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Modern Still Lifes & Portraits in the Spirit of the Old Masters

Monday 07.07.2014 , Posted by
The Supper

If you gave these images just a passing glance, it would be easy to think they were painted by a Dutch master of the Golden Age… but with a little more time, modern details start to emerge. Photographer Zdenek Sindelar is channeling the spirit of old masters, creating a series of still lifes and portraits that exude the moody aesthetic of the past while bringing it gracefully into the future. [Read more...]

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Happy 4th of July! American Flags from 1767 to the Present

Friday 07.04.2014 , Posted by
P-Flags

Happy 4th of July America! In a celebratory visual fashion we think you’ll enjoy this fascinating look at the history of the old Stars and Stripes through history… in fact, back to before it was even the Stars and Stripes at all.

This patriotic print from Pop Chart Labs traces the flag through 48 versions, beginning with the star-less “Rebellious Stripes” of 1767 and finishing with the 50-star flag we’ve flown since 1960 (too bad for people who bought the 49-star version of 1959). You’ll definitely want to check out the zoomable view of this poster here. [Read more...]

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Gerry Judah Creates Monumental Car Sculptures for Goodwood Festival of Speed

Friday 07.04.2014 , Posted by
Gerry Judah Goodwood Sculptures 1

Each year since 1997, London-based artist and designer Gerry Judah has created a stunning centerpiece for the Goodwood Festival of Speed in southern England. His towering sculptures are monuments to the history and thrill of motor sports, and a dazzling treat for the eye. This year he’s really outdone himself. [Read more...]

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Personal Mythologies Explore the Banal & Bizarre

Thursday 07.03.2014 , Posted by
Ben Smith Paintings 1

Ben Smith’s paintings take the ordinary, even the banal, and transforms it into something curious and unique. Many of his works are portraits, but far from recording reality, they touch on the surreal by adding multiples of the subject, other strangely placed characters, or even conjoined creatures that are obliquely interacted with. In short, his subjects are experiencing something pretty far out. [Read more...]

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Mapping the Surface Area of Other Solid Surfaces in Our Solar System

Wednesday 07.02.2014 , Posted by
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You’re probably familiar with visualizations comparing the relative size of the planets, but this visualization is different. xkcd has created a map-like look at the solid surfaces of the Solar System, stitched together like countries on a single continent. The graphic includes planets, moons, asteroids and dwarf planets, but leaves out dust, small rocks and large gaseous planets like Jupiter and Saturn. It’s a revealing look at the size of our neighbors. [Read more...]

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River Tables Look Like the World From Above

Wednesday 07.02.2014 , Posted by
Greg Klassen River Tables 1

Greg Klassen’s hand-crafted tables have rivers flowing through them. Inspired by the natural beauty of his home in the Pacific Northwest and the tall trees that grow there, he uses the wood’s innately sinuous form to trace the path of water-like glass that cuts a path through the table’s center. His tastefully balanced design choices create furniture with a blend of free spirited organic form and geometric perfection. [Read more...]

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Who Flipped the Ford? Bizarrely Inverted Vehicles that Still Drive

Tuesday 07.01.2014 , Posted by
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If you want to hear endless jokes about your car being from Australia, we’ve got the rides for you. With their four wheels pointed sky high, both of these vehicles look like they’ve completely flipped over, but the real shock comes when they drive away quite normally. [Read more...]

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Cleverly Juxtaposed Images Give a View Into The Future

Tuesday 07.01.2014 , Posted by
Samantha Decker Pictures of the Future Juxtaposed with the Past 1

We’ve seen a load of “Then & Now” posts sweeping the web in the past years. From photographs of World War 1 overlaid on their location today, to classic paintings atop Google Street Views, and personal photos reviving old memories, they’ve all had one thing in common – they’re looking into the past. [Read more...]

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Beautiful Mechanisms with One Purpose: To Hold Themselves Up

Tuesday 07.01.2014 , Posted by
Dan Grayber Cavity Mechanism 1

Dan Grayber creates beautifully mechanical sculptures with only one purpose: to hold themselves up. While that may seem like a simple task, he often builds cement weights into his pieces, challenging himself to design systems to keep them suspended inside glass domes or cases using only the forces they exert on the smooth interior walls. [Read more...]

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Embroidered Leaves Put Geometry in Nature

Monday 06.30.2014 , Posted by
Hillary Fayle Embroidered Leaves 1

When Hillary Fayle studied embroidery at the Manchester Metropolitan University, she loved creating intricate patterns in small environmentally friendly materials. It only made sense when she returned to her home in the US to begin working with the many leaves of her local forest. Her miniature creations are immaculately studies in organic/geometric stitchery. [Read more...]

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