Artist With Synesthesia Paints Music The Way She Sees It

The world is very different for those with synesthesia, but arguably much more beautiful. With colors and texture swirling around her mind when she hears music, synesthete Melissa McCracken invites us into her fascinating brain with this series of musical paintings. While she listens to songs, she expresses the way she sees them with acrylic paints. Based in Kansas City, MO McCracken allows her brain to interpret her favorite songs while her hand puts them to canvas.

We Can Be Heroes: Martin Beck Reveals How Superheroes Are Just Like Us

You know that “Celebrities Are Just Like Us” section of the tabloids that shows celebrities in street clothes grocery shopping and walking their dogs without makeup on? Well if we lived in a comic book world where justice was served and the paparazzi followed the superheroes around, the tabloids might look like this photo series. Created by Martin Beck, a Scottish/South African photographer based in Dubai, “We Can Be Heroes” shows the aftermath of saving the world. The gritty portraits reveal the wear and tear that a lifetime of justice might take on a person. With bruises, dirt smudges, and unhealthy coping devices, these heroes are just like us.

Birties Bowties Allow You to Wear Your Favorite Pop Culture Mementos Around Your Neck

Nothing says “classy” like a bow tie and now you can show off your passions and your classiness at the same time. Birties Bowties are the passion project of Omarseeto, which started off as a hobby and spread to the masses. Looking to bring some fun and lighten up the stressful, mundane vibe of his job as a bank teller, Omarseeto began using his design skills to dazzle his team and customers (not to mention fill the hours he spent staring off into the abyss). Screen printing his favorite bands, video games, art pieces, and pop culture icons onto bow ties, he was standing out and making people smile. People began asking him to create ties of their favorite bands and such, and he was loving it.

Pat Acton Builds LOTR’s City of Minas Tirith Out of Matchsticks

With one of the most imaginative minds, J.R.R. Tolkien created the city of Minas Tirith for The Lord of the Rings. Now artist Pat Acton has created a model of this intricate city for Matchstick Marvels Studio. The ambitious project took 420,000 matchsticks placed just right and now resides at the Matchstick Marvels Museum in Gladbrook, Iowa. Acton has been working with matchsticks since the late 70’s; his first model a simple, small model of a country church. Since then he has transformed 4 million wooden matchsticks into 65 impressively detailed models of famous architecture, art, and complex machines.

Turn Your Favorite Song Into A 3D Printed Sculpture

The geniuses at NEW Inc. have discovered a way to turn sound into a 3D object. REIFY, a small company led by CEO Allison Wood has come up with a way to 3D print sound clips as a striking geometric visual. Now you can turn your favorite song into a conversation piece for your coffee table. Aside from the sculptural beauty, the piece can then be scanned by a phone app and turned back into audio!

Glass Sculptures Look Like Splashing Waves Frozen in Motion

Living near the seaside town of Santa Cruz, California, glass artists Marsha Blaker and Paul DeSomma are in touch with the beauty of crashing surf. The two frequently collaborate on projects which echo the forms of the marine environment and its many textures, including these absolutely stunning wave sculptures. They look just like water frozen in motion.

Intricately Detailed, Hand Made Paper Birds Look Shockingly Realistic

Inspired by the natural world, London-based artist Zack Mclaughlin shows his child like wonder and attention to detail by reproducing the intricately detailed things he spots. His latest series is a collection of hand made birds that are cut from wood and paper and painted with acrylic paints. The birds look so realistic and beautiful that it’s hard to believe that they won’t fly away.

Scott Blake Makes Incredible Flipbooks (Some with Just a Hole Punch)

Remix artist Scott Blake has been creating some seriously fantastic flipbooks, and some are made with only a hole punch. The tiny dots move in surprising harmony, following geometric arcs as they seem to move about the page.

Other flipbooks feature famous events (like OJ Simpson running from the law) or everyday scenes like burning matches.

3D Printed Fun House Lenses Make Life A Little Funnier

Using a new rapid prototyping process, artist duo Robb Godshaw and Max Hawkins have found a way to 3D print lenses with funhouse effects. Their lenses can turn your face into all eyes or give you 3 mouths or even shrink your head to tiny proportions. They are publicly debuting their first body of work, called Smaller & Upside Down, on Market Street in San Francisco from April 9-11, 2015 for the Market Street Prototyping Festival, where they will also demonstrate how it was done.

This Artist is Giving Plastic Bottles a New Life as Plant Sculptures

Using discarded plastic PET bottles, Czech artist Veronika Richterová creates fantastic translucent plant sculptures. Whether its an entire shelf of cactus’ or lillypads floating in a pond, each is a whimsical take on the natural world – one that protects it from being over-run with waste products.