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Is that an Oakswagen? This Bosnian Fellow Built a Wooden VW Beetle and a Hat to Match

Monday 05.12.2014 , Posted by
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Momir Bojic, a 71-year old Bosnian man, spent 2 full years converting his Volkswagen Beetle into a rolling piece of wooden art. The entire body is now covered with tens of thousands of hand-carved oak shingles that lend a warm and woodsy texture to the vehicle. It’s now fitted with loads of custom touches too; from latticed tail-light lenses and spoked hubcaps, to windshield wiper covers and an ornate knob-strewn dashboard. Really, he hasn’t missed much. [Read more…]

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1600 Papier Mache Pandas Travel the World, Spreading a Message of Conservation

Monday 05.12.2014 , Posted by
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French artist Paulo Grangeon wants to let the public know about the rapid decline of the panda population, and to drive the point home he’s created 1600 papier-mâché bears – the estimated number of pandas living in the wild. This June, Grangeon is teaming up with WWF, PMQ and creative studio AllRightsReserved to take the pandas on tour, hitting up 10 Hong Kong locations, from the international airport to the Tian Tan Buddha. The cheery sight has already been seen in cities like Paris, Rome, Berlin and Taipei… but the message behind it is sobering. [Read more…]

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Scenes From Movies & TV Shows Fit Perfectly Into the Everyday World on an iPhone

Sunday 05.11.2014 , Posted by
1 Movie and TV scenes on an iphone by Francois Dourlen

Sometimes on your routine stops at the grocery store, you might fantasize about what it would be like to see the Dude chugging milk in the dairy aisle. [Read more…]

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A Man With a Very Big Heart Repurposes Trash to Make Tiny Homes for the Homeless

Friday 05.09.2014 , Posted by
1 Gregory Eloehn Turns Trash Into Homes For The Homeless

In Oakland, one compassionate artist named Gregory Kloehn, with the help of many others in the community, is turning trash into treasure for the homeless. He gathers various materials from dumpsters, curbs, and commercial waste to create tiny mobile shelters. Like snowflakes, no two homes are exactly alike- they are even uniquely painted, but they all have a roof to shelter from the rain and wheels to take them wherever they need to go. Many of the homeless people in Oakland have had all of their belongings swept up by police abiding by Oakland’s public safety laws and Kloehn is hoping his mobile home designs will circumvent this issue. [Read more…]

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Inka Matthew Matches Miniature Everyday Objects to Pantone Swatches

Friday 05.09.2014 , Posted by
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You can’t not live under the influence of Pantone. Their catalogue of colors is the biggest inspiration for even the smallest things in our world.

Designer Inka Matthew decided to focus on those tiny tones that often go unnoticed in her project, Tiny PMS Match. [Read more…]

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Gravity Defying Sandcastles and the Debunked Meme They Inspired

Thursday 05.08.2014 , Posted by
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When was the last time you saw a floating sandcastle? It’s one of those ideas that would easily find itself sculpted into a good fantasy story – but Massachusetts beachgoer Sandcastle Matt is making them a reality. He uses the time honored “drip method” of construction to form long arches, cantilevers and towers covered with tiny globular spires of sand. If you’re wondering about the structural strength of sand alone, you’re correct in thinking these can’t stand on their own – Matt uses found pieces of wood, vines and other seaside junk to form a framework that he builds upon. [Read more…]

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Clothes Go Flying In This Gorgeous Ballet Film

Thursday 05.08.2014 , Posted by
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Forget tutus and pointe shoes: fashion makes big leaps and bounds in filmmaker team Tell No One‘s elegant short, “Mine.” Directed by Luke White and Remi Weeks, and choreographed by Paolo Mangiola, the renegade ballet features a quintet from London’s Wells Theatre caught in a chic, cat-and-mouse game of capture the tag. [Read more…]

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Surreal Photographs Shot with Real-Life Props and a $50 Film Camera

Thursday 05.08.2014 , Posted by
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In an age when shooting thousands of photographs no longer requires changing any rolls of film, it’s sometimes hard to remember that that wasn’t always the case. Lviv, Ukraine based photographer Oleg Oprisco is doing it the old fashioned way, and producing results which are stunningly surreal, harkening back to old fairytales and our more vivid dreams. Making images this perfect is hard to believe when made with actual film… and especially with a vintage camera that goes for about $50. [Read more…]

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Who Knew Disney Janitors Made Art With Their Mops?

Wednesday 05.07.2014 , Posted by
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Redditor TheVantasy made a splash recently when she revealed a little known fact about the janitors at Disney World: they draw cartoon characters with their mops. That’s right, while they’re out cleaning up after the hoards of people who visit the park each day, they also take the time to stop and entertain the unsuspecting folks around them. We have to hand it to Disney on this one – sometimes their ideas truly are magic. [Read more…]

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Even More Colorful, Awe-Inspiring 3D Sketchbook Illustrations by Hideyuki Nagai

Wednesday 05.07.2014 , Posted by
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The artist who mastered the art of bringing 2D sketchbooks to life with his pencil has grown tired of black and white, adding much more color to his latest collection. Nagai Hideyuki is a talented, young Japanese artist who has serious anamorphic abilities. Now 23 years old, he continues to build an impressive profile and even shares some of his techniques on YouTube videos like the one below. He also uploads videos of his drawings from different angles to prove that they aren’t actually 3 dimensional. It’s hard to believe sometimes! [Read more…]

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