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Boba Fett Goes to the Ball: Geeky Additions To Thrift Store Paintings

Monday 02.17.2014 , Posted by
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Wandering through the aisles of your local thrift store can be a great time. From finding stylish vintage threads, to rummaging through piles of books to find that hidden gem, there’s always a lot to see… but there’s often an overlooked pile of old paintings too. Those amateur works of art haven’t escaped the eye of New York artist Dave Pollot – or his paintbrush for that matter. He’s been giving old paintings a truly geeky makeover, adding characters like ‘Bender’ from Futurama and the ‘Stay Puft Marshmallow Man’ from Ghostbusters to the recycled canvases. As he puts it, his work is “art with a sense of humor.” [Read more...]

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After Hurricane Xaver, This Woman is Letting Her Horse Live in the House

Sunday 02.16.2014 , Posted by
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We’ve all been in houses that look like a pigsty… but what about one that’s starting to look a lot like a stable? To keep him safe, Doctor Stephanie Arndt brought her horse Nasar into the house when Hurricane Xaver blasted through their town of Holt, Germany. That was in late 2013, but Nasar has yet to leave the house. It seems he likes the comfortable indoor life, and is happily making himself at home! [Read more...]

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Rediscovered Land Art in Egypt: The Beautiful Geometry of Desert Breath

Sunday 02.16.2014 , Posted by
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Viewed from above, the Land Art project Desert Breath looks too perfect to be real. The two spiraling arms of positive and negative conical forms create a surreal scene upon the Egyptian desert floor, echoing the forms of nature found in plants, water and the very shape of our galaxy. Coming down to earth, the view only becomes slightly more believable. The features are gigantic: the outside cones towering taller than a human, and the shimmering center pool spanning almost 100 feet. [Read more...]

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How Far We’ve Come: Pictures From the First Winter Olympics in 1924

Friday 02.14.2014 , Posted by
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As the thrill of the Winter Olympics sweeps the nations, it’s interesting to reflect on where we’ve come from… and it’s a surprisingly long way! The first Winter Olympics, held in 1924 in Chamonix France, featured just 250 athletes participating in 6 sports: skating, curling, ‘nordic skiing’, ‘bobsleigh’, ice hockey and a military patrol competition. While we’ve seen many new sports added to the games, what’s really striking about these images is the change in fashion… just check out those suit jackets in the speed skating competition! It’s a long way from the US’s ‘hobo chic’ snowboard jackets and Mexico’s mariachi ski suit! [Read more...]

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Classic Video Games Envisioned As Cringe-Worthy Romance Novels

Friday 02.14.2014 , Posted by
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Just the thought of romance novels conjures up thoughts of the cringe-worthy images printed on their covers. From shirtless muscled men riding white horses, to passionately swooning women in period costume, it’s hard to find a cliche more hilariously worn. But what if those impossibly romantic scenes were replaced by the coin-collecting, dot-eating heroes from our favorite classic 8-bit games? Shutterstock sent their massive catalogue of images over to illustrator Echo Chernik, challenging him to create a Valentines series that would make any gamer feel romantic. [Read more...]

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Is this Infinite Traffic, or A Celebration of American Iron?

Thursday 02.13.2014 , Posted by
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A literally endless stream of Matchbox and Hotwheels toy cars threads its way through the air, looping around a möbius strip that forms the symbol for infinity. The work is part of artist Chambliss Giobbi’s new exhibition American Iron, a show that explores the “inventiveness, expanse, and ultimate collapse” of a uniquely American culture. [Read more...]

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Our Favorite Submissions from the 2013 A’Design Awards, Will You Win This Year?

Thursday 02.13.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re a designer, this is a thrilling time of year, and one rife with possibility – it’s a time when the A’ Design Award & Competition is open for entries in a diverse range of fields. The competition is a unique one, giving a level playing field to designers and businesses from a wide range of experience levels, and giving them all a global audience in recognition of their skills.

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This Lux Planetarium Watch Tracks the Orbits of the Planets

Wednesday 02.12.2014 , Posted by
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If you need a little perspective on where you are in your day, this might be the watch for you. Called the Midnight Planétarium, it features six of the solar system’s planets and an astounding 396 moving parts to make them orbit accurately. From Mercury’s quick 88-day orbit around the sun, to Earth’s 365 day trip (you knew that right?), the watch finishes with Saturn and its 29.5 year circle around the sun. Blazing a circle on the outer ring is a shooting star. [Read more...]

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Sew Your Own Home: Do Ho Suh Creates Ghostly Buildings Out of Transparent Fabric

Tuesday 02.11.2014 , Posted by
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For more than a decade Korean artist Do Ho Suh has been sewing homes. Yes, sewing. He employs silk and nylon to create ethereal copies of buildings – including homes he has lived in – carefully constructed to exact measurements of the real-life place. To see one in person is an overwhelming experience, leaving you impressed by scale, color and a superhuman ability to see through buildings. [Read more...]

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Bored on Your Commute? Grab Some Post-It Notes and Doodle!

Monday 02.10.2014 , Posted by
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What do you do when you have a long, boring commute? For illustrator October Jones the answer is simple – you give your fellow riders new geeky personas. Jones has been using the ubiquitous Post-It note at a sketch pad, peeling off a yellow page with characters like Spiderman, ET and The Incredible Hulk. [Read more...]

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