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How Much Space Do Cars Take? Cyclists Demonstrate How Bicycles Fight Congestion

Saturday 10.11.2014 , Posted by
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People that commute by car spend an inordinate amount of time staring at taillights. There’s no way they’re getting around that traffic in front of them. But what about bike commuters? This group of Latvian cyclists recently created a powerful demonstration of the large footprint created by cars that carry just one occupant. [Read more...]

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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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It Doesn’t Get Cooler than Motorcycle Chariots

Wednesday 10.08.2014 , Posted by
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Motorcycles have been called “Iron Steeds” for a long time, but the forgotten sport of motorcycle chariot racing really took that horse thing literally.

Yes. Motorcycle. Chariot. Racing. And it looks just as tough as it sounds. [Read more...]

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Exclusive Interview with Israeli Photographer Sharon Avraham

Tuesday 10.07.2014 , Posted by
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Sharon Avraham is one of the most dynamic emerging photographers in Israel today. A co-founder of Midburn, the Burning Man regional event in Israel, his love for art and community have run deep for some time. Based in beautiful Ein Vered, a little north of Tel Aviv, he runs an artistic intentional community called “David Ranch.” The ranch supports artists from around the world who come to grow their craft surrounded by gardens and horses. This year it served as the building space for many of the large art installations at Burning Man Israel (Midburn).

Sharon recently released a photographic series titled “Color in Motion” and we had the privilege to interview him about his passion for the craft, and where he finds inspiration. [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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Swept Away By Love: Photographer Couple Has Started A New Photo Trend #BrinsonBanksing

Friday 10.03.2014 , Posted by
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Forget #planking, #tebowing, #owling, and #vadering, there is a new photo trend in town and it’s a lot more romantic! Photog couple Kendrick Brinson and David Walter Banks, who met in a photojournalism class in college, have an adorable signature move that is becoming quite popular in the hashtag world. #BrinsonBanksing is an endearing way to capture a moment with the one you love- beautiful background scenery is an added bonus. This move began in 2010 when Brinson and Banks were at the Valley of Fire State Park with some friends. They were just dating at the time and Brinson jumped into Banks’ arms to steal a kiss and a loving embrace. Another photographer friend captured the moment and they have been recreating it ever since. In 2012, the couple got married. [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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Rowan Atkinson (aka Mr. Bean) Hilariously Invades Famous Paintings

Wednesday 10.01.2014 , Posted by
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It would be just like Mr. Bean to accidentally get his portrait painted by a classic master… and that’s a bit what it looks like here. In his half hilarious/half disturbing series, caricaturist Rodney Pike has been inserting the face of Rowan Atkinson into the works of classic masters. The actor suddenly sports the wig of George Washington (and a knowing look) and then becomes Rembrandt looking rather nonplussed. It’s utterly bizarre and fantastic. [Read more...]

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Unsuspecting Cab Hailers in NYC Get A Comical Surprise From The High-Five Guy

Thursday 09.25.2014 , Posted by
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New Yorkers have a reputation of being overly serious and unfriendly, but actor and film-maker Meir Kalmanson is proving that stereotype all wrong. Better known as “The High Five Guy” with his new-found internet stardom, Kalmanson found a way to get straight faced city folk to crack a smile. While raising their hands to hail a taxi cab, Kalmanson runs up and steals a high five from these unsuspecting people, forcing them to see how fun it can be to interact with a stranger. The reactions have been mostly positive and 100% hilarious. Check out the highlight reel in the video below. [Read more...]

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