Delicious Meditation: Vegan Mandala Cakes by Chef Stephen McCarty

In a meditation on beauty and impermanence, Buddhist monks spend days creating intricate sand mandalas that will be wiped away once completed. Chef Stephen McCarty does that with cakes. His artful creations, made under the name Sukhavati Raw Desserts, are made from vegan ingredients and decorated with exquisite hand-drawn mandalas that like their ancient counterparts will be gone within days. These, of course, will be joyously eaten.

Haitian Artists Help Photographer Create A Photographic Tarot Deck

In this beautiful, collaborative project, photographer Alice Smeets teams up with Haitian artist group Atis Rezistans to bring the tarot deck to life. The project, which they call The Ghetto Tarot involves re-creating the scenes of the Rider Waite Tarot deck in the slums of Haiti. Using trash and found items, the artists pose as a character in the tarot and Smeets captures the image against the vibrant backdrops of the region.

In Honor of the Kentucky Derby: How to Make the Best Mint Juleps

This Saturday marks the 141st running of the “greatest two minutes in sports.” Or, if you’re not into that sports stuff, one of the greatest reasons to drink of the year: The Kentucky Derby.

Besides being one of the premiere events for horseracing, the Kentucky Derby is famous for ridiculous hats, celebrities in seersucker, and its signature drink, the Mint Julep. Want to celebrate this weekend? Learn how to make this Derby mainstay and more twists on the classic Julep below.

Super Cute Superheroes With Not So Super Part Time Jobs

In today’s economy, even superheroes need part-time jobs on the side to survive. It seems that saving the world doesn’t bring home the bacon anymore and illustrator Chow Hon Lam adorably designs these mega stars in the daily grind. Darth Vader uses his light saber to trim the hedges as a landscape laborer, Cat woman catches mice as an exterminator, while Spiderman uses his webs to make tennis rackets. See what the other superheroes are up to on the part-time job front below.

Playgrounds Around the World

Photographer James Mollison creates thought-provoking concepts that challenge us to expand our social and environmental world views. We first saw his work in his well-received book Where Children Sleep. Now, he has released a new book, Playground, which focuses on the unique childhood play space. With fond and powerful childhood memories of these places, Mollison wondered how the playground experience had affected others around the world. “It had been a space of excitement, games, bullying, laughing, tears, teasing, fun, and fear,” Mollison writes in the book.

Need a Friend? Say Hello to the “Selfie Arm”

Traveling the world on your own? Want to let your friends know you’ve found someone special anyway? We’ve got just the product for you: the ‘Selfie Arm’.

The over-the-top idea of artists Justin Crowe and Aric Snee, the ‘Selfie Arm’ extends a hand to you while holding your phone and capturing a picture. No one needs to know the identity of your secret friend.

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Dear Data: Two Women Track Personal Data on Postcards and Ship Them Across the Atlantic

Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec have only met twice in person, but they’re quickly getting to know each other through weekly postcards and a mutual obsession for tracking things. Their endearing year-long project “Dear Data” sees the pair sending postcards from New York to London and back – each with a week’s worth of personal data on the front and instructions for reading that data on the back.

Take an Immersive Journey Through These Luminous String-Art Installations

When we last featured French artist Julien Salaud he was creating ‘Stellar Animals’ – beautifully bizarre busts of deer covered in nails and thread. Now he is continuing his cosmic exploration with expansive rooms wrapped in luminous webs of constellation like thread art. He calls them ‘Stellar Caves.’

Overlapping Worlds: Cinta Vidal’s Unique Paintings Show the Dimensions of Our Lives

Not only do our lives coexist with millions of others on this planet, we also have overlapping dimensions of our own lives. From work, to family, core relationships, ambitions, and passions, we have many different realities swirling around us. Painter Cinta Vidal Agulló attempts to express this sentiment in her gravity-defying paintings. The Barcelona-based artist uses acrylic paint on wooden panels to create scenes that show the intersection of multiple experiences. Like a colorful, more lively 3D rendition of M.C. Escher’s House of Stairs, the paintings entertain the brain and understanding her purpose opens the mind for philosophical pondering.

Large-Scale Art Done Entirely by Roller Skate

Chinese artist Tian Haisu wanted to do something a bit different than the traditional painting she had been doing since she was 3 years old. So she put on some some rollerskates, dipped them in paint, and got to work. Now, she might be considered the world’s first roller-skating artist.