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The Desert Wizards Need Your Help to Bring an Astronomical Observatory to Burning Man

Wednesday 06.18.2014 , Posted by
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A group of scientists, engineers, and space geeks, better known as The Desert Wizards of Mars on the Playa, are hoping to bring a full size astronomical observatory to Burning Man this year. At last year’s burn, the Desert Wizards could be found riding their Mars Rover Art Car ‘Dustiny’ which broadcast live footage of the burn over the internet for all to see. This year they want to bring the Black Rock Observatory- a planetarium without a ceiling- using a giant Newtonian telescope (9 feet tall, 20 inches in diameter) which will “provide views that will expand minds, widen perspectives and open consciousness.” Viewers will see the Rings of Saturn and 5 of its moons, polar ice caps on Mars, the Galilean Moons of Jupiter, and faint galaxies too dim for the naked eye. [Read more...]

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Preferred Mode: Portraits Showcase Bicycle Style in New York

Sunday 06.15.2014 , Posted by
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New York City overflows with fashion, and the bicyclists there are no different. Photographer Sam Polcer documents the cyclers’ style next to their bikes all over the city. He tells a little bit about each person, the bike they ride, where they are and where they are headed on PreferredMode.com. The images and facts have been compiled in a vinyl-bound book called New York Bike Style which is available for purchase on Amazon. It’s like a fashion magazine for bicyclists and the perfect coffee table read. [Read more...]

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Magic Carpets Cover the Floors of the Sacré Coeur Church in Casablanca

Friday 06.13.2014 , Posted by
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While this magic carpet can not take you for a ride with a handsome monkey named Abu, it sure does look pretty cool. Created by French artist Miguel Chevalier, “Magic Carpets 2014″ is an interactive light installation that takes over the floor of the Sacré Coeur Church in Casablanca, Morocco. As people interact with the display, which is meant to be a representation of the world of microbiology, shapes change and the colors shift from black and white to vibrant shades. Check out the video below to see this magic carpet in action [Read more...]

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Clever Photoshop Master Stars In All of His Own Crazy Manipulations

Thursday 06.12.2014 , Posted by
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While some people use Photoshop to make themselves look better, this Argentinian digital artist uses it to make himself look hilarious. Starring in the scenes of his wildest dreams or worst nightmares, Martin De Pasquale is a digital magician, creating surreal, situations for himself to be a part of. From trimming his facial hair with a lawnmower, to turning his tongue into a diving board for mini Martins to jump off, his ideas will certainly make you smile. And he shares some of his secrets in the PS Speed Art video below! [Read more...]

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The Charted Connections of Rock- A Visual Web of 715 Artists & Their Connections

Wednesday 06.11.2014 , Posted by
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If your Dad is tired of getting power tools for Father’s Day, shake things up with this colorful music trivia gem. Any music lover would appreciate learning the degrees of separation across their favorite artists, and Pop Chart Lab makes the information as cool looking as it is fascinating. The Charted Connections of Rock Chart uses color coding to denote which instrument each musician played for each band. The chart measures 39″ x 39″ with several printing options to choose from. You’ll also love to know that they are printed on recycled stock. [Read more...]

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The Earth Harp is the Largest Stringed Instrument on the Planet

Monday 06.09.2014 , Posted by
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Installation artist and musician William Close has developed over 100 new types of musical instruments and his 1999 invention of the Earth Harp is the largest stringed instrument in the world. The Earth Harp has been taken all over the world, transforming architecture, theaters, and concert halls into a musical instrument. The strings are attached from the structures to a stage where William Close makes beautiful music by running his hands along the strings with violin rosin covered gloves. This magnificent piece of art, which is as beautiful as the sounds it makes, has reached the top of the Seattle Space needle, the Coliseum in Rome, temples in Vietnam, the Kennedy and Lincoln Center, and the Temple of Transition at Burning Man. [Read more...]

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The Beaches of Normandy in 1944 During D-Day and Now 70 Years Later

Friday 06.06.2014 , Posted by
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What a difference 70 years can make! 70 years ago today (June 6, 1944) World War II saw the beginning of the end as the beaches of Normandy were invaded by Allied soldiers for operation D-Day. Today the beaches are much more cheery with sunbathing tourists splashing in the water and playing in the sand. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Reuters photographer Chris Helgren released this series of images contrasting the Normandy Beaches then and now. [Read more...]

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One More Chance to See the Boulders of Santa Barbara With a Fancy Yarn Makeover

Thursday 06.05.2014 , Posted by
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The National Forest Service has invited the Yarnbomber AKA Steve Duneier and his team to decorate the boulders in the mountains of Santa Barbara one more time! The installation starts tomorrow, Friday June 6 at 7am and will disappear forever Sunday June 8 at 5pm. If you missed it the first time, now’s your chance to see the home-knitted coziness wrapped around massive hunks of nature. Duneier’s goal with yarn bombing is to get more people to notice nature. Where his bombings will take place and when are kept a secret until the very last minute and only lasts 9 days before it is taken down. [Read more...]

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A New Fashion Line Empowers Women Who Have Undergone a Single or Double Mastectomy

Wednesday 06.04.2014 , Posted by
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Survivors of breast cancer may lose their hair or breasts along their battle, but that doesn’t mean they lose their femininity, beauty, or zest for life. The founders of a swimwear line just for women who have had a mastectomy asks, “Who says you need two?” Rather than making swimsuits with prosthetic breasts built in, they encourage women to rock their warrior bodies exactly as they are: absolutely gorgeous! [Read more...]

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Colorful Expressions of Motion and Emotion: Ballet Dancers Amidst Explosions of Color

Tuesday 06.03.2014 , Posted by
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So much emotion can be conveyed through the movement of the body. Ballet dancers have the ability to make us laugh and cry without saying a single word. While watching the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet dancers in motion, photographer Jana Cruder was inspired to add color to the mix. The dancers added colored cornstarch to their graceful poses and with Cruder behind the lens magic was created. Although Cruder and the dancers might tell a different story of how challenging and messy it was to get these shots, the images turned out vibrant and elegant, looking almost like computer generated special effects. We have a small sample of the images here, but you can see the rest of this gorgeous photo set here. [Read more...]

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