Kites speak a universal language of awesomeness! All around the world there are kite festivals for all to enjoy and the first kite is thought to have been flown over 3,000 years ago! Kites have saved the day for many fisherman who have lost their way by helping rescuers locate them, entertained people of all ages, and helped Benjamin Franklin discover that lightning was, in fact, electricity. As the warm weather moves through this Spring, the wind is perfect for flying kites. Here is a collection of some of Instagram’s finest kites. [Read more...]
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Regardless of how many good vibes or “happy trees” got painted into that old mountain landscape at the thrift store, there are few of us who would consider giving the dusty old painting a new home. Artist Chris McMahon might be changing that sentiment however, giving those old paintings a new and unusual chance at life. McMahon is part of a growing number of people remixing discarded paintings by placing strange new creatures into the scene. His Mountain Monster, shown above, is a good example of the technique. Through the tops of the puffy white clouds comes a massive four-legged beast set on total destruction (or is that just a smile?). [Read more...]
Is it a Killer Penguin? A Pengorca? Whatever you want to call it, the hybrid animal above is convincing enough to elicit more than one close look. The work of Reddit user Arne Olav, each of these hilarious animal combinations harkens back to legends like the centaur, the hippocamp or the Chimera (an imaginative Greek animal combining a lion, snake, and goat). With “Chimera” being such an excellent example of animal combining, the word is now used to describing these imaginative mashups. [Read more...]
If you’re feeling nostalgic for the good old days of the first Nintendo and computer games back in the 80′s when graphics required a little more imagination, then you will love these pixelated GIFs from a Tumblr user named Waneella. From skinny legged aliens to a cat lady and her clan, pixel perfect unicorns, and teleporting figures, this little collection is sure to bring a smile to your face and have you wondering why we ever went HD. Fun Fact: “The term pixel art was first published by Adele Goldberg and Robert Flegal of Xerox Palo Alto Research Center in 1982.” [Read more...]
Using one single- rather large- piece of black paper, Japanese artist Nahoko Kojima of Solo Kojima hand cut an unbelievably intricate cloud leopard sculpture. The cutting process took five months and it was assembled by securing it in the air by fishing wire hung from the ceiling. The Crafts Council chose Kojima among just nine other international artists to display work in the Project Space at the Saatchi Gallery in the UK earlier this month. Before that, in February, the piece was assembled at Le Beffroi in Paris.
Using oil pastels on canvas, Greek artist Nikos Gyfaktis has created a unique series of colorful, swirling self-portraits. Contorting his face by pulling and pushing with his fingers, the up-close dizzying style looks photo-realistic from a far. Aside from his signature swirly style, Gyfakis curates art exhibitions, teaches Painting and Costume/Fashion Design in public and private institutions, and has created stage-settings and paintings for several movies and theatrical shows. [Read more...]
In Space Relationship, huge typographical forms rise from the grounds of vintage structures, dwarfing often famous locations with bold and mysterious messages: INTERVAL, LARGE, FRONT, DISCONTINUITY. The scenes themselves blend together imagery from vintage postcards and photography into a collage of impossibly scaled worlds – bridges, mountains, boats and rivers are all dwarfed by ornate victorian ceilings which tower above the foreground, enclosing the scene with a grandeur more architectural than natural. These infinitely explorable images are the work of French illustrator and graphic designer Stéphane Massa-Bidal aka Rétrofuturs. [Read more...]
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