Grab Some Very Literal “Soft Drinks” At This Convenience Store

This east London corner store sells ordinary products, with one exception: they are all made of felt. For her “Felt Cornershop” installation, designer Lucy Sparrow recreated over 400 typical convenience store items–ranging from cookies to condoms–out of the familiar, kid-friendly fabric. She added logos and other details with brightly-colored puffy paint, then stocked her products at an abandoned market at 19 Wellington Row. 

Infinity Boxes Are Going On Tour and We Need Your Help!

 

Earlier this year, we introduced you to one of our favorite installations on Earth, Matt Elson’s incredible infinity boxes, which we first discovered at Burning Man. The socially interactive mirror boxes require 2 participants to activate their magic so they are a great way to turn strangers into friends. Videos can’t do justice for the live experience of an infinity box, but you can get an idea in the link above or the video below. Now Elson and his crew have been invited to take their Infinity Boxes beyond The Playa in Black Rock City, Nevada and other festivals in California so that more people can enjoy them, but he needs your help!

Lace Up the Place! Street Art and Yarn Bombing by Nespoon

With a touch of lace in all her work, Warsaw-based artist NeSpoon has been applying her signature patterns to everything from stenciled street art, to site-specific ceramics and web-like crochet installations (spiders take note). Her work has a friendly and welcoming aesthetic which beatifies and enhances the often decrepit environment they occupy. Working with that in mind, she calls her art “public jewelry.”

A Boatload of Animals Shines Light on the World’s Environmental Crisis

From the infamous damming of the Yangtze River, to sky obscuring smog in Beijing, and an incident when 16,000 dead pigs were found in the Huangpu River (which supplies Shanghai with drinking water); China has more than its share of environmental crises. Now, New York-based, China-born artist Cai Guo-Qiang is staging a major solo exhibition featuring 11 works that unapologetically highlight Earth’s current environmental and ecological crisis. The first of those pieces – The Ninth Wave – is featured here.

This Artist Launched Plants Into the Stratosphere

Flowers are one of the most beautiful gifts from nature, but they look even more beautiful contrasted with the deep abyss of space. Japanese artist Azuma Makoto along with John Powell, of JP Aerospace, and a 10-person crew team, launched a white pine bonsai in a light metal frame as well as a bouquet 30 flower species including peace lilies, hydrangeas, and orchids into the stratosphere. These floral installations were sent into space in the dead of night at 2am from the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, which hosts Burning Man. The called their mission Exobiotanica and with 6 Go Pro video cameras and still cameras donated by Fuji Film, the team was able to capture the beautiful sight.

This Cumulus Accumulates: Designers Create Cloud Made From Over 53,000 Pieces of Trash

New York-based architects and designers STUDIO KCA take trash to high places with their massive installation, Head in the Clouds. Assembled with 53,780 plastic jugs and bottles loosely strung together around an aluminum frame, Head in the Clouds creates a dreamy, billowing structure complete with an airy interior pavilion accommodating fifty people.

Storybook Benches Bring Literacy to the Streets of London

The National Literacy Trust and Wild in Art have combined their wonderful powers to fill the streets of London with storybooks. Or, storybook benches. Which is basically just as nice.

There’s Something In The Water At This Abandoned Shopping Mall…

Years ago, this Bangkok shopping mall tanked – and now, it’s playing koi. With help from an open-air roof, torrential rain, and an anonymous fish breeder,  the abandoned New World shopping mall has slowly been transforming into the most unexpected aquarium since the early 2000s. 

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

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.

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

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