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Swept Away: The Stunning, Temporary Sand Paintings of Joe Mangrum

Thursday 02.06.2014 , Posted by
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There’s a new sandman in town, and this one doesn’t sprinkle magical sand in children’s eyes as they sleep. Joe Mangrum creates beautiful murals on the ground, painting with the ephemeral medium of colored sand. He has sprinkled his masterpieces on the streets of Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and even Sesame Street. Creating vibrant, kaleidoscopic images as sand falls from his hand, Mangrum improvises the designs as he goes, never fully knowing what the final product will look like until it’s finished. After the jump, check out the time lapse video below of Mangrum creating a piece for the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC. [Read more...]

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The Long Walk: Photographer Documents the Sudanese Refugee Crisis with Hundreds of Shoes

Wednesday 02.05.2014 , Posted by
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With the vicious war in Sudan, hundreds of thousands of refugees walked hundreds of miles to escape. Leaving everything behind, feeding on roots to survive, and praying to see the next morning, these brave people have shown fortitude and resilience. Shannon Jensen traveled to a camp with over 100,000 refugees in South Sudan in attempt to bring global attention to the refugee crisis and captured shocking, heart-breaking images of the people and their abysmal living conditions. But when she reached out to get them published, no publications wanted to run her images, saying they were “refugee’d out.” So Jensen decided to think outside of the box and approach her subject with a different visual strategy to tell the story. [Read more...]

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Artist Seeks to Tell the Untold Stories and Capture Images of Every Native American Tribe in the U.S.

Tuesday 02.04.2014 , Posted by
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As we see the destruction that Western Civilization is causing to the Earth, the Native American way, that the colonists tried to take away with the forceful acquisition of land, no longer looks so savage. With a deep appreciation for the land and profound spiritual connection to all living things, the Native Americans were “going green” long before it was cool. Imagine how different things would be if settlers worked with the Native Americans and learned from them rather than backing them into reservations and forcing them into a monetary economy. While the N-word and other racial slurs are culturally taboo, we still propagate Native American derogatory stereotypes, even making millions off of them with sports teams like the Washington Redskins. Seattle-based photographer Matika Wilbur has set out to challenge the prejudices about Native Americans by photographing and interviewing members of all 566 federally recognized tribes in the United States. [Read more...]

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A Maldives Beach Awash With Bioluminescent Phytoplankton

Sunday 02.02.2014 , Posted by
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Nature produces some of the most beautiful sights in the world. A dark summer night lit up by fireflies, the majestic beauty of a Redwood Tree forrest, ocean waves crashing on a sunny beach. Even more breathtaking than an ocean on a sunny day, is the night time phenomenon of bioluminescent phytoplankton, also known as sea sparkle. [Read more...]

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The Secret Life of Toys: Little Bruce Lee Shows Off His Culinary Skills

Friday 01.31.2014 , Posted by
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Do you ever wonder what your action figures do when you’re not playing with them? One Russian photographer has turned his hypotheses into an entertaining Tumblr. Bruce Lee takes his street fighting skills to the kitchen, where he can karate chop a banana in half and make a really nice bowl of Cocoa Puffs. The Tumblr, VSE OK, features Iron Man, the Joker, Hulk, Spiderman, and others doing some things typical of their characters in a great big world. Be sure to check out his sit to see all of his images. Some are NSFW, some are violent, but they are all entertaining. [Read more...]

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Living, Growing Graffiti: Moss Typography & Mural Designs by Anna Garforth

Thursday 01.30.2014 , Posted by
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Here’s a type of graffiti that environmentalists, store owners, artists, and passersby can all appreciate. UK based artist Anna Garforth has been making buildings more lively with her graffiti designs, but unlike the typical spray painted designs, hers actually make the air cleaner. Garforth “goes green” by using moss for her lettering, producing beautiful typographic designs that appear to grow out of the brick walls where she places them. Her designs have been popping up all over the UK and some in Hong Kong and it’s one tag nobody will be complaining about. Garforth ironically got the idea to work with living materials while she was at a cemetery. She noticed how beautiful it looked where moss was growing on the lettering of the tombstones. [Read more...]

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Seriously Saturated: Black Ink Tattoos by Kamil Czapiga

Wednesday 01.29.2014 , Posted by
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Inspired by antique prints, wildlife, music, imaginary worlds, and Slavic mythology, Polish tattoo artist Kamil Czapiga has a brilliant talent for creating depth with just black ink. He uses pointillist techniques to give dimension to his designs and has a unique personal flair. Working in the city of Katowice, Poland, the richness of his black ink in some areas seems almost impossible. [Read more...]

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Hilarious High Schooler Impersonates Every U.S. President on Instagram

Tuesday 01.28.2014 , Posted by
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Maybe you have George W.’s way with words or Bill Clinton’s way with the ladies, but one New York High Schooler has an uncanny resemblance to all 43 U.S. presidents. On his Instagram account he has posted a selfie side by side with every chief executive that ever graced the White House plus George Washington. How do you like that little history fact? [Read more...]

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Creativity Overload: Everyday Objects Re-imagined by Victor Nunes

Saturday 01.25.2014 , Posted by
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There is more to most things than meets the eye and Victor Nunes is very good at discovering these things. Given any object, from foil pill packaging to pencil shavings, Nunes can come up with numerous new ways to transform them into something new. Combining simple sketches with 3d objects like food, matches, and scissors, inanimate pieces come to life. Nunes comes up with new quirky collections regularly, so follow him on Facebook for some daily creative inspiration. [Read more...]

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Selçuk Yılmaz Transforms 4,000 Pieces of Metal Into A Majestic Lion Sculpture

Thursday 01.23.2014 , Posted by
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As the saying goes, one man’s trash in another man’s treasure and that is certainly the case for Turkish artist Selçuk Yılmaz, who gathered 4,000 pieces of metal scraps for his latest creation. He spent 10 months hammering each piece and intricately arranging them to create a massive, beautiful lion. He calls the piece Aslan, which is Turkish for “lion”. The final product measures 10.8 ft x 6.06 ft and weighs 551 lbs. It is amazing to see a sharp, stiff material transformed into a smooth, flowing, life-like creature. [Read more...]

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