This New Printing Process Lets Blind People “See” Art Masterpieces

In Spain’s Museo Del Prado, new technology lets blind people—and everyone—touch art masterpieces. Think of it as braille for paintings. They aren’t the original paintings themselves, of course, but rather detailed high-resolution replicas. Thanks to a new 3D-printing process called Didú, which creates physical objects the way a 3D printer would but applies particular chemicals that allow for more sensory detail when touched, viewers can experience the paintings in a new way.

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Developed by printing studio Estudios Durero, the process begins with a super high-resolution of the painting itself. According to the studio’s homepage:

Cute Little Pathogens: Colorful Microbe Embroidery By Alicia Watkins

Many artists have been inspired by the remarkable shapes of the microscopic world. Glass blower Luke Jerram sculpted beautiful maladies out of glass and now Alicia Watkins combines crafting with science with her colorful embroidery. Germs have never looked so cute as they do in these colorful cross-stitched patterns.

The World’s Largest Candy Carpet Is So Sweet

Forget Halloween, kids! Go to streets of Chengdu, China, to get your sugar fix from the world’s largest candy carpet. “Sweet as One,” a unique edible installation designed by Craig & Karl and curated by Hong Kong creative studio AllRightsReserved, featured more than 13 tons of candy arranged into a beautiful tapestry. Assembled meticulously by 2,000 volunteers over the course of five days, the colorful candy carpet measured 607 ft-by-23 ft (185mX7m) and weighed in at more than 13 tons.

The piece was created to raise awareness to underprivileged children in the rural areas of China and celebrate Chinese New Year in a unique way. Now that’s freaking sweet.

Simple Paper Cylinders Form a Beautiful Sky-Gazing Experience

Sometimes the simplest of materials can create something of impressive beauty. For her graduating thesis project, Japanese art student Shoko Konishi created a structure made completely out of thick pieces of paper. From the outside it looks just fine, but climbing through the tiny door people are treated to an unusually spectacular view of the sky.

Iconic Images Painted With Coffee by Maria A. Aristidou

We’ve featured coffee stain portraits done in a pointillist style with the bottom of a mug by Red Hong Yi, and now we are proud to present this water color style version by Maria A Aristidou. The UK artist creates a palette of shades with different brews, then dips her brush in her cups of Joe to paint coffee stain reproductions of pop culture icons. From Disney characters to The Girl With A Pearl Earring to famous celebrities, she shows her pop culture relevance and love for java.

One of These 4 Radical Bridges Will Be Built in London

In the center of London is the Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge, a pedestrian and cyclist bridge over the River Thames that is in desperate need of a redesign. Calling on famous and emerging architects alike, a lively competition has been created to solicit ideas for the redesign. Four semifinalists have now been selected, and their designs are quite out of this world.

Dreams You Can Almost Touch. Paintings by Finnish Artist Samuli Heimonen

Finnish artist Samuli Heimonen creates surreal paintings which explore humanity’s big questions, using metaphor, and his love for animals and nature as a way to tell the story. His dreamlike imagery is highly atmospheric, yet is still able to communicate deep human emotions with near physical impact. Like any dream, the line between reality and illusion is remarkably thin.

In Big Companies, CEOs Named John and David Outnumber All Women CEOs

You read that right. If you want to be a CEO, it’s probably time for a name change. According to a recent analysis of S&P 1500 companies, out of all the chief executives heading them up, an astounding 5.3% are named John. Right behind that is David, at 4.5%.

However, the truly sobering fact is just below: the total of every single female CEO is just 4.1%. That’s right, Johns and Davids outnumber female CEOs in this group.

Bee Keeping Artist Creates A Beeswax World Map

If there’s one person who knows how to mind his own beeswax, it’s Chinese artist Ren Ri. The beekeeper/artist “manipulates the movement of bees and the formation of honeycombs to create metaphysical and hybrid sculptures, which investigate the force of nature and consequences of human intervention (Press Release).” In his latest body of work, Yuansu I: The Origin of Geometry, Ri sculpts honeycombs into the shapes of the continents, using wire and a wooden frame. He created a world map as well as some individual countries. He has been working with bees as a beekeeper since 2006 and began using beeswax as an art medium in more recent years.

Rob Draper Will Draw Beautiful Lettering on Anything, Even Food

Why yes, that is an Ikea hotdog with beautiful typography all over it. Designer and illustrator Rob Draper is the kind of guy who’s unafraid to push the boundaries a bit, even if it ‘knackers’ the nibs of his pens in the process. With plenty of shout-outs to ‘create more’ his meticulous work finds its way onto food items like loaves of sliced bread or the bottom of a bagel. Other pieces are on old discarded Costa coffee cups or the wrapper from eats at Wagamama (both giveaways of his UK-based location).