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Incredibly Realistic Interiors Carved into Marble & Stone

Monday 06.30.2014 , Posted by
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With a degree in Art History, specializing in art and architecture, Matthew Simmonds is in a small group of people who actually used their college degree for their job. His studies led him to train as an architectural stone carver and worked with teams in the restoration of famous historic buildings like the Westminster Abbey and Ely Cathedral in England. In 1996, after he moved to Italy, Simmonds began carving classical fine arts sculptures in marble and just 3 years later won first prize at the Verona International Sculpture Symposium. Simmonds’ miniature architectural carvings are as beautiful as their full sized counterparts. The meticulous details on such a small scale are even more impressive. The rough edges of the original stone slabs contrast with his clean carvings in a beautiful way. [Read more...]

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Sketch Your World: Sébastien Del Grosso Blends Photography & Illustration Like a Grown Up Harold (& the Purple Crayon)

Saturday 06.28.2014 , Posted by
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Do you ever wish you could create your own world like in Harold and the Purple Crayon? French artist, photographer, and illustrator Sébastien Del Grosso attempts to do this in a more realistic way, mixing his passion for photography with his love of illustration. He has worked himself into a series called “The Sketch of a Life”. Del Grosso explains, “Since my childhood, drawing has always been a passion, but when I discovered photography, I thought that the combination of these two passions could afford to give free rein to my imagination. In this series “The sketch of a life”, I wanted to illustrate the main stages of my life, like my sketches had given birth to reality”. [Read more...]

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It’s a Lunatic Bum. It’s a New Age Tom Green. It’s Matthew Silver: The Great Performer

Friday 06.27.2014 , Posted by
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Laughter is contagious. Energy moves through the universe in a ripple affect. When we take ourselves too seriously, we block this powerful flow, but Matthew Silver is trying to break the dam that society has built and remind the world that it’s okay to laugh. It’s okay to look up and interact with people. It’s okay to be the “village idiot” and it’s okay to laugh with strangers. And the more we do, the happier the world will be. Like Tom Green with a positive message, street artist Matthew Silver can bring a smile to the faces of even the most serious New Yorkers. With an element of surprise, he acts as a modern day jester and works just as hard to make people laugh as others do to buy more stuff. [Read more...]

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The Pugs of Westeros: A Fancy Photo Shoot and Video Has 3 Pugs Re-enacting Game of Thrones

Thursday 06.26.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones and/or a fan of adorable dogs, then you are going to love this series by Sue and Phillip Lauer. The couple has transformed their 3 precious pugs into the characters of the hit HBO series for a photo shoot and video of the opening sequence. The pups, Roxy, Blue and Bono, have been playing dress-up since they were puppies and take a lot of pride in these photo shoots, as you can see below. Sue Lauer is a professional photographer and designer and designed all of the costumes and sets for these little superstars. [Read more...]

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Flipping Awesome: Jeep’s New Campaign is Just as Cool Upside Down

Wednesday 06.25.2014 , Posted by
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Remember that old lady/ young lady optical illusion back in the day? Well Leo Burnett has created a modern day version featuring adorable animals. With a 180 degree turn, an endearing deer becomes a handsome seal, an Asian elephant becomes a graceful duck, and a majestic giraffe transforms into a playful penguin. The campaign is for Jeep with a tagline “See whatever you want to see.” We’ve done the flipping for you below for each set, so you don’t have to do any acrobatics or computer flipping. If this doesn’t make you want to buy a Jeep, I don’t know what will! [Read more...]

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Trash Can Back Packs Bring Humor to the Busy Streets of Sao Paolo

Sunday 06.22.2014 , Posted by
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While it’s important to have trash cans sprinkled throughout a city, they aren’t the most beautiful thing to look at. A trio of young German street artists known as Mentalgassi have teamed up with famous Brazilian street artist Mundano to add a little life to the mundane in Sao Paolo. They turned trash cans into back packs and the poles that they are mounted to into black & white characters happily wearing the trash pack. Who could ever litter when throwing out the trash is this much fun? [Read more...]

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World Traveling Photographer Takes Portraits of All of His Couchsurfing Hosts

Saturday 06.21.2014 , Posted by
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One of the most incredible things about travel is immersion into a new culture and Couchsurfing is the perfect platform to make this happen. To be a host in your own city and find hosts when you travel makes you feel less like a tourist and more like a part of the global community. New places. New friendships. New experiences.

Photographer Gabriele Galimberti invites viewers into the amazing world of Couchsurfing in his latest photo series. We have been a fan of Galimberti for quite some time. His amazing themes for travel photography, such as Children’s Favorite Toys and Grandma’s Home Cooked Meals around the world model the similarities in the human experience as well as the cultural differences that make us unique, and this series is no different. [Read more...]

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Gorgeous Earth Art: This Artist Rearranges Nature to Make it Even More Beautiful

Friday 06.20.2014 , Posted by
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Who needs art supplies when you can transform objects in nature into art? This is exactly what German artist Dietmar Voorwold does and he encourages you to do the same. Fully understanding the therapeutic value of art, Voorwold goes into nature to create stunning geometric shapes and patterns out of the natural materials before him. Although his work is only temporary, his memories and photographs make it all worth while. Allow Voorwold’s creations to inspire you to look at nature in a whole new way. [Read more...]

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Summer Camp for Adults: Unplug and Be a Kid Again at Camp Grounded

Thursday 06.19.2014 , Posted by
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How many hours per day do you spend staring at a screen? How many times do you scroll your Facebook feed? How many buzzing notifications on your phone interrupt your life? If you’re like most people, whatever number answers you responded with might be overwhelming. How did we become so reliant on technology and is it really making us more connected? Many of us could use a digital detox- and Camp Grounded is just the place to begin. In the beautiful California Redwoods, 200+ adults gather to disconnect from all devices including clocks, leave their identities, work talk and networking behind, and work on authentic connection- like they did as children. With healthy communal meals, yoga, games, creative workshops, stargazing, talent shows and more, to help adults remember what came so naturally to them as children. [Read more...]

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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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