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Iconic Western Stories & Fairy Tales Get an Eastern Makeover

Friday 12.19.2014 , Posted by
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South Korean illustrator Na Young Wu has been re-imagining western characters and fairy tales in a delightfully eastern fashion. From the Little Mermaid to Little Red Riding Hood, you’ve never seen the classics like this before. Using the Korean “manhwa” style, she gives each iconic story a makeover using traditional Korean costumes, hairstyles and themes. [Read more…]

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Photographer Builds Detailed Sets in the Streets of New York (Then Leaves Them for People to Enjoy)

Wednesday 12.17.2014 , Posted by
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Walk down the street in New York and you could see a living room, bedroom or bathroom right on the sidewalk. It’s an ongoing art project from photographer Justin Bettman and stylist Gozde Eker called Set in the Street. It sees the duo building elaborate sets right out in the open using discarded materials and furniture. In fact, most of their materials are found on the street and have simply changed locations. [Read more…]

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15 Famous Authors Paired with Shelter Dogs That Look Just Like Them

Thursday 12.11.2014 , Posted by
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Mark Twain once famously wrote, “The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.” We guess he’d be more than happy, then, with Italian photographer Dan Bannino’s dyptichs comparing famous authors to canines which have a striking resemblance. Bannino adopted his dog, Rothko, from a shelter about a year ago, and was soon inspired to create a series to give his shelter companions a voice. He calls the work “Poetic Dogs.” [Read more…]

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Light Art Installations Take Us to Infinity

Wednesday 12.10.2014 , Posted by
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Chul Hyun Ahn’s entrancing light art installations can take a viewer on a mesmerizing journey of contemplation as they seem to float through space. The installations are large and mysterious, creating a view similar to those in a science fiction movie where someone pushes the lever to go into hyperdrive. Ahn plays with the infinite in his works, which utilize light, color and mirrors to create a visual representation of infinite space. Look inside, and you will find no end in sight. [Read more…]

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Submarine Sandwich: A Brilliant Stop-Motion Followup to the Oscar-Nominated Short “Fresh Guacamole”

Wednesday 12.10.2014 , Posted by
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Stop-motion animator PES has just released his latest tasty animation, Submarine Sandwich, and like his other two food themed animations, not much is edible. The film comes as the third installment of stop-motion shorts, including “Western Spaghetti” and his Oscar nominated short “Fresh Guacamole.” At just 1 minute 40 seconds, that film holds the distinction of being the shortest ever nominated. [Read more…]

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This Super Man With Down Syndrome Is Not Camera Shy

Sunday 12.07.2014 , Posted by
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One of Rick Ashley’s favorite photography subjects is also his brother-in-law. Michael is a sweet 50 year old man with a beautiful spirit and a passion for wearing his Superman suit. Although Ashley has known, loved, and photographed Michael for nearly forty years, he began his first official photo project in 2009. The series which is named Michael, after its star, is meant to honor his brother-in-law. Michael loves participating in the photo shoots and Ashley captures the essence of his contemplative, playful spirit. [Read more…]

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In Transit: The Daily Sketches From A Traveler’s Commute

Sunday 12.07.2014 , Posted by
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What better way to practice your illustration skills than to sketch what’s right in front of you? Singapore-based artist Cherngzhi Lian does just that, then takes a photo to commemorate the reality of his sketches. From the passengers on his flights and public transportation to the natural landscapes, coffee shops, and restaurants, he gives us a glimpse into his everyday life as well as his travels. He is in the process of publishing a book called “In-Transit” which will be a compilation of his travel and commute drawings. Lian is an adjunct professor in the Film Media Studies department at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore. [Read more…]

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A Paper Craft A Day Makes A Miniature City Grow: Paperholm by Charles Young

Thursday 12.04.2014 , Posted by
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As an architect, Charles Young would often use paper and card model-making to develop his ideas. He grew so fond of that process that he challenged himself to make a new paper sculpture every day. He calls the models which are forming a miniature paper city Paperholm and shows how creative he is by posting his creation each day. He uses watercolor paper and a very sharp blade to create the fine details. Over time the models have gotten more and more complex and he now creates stop-motion animations of his movable pieces. Each piece takes anywhere from 30 minutes to three hours and he has consistently delivered a project a day since late August. [Read more…]

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The Kelpies: Andy Scott’s 100-Foot-Tall Steel Horses in Central Scotland

Wednesday 12.03.2014 , Posted by
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If you drive down the motorway near Grangemouth in central Scotland, you’ll see a pair of sculptures that are impossible to miss. This October, after 8 years of planning, fabrication and assembly, Scottish artist Andy Scott completed his equestrian sculpture ‘The Kelpies.’ It is the both the largest work of art in Scotland, and “the largest equine sculptures in the world.” Andy Scott calls it “Equitecture.” [Read more…]

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Cirque de Soleil’s Balance Goddess Lara Jacobs Will Make Your Jaw Drop

Sunday 11.30.2014 , Posted by
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As if walking a tightrope weren’t difficult enough, Swiss Balance Goddess Lara Jacobs does it in high heels! She began practicing circus arts, gymnastics, and ballet when she was just 5 years old and toured as a trapeze artist with her parents when she was 6. She moved from Switzerland to attend the Alvin Ailey Dance Centre in NYC when she was 16. Traveling with Cirque de Soleil’s Amaluna, Jacobs performs an act that her father created and performed himself around the world for 15 years. One breath at a time, she balances a feather on 13 palm leaves, which weigh over 40lbs. She keeps the entire mobile structure steady while picking up new pieces to add to it in the most breathtaking performance. [Read more…]

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