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A Hand-Built “Inner Space” Vehicle Explores Mexico’s Abandoned Railway Lines

Friday 06.20.2014 , Posted by
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In 1995, nearly 9,000 km of railway line in Mexico and Ecuador was abandoned due to low profits. The once promising route, which could have meant reliable trans-continental travel, was left to decay as a modern ruin. It was years later when Mexican artists and brothers Ivan Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene had a novel idea – to build a modern “inner space” vehicle to explore the old route through the heart of their country. The project turned into the strange silver rail and road vehicle you see here: SEFT-1. [Read more...]

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Gorgeous Earth Art: This Artist Rearranges Nature to Make it Even More Beautiful

Friday 06.20.2014 , Posted by
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Who needs art supplies when you can transform objects in nature into art? This is exactly what German artist Dietmar Voorwold does and he encourages you to do the same. Fully understanding the therapeutic value of art, Voorwold goes into nature to create stunning geometric shapes and patterns out of the natural materials before him. Although his work is only temporary, his memories and photographs make it all worth while. Allow Voorwold’s creations to inspire you to look at nature in a whole new way. [Read more...]

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A Smart & Beautiful Chess Set That Packs Flat

Friday 06.20.2014 , Posted by
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Whether you’re winding down the day with a bottle of wine and a friend, or taking a long journey across India by train, there are few better mind-stimulating ways to pass the time than a game of chess. For those moments when a full-sized chess set just isn’t practical, the options have mostly been limited to magnetic travel sets that lack in a certain level of stylish class. That’s part of the reason Peter Baeten’s Got Chess is so very nice. [Read more...]

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Get Back in Black With Fluorescent Paintings By John Poppleton

Friday 06.20.2014 , Posted by
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Many go to great lengths to achieve a healthy glow, and the models behind John Poppleton’s “Bodyscapes” get a little extra help. In his special blacklight studio, the artist uses fluorescent pigments to paint dramatic au natural landscapes on female bodies. When illuminated with a blacklight, the illustrations emit an eerie, majestic glow, powerfully evoking the drama of radiant sunsets, crashing waterfalls, and shimmering constellations.  [Read more...]

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Summer Camp for Adults: Unplug and Be a Kid Again at Camp Grounded

Thursday 06.19.2014 , Posted by
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How many hours per day do you spend staring at a screen? How many times do you scroll your Facebook feed? How many buzzing notifications on your phone interrupt your life? If you’re like most people, whatever number answers you responded with might be overwhelming. How did we become so reliant on technology and is it really making us more connected? Many of us could use a digital detox- and Camp Grounded is just the place to begin. In the beautiful California Redwoods, 200+ adults gather to disconnect from all devices including clocks, leave their identities, work talk and networking behind, and work on authentic connection- like they did as children. With healthy communal meals, yoga, games, creative workshops, stargazing, talent shows and more, to help adults remember what came so naturally to them as children. [Read more...]

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Modern Day Photographs from a 130 Year Old Camera

Thursday 06.19.2014 , Posted by
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Jonathan Keys is on a mission to bring traditional methods of photography back to the spotlight. Instead of going around the streets with the latest DSLR, Keys takes his 130 year old wooden camera and his 1920s lens to find subjects. Roaming his home city of Newcastle, he captures a classical England in modern times. [Read more...]

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Sculptures Created with the Help of Bees

Thursday 06.19.2014 , Posted by
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Chinese artist Ren Ri is creating sculptures in collaboration with bees. He’s given up control of the final creative process, using chance and the bee’s innate industriousness to create a series of pieces based on the wax cells of the honeycomb. [Read more...]

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Creating Sea-Inspired Sculptures from Beach Trash

Thursday 06.19.2014 , Posted by
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What do you do with 11 tons of beach debris on the Pacific coast? You make it into art! Oregon based artist and teacher Angela Haseltine Pozzi created a project called “Washed Ashore” aimed at raising awareness about plastic pollution and marine debris. Pozzi, like other members of her community in Bandon, Oregon were continually shocked at the amount of trash that would wash up on their beautiful coastlines. Inspired to take steps toward solving the problem, she rallied together concerned citizens to not just clean up the beach trash, but to create from it. [Read more...]

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Car Camping Revolutionized: This Bed Folds Into a Suitcase

Thursday 06.19.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ve ever tried camping in your car, you probably found yourself getting less than perfect sleep. Between curling up into the majorly lumpy back seat, or reclining the front seats for an equally lumpy/bumpy experience (one that makes side/stomach sleeping impossible), the options aren’t that inviting. Enter the SwissRoomBox – an ingenious invention that will convert even tiny hatchbacks into a flat sleeping area. And yes, like the Swiss Army knife it claims as a namesake, this smart system folds up into a small package – a rolling suitcase. [Read more...]

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New Soccer Magazine Eight By Eight Artfully Showcases the World Cup

Wednesday 06.18.2014 , Posted by
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Basically anyone from any country other than the United States will tell you soccer isn’t a game, it’s a religion. A really, really beautifully-played religion. A new magazine, Eight by Eight, has sought to create a magazine that does justice to the world sport. [Read more...]

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