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New Cityscape Sculptures “Sketched with a Bandsaw” from Artist James McNabb

Thursday 10.23.2014 , Posted by
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When we last covered artist James McNabb, he was launching his series of bandsaw cut cities on Kickstarter, giving city blocks as rewards for support. He’s come a long way since then, recently opening a solo show called Metros at Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami. His imaginative work continues to evolve and grow, just like the cities around us. His work is a commentary on the “transformations of cities and urban landscapes, their beauty, uniqueness, and overdevelopment.” In a way, this is the journey of a woodworker from the quiet forest into the urban jungle. [Read more…]

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An Hypnotic Film About Deep Water Free Diving (and Hallucinating with Narcosis)

Wednesday 10.22.2014 , Posted by
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Deep water free diver Guillaume Néry takes us on a hypnotic dive into the depths of the ocean in this short French film called Narcos (Narcosis). The apnea world champion swims to depths far outside the reach of most conventional divers, doing it on just one breath while subjecting himself to the hallucinatory effects of narcosis. It’s a freaky, fascinating adventure. [Read more…]

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This is a Real Bridge in the Netherlands

Tuesday 10.21.2014 , Posted by
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This is one very unique design for a drawbridge. The Slauerhoffbrug (aka Flying Drawbridge) is a fully automatic rolling lift bridge in the city of Leeuwarden in the Netherlands. The diagonally offset counterweight that balances the 15 meter square road surface makes this bridge very different, leaving much of the machinery off to the side while the bridge is down… and leaving plenty of people wondering about it’s purpose. [Read more…]

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Rob Dyrdek: The Ridiculous Numbers Behind His Success

Tuesday 10.21.2014 , Posted by
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Skateboarder. Celebrity. Entrepreneur. There are few people more driven and daring than Rob Dyrdek. He hit the ground rolling and turned pro at 16 years old, then started his first company, Orion Trucks, at 19. He hasn’t slowed up since and the numbers in this graphic show it. [Read more…]

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A Two-Legged Chair Encourages Sitting People to Move (and Balance)

Tuesday 10.21.2014 , Posted by
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There is plenty of evidence that sitting down for long periods is bad for our health – and we’re doing a lot more of it. To combat this sedentary trend a number of solutions have been gaining traction, from exercises you can do in the office, to stand up desks and even hamster-like treadmills to keep us moving. But what about changing the way we sit? That’s what French designer Benoit Malta envisions with his unusual two-legged Inactivité chair. [Read more…]

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Banksy’s “Alarming” New Work in Bristol

Monday 10.20.2014 , Posted by
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Despite the recent hoax claiming that he’d been arrested and identified, legendary street artist Banksy continues to paint up the city. In fact, in the midst of the uproar over whether he’d been identified, a new work appeared on his website. [Read more…]

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Artist Remixes the Starbucks Cup Mermaid in Unexpected Ways

Monday 10.20.2014 , Posted by
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Some artists need a cup of coffee to get creative, but Korean artist Soo Min Kim just needs the cup. Over the past few years he’s been remixing the iconic green Starbucks cup, creating entirely unexpected scenes using the brand’s famous green mermaid as his star. Suddenly she’s not just swimming, she’s riding the subway, using The Force, and robbing banks. It’s a creatively caffeinated remix. [Read more…]

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Redditor Captures A Rare Fireball Meteor on Video

Saturday 10.18.2014 , Posted by
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Ben Lewis recently enlisted the help of astronomy loving Redditors to identify a mysterious looking cloud he captured while filming the night sky. What he found out was surprising. He’d managed to accidentally capture a rare sky event – a giant bolide meteor, or fireball, as it burned up in the earth’s atmosphere. Even more rare, was that he framed it beautifully in the tree foliage above. The video below does a good job showing the red cloudy streak the meteor left in its wake. [Read more…]

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Emulsifier: An Anamorphic Painting on 160 Glass Strips

Friday 10.17.2014 , Posted by
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Artist Thomas Medicus hand-painted 160 glass strips to create an anamorphic sculpture/painting which transforms from one image to another as it rotates. From fish to bird, machine to animal, the meticulously crafted piece only gives you a clear view of the painted images from 4 vantage points, leaving all others a jumble of miss-matched pieces. It’s truly special to behold. [Read more…]

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Desire to Fly: A Charming Stop-Motion Film Explores a Humorously Inventive Fairy World

Thursday 10.16.2014 , Posted by
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There’s something innately humorous about inventing contraptions for fairies, and mixed-media artist Samantha Bryan will be the first to tell you. This charming stop-motion documentary, Desire to Fly, explores the artist’s preoccupation with imagining the activities and equipment required to be an upwardly mobile, hard working fairy – and in particular her fat bottomed variety. How would they make a living? What tools would they need? [Read more…]

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