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One Cob, Many Flavors: These Recipes Will Have You Rethinking Your Next BBQ

Monday 03.24.2014 , Posted by
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Did you know peak corn season is in the springtime? That’s right, just as the days are getting warm and the BBQ is begging to be fired up, one of the most mouth watering crops springs forth ready to be munched… in so many tasty ways. That’s because, although corn originated in the Americas, it’s now grown on every continent except Antarctica – and each area has at least one regional recipe for your next cookout. [Read more...]

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The Secret Life of Robots… is Actually More Normal Than You’d Expect

Monday 03.24.2014 , Posted by
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I know, I know… we’ve all grown up thinking robots are SOooo cool. They’re always shooting laser beams out of their eyes or “transforming” into fast cars. But do you want to know a secret? According to artist Toby Fraley, they’re a lot like us. His latest solo show The Secret Life of Robots features a host of normal robots going about their often hilariously mundane lives. [Read more...]

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Sand Creatures: Claire Droppert Captures Clouds of Sand in Mid-Flight

Sunday 03.23.2014 , Posted by
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Throwing sand at the beach used to be one of those things frowned upon – the kind of activity that will get sand in the eyes of people far downwind – but no longer. Rotterdam-based photographer Claire Droppert has just announced her most recent series ‘Sand Creatures’ which brings an enlightening new context to something so normal. [Read more...]

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Shake Dreams From Your Hair: A 16 Month Sculpting Process Condensed Into 4 Minutes

Saturday 03.22.2014 , Posted by
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Using 750 feet of steel and 200 grinder bits, sculptor Sean Sobczak created an incredible sculpture that stand six and a half feet tall. With 16 months of work, he was able to make these hard materials look soft as he shaped them into the form of a gorgeous woman. He calls the sculpture Shake Dreams From Your Hair, and Beau Lambert filmed the entire creation process, condensing it into 4 minutes, which you can watch below. I first met the incredibly talented Sean Sobczak when we camped together at Burning Man in 2010. At that time he rode an amazing horse bicycle with a head and tail made out of wire in the same way style as his sculptures. He credits his first Burn in 2001 with igniting his creative spark and has since been focusing his energy on sculpting ever since at his studio Sandman Creations. [Read more...]

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Intricate Sculptures Inside Pocket Watches

Friday 03.21.2014 , Posted by
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You won’t find many references to time inside these old pocket watches, but you will find delightful, miniature sculptures. Sue Beatrice is taking old broken watches and recycling them into tiny art you can hold in your hand… or your pocket. Her pieces are understandably filled with cogs and springs, levers and tiny screws; all forming a magical world filled with rabbits, foxes, and faeries. [Read more...]

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Abandoned Hotel Becomes a Temporary Street Art Gallery

Friday 03.21.2014 , Posted by
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Somewhere deep in the U.K. is an abandoned hotel. While busy wasting away in the foggy land, a collective group of street artists decided it should serve as their next temporary canvas. Creating an “alternative art gallery,” the artists painted their works throughout the ten story building. In the process, debris were cleared for walkways and it became a nice space for locals to explore and see the various works. [Read more...]

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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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