’s fascinating, freaky and pretty hilarious. [Read more...]

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