5500 Light Bulbs: An Interactive Sculpture Lets You Change The Phases of the Moon

The last time we covered artists Caitlind R.C. Brown and Wayne Garrett, they were encouraging people to control the weather with their interactive installation called CLOUD. This time they’re letting you take control of something even more difficult to grasp: the phases of the moon.

Built from 5500 burned out light bulbs donated by the community, the duo installed ‘New Moon’ in Lexington, Kentucky, last February. On the wooden platform beneath the four arches supporting the orb was an ornate turnstyle. When intrigued passerby gave it a spin, they changed the phases of the moon above. Surprising and delightful.

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Mike Wellins’ Bizarre Additions to Thrift Store Paintings

Mike Wellins’ has an obsession with the odd things of the world, and he creates plenty of them too. Co-creator of Portland’s one-and-only “freakybuttrue” Peculiarium, he has been raiding thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales to feed his appetite for old paintings. He then remixes them with strange additions – like rocket packs for bunnies, to hoards of zombies. It’s a process that’s been dubbed NERC (Non-elective Retroactive Collaboration).

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Leatherman Creates a Wearable Multi-Tool Bracelet You Can Take on an Airplane

You don’t know how useful a tool is until you start carrying it everywhere. Like grandpas who never left their pocket knife at home, or women who have a multi-tool in their purse, it’s amazing what a few simple tools can do to save the day. That’s why the design for Leatherman’s new Tread is so very cool. They’ve managed to pack 25 very useful tools into the form factor of a watch band, making a tool that is almost impossible to forget. With an optional watch face, it’s surprisingly stylish too (then again, I almost always think smart utility is stylish).

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It Took Over 1000 Light Paintings to Create This Impressive Video

Darren Pearson, aka Darius Twin, takes us on a trip to the Photon Zoo in his mesmerizing video Lightspeed. The last time we featured the Los Angeles-based light artist he was creating glowing dinosaurs in mid-air. Now he’s put his art in motion, which is no small feat when you consider how it’s made. For each frame you see here, Darius Twin takes a long exposure photograph and draws the entire camel, snake, dolphin, etc. Think about drawing something repeatedly, in mid-air, in darkness, and you get how impressive that is.

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10 Must-See Movie Trailers for Films Showing at Sundance

The Sundance Film Festival just kicked off its annual frenzy of film watching in Park City, Utah. This will come as no surprise to the seasoned festival follower, but there are a load of ridiculously exciting films to catch. Looking for drama, documentaries, horror or sci-fi? There’s that and everything else too.

We’ve rounded up 10 must-see films from the fest. And if you aren’t joining the movie buffs shuffling through the frigid Utah weather, we’ve included trailers so you can have a sneak peak.

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Flying Over Southern New Zealand Feels Like a Beautiful Thrill Ride

Southern New Zealand is known for its exceedingly beautiful and rugged landscape, and this video from Australia-based director Mark Toia shows it from its best angle – above. The video captures a landscape pushed upward by the slow but powerful force of shifting tectonic plates. From those snowy mountain heights, water flows into perfectly translucent lakes, making its way downhill in a series of precipitous drops. It’s these stomach clenching heights that are captured over and over in this video, highlighting a collection of ‘aerial rushes’ produced as part of a TV commercial project.

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Movie Theaters Had Very Different Rules in 1912

You’ve seen it many times. You’re sitting there waiting for your movie to start, but first this message plays across the screen: “For the comfort of those around you, please silence your cell phone.” While you may think that this is simply an aspect of our modern era, it’s actually been a practice since the very start of film.

These fantastic movie theater etiquette slides from 1912 show many of the same rules as today (like keeping quiet and not standing up) and plenty that we wouldn’t even consider being a problem – like wearing really huge hats.

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This Video is NOT in Reverse

Eran Amir has a talent for creating videos which are not what they seem. When we last covered his work, he’d created a fascinating video which seemed to be in black and white – only it was soon revealed to be in vibrant color. Now he’s created a video which was filmed in forward motion, but seems to be going backwards. Some of the tricks are easy to figure out, but we’re still stumped on how he managed to eat a sandwich in reverse. Can you figure it out?

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What Is Real and What is Magic? Masterful Illusions Painted by Robert Gonsalves

Almost nothing is as it seems in Canadian artist Robert Gonsalves’ surreal paintings. Look at them from one perspective and they’re one thing, but from another an entirely different scene emerges. His witty and inspired creations are filled with masterful illusions that keep you guessing at what is real.

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The New Canadian Passport Is a Big Party Under Black Light

The new Canadian passports look completely normal to the uninformed. There’s an information and photo page, along with the typical numbered pages covered with softly shaded Canada inspired imagery. But put the new passports under a UV light and everything changes.

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