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Driver-less Cars of the Future Will Be So Safe That We Can Make Them Out of Glass

Thursday 09.18.2014 , Posted by
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At the recent London Design Festival 2014, a local designer named Dominic Wilcox revealed his beautiful conceptual design of the future. As driverless technologies are well underway in the R&D process, Wilcox took the thought a step further implying that cars of the future will be so safe that we can make them out of glass! He presented a beautiful life-size concept car design made of colorful stained glass. He called his creation, which was commissioned by Dezeen and MINI Frontiers for their exhibition on the future of mobility, Stained-glass Driverless Sleeper Car of the Future. You can take a nap while your beautiful, computer-operated car takes you where you need to go! [Read more...]

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4 Lessons From the Life of Orson Welles

Thursday 09.18.2014 , Posted by
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Orson Welles has a varied reputation depending on who you ask. He lived many lives. Some cite his egotism and success as a Broadway theater director during the Depression. Others mention his War of the Worlds broadcast which, according to legend, scared the living daylights out of the American people and convinced many that they were truly being attacked by aliens. Some cite his genius directorship of the ‘greatest movie ever made,’ Citizen Kane. Finally, others mention his uneven and difficult later years; his battles with studios, his ads for California wine and weight gain, and his lack of finished projects. [Read more...]

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Microscopic Art: Stunning Kaleidoscopic Arrangements of Diatoms By Klaus Kemp

Wednesday 09.17.2014 , Posted by
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Since Victorian times, people have been fascinated with the unique, geometric diatoms that are invisible to the naked eye. It is in the Victorian era that people began finding, cleaning, and arranging them and today Klaus Kemp is keeping the tradition alive. Microscopes reveal these tiny, hidden treasures, which are single-celled algae coated in a crystalline shell. Over 100,000 species have been discovered so far and Kemp is set on finding even more. Diatoms can be found anywhere there is water- from ponds and lakes, to puddles and gutters. But with modern technology Kemp’s arrangements are even more crisp, vibrant, and colorful than any of his Victorian ancestors. [Read more...]

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Artist Reaches Out and Touches His Hyperrealistic Paintings

Tuesday 09.16.2014 , Posted by
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Venezuelan artist Gustavo Silva Nuñez paints people so realistically it looks like he can reach out and touch them. In fact, he’s been posting pictures that look just like that. His recent hyperrealistic paintings are an exploration of people in water – swimming, floating, exploding from the surface – with each tiny droplet rendered so believably you would think the canvas was wet. In his whimsical progress shots, Nuñez reaches out, seemingly holding his subjects in place as he puts on the finishing touches. Be sure to check out his fantastic work on Instagram and Facebook. [Read more...]

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This Guy Poses His Bull Terrier in Hilariously Imaginative Scenes

Tuesday 09.16.2014 , Posted by
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When he’s not doodling on just about everything in sight, Rafael Mantesso is drawing silly scenes around his bull terrier and posting them on Instagram. Apparently this dog can sing, fly, does nude modeling and has broken the law at least once. But what’s most impressive is his patience – this dog seems to take it all in stride. It reminds us a lot of the playful work from ma_hovina and her german pointer. [Read more...]

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Florentijn Hofman’s Gigantic Lounging Bunny Meets a Fiery End

Monday 09.15.2014 , Posted by
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You’ve definitely seen the work of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman before. He’s the creator of the world’s largest rubber duck that’s been slowly floating to harbors around the world. Now he’s created a bunny sculpture that is no less gigantic. Called “Moon Rabbit” the sculpture was part of the Taoyuan Land Arts Festival located at Dayuan Town Naval Base in Taiwan. The piece was made as a homage to East Asian folklore, which talks of a rabbit that lives on the moon (you’ve seen that before right?). Here the bunny gazes up at the sky, perhaps dreaming of getting back home. [Read more...]

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Enchanting Photo Shoot In The World’s Largest Salt Flat Requires No Photoshop Magic

Sunday 09.14.2014 , Posted by
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The largest salt flat in the world, measuring over 4,000 square miles across, is the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. The evaporated prehistoric lakes have left a sparkly snow-like layer behind and the entire area looks like a scene from a fantasy movie. Dutch photographer Scarlett Hooft Graaflan, with the help of performance artist Gastón Ugalde found the flats to be the perfect setting for an artistic photo shoot. They work every day objects into each scene to give the land an even more enchanting appearance. [Read more...]

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This Incredible Artist Doesn’t Let Cerebral Palsy Stand In His Way

Friday 09.12.2014 , Posted by
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Although holding a pencil steady was not an option for Paul Smith, he found a way to create beautiful dimensional drawings using a typewriter. The incredible typewriter artist, who lived with cerebral palsy for 85 years, didn’t let his lack of coordination, speech problems, and difficulties with mobility keep him from expressing himself. Holding his right hand steady with his left, he used the symbols on the numbers with a clamped shift key to create his beautiful pictures. Paul Smith was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and passed away in Roseburg, Oregon 7 years ago, but his legacy lives on and continues to inspire people all over the world. [Read more...]

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Crumbling Soviet-Era Architecture from a Photographer Accused of Espionage

Thursday 09.11.2014 , Posted by
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It’s not every day people go urban exploring in Russia, but English photographer Rebecca Litchfield did it. Over 10 trips into previously Soviet regions she ducked behind fences, risked radiation exposure, was arrested, interrogated and even accused of espionage – all in the name of documenting the relics of the fallen Soviet Union. Her collection of images and the book she recently published are titled Soviet Ghosts. [Read more...]

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Intricate Quilled Paper Illustrations from Yulia Brodskaya

Wednesday 09.10.2014 , Posted by
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Talented Russian artist Yulia Brodskaya continues to experiment with her illustrative quilling style. Since we covered her work previously, she has continued to explore portraits of the aged, using her curled paper to portray the deeply creased faces of the older generations (it’s a surprisingly good fit). Her latest work doesn’t stick to the page either – many elements climb out of the scene in sculptural 3D. [Read more...]

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