Fantastic Cardboard Sculptures by Devin Drake

Today is Arbor Day, and while the celebration and preservation of trees doesn’t always jive with tree-based cardboard products, we bring you these clever creations from cardboard sculptor Devin Drake to highlight one specific thing: recycling. From a pair of sneakers almost realistic enough to slip on, to an astronauts helmet you actually can wear, Drake creates art from cardboard that would have been wastefully discarded – and that is a very tree-friendly idea.

The Hubble Telescope Is 25—and Other Out of This World Art

It’s been 25 years since the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit, drastically changing the way we see the universe. This week marks a worldwide celebration of the Hubble’s work and legacy.

So, what is the Hubble?

Named after Edwin Hubble, who came up with the theory of the “expanding universe,” it’s the world’s most powerful telescope, orbiting 343 miles above Earth’s surface and collecting 120 gigabytes of data each week.

The telescope uses mirrors to capture and reflect light into 6 on-board science instruments, including cameras and spectrographs, which break light into colors for analysis. Because the telescope orbits above our atmosphere, it can take clearer pictures. (On Earth, light wavelengths are obstructed by the air pockets in our atmosphere, giving us less clear pictures.) Here, you can see the same picture taken from the ground and from the Hubble.

Fanciful Nature-Filled Pop-Up Art From Bozka

Polish artist and illustrator Bozena Rydlewska, aka Bozka, creates fanciful scenes inspired by the diverse flora and fauna of the natural world. Long a maker of ornate prints, she is now translating her 2D work into delightfully explorable 3D pop-ups. Although her works pays tribute to the nature illustrators of old, her’s is a world that doesn’t play strictly by the rules.

Birties Bowties Allow You to Wear Your Favorite Pop Culture Mementos Around Your Neck

Nothing says “classy” like a bow tie and now you can show off your passions and your classiness at the same time. Birties Bowties are the passion project of Omarseeto, which started off as a hobby and spread to the masses. Looking to bring some fun and lighten up the stressful, mundane vibe of his job as a bank teller, Omarseeto began using his design skills to dazzle his team and customers (not to mention fill the hours he spent staring off into the abyss). Screen printing his favorite bands, video games, art pieces, and pop culture icons onto bow ties, he was standing out and making people smile. People began asking him to create ties of their favorite bands and such, and he was loving it.

Scott Blake Makes Incredible Flipbooks (Some with Just a Hole Punch)

Remix artist Scott Blake has been creating some seriously fantastic flipbooks, and some are made with only a hole punch. The tiny dots move in surprising harmony, following geometric arcs as they seem to move about the page.

Other flipbooks feature famous events (like OJ Simpson running from the law) or everyday scenes like burning matches.

This Artist is Giving Plastic Bottles a New Life as Plant Sculptures

Using discarded plastic PET bottles, Czech artist Veronika Richterová creates fantastic translucent plant sculptures. Whether its an entire shelf of cactus’ or lillypads floating in a pond, each is a whimsical take on the natural world – one that protects it from being over-run with waste products.

Surreal Illustrations by Michael Kerbow

Michael Kerbow is a San Francisco-based artist who explores the potential pitfalls of an unregulated society. He does this through his surreal paintings that depict such scenes as piles of cars, endless buildings, and industrial overload. His work is detailed, captivating, and at times scary.

The First and Last Frames of 55 Famous Films, Compared Side-by-Side

Out of the many shots in a film, the first and last are among the most considered. Filmmaker Jacob T. Swinney took 55 films and set those opening and closing shots side-by-side. In doing so, he reveals that many scenes are decidedly similar to one another, while others are absolutely different. What were the filmmakers trying to say with each of these beginnings and endings? Like the opening and closing of any story, each serves a purpose.

Mad Men is Back, and It’s Getting Illustrated

The mid-century goodness of Mad Men will return to AMC on April 5th, and we can hardly wait for the final seven episodes. The exceptional Matthew Weiner-created drama has spanned the entire strange decade of the ‘60s and it’s been a wonderful ride. Along the way, New York-based illustrator Dyna Moe (previously) has been capturing key moments from each episode on her hit site Mad Men Illustrated.

Dots of Paint Transform Ordinary Stones into Beautiful Mandalas

Australian artist Elspeth McLean loves color and detail, infusing it into all her works, large and small. Using a painting style inspired by ancient and traditional art, one she describes as “Dotillism,” she uses acrylic paint and a paintbrush to create intricate patterns of intense colors. Here we bring you some of her smallest works – round ocean stones transformed into beautiful handfuls of art. She calls them ‘Mandala Stones.’