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Nuala O’Donovan Sculpts Nature’s Fractals In Porcelain By Hand

Tuesday 11.18.2014 , Posted by
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Inspired by coral, pinecones, and flowers, Nuala O’Donovan is fascinated with irregular/fractal patterns in nature. The Irish artist has found a way to mimic the fractal phenomena that create some of the most gorgeous sights in the natural world. She creates a pattern of which each element is individually made and slowly builds a form, that can take weeks or months. The final porcelain piece is so intricately beautiful and fascinating that it’s hard to believe it was made by human hands. [Read more…]

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Thomas Richner Built a Millennium Falcon from a Basement Full of Cardboard Boxes

Monday 11.17.2014 , Posted by
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…in a basement far, far away (well actually Columbus, Ohio), animation artist Thomas Richner had a big mess of boxes to clean up. He had two options: recycle them responsibly, or build a 5 foot long model of the Millennium Falcon. We’re sure glad they didn’t go to waste.

One hundred and forty hours later (and a whole lot of glue) the Star Wars model is complete, and so realistic it almost looks like a still from the movie when filmed in front of a green screen. Let’s take a trip through Richner’s process from humble start to hyperdrive finish. [Read more…]

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Shane Hope Creates 3D Printed Art from Biological Molecular Models

Monday 11.17.2014 , Posted by
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What do get when you put molecular models and DNA structures into 3D visualization software and then bring it to life with homemade 3D printers? The artwork of Shane Hope. Drawing from information in protein data bank files, he creates complex collage-like visualizations and subsequently prints them to create complex and colorful arrangements. Or as Hope tells Wired “To fractalize aminos off forms to perform generative crystallography, code for crazy carbon chaining.” [Read more…]

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New Music Video Shot at Nights by Absolut in New York City, Feat. Magic! “Rude” (Zedd Remix)

Monday 11.17.2014 , Posted by
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With their new Nights by Absolut initiative, Absolut is infusing creativity into nightlife events and bringing cutting edge audio/visual artists into the mix (like earlier this month when they teamed up with Andy Warhol). At their inaugural event in New York City on September 12, Absolut collaborated with the team at Vita Motus to create an all-encompassing experience on the waterfront of Brooklyn – not to mention a stunning display by the New York City skyline. This video, filmed while the event was going down, features the Zedd Remix of Magic!’s “Rude”. Don’t miss another night, check out what’s happening at vice.com/absolut. [Read more…]

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Art That Takes You Places: Metro Stations in Naples are Becoming Art Galleries

Monday 11.17.2014 , Posted by
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Ten years ago the city of Naples, Italy, decided to renew their subway stations with a bit of art and life. Under the guidance of Achille Bonto Oliva, the former Venice Biennale director, 14 stations have been redesigned, and now house over 200 works by over 100 artists and architects. Each station has its own signature style. [Read more…]

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Superheroes & Famous Characters Get An Elizabethan Make-over

Sunday 11.16.2014 , Posted by
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French photographer Sacha Goldberg doesn’t take himself too seriously and we love it! With a review from his mother that states “he is certainly the best photographer of his neighborhood” in his about section, his exaggerated humility is endearing. Goldberg became an internet sensation with his superhero grandmother photo series and is back again with an equally funny concept. He transformed superheroes, princesses, and the cast of Star Wars into portraits you might see on the wall of a castle and it’s pretty amazing. [Read more…]

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You Don’t Have To Eat Gluten To Enjoy These Bread Lamps

Saturday 11.15.2014 , Posted by
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In today’s increasingly gluten free world, bread is getting a bad rap. But whether or not you can tolerate gluten, you can allow these bread lamps to illuminate your home. Japanese designer and foodie, Yukiko Morita has created lamps out of real loaves of bread. Aside from the basic flour, salt, and yeast, her loaves also have an LED light and batteries inside.

The 27 year old artist calls her line Pampshade which combines the Japanese word for bread (Pan) with lamp shade. She got the idea for Pampshade lights when she was working at a small bakery in Kyoto and noticed the way sunlight shone through a hollowed out French baguette. After trial and error with over 300 prototypes using the leftovers from the bakery each day, she discovered that hollowing out the bread and drying the shell in the oven gives the best results. She coats the baked shell in resin and inserts the light bulb. [Read more…]

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Characters From The Most Detailed Blue Collar Bar Scene Inspire New Clothing Line For Element

Friday 11.14.2014 , Posted by
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Beginning with a little thumbnail and gradually expanding his illustration as his creativity flowed, LA-Based artist Chris Eaton, also known as Timber!, created an incredibly detailed bar scene. 5 versions and 400 hours later, he turned his creation into a print and made some t-shirts for himself and his friends. He and his friends got compliments everywhere they went and more people wanted a print of the design. In 2006, Timber! collaborated with Element brand skateboard company to share his vision with an even larger audience. The characters and themes from the image have been turned into graphic tees, skateboards, and more, but recently the characters have inspired a new clothing line for Element. [Read more…]

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For His Wife’s Birthday, This Husband Commissioned 23 Artists to Make Portraits of Their Baby

Friday 11.14.2014 , Posted by
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Husbands take note: this is master level gift giving! Chicago-based photographer Ernst Berlin (or Rezinatoriously on Reddit) decided to give his wife an incredible gift for her first birthday with their newborn son, Jacob. To create what he wanted he enlisted the help of the talented people at RedditGetsDrawn, where he commissioned 23 artists to make portraits of his 8-month-old son. He gave everyone 2 months to complete their work, and 40 photos to choose from. The results are truly magical. [Read more…]

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Ramon Bruin’s 3D Anamorphic Illustrations Just Got Even More Extravagant With Multi Layered Illusions

Thursday 11.13.2014 , Posted by
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Since we last covered his work, Ramon Bruin has been adding even more complexity to his illustration repertoire. He calls his anamorphic drawing/ photography combo “Optical Illusionism” and has added “Multi Layered Illusions” to his specialties. Using multiple sheets of paper he creates images that look like stacked towers when viewed from just the right angle. His drawings are done mostly in graphite pencil with an occasional colored pencil, ink, or acrylic to add a splash of color. [Read more…]

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