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Interview with Burning Man Artist Kirsten Berg

Saturday 10.11.2014 , Posted by
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Kirsten Berg (featured previously) is one of the most well known yogis in the Ashtanga world, with people flying all over the globe to attend her classes in Thailand, Bali and the States, yet for 3 months of the year, she commits her time and energy to gifting amazing art installations at Burning Man. This year, her installation called (In)Visible was supported by the Burning Man organization and had a prominent location next to the Temple of Grace. The sculpture was a 20ft high column of faceted cubes that contained iridescent windows to reflect a variety of colors throughout the day and night.

We had the opportunity to talk with Kirsten Berg regarding her inspiration, lifestyle and future plans for her art. [Read more...]

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Painting With The Earth: A Large-Scale Mural Made of Mud

Thursday 10.09.2014 , Posted by
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After 2 weeks of labor, Japanese artist and painter Yusuke Asai has completed a stunning mural that looks as though it was created with a large palette of brown paints, but in actuality he used 27 different types of soil. Since he was commissioned to do this work in Houston, Texas, Asai used dirt that was local to the area. He was expecting to have 10 different shades, but was pleasantly surprised with the 17 bonus soils, collected by students and volunteers, which included shades of red, green, and yellow. Although Asai has been doing this work since 2008, he has never worked with so many shades. He calls this piece “yamatane”, which is Japanese for “mountain seed”. Surprisingly, the only art training that Asai has had was a ceramics class in high school. When he realized he could not afford art school at a university, he studied folk and tribal art on his own at zoos and museums, and perfected his own techniques. [Read more...]

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Yes, This is What Norway’s Money Will Look Like in 2017

Wednesday 10.08.2014 , Posted by
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This past spring, the central bank of Norway, Norges Bank, ran a competition to design an entirely new banknote series. With a challenge to communicate the theme of “The Sea,” the competition drew entries from a wide demographic of the country – from professional artists to young children. Now after the final round, the jury has selected work from two colorful proposals to grace each side. One is beautifully detailed nautical images from The Metric System, and one is strikingly abstract from Snøhetta Design. [Read more...]

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These Toy Soldiers Have Traded in their Guns for Yoga Poses

Tuesday 10.07.2014 , Posted by
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The Warrior pose has never been more fitting than for Dan Abramson’s series of toy soldiers: Yoga Joes. Soon to be launched through Kickstarter, his hilarious toy soldiers have put down their weapons and are in the middle of a peaceful yoga session. Just what you need after combatting a long day. [Read more...]

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33 Soviet Propaganda Posters of the Space Age

Monday 10.06.2014 , Posted by
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The Soviet propaganda machine was running strong in the early to mid 20th century, and when it came to their highly successful space program, the artists creating the omnipresent posters had truly hit gold.

On 4 October 1957, the country launched humanities first earth satellite, Sputnik, and stunned people the world over as they watched it fly overhead in the night sky (this is the October referred to in many of the posters below). Their program launched the first animals into space, and in 1961 sent Yuri Gagarin on his historic single orbit as the very first human (“Восто́к” in Russian can be seen in many of these posters honoring his Vostok spacecraft). They launched the first woman into space in 1963, beating America by almost exactly 20 years. And those are just a few of their ‘firsts.’ [Read more...]

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Houston’s Garbage Trucks Get An Artistic Makeover To Promote Recycling

Monday 10.06.2014 , Posted by
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In Houston, there has been an amazing collaboration between the Houston Arts Alliance and the city’s Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) to encourage the citizens to recycle. All of the recycling trucks of Houston have been converted into beautiful murals, bringing more art out into the public eye. Six designs by local artists were chosen as wraps for the recycling trucks. SWMD is on a mission to bring recycling to every curbside in Houston and these trucks might be just the thing they need to raise awareness. [Read more...]

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Egyptian Teenager Designs The Cover For Pink Floyd’s New Album ‘The Endless River’

Wednesday 10.01.2014 , Posted by
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As a tribute to their keyboardist Rick Wright, who lost his battle with cancer in 2008, Pink Floyd is releasing a new album called “The Endless River.” Before his death, Wright was working on a solo album, which he was never able to finish. On the new album, which will be released November 10th, 2014, David Gilmour and Nick Mason include unreleased recordings from 20 years ago. The album cover design was created by Egyptian teen Ahmed Emad Eldin, who was discovered through Behance by the band’s creative agency. The cover features a man standing alone in a small boat, rowing through the clouds. Eldin says he was “thinking about life and nature” when he created the image. The last time Pink Floyd released an album was “The Division Bell” 2 decades ago in 1994, which is before Eldin was even born. [Read more...]

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Food-Specific Silverware Sticks A Fork Into Bad Table Manners

Tuesday 09.30.2014 , Posted by
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Can’t tell a salad fork from a soup spoon? Israeli designer Lee Ben David puts the confusion to rest with her “Very Specific” cutlery set, in which each utensil is designed to be used for one particular–and typically tricky to eat–food item. [Read more...]

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A Handsome Bespoke Chair, Built Like a Bicycle

Tuesday 09.30.2014 , Posted by
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Inspired by the master bicycle builders of old, Andrew McDonald and Simon Taylor of Two Makers, have created a handcrafted chair built from bicycle parts. Using the traditional frame building techniques of cycling’s glorious past, the Randonneur Chair appropriates the time honed functionality found on classic bikes, applying it to a chair form that exudes bespoke British craftsmanship. Plus, finding ways to use the seat mounted ‘tool bag’ and bottle cages would be really good fun. [Read more...]

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These are the Patterns Wings Trace in Flight

Tuesday 09.30.2014 , Posted by
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Although many animals take flight, they don’t do it in exactly the same way. That’s what Eleanor Lutz’ exceptional animated infographic shows us. She’s taken the flight patterns of 5 different species – egyptian fruit bat, dragonfly, Canada goose, hawk moth and hummingbird – and used Youtube videos to give us a look at how their wings move. [Read more...]

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