Mad Men is Back, and It’s Getting Illustrated

The mid-century goodness of Mad Men will return to AMC on April 5th, and we can hardly wait for the final seven episodes. The exceptional Matthew Weiner-created drama has spanned the entire strange decade of the ‘60s and it’s been a wonderful ride. Along the way, New York-based illustrator Dyna Moe (previously) has been capturing key moments from each episode on her hit site Mad Men Illustrated.

Dots of Paint Transform Ordinary Stones into Beautiful Mandalas

Australian artist Elspeth McLean loves color and detail, infusing it into all her works, large and small. Using a painting style inspired by ancient and traditional art, one she describes as “Dotillism,” she uses acrylic paint and a paintbrush to create intricate patterns of intense colors. Here we bring you some of her smallest works – round ocean stones transformed into beautiful handfuls of art. She calls them ‘Mandala Stones.’

Facebook’s New HQ has a Massive 9-Acre Garden on the Roof

When Facebook approached famed Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry to design their new headquarters in Menlo Park, California, they asked for a simple building without a heavy design. And while the building might look pretty conventional from down below, 70-feet up on the roof is something light on the environment and the spirits: a gigantic 9-acre garden.

Somebody Labeled Our Hallway Art…

When we headed to Visual News HQ this morning, we noticed something…a little different. Our new office is housed in a corporate business park, and the shared hallways have been getting a little more “personality” in the form of hallway art. But we noticed today that some corporate Banksy among us has added his/her/their own brilliant museum labels to the pieces.

Exhibit A: 

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Eat Dots at the Taj Mahal: Google Maps Becomes a PAC-MAN Maze for April Fools’ Day

This might be the best Google hack yet. For April Fools’ Day you should be logging into Google Maps where you’ll find that the streets can be transformed into a playable PAC-MAN maze. The whole game’s there, from Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde the ghosts, to cherries and strawberries, and all the classic digital sound effects. Good luck being productive with the rest of your day.

Pressed Ferns Transform into Intricate Animal Illustrations

Artist and illustrator Helen Ahpornsiri uses pieces of nature to illustrate the natural world. Her intricate collages use pressed ferns to create butterflies, sea horses, beetles and other wild creatures. Her home in the East Sussex countryside provides much of the inspiration.

Surprising New Paste Ups Interact with the Street

Street artist/street modifier OakOak (previously) has been hard at work over the past year, transforming the streets into playgrounds for characters large and small. The French artist is a specialist in street interventions, using derelict objects like bent pipes, cracked pavement and nightly shadows as inspiration for his surprising brand of art.

A Library & Public Art Space Built with 50,000 Free Books

Most libraries are filled with books, this one is made from them. Lacuna is a public art space for book lovers, built from 50,000 free books donated by the Internet Archive. Currently raising funds through Kickstarter, the crew behind the structure are planning to install it at the inaugural Bay Area Book Festival in Berkley, California on June 6 and 7. Books will be given away for free.

Two Holocaust Survivors Form a Band in Their Eighties

Last summer Saul Dreier and Reuwen (“Ruby”) Sosnowicz formed a band. While that isn’t too unusual, it is if you are in your mid-to-late eighties and survived the Holocaust.

Pulling from the music of their youth in Poland, the two formed a klezmer band, with the 89-year-old Mr. Dreier on the drums, and 85-year-old Mr. Sosnowicz playing the accordion. Together with their group, the two have performed for audiences in the local nursing homes and temples around their home near Boca Raton, Florida, and on one occasion traveled to Las Vegas to perform at The Venetian. The name of their group? The Holocaust Survivor Band.

Without 3D Printing, This Rocking Chair Would Be Impossible

You might be looking at the future of furniture. The Durotaxis Chair uses 3D printing to produce a unique structure impossible to create with traditional methods. The geometric structure of the chair uses complex math to create a lattice which scales in size, density, color and rigidity throughout its form.