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The Desert Wizards Need Your Help to Bring an Astronomical Observatory to Burning Man

Wednesday 06.18.2014 , Posted by
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A group of scientists, engineers, and space geeks, better known as The Desert Wizards of Mars on the Playa, are hoping to bring a full size astronomical observatory to Burning Man this year. At last year’s burn, the Desert Wizards could be found riding their Mars Rover Art Car ‘Dustiny’ which broadcast live footage of the burn over the internet for all to see. This year they want to bring the Black Rock Observatory- a planetarium without a ceiling- using a giant Newtonian telescope (9 feet tall, 20 inches in diameter) which will “provide views that will expand minds, widen perspectives and open consciousness.” Viewers will see the Rings of Saturn and 5 of its moons, polar ice caps on Mars, the Galilean Moons of Jupiter, and faint galaxies too dim for the naked eye. [Read more…]

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Everyday Objects Transformed into Whimsical Characters

Tuesday 06.17.2014 , Posted by
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If everywhere you look there are faces staring back, you’re not alone. For the past 10 years French artist Gilbert Legrand has been finding the hidden characters in everyday objects and revealing them with paint. His whimsical vision sees all sorts of household objects become things they were not: a coat hanger becomes a mouse sporting shoes; a paintbrush transforms into a teen with an attitude (and a wicked hairdo); and the blades of some scissors get amorous. [Read more…]

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Meet the Tony Stark of Cardboard

Tuesday 06.17.2014 , Posted by
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Taiwanese student Kai-Xiang Xhong is a cardboard master. He’s been slicing up old boxes and building 3D sculptures that are strikingly realistic (well, besides being obviously made of brown cardboard). His Ironman suit is a prime example. Each detail of the fully articulated suit is reproduced faithfully, right down to the glowing chest plate… and of course, it’s completely recyclable. Beat that Tony Stark. [Read more…]

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Say Hello to Van Gogh’s Famously Severed Ear… Grown From DNA and Displayed as Art

Wednesday 06.11.2014 , Posted by
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This goes down as one of the more technically advanced pieces of art I’ve seen. A team of scientists in collaboration with German artist Diemut Strebe has grown an ear “identical” in shape to the one van Gogh famously severed during a psychotic episode in 1888… and it includes actual genetic information from the artist. [Read more…]

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Slice Into These Incredible Glass Artworks

Tuesday 06.10.2014 , Posted by
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The impressive artwork you see here employs an ancient 4000-year-old mideast glass technique called murrine. Using long rods of glass cane, intricate patterns can be built into a loaf like form, only revealing the hidden details when a slice is cut off. While you’ve probably seen the technique used in patterned glasswork at your local art gallery, you’ve never seen the astounding level of detail achieved in these reinterpreted paintings from Loren Stump. [Read more…]

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Need More Personal Space? Urban Armour Has You Covered

Monday 06.09.2014 , Posted by
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This dress designed by artist Kathleen McDermott very kindly tells others to “back off.” Fashioned from umbrella parts and electronic sensors, the Hong Kong artist’s Personal Space dress automatically spreads in diameter when it detects an individual has come too close for comfort. [Read more…]

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Beautifully Repeating Skeletal Sculptures

Friday 06.06.2014 , Posted by
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Czech artist Monika Horčicová creates sculptures using the repeating forms of the human skeleton. Far from being creepy, her works are beautifully complex studies of a familiar form, revealed through the use of unusual orientations and numbers. [Read more…]

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Coral Reefs Made From Household Supplies Make For One Deep Clean

Wednesday 06.04.2014 , Posted by
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Ordinary domestic supplies become fantastic coral reefs in the hands of artist Lynn Aldrich. Born in Texas and currently working in Los Angeles, Aldrich artfully arranges sponges, bottle brushes, mop heads, and plungers to mimic colorful deep sea terrain. The squashy neon qualities of household cleaning materials perfectly reflect the porous, wacky, and weird contours found underwater. [Read more…]

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Henrique Oliveira’s Museum Filling New Work

Monday 06.02.2014 , Posted by
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Henrique Oliveira (previously) is getting big, and I’m not just talking about his popularity. Transarquitetônica, his latest work, sees his signature scrap plywood sculptures filling a gigantic 1600m2 space (17222 sq. ft.) in the new building of the Museu de Arte Contemporânea (MAC) in São Paulo, Brazil (April 26 – November 30, 2014). It’s easily his largest piece to date. [Read more…]

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Could You Find Your Way Out Of A Glass Labyrinth?

Thursday 05.29.2014 , Posted by
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Robert Morris’ Glass Labyrinth is no walk in the park. Commissioned by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, the transparent installation honors the 25th anniversary of the museum’s permanent outdoor sculpture collection. Clearly, Glass Labyrinth is there to stay; measuring seven feet tall by 62 feet wide, the triangular behemoth weighs in at almost one million pounds and took a team of construction crew, engineers, and staff two months to install. [Read more…]

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