Pat Acton Builds LOTR’s City of Minas Tirith Out of Matchsticks

With one of the most imaginative minds, J.R.R. Tolkien created the city of Minas Tirith for The Lord of the Rings. Now artist Pat Acton has created a model of this intricate city for Matchstick Marvels Studio. The ambitious project took 420,000 matchsticks placed just right and now resides at the Matchstick Marvels Museum in Gladbrook, Iowa. Acton has been working with matchsticks since the late 70’s; his first model a simple, small model of a country church. Since then he has transformed 4 million wooden matchsticks into 65 impressively detailed models of famous architecture, art, and complex machines.

Turn Your Favorite Song Into A 3D Printed Sculpture

The geniuses at NEW Inc. have discovered a way to turn sound into a 3D object. REIFY, a small company led by CEO Allison Wood has come up with a way to 3D print sound clips as a striking geometric visual. Now you can turn your favorite song into a conversation piece for your coffee table. Aside from the sculptural beauty, the piece can then be scanned by a phone app and turned back into audio!

Photographer Builds A Set On the Streets of Brooklyn Which Is The Perfect Spot for a Romantic Proposal

Known for his Set in the Street project which involved placing indoor room sets around the sidewalks of New York City for interesting public interaction, Justin Bettman knows how to bring surprising randomness to the daily grind. This time his skills were sought out for something a little more romantic. Jose Luis, a man in love, saw Bettman’s project in New York Magazine and a light bulb went off that this was what he needed to propose to his girlfriend. So he sent a hopeful email to Bettman to see what he could do. Bettman tells Petapixel, “Of course I was going to build a set for this guy to propose on.”

Intricately Detailed, Hand Made Paper Birds Look Shockingly Realistic

Inspired by the natural world, London-based artist Zack Mclaughlin shows his child like wonder and attention to detail by reproducing the intricately detailed things he spots. His latest series is a collection of hand made birds that are cut from wood and paper and painted with acrylic paints. The birds look so realistic and beautiful that it’s hard to believe that they won’t fly away.

3D Printed Fun House Lenses Make Life A Little Funnier

Using a new rapid prototyping process, artist duo Robb Godshaw and Max Hawkins have found a way to 3D print lenses with funhouse effects. Their lenses can turn your face into all eyes or give you 3 mouths or even shrink your head to tiny proportions. They are publicly debuting their first body of work, called Smaller & Upside Down, on Market Street in San Francisco from April 9-11, 2015 for the Market Street Prototyping Festival, where they will also demonstrate how it was done.

A Hilarious Creative Project Turns Food Into the Faces of Famous Icons in Fashion

Using duct tape and walnuts, Donald “Drawbertson” Robertson, has created quite an interesting 40 page illustrated book. Working as a creative director for Estée Lauder, Robertson knows a thing or two about fashion. He chose 20 stars in the fashion sphere, drew them an interesting face on a nut and made them duct tape bodies, clothes, and accessories. He calls the collection Fashion is Nuts. The creations were photographed by Henry Leutwyle and the result is bizarre, yet awesome.

This Medical Student Has Made Studying Anatomy So Much Sweeter

There is a reason why not everyone is a doctor. Learning anatomy is no easy task. But 27 year old medical student Mike McCormick has developed a sweet way to help himself study. He re-creates human anatomy diagrams using various candies to represent the parts. With neat labeling and colorful candies, these figures are more fun than any anatomy textbook could ever be. Plus the hands on learning approach makes memorization sink in much more easily.

Fifty Fancy Photo-Realistic Food Drawings in Fifty Days

Creating photo-realistic drawings is no easy task, but CJ Hendry is a master. Using only black ink, she creates images that look like you could hold them in your hands. Starting in February she began an ambitious journey to draw 50 food drawings in 50 days, which she posted on her Instagram page as they were completed. Aside from the foods, she drew them on detailed designer dishware.

Product Design Teams Switch Roles For Yamaha’s AH A MAY Project

For many people, work can be boring, but by the sounds of it, that’s not the case at Yamaha. Recently, they had a clever idea for a fun experiment. As you may know, Yamaha creates both motorcycles and musical instruments and each of those categories are normally handled by their designated design department. For a project called AH A MAY (“Yamaha backwards”) the bike design team was asked to make musical instruments, while the musical instrument design team tried their hands at motorcycle design. Teams competed to see who could do a better job outside of their areas of expertise. The bike department came up with this amazing spherical drum set that would be the perfect compliment to Lady Gaga’s keyboardist’s circular rig.

A Portrait of Albert Einstein Made From 2200 Dice

A couple years ago, Redditor Joshie196 created a computer program that allowed him to turn any image into a dice mosaic. Combining his project with Einstein’s famous quote, “As I have said so many times, God doesn’t play dice with the world,” he turned 2200 dice into the face of this great scientist. The finished product weighs nearly 25lbs. He plans on inscribing Einsteins’ quote on the bottom of the frame and is willing to sell the work if the price is right. It cost over $350 to make and shipping would not be cheap due to its heavy weight.