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A Stop-Motion Animation Made from 10k Nuts

Thursday 12.11.2014 , Posted by
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Using 10,000 hex nuts and a big slab of concrete, director Will Lemke and his team created a stop-motion animation that pays tribute to the rhythms of mechanics and industry. Animated in one contiguous shot, the nuts transform from sound waves, to factories, and the tools used to build them. The entire process took 2 weeks, working 12 hours a day. [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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3-D Printed Plastic Fabric That Flows: New Software Is Making 3-D Technology Wearable

Wednesday 12.10.2014 , Posted by
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Many designers have created 3-D printed pieces for futuristic fashions, but until now the process has produced stiff pieces that wouldn’t make much sense off the runway. Aside from the overwhelming discomfort, the pieces required additional piecing together after each print, which takes away the convenience of printing your wardrobe. But the design studio Nervous System is changing the future of fashion with their new innovation to create movable, wearable plastic fabric that prints in a single piece. Using a software program called Kinematics, the team created a folded model of this dress, designed by Jessica Rosenkrantz, with hinging triangles, so that it could be printed in one piece then unfolded to reveal the full form. The result is a beautiful flowing design that moves and breathes. [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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An Italian Cathedral Made From Trees

Monday 12.08.2014 , Posted by
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A living place of worship, Italy’s Cattedrale Vegetale (or Tree Cathedral) is built entirely from natural materials. Artist Giuliano Mauri began the towering project in 2001, creating 42 columns that arc towards each other to form a leafy basilica and five grand aisles. To complete the piece, Mauri used 1,800 fir poles, 600 chestnut branches, and 6,000 meters of hazel branches that were joined together with nails and string. Hornbeam trees were planted inside each column and will eventually overtake the structure. Just before completion Mauri passed away in 2009, leaving his cathedral as a growing memorial and a quiet place of reflection for visitors. [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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Feel-Good Pranks With A Purpose: Prank It Forward

Friday 12.05.2014 , Posted by
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Who doesn’t love a good prank? Break certainly does and they’ve even stepped it up a notch with Prank It Forward. These pranks aren’t only good, they are also for good. Watching this series will make you laugh, make you cry, and most importantly make you want to do good for others. Each uplifting video gives a deserving prank recipient the surprise of a lifetime and the viewer a smile from ear to ear. [Read more…]

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Gorgeous Video Game “Lumino City” Was Hand-Built from Paper, Not Pixels

Friday 12.05.2014 , Posted by
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Most video game developers spend their hours working with polygons on computer screens, but the team of developers at State of Play have been using mostly cardboard. Their unusually beautiful new release, called Lumino City, was entirely hand-built from cardboard, paper, string, LED lights and electric motors. The team then photographed and filmed the entire world, creating a delightfully crafty universe filled with paper textures. [Read more…]

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An Insanely Detailed Boeing 777 Airliner Made from Only Manilla Folders

Thursday 12.04.2014 , Posted by
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Ever since he was a junior in high school, San Francisco-based designer Luca Iaconi-Stewart has dreamed of owning a Boeing 777… only his will be made out of cut manilla folders. Most paper models are pretty simple, but Luca is creating something so complex it boggles the mind. The jets body opens to reveal what you’d expect – seating for business through coach replicated down to the tiniest detail. But that’s just the start of the realism. Landing gear retracts, pivots and has all the hydraulic pistons you’d see on the real thing. Jet engines have realistically shaped fan blades and transform for reverse thrust on landing. Unbelievably, that’s all on a model built to 1:60 scale. [Read more…]

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