Visual Bits #378> V-Day:Sugar & Spice…Everything Nice?

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Visual Bits #376> Oddly Vintage: Photographs & Ads

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Albania: A Bunker for Every 4 People

From the series "Concresco" by David Galjaard

Although it was chosen as the No.1 Destination in Lonely Planet’s list of ten top countries to visit for 2011, Albania is still a country unexplored and unknown to most. The small coastal nation, wedged between Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Greece, was once home to a long-running government overseen by Stalinist dictator Enver Hoxha. When Dutch photographer David Galjaard recently visited the country, he created Concresco, a series based on one of the lasting reminders of that regime – over 750,000 cement bunkers.

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UK Road Safety Posters from the WWII Blackout

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During the German bombing raids of WWII city dwellers in Britain were subjected to long nights of complete darkness to protect them from being spotted from above. Called the Blackout, it was a dark foreign world for people accustomed to the brightly lit city, and one which posed new challenges many weren’t aware of. These road safety posters from the period (1939 – 1946) point out some of the hazards people needed to watch out for as they tried their best to “keep calm and carry on.”

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Visual Bits #369> A Colorful Time: Vintage & Retro



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Interactive: Exploring Abstract Artist Connections

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Today it’s easy to take for granted the massive shift abstract art had on the art world and society as a whole. It’s easy to forget that at one time “realism” was par for the course and even the expressionists made sure you could identify the objects in their works. Then, just a little over 100 years ago, abstract artists appeared on the scene forever changing what could be considered art. This interactive visualization by New York’s Museum of Modern Art explores the similarly forgotten fact that many of the first abstract artists where highly connected to one another.

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Never Built: Los Angeles’s Never Realized Architecture

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Los Angeles is perhaps most famous for two things: its prolific creation of movies, and its massive urban sprawl. The city is unique for having almost no geographic center, instead being spread between districts like Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley (which are city sized in their own right). Now Los Angeles’s A+D Architecture and Design Museum is asking the question “What if?” What if the area’s many proposed architectural projects from the past had been realized? Never Built explores ideas that were never to be, looking at futuristic projects ranging from ideas for massive public institutions, to cantilevered outdoor recreation spaces and extensive rail-based public transportation. It’s an exciting look at the future that could have been… one that is daring the City of Angels to dream big again.

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Accurate, Real Life Recreation of Van Gogh’s Portrait

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When it comes to perfect remakes of famous artwork, few have come close to this photographic tribute to Van Gogh’s self-portrait. In fact, if you were flipping through an art book and saw this photograph, you might just keep going without realizing it wasn’t the original painting.

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A Remixed Taxonomy of the Animal World

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If combined groups of birds, mammals, insects and fish managed to converge on one point at high speed, the resulting collision might create something like the work of Penelope Kenny. After the fur, scales and feathers had settled, you’d be looking at perfectly formed remixes of the animal world: cockatoos with rabbit heads, hummingbirds with grasshopper bodies and one deer with a bouncy kangaroo torso. Perhaps the strangest part of all this: the animals would look surprisingly beautiful.

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Lord Of the Rings Action Figures- Long Before Jackson

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Way before Peter Jackson brought the characters from Lord of The Rings to life on the big screen, Ralph Bakshi directed an animated version of the beloved novel by J.R. Tolkein, which was the longest feature-length animated film at the time in 1978. To accompany the film, the Knickerbocker toy company made an awesome line of action figures of the key players, including Gandalf, Frodo, Gollom, and Aragorn. In their original packaging some of the sets can go for up to £10.000 which is equivalent to $16,253! But what little kid could possibly have resisted opening these fun-packed figurines when they came out in 1979?

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