60 Years Ago, We Spent Twice as Much on Food

It’s not uncommon to get sticker shock when you see your total at the grocery store, but this little fact will make you feel much better: 60 years ago, we spent twice as much on food. Using the latest data from the USDA’s long-time tracking of food expenditures, we charted the information going back just over six decades. The trend is obvious. Out of our total disposable income, Americans are spending a much smaller share on food.

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Tiny Worlds Float on Gallery Walls. Sculptures by Cuban Artist Jorge Mayet

Cuban artist Jorge Mayet is creating his own miniature worlds. Attached to white walls, many of his sculptures seem to float in the sky, their bottom sides revealing raw soil and roots as if they have ripped free from all that is below. Other sculptures seem to explode in mid-air, their small wooden houses becoming a cloud of floating splinters. This is no destructive event, however, but one that makes things move and spread.

Like his floating islands, Jorge left Cuba 22 years ago to explore the world. He landed on another island, Palma de Mallorca, Spain. His work today draws inspiration from his homeland, creating a conversation about belonging and nostalgia for place.

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Old Bolts Transform into Profound Sculptures on the Human Experience

Oslo-based blacksmith Tobbe Malm found a bunch of discarded bolts laying in an old barn. He could have simply let them rust away, but instead he transformed them into these small, but hugely emotive sculptures. Unless you’re a mechanic, you probably haven’t had simple hardware stir emotions this profound.

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It’s a “Weapon of Mass Instruction”: This Guy Built a Tank Covered in Books

Raul Lemesoff has built a ‘Weapon of Mass Instruction.’ His mobile sculpture (‘Arma De Instruccion Masiva’ in Spanish) looks a lot like a military tank as it’s driving down the streets of Buenos Aires, but when it comes to a stop its army green sides are filled with books. Lemesoff is on a mission to distribute books throughout the city and the rest of Argentina, and the only thing he asks when you get a book is that you promise to read it.

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These 3D Geometric Illusion Lights Are Out of This World

Blue Pine Studio is a Vancouver-based company that launched some really incredible 3D-illusion lighting through Kickstarter last September. Their small sculptures are made from engraved acrylic slides and illuminated from below by LED lighting. They look almost like geometry etched in mid-air with laser beams.

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This is What an Animation Looks Like if You 3D Print Each Frame.

3D animation is pretty normal, but taking every frame from your animation and making it tangible with a 3D printer is pretty different. That’s what the crew at Job, Joris & Marieke did with their latest animation “FREEZE!” Using all 100 frames from their looping CGI creation they’ve recreated an entire digital event in one frozen sculpture

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“Me & You”: A Love Story Told From Above the Bed

This new short film from London-based director Jack Tew has us looking down on a love story as it plays out in the bedroom. That’s where all the action happens anyway, right? The charming and realistic short was filmed entirely on a set, allowing for complete control of lighting. See the making-of video or head to meandyoufilm.com for more.

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Trippy Body Painting Illusions from Natalie Fletcher

The world of body painting is full of illusions, but we haven’t seen any quite like these. Renowned body painter Natalie Fletcher isn’t painting clothing on bodies, or camouflaging them in the real world (although she’s an expert at both), this time she’s created fantastically trippy illusions that obscure the true human form.

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Utopian Sculptures Made from the Natural World

German artist Nils-Udo has been creating art using the natural world for over four decades. As a land artist, he uses objects found on location to create each piece – from bright red berries, to sticks, leaves and stalks of grass. Each piece is created as a response to the landscape around him, often revealing themselves as doors, nests or an outpouring of nature’s abundance.

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Is This The Most Beautiful Bookshop In The World?

Books are a beautiful thing, but sometimes the building that houses them is even more captivating. The Livraria Lello (Lello Bookstore) is one of those cases. The art nouveau masterpiece is located in the center of Porto, Portugal, and features an incredible interior which wraps visitors in ornate neo-Gothic paneling and houses an unbelievable curving staircase as its central feature. Capping off the place is a colorful stained-glass ceiling.

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