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All the World’s a Stage in these Cardboard Rooms

Wednesday 05.14.2014 , Posted by
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Art duo Dosshaus is creating a world that is fiber and substance filled, building highly theatrical rooms out of painted cardboard. The black & white monochromatic spaces they make are fascinating studies in the aesthetics of the past. Do they inspire thoughts of Parisian rooftop apartments filled with wild bohemians imbibing absinth in pursuit of the next creative spark? Maybe it’s a passionate writer furiously hitting at typewriter keys while drinking down a whiskey. Either way, it’s a fantastic place to be. [Read more...]

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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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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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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth With The Most Drool-Worthy Objects Made From Chocolate

Wednesday 05.07.2014 , Posted by
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Willy Wonka had the right idea when he imagined a world made of chocolate. Humans have been obsessed with this delicious substance for over three thousand years,  and recent studies advocate for its numerous health benefits. Today, artists, sculptors, and food designers are raising the bar on what forms this sweet treat can take – and they are taking chocolate way beyond the convenience store shelf. From marbles to shoes to pencils and more, these chocolate confections pose as ordinary and familiar items, reimagining our world as antioxidant-filled and decadently sweet. Just try not to take a nibble.  [Read more...]

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Embrace: A Large-Scale Sculpture for Burning Man 2014

Wednesday 04.30.2014 , Posted by
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It’s less than four months until people from all around the planet gather together for Burning Man; and the artists bringing installations to the gathering are busy fundraising and building their creations for all to enjoy. The Pier Group, the artist collective which brought their namesake art installations The Pier and The Pier 2 in 2011 and 2012, are once again bringing an amazing large-scale sculpture to the gathering. Called “Embrace,” it is a 72ft tall wooden structure featuring two humans embracing to symbolize all of the relationships that are made during the week long event. [Read more...]

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On the Rocks: Miniature Ice Sculptures Make Drinking Whiskey Even Cooler

Friday 04.25.2014 , Posted by
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Whiskey on the rocks is a classy gentleman’s drink, but Japanese liquor company has upped the classiness to a whole new level with these new fancy ice sculptures. With astronauts, space ships, architecture, and a miniature sculpture of Michelangelo’s David for your ice cube, drinking whiskey just got cooler. To create the miniature 3d Rocks sculptures, Suntory Whisky used computer modeling to design each cube then let a precision drill handle the carving of the ice. While this project was for an ad campaign this time, I look forward to the day that ice carving machines are found in local bars. [Read more...]

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Old Watch Parts Become Intricate, Miniature Motorcycles & Cars

Thursday 04.24.2014 , Posted by
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Do you have the time?…to transform watch parts into amazing little vehicles? Dmitry Khristenko does and you won’t believe how skilled he is at creating these miniature sculptures. The amount of time he spends searching garage sales, flea markets, and trash to find unwanted watches is amazing in itself, then add up the 30-50 hours or so it takes to deconstruct each one and rebuild it into a motorcycle or ATV and we have a very patient artist! [Read more...]

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Quirky comics of secret feelings. Don’t lie… You know you’ve thought this before!

Wednesday 04.23.2014 , Posted by
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Have you ever been irrationally afraid of a murderer hiding in your backseat as you get into your car at night? Has someone annoyingly suggested that you “think positive” at a time when that is obviously not what you’re going to do? These universal situations that we don’t often talk about, but that everyone knows, are the basis for Molly Bishop’s comical one-liner illustrations. Go ahead, find the ones that you’ve thought about… no one will know. [Read more...]

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Motorized Flip Books Bring Audubon Illustrations to Life

Tuesday 04.22.2014 , Posted by
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Famed naturalist, ornithologist, and painter John James Audubon is renowned for his beautifully detailed illustrations of birds in their natural habitats – but did you know that almost every bird he drew was dead and stuffed? Long before color photography, perhaps the only way for Audubon to get an accurate look at his beloved birds was in the form of taxidermy. Sad but true.

Now, artist Juan Fontanive is bringing the birds and butterflies in the guide books inspired by Audubon back to life. He’s built extraordinary motorized flip books that see the avian life flitting about the sky… all to a soothing rustle of turning pages and whirring gears. [Read more...]

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This Man Lived Inside a Bear for 2 Weeks… Twice.

Monday 04.21.2014 , Posted by
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French artist Abraham Poincheval just spent two weeks inside a bear… OK, it was a stuffed bear… but that doesn’t make it any less bizarre. Perhaps the only part of this that isn’t completely wacky, is that he did it at the Hunting and Wildlife Museum in Paris. [Read more...]

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