A Single Day on the London Tube Condensed Into a 2-minute Visualization

Everyday an average of 3.5 million people ride the London tube. Where is everyone going, and when are the busiest times? Developer Will Gallia was curious to see it visualized, so he gathered a day’s worth of data and created a timelapse visualization. 

Hand Crafted Heavenly Beads Allow You to Carry A Piece of Your Loved Ones With You After They Have Passed

Losing a loved one is never easy. We hold their memory in our hearts but with the passing of time, sometimes we forget their warm smile or encouraging words. It’s hard to find the right words to say when someone has lost someone they hold dear, but with these beautiful glass beads, you can give them a gift that says everything you can’t. Glass artist Merry Coor turns a 1/2 tsp of cremated ashes into a symbol of eternal life and infinity. Like a planet or the cosmos, the ashes become a beautiful swirl in a glass bead that you can wear around your neck.

Dots of Paint Transform Ordinary Stones into Beautiful Mandalas

Australian artist Elspeth McLean loves color and detail, infusing it into all her works, large and small. Using a painting style inspired by ancient and traditional art, one she describes as “Dotillism,” she uses acrylic paint and a paintbrush to create intricate patterns of intense colors. Here we bring you some of her smallest works – round ocean stones transformed into beautiful handfuls of art. She calls them ‘Mandala Stones.’

New Creative Musings From the Imaginative Mind of Christoph Niemann

For some people 2 bananas are 2 bananas, but with some fixed perspective and markers to doodle with, Christoph Niemann transforms them into a horse’s backside. A master of turning ordinary objects into unexpected fun, the designer shares his daily inspiration on Instagram. A self-proclaimed “visual storyteller,” Niemann shows there is more to life than what meets the eye.

Somebody Labeled Our Hallway Art…

When we headed to Visual News HQ this morning, we noticed something…a little different. Our new office is housed in a corporate business park, and the shared hallways have been getting a little more “personality” in the form of hallway art. But we noticed today that some corporate Banksy among us has added his/her/their own brilliant museum labels to the pieces.

Exhibit A: 

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Pressed Ferns Transform into Intricate Animal Illustrations

Artist and illustrator Helen Ahpornsiri uses pieces of nature to illustrate the natural world. Her intricate collages use pressed ferns to create butterflies, sea horses, beetles and other wild creatures. Her home in the East Sussex countryside provides much of the inspiration.

Surprising New Paste Ups Interact with the Street

Street artist/street modifier OakOak (previously) has been hard at work over the past year, transforming the streets into playgrounds for characters large and small. The French artist is a specialist in street interventions, using derelict objects like bent pipes, cracked pavement and nightly shadows as inspiration for his surprising brand of art.

Is This the Most Amazing “Save The Date” Video Ever?

Some people call Tyler MacNiven the most interesting young man living in San Francisco. He has walked the length of Japan in search of the birthplace of his father, wrestled 100 worthy opponents in Mongolia, run across the country of Iran for peace, and even won the Amazing Race. Yet through all the adventures, the grandest of all might be his love for Kelly Hennigan, his bride to be.

A Library & Public Art Space Built with 50,000 Free Books

Most libraries are filled with books, this one is made from them. Lacuna is a public art space for book lovers, built from 50,000 free books donated by the Internet Archive. Currently raising funds through Kickstarter, the crew behind the structure are planning to install it at the inaugural Bay Area Book Festival in Berkley, California on June 6 and 7. Books will be given away for free.

Two Holocaust Survivors Form a Band in Their Eighties

Last summer Saul Dreier and Reuwen (“Ruby”) Sosnowicz formed a band. While that isn’t too unusual, it is if you are in your mid-to-late eighties and survived the Holocaust.

Pulling from the music of their youth in Poland, the two formed a klezmer band, with the 89-year-old Mr. Dreier on the drums, and 85-year-old Mr. Sosnowicz playing the accordion. Together with their group, the two have performed for audiences in the local nursing homes and temples around their home near Boca Raton, Florida, and on one occasion traveled to Las Vegas to perform at The Venetian. The name of their group? The Holocaust Survivor Band.