Playgrounds Around the World

Photographer James Mollison creates thought-provoking concepts that challenge us to expand our social and environmental world views. We first saw his work in his well-received book Where Children Sleep. Now, he has released a new book, Playground, which focuses on the unique childhood play space. With fond and powerful childhood memories of these places, Mollison wondered how the playground experience had affected others around the world. “It had been a space of excitement, games, bullying, laughing, tears, teasing, fun, and fear,” Mollison writes in the book.

Need a Friend? Say Hello to the “Selfie Arm”

Traveling the world on your own? Want to let your friends know you’ve found someone special anyway? We’ve got just the product for you: the ‘Selfie Arm’.

The over-the-top idea of artists Justin Crowe and Aric Snee, the ‘Selfie Arm’ extends a hand to you while holding your phone and capturing a picture. No one needs to know the identity of your secret friend.

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Dear Data: Two Women Track Personal Data on Postcards and Ship Them Across the Atlantic

Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec have only met twice in person, but they’re quickly getting to know each other through weekly postcards and a mutual obsession for tracking things. Their endearing year-long project “Dear Data” sees the pair sending postcards from New York to London and back – each with a week’s worth of personal data on the front and instructions for reading that data on the back.

Take an Immersive Journey Through These Luminous String-Art Installations

When we last featured French artist Julien Salaud he was creating ‘Stellar Animals’ – beautifully bizarre busts of deer covered in nails and thread. Now he is continuing his cosmic exploration with expansive rooms wrapped in luminous webs of constellation like thread art. He calls them ‘Stellar Caves.’

Overlapping Worlds: Cinta Vidal’s Unique Paintings Show the Dimensions of Our Lives

Not only do our lives coexist with millions of others on this planet, we also have overlapping dimensions of our own lives. From work, to family, core relationships, ambitions, and passions, we have many different realities swirling around us. Painter Cinta Vidal Agulló attempts to express this sentiment in her gravity-defying paintings. The Barcelona-based artist uses acrylic paint on wooden panels to create scenes that show the intersection of multiple experiences. Like a colorful, more lively 3D rendition of M.C. Escher’s House of Stairs, the paintings entertain the brain and understanding her purpose opens the mind for philosophical pondering.

Large-Scale Art Done Entirely by Roller Skate

Chinese artist Tian Haisu wanted to do something a bit different than the traditional painting she had been doing since she was 3 years old. So she put on some some rollerskates, dipped them in paint, and got to work. Now, she might be considered the world’s first roller-skating artist.

Yogi Couple Uses Their World Travel As A Background For Their Awe-Inspiring Poses

What could be more beautiful than traveling the world with the one you love? Yogi couple Honza and Claudine Lafond do just that, but to document their travel, they make sure that they are also a part of the landmark photos. They defy gravity and show off their strength, flexibility, and unity as they hold beautiful yoga poses together.

What the Internet Thinks About—in an Interactive Infographic

What does the Internet care about? What articles do we share the most? Using the data from the Ahrefs Content Explorer, the people at Funders and Founders analyzed the most popular articles from each of the top English-language media sites in the world and created this interactive visualization. The result is a straightforward visualization of the content we care about most. 

Street Art Comes Alive in Animated GIFs

Spanish photographer and motion designer A.L. Crego puts a fun twist on animated GIFs by taking existing street art and making it come alive. Crego has always enjoyed the work of local street artists in Spain but thought that making the pieces move would give that much more meaning to them. Why not film the art? He believes it would not have the same effect, because there would be a beginning and an end. Instead, the GIFS allow the pieces to come alive in the environments in which they were meant to be seen. Check out more of his mind bending work on his tumblr.

Fantastic Cardboard Sculptures by Devin Drake

Today is Arbor Day, and while the celebration and preservation of trees doesn’t always jive with tree-based cardboard products, we bring you these clever creations from cardboard sculptor Devin Drake to highlight one specific thing: recycling. From a pair of sneakers almost realistic enough to slip on, to an astronauts helmet you actually can wear, Drake creates art from cardboard that would have been wastefully discarded – and that is a very tree-friendly idea.