Christina in Red: Stunning Color Photographs from 1913

These stunning images look like they could have been plucked off Instagram, but they were actually taken in 1913. Mervyn O’Gorman took them of his daughter Christina O’Gorman at Lulworth Cove, on the English coast in Dorset. He used the early color Autochrome process, a technique which used glass plates coated in dyed potato starch which acted as a filter for different colors. The red of Christina’s swimming costume and cloak were the most saturated the technique would reproduce.

Need a Friend? Say Hello to the “Selfie Arm”

Traveling the world on your own? Want to let your friends know you’ve found someone special anyway? We’ve got just the product for you: the ‘Selfie Arm’.

The over-the-top idea of artists Justin Crowe and Aric Snee, the ‘Selfie Arm’ extends a hand to you while holding your phone and capturing a picture. No one needs to know the identity of your secret friend.

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Dear Data: Two Women Track Personal Data on Postcards and Ship Them Across the Atlantic

Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec have only met twice in person, but they’re quickly getting to know each other through weekly postcards and a mutual obsession for tracking things. Their endearing year-long project “Dear Data” sees the pair sending postcards from New York to London and back – each with a week’s worth of personal data on the front and instructions for reading that data on the back.

Take an Immersive Journey Through These Luminous String-Art Installations

When we last featured French artist Julien Salaud he was creating ‘Stellar Animals’ – beautifully bizarre busts of deer covered in nails and thread. Now he is continuing his cosmic exploration with expansive rooms wrapped in luminous webs of constellation like thread art. He calls them ‘Stellar Caves.’

Mickael Delalande Makes 3D Sketches with Wire

French artist Mickael Delalande uses wire to make sketches that nearly take flight. Looking like he’s drawn contour lines in the air, his work reflects the objects of everyday life in full-scale – from squeezed tubes of toothpaste, to a floppy pair of Converse All-Stars. The sculptures incorporate playful use of light and shadow, tricking us into seeing double in the shapes they cast on the surfaces around them.

This Arbor Day, Let’s Appreciate the Trees

Today is Arbor Day, a time to appreciate and plant the trees that give our planet clean air, fresh water and the vibrant life we enjoy each moment. Global deforestation continues to run rampant – with much of it happening in the air-giving rain forests of the world – but each day we can make a difference with our buying choices and by raising awareness so important to the preservation of trees.

Fantastic Cardboard Sculptures by Devin Drake

Today is Arbor Day, and while the celebration and preservation of trees doesn’t always jive with tree-based cardboard products, we bring you these clever creations from cardboard sculptor Devin Drake to highlight one specific thing: recycling. From a pair of sneakers almost realistic enough to slip on, to an astronauts helmet you actually can wear, Drake creates art from cardboard that would have been wastefully discarded – and that is a very tree-friendly idea.

Hilariously Subversive Products and Signs Placed to Entertain Random Customers

For months Jeff Wysaski has been covertly placing fake installations into everyday society. He is the creator of the subversive product remixing project, tumblr site, and sometimes fake company, ‘Obvious Plant’ (just think about that name…). At first glance his work seems like everyday book covers, warning signs or wine recommendations – but take a closer look and the jokes on you.

This Couple Spent 20 Years Building an Incredible Floating Island Home

If you’re going to get away from it all, this is one great way to do it. In 1992, Wayne Adams and Catherine King began building a floating home about half an hour by boat off the coast of tiny Tofino, British Columbia. Today that home has expanded to encompass 12 large platforms covered by living spaces, green houses, lush gardens and plenty of docks to tie up a kayak. Painted in bright magenta and teal hues, they call their self-built island Freedom Cove.

Surprising: The US is Only 4 Presidents Old

Viewed from the year 2015, the founding of the United States seems like a distant piece of history, but from the right perspective it wasn’t long ago at all. Take this little tidbit of information: the US is only as old as four President’s lives.

When Barak Obama was born (1961), Herbert Hoover was still alive (1874 – 1964). When Hoover was born, Andrew Johnson was still living (1808 – 1875). When Johnson was born John Adams was still alive (1735 – 1826). And there you have it. With just the overlapping lives of four presidents we reach the Founding Fathers of the United States. Pretty amazing.