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J.J. Abrams Creates Limited Edition Mystery Box

Thursday 03.20.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re a fan of LOST creator J.J. Abrams, you may have seen his incredible TED Talk that centers around a mystery box his grandfather gave him a long time ago. Abrams has never opened the box, but kept it nearby as a source of inspiration in his life and work.

Now Abrams and his production company Bad Robot have teamed up with Theory 11 to give you the same sort of inspiration, in the form of handcrafted lock box created from beautiful reclaimed wood. [Read more...]

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The Empire State Building Made From Bicycle Tire Tracks

Thursday 03.20.2014 , Posted by
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With one of the most effective public transportation systems in the world, NYC is one of the best cities to live without a car. But you miss out on a lot of sights when you’re underground, and you don’t need a metrocard to get around the city when you have a bicycle, weather permitting… Bike culture is huge in NYC, which is why artist Thomas Yang was inspired to create a piece that showcases a New York City icon made out of inked bicycle tire tracks. Using 7 different bicycle tires, he produced a beautiful image of the Empire State Building. [Read more...]

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Painting With Lights: Ephemeral Street Art Created with a Digital Projector

Thursday 03.20.2014 , Posted by
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Back in 2012, we covered an artist who projected images of Buddhist deities onto trees in Cambodia. This French photographer is utilizing a similar method to project images on the urban environment around him, and seriously spicing it up. Phillip Echaroux desired to give something back to his hometown of Marseille, and while he works with celebrities professionally, he found that the projector could provide a way for him to gift back his talent. [Read more...]

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How Perfect are these Iconic Bands Made With LEGOs?

Thursday 03.20.2014 , Posted by
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For LEGO and music lovers, these images are a match made in… well, LEGO actually. Malaysian Adly Syairi Ramly has been building iconic bands out of tiny LEGO figures – and the results are surprisingly recognizable. Yes, the Beatles rendition above is easy to identify, but just check out how pitch-perfect he’s gotten less obvious bands like Pearl Jam and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. I almost wish the titles weren’t there so we could play ‘guess the band’. [Read more...]

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No Seconds: Revealing Images of Death-Row Inmates Last Meals

Wednesday 03.19.2014 , Posted by
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If you were to eat one last meal before your death, what would it be? In the prisons of America, inmates on death row have the privilege to choose whatever they want for a last meal before their execution. While some deny the option, others take advantage of enjoying one last taste of food.

Through the years the choice of meal has been recorded, and when photographer Henry Hargreaves stumbled upon the archive, he found it fascinating. He realized that he didn’t just look at the convicted criminals as a number anymore, but it actually assisted him in bringing out their humanity. [Read more...]

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Little Worlds: Tiny Toys Clean Up London One Piece of Litter At a Time

Wednesday 03.19.2014 , Posted by
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In a great big city with skyscrapers, architecture, and millions of people to look at, we don’t always take the time to look down. But only when looking down might you see the “Little Worlds” that co-exist in the city. The CG team from London-based creative agency Rushes proposed an adorable hypothesis of what happens to the litter on the streets while we’re busy looking up. A hot wheels sized submarine blasts away a cigarette butt in a puddle, a bulldozer adorably attempts to scoop up some chewing gum, and a pick up truck and crane pick up used matches one by one. [Read more...]

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10 Famous World Locations… Zoomed Out

Wednesday 03.19.2014 , Posted by
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We’ve all seen the postcards. Picturesque scenes from around the world highlighting many of the “7 wonders” in all their glory… it all looks so incredible. But what if you step back a few thousand steps? Redditor thepobv recently pulled together a truly eye-opening collection of images from many of the worlds most famous sites… then added images from far back off the tourist trail. The results are enlightening. [Read more...]

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Centered: This Supercut Gets to the Heart of Wes Anderson’s Symmetrical Film Styling

Wednesday 03.19.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ve ever seen a Wes Anderson film, there’s no doubt you’ve noticed his highly stylized version of film making. From quirky characters and theatrical set design, to a heavy use of graphic design and… everything being centered. That’s what a filmmaker who goes by Kogonada noticed, and then made this fantastic supercut of Wes Anderson moments with a dotted line showing their incredible, addictive, immaculate: symmetry. [Read more...]

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Oddly Familiar Art Objects That Make You Feel Weird Inside. Do I Know You?

Tuesday 03.18.2014 , Posted by
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It’s an unsettling feeling when you find yourself relating to weird-looking inanimate objects with human characteristics. When a sculpture becomes a self-portrait narrative you begin to feel like the artist feels, and experience what the artist experiences. Simply by looking at one of Zimra Beiner‘s large scale ceramic sculptures you can feel confidence, laziness, hopelessness and organization. The objects take on a strange role in each viewer, becoming familiar manifestations of intangible feelings.  [Read more...]

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When Classic Books Fall Apart, Sarah Pounder Transforms Them Into Art: Upcycled Brooches

Tuesday 03.18.2014 , Posted by
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If you’re a lover of literature, throwing a book away might break your heart, especially a classic, but great books that have been read over and over again do start to fall apart over the decades. London based craft artist, Sarah Pounder offers the perfect solution, up-cycling classic literature into adorable brooches, with shapes and text that easily identify what book the words came from. With a reclaimed wood backing, several coats of varnish, and a steel pin attached, the brooches are a perfect keepsake. A pig for Charlotte’s Web, a mouse for Of Mice and Men, and a Mockingbird for To Kill a Mockingbird, are just some of the brooches available in her Etsy shop. With a degree in book arts, that she hadn’t been using as she worked in bars and theaters, a death in the family inspired Sarah Pounder to stop waiting for her dream job and create her own. She combined all of her passions and took a risk to open her own business and has now become a success story. [Read more...]

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