Hyperrealistic Stone Sculptures of Everyday Objects

Traditionally hyperrealism is done with oil paint. Shiny cans, shoes, fruit, junk food, etc. that look like they could be held in your hand are painted on a 2D canvas. But Robin Antar just took hyperrealism up a notch. She has been working with stone for nearly 40 years and has found a way to replicate everyday objects in STONE! For her series, Realism in Stone, she carves the stone into the shapes of condiment bottles, cookies, paper bags, toothpaste, and other things, then paints them to look just like real life.

HULA Paints in Abondoned Places from the Side of His Paddleboard

Hawaiian artist and surfer Sean Yoro (aka HULA) has been living in New York. What to do when there are no waves around? He’s been grabbing his paddleboard and using it to access hard to reach places and paint. Yoro has a talent for painting beautiful women, and recently they have been finding their way to the walls of abandoned, water filled places. Their bodies seem to emerge from the quiet waters below.

Daniel Rozin’s ‘PomPom Mirror’ Reflects Your Body In Pixelated Fur

You don’t need glass to make a mirror. Artist Daniel Rozin has created one that reflects objects in faux fur. It’s entirely bizarre and almost magical.

Adolescent Obesity Has More Than Quadrupled in 3 Decades

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past three decades. In 1980, just 7% of children 6-11, and 5% of adolescents 12-19 were obese. Today those numbers have jumped to 18% and 21% respectively.

The CDC points out that these kids aren’t simply at risk from the long term effects of being overweight – there are a host of immediate health effects like a high risk factor for cardiovascular disease (with 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease), or a far higher chance of being pre-diabetic.

The preventative solutions the CDC puts forward are nothing new. Kids need more physical activity, and more healthy food.

Star Wars Portraits Made from 10,000s of Staples

Artist James Haggerty creates mosaics from a very unconventional material: LOTS of staples. His only tools in the process are a regular office stapler and the all important staple puller to correct mistakes. His work transforms the ubiquitous office supply into fine artworks with striking accuracy and realistic shading. For his most recent portraits he’s created works featuring 3 characters from the first Star Wars trilogy: C-3PO, Greedo and two versions of Darth Vader.

Arckit: A LEGO-Like Model Building System For Architects (That’s Designed To Scale)

Designing a computer-generated model is getting easier and easier, but it doesn’t quite have the snap of actually building something. That’s why architect Damien Murtagh decided to create a tangible building system to quickly create and share ideas with clients. His building system, Arckit, easily draws comparisons with the LEGO building system, but there are some major differences, and advantages specific to the design world.

70% of Americans are Not Engaged at Work

70%. That’s how many workers are ‘not engaged’ while at work. Those numbers come from Gallup’s State of the American Workplace report, an ongoing study from 2010 through 2012 which looks for insights on what leaders can do to improve employee performance and engagement at the workplace. Whether killing time at work surfing the net, or simply putting in the lowest effort on a boring project, American workers are working more while doing less.

It’s not just about helping employers though. This kind of research benefits everyone. By providing employees with more meaningful work they not only work harder, they also go home knowing they spent their time working for a good reason. Win-win.

Anish Kapoor Creates an Ominous Whirlpool That Never Stops Draining

In the center of the old wooden floor of this former movie theater turned art space in San Gimignano, Italy, a dark pool of water spins in a perpetual whirlpool. Frothing like a raging sea, the unnerving sight drains into the floor and out of sight, lending viewers an uneasy feeling about what could be “down there.” The piece, called Decension, is the latest from British/Indian artist and designer Anish Kapoor, and follows on another in the series installed earlier this year at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India.

Birds Eye View Of Massive Cruise Ships

Who doesn’t love cruising through the ocean with all you can eat buffets and activities galore? Well I suppose those with motion sickness, Titanic-induced PTSD, or a number of other situations, however- most people love a good cruise. Like a super hotel on the ocean, cruise ships have casinos, ballrooms, multiple pools, rock climbing walls, and anything you can dream of. To see the magnitude of their size from a little dingy or a dock is humbling, but from this vantage point, cruise ships don’t look so intimidating. Photographer Jeffrey Milstein shot these ocean liners from an aerial view, which makes them look more like a computer part than a massive water vessel.

Classic Art Figures Immersed In Modern Day Backgrounds

In classic art, angels with instruments are everywhere, men wear ruffled attire and furs, and curvy women sit around in flowy layers and proper dresses. Those aren’t typical sites in modern day life, but Ukranian artist Alexey Kondakov thought it would be interesting if they did. In his ongoing series, “Art History in Contemporary Life”, Alexey Kondakov places figures from classic art pieces in present day settings and the contrast is quite interesting.