If you’re from, or have ever ventured, down South in the Carolina’s or Georgia, then you’ve undoubtedly seen the kudzu vine growing on buildings, telephone poles, and trees. Chris Lindland, creator of the amazing clothing line Betabrand, has been fascinated with the leafy vine since his college days in Chapel Hill at the University of North Carolina. He and a friend have been dreaming up creating a behemoth kudzu sculpture that will be the greatest roadside attraction ever built: Kudzilla! They have put together a team of architects, engineers, and botanists who are ready to make the 40 ft Kudzilla a reality, but they need your help to get this project on the ground.
Daan Botlek is a Rotterdam, Netherlands-based street artist and illustrator known for his minimalist characters and their etherial grasp on the tangible world. In places as distant as Leipzig, Germany and Bangkok, Thailand, Botlek has been inserting his often stark white characters into old building facades, giving their locations a surreal new ambiance as the characters bizarrely interact with the space.
Everyone who likes a good old fashioned VW Beetle, will love this one by MG Vrbanus even more! After 3,500 man hours in 6 months, 5,000 Swarovski crystals, 70kg of wrought iron, and 24-carat gold leaves, this 1970 Beetle has become the perfect “Just Married” vehicle, provided it doesn’t rain. Croatian company MG Vrbanus makes elegant gates and fencing and chose the Beetle to advertise their quality craftsmanship. They stripped off the white sheet metal work, exposing the raw mechanics and applied wrought iron sections in its place.
There are few art critics who would label themselves as fans of Thomas Kinkade’s idyllic paintings, but you’d be surprised who the new enemies of his painterly cottages and mountains have become: the Star Wars Imperial Forces. In a brilliant mashup, Jeff Bennett has been inserting tulip stomping AT-ATs, bird frightening Imperial Star Destroyers, and arsonist Storm Troopers into the famously bucolic works. The countryside will never be the same.
Italian artist Giuseppe Colarusso is creating objects that are completely useless. From a table tennis paddle with a hole in the middle, to a square rolling pin, each of his creations demonstrates his playful deconstruction of its original purpose, giving that purpose a humorously pointless twist.
Sometimes everyday objects can have more than their intended purpose, especially when in the hands of creative artist Javier Pérez. Much like the works of Alex Solis, Perez layers simple objects with marker drawings to give them new life. Toothpicks can be miniature drumsticks, orange segments become lungs, and spaghetti noodles can rain down from the sky. The possibilities are endless and Perez seems to have no shortage of clever ideas, posting one of these creations almost every day on Instagram.
It’s been a while since we heard from Nando Costa and his Kickstarter launched project to laser engrave a stop motion film. After a long two years, and a ton of work on Costa’s part, the project is finally complete… and it was well worth the wait. The animation features a series of modernist psychedelic vignettes that flow in hypnotically smooth motion as changing wood grain flickers across the rectangular background.
Just in time for Halloween – a seriously creepy pumpkin lobotomy time-lapse carving by Chris Soria. He spent 15 hours cutting in the ghastly details of this fantastic 360 degree illustration by Jason Smith. The talented duo teamed up to create a commission for Ford, who created the GIF. Check out the unexpected ending in the video below.
These homes, houses, and pit stops will not be seeing any eager trick-or-treaters this Halloween – except perhaps photographer Noel Kerns. Going door-to-door between abandoned shacks in isolated California towns such as Barstow, Yermo and the Salton Sea, Kerns captures peeling, finite facades painted against infinite nighttime skies.
On Facebook their site is listed as a “Health and Wellness Website”, and we’re not even going to argue with that. Hamburgers make you happy, and that’s got to count for something! French duo Thomas and Quentin have been whipping up some fantastic new burger recipes in equally fantastic themes. From the “Excalibur ger” shown above, to the shocking, all white burger below – they’ve created a mouth watering and eye pleasing collection. Thank goodness they’re sharing it all on their website, Fat & Furious Burger.