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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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Porcelain or Splashing Sea Foam? This Bizarrely Beautiful Vase is Neither

Tuesday 03.11.2014 , Posted by
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Like delicate porcelain transformed into splashing sea foam, these fantastically beautiful, yet utterly unusual vases bridge the gap between functionality and pure aesthetics. The 3D printed design was created by Eragatory, which creates the form using a series of semi-automated steps that allow for customization on each decision. [Read more…]

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After Hurricane Xaver, This Woman is Letting Her Horse Live in the House

Sunday 02.16.2014 , Posted by
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We’ve all been in houses that look like a pigsty… but what about one that’s starting to look a lot like a stable? To keep him safe, Doctor Stephanie Arndt brought her horse Nasar into the house when Hurricane Xaver blasted through their town of Holt, Germany. That was in late 2013, but Nasar has yet to leave the house. It seems he likes the comfortable indoor life, and is happily making himself at home! [Read more…]

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A Reverse Listening Device, and other Variations on Normal, From Dominic Wilcox

Monday 01.27.2014 , Posted by
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Dominic Wilcox has a vivid imagination, and a sketchbook chock full of ideas to prove it. Like some nutty professor, he conjures up devices to make the world a better, more interesting place… never mind how impractical, bizarre or utterly crazy they may be. In his recent window display for London’s famous Selfridges department store and their Festival of Imagination, he’s taken 14 pages from his sketchbook and brought them to life – the results are stopping foot traffic and entertaining minds. [Read more…]

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Bizarelly Animated Portraits Repeat the Weirdness

Thursday 01.16.2014 , Posted by
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Romain Laurent can take any normal scene and make it absolutely bizarre. In his recent series of animated portraits, he uses the looping GIF to repeat impossibly strange scenarios from people slapping themselves in the face (with an extra set of arms) or stepping in a circle while keeping their torso still, to blowing endless piles of leaves out from under their shirt. Why are these so ridiculous, and ridiculously fun? Perhaps it’s because this series is just a fun break from his normal routine of commercial projects. [Read more…]

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Who Flipped the People, But Not Their Clothes? Bizarre Photographs of Parisians Walking on Their Hands

Saturday 01.11.2014 , Posted by
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French photographer and art director Patrice Letarnec takes to the streets of Paris, flipping the bodies of each subject, but bizarrely, not the clothes. Here in a mind-bending fashion, legs become arms and hands become feet – and the head is altogether missing. Each impressive handstand takes place in a city devoid of other people, creating a surreal scene that makes one wonder how the rest of the populous appears. [Read more…]

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Is it a Buoy or is it a Ship? The Navy’s Oldest and Oddest Research Vessel

Thursday 01.09.2014 , Posted by
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If you just saw the image above, you might guess that the navy repurposed the front of a ship for the top of a buoy, or as many people have done, mistake it for a capsized ocean transport ship… the truth however, is far more interesting. You are looking at the US Navy’s oldest and most unusual research vessel. Appropriately called FLIP (Floating Instrument Platform), the 355ft long spoon-shaped ship is the world’s only vessel that can operate both horizontally and vertically. The ship performs its 28 minute transformation when 700 tons of seawater are pumped into the ‘handle’ of the ship causing it to lower into the water and the bow to rise. [Read more…]

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Magician Creates a Balloon Animal Every Day For a Year

Monday 01.06.2014 , Posted by
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So, what did you do with your 2013? Whatever it was, I’m pretty sure it didn’t match the inflated lunacy and downright dedication of magician Rob Driscoll. He spent the last 12 months making balloon animals… one, every, single, day. From a blow up turkey dinner and lightweight model of Wall-E the robot, to a jumping puma and a Tardis police box for the Dr. Who anniversary. Each day was marked by creative balloon twisting and now the collection of sculptures has reached more than 365. [Read more…]

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Bird Taxidermy Imagines Bizarre New Species’

Thursday 01.02.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ve watched the BBC’s Planet Earth, then you know about the many bizarre species’ in the bird-of-paradise family. Their wildly flamboyant plumage has set them apart in the animal world, as has their equally bizarre and elaborate mating rituals. Perhaps that’s why these fantastic taxidermy sculptures by Karley Feaver are so familiar and yet fascinating. In her series Becoming Otherwise, she has created a diverse series of imaginary avian life, playing on themes of domesticity and imagining new paths of evolution. [Read more…]

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A Surrealist Wonderland Hidden in the Jungles of Mexico

Wednesday 01.01.2014 , Posted by
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Hidden in the rainforest of Mexico is a bizarre collection of cement buildings that would make any surrealist happy. Built over a 20 year period by the eccentric artist Edward James, the 20 acre site features over 36 towering structures – from concrete suspension bridges to bamboo like pavilions. If there’s one thing to go on your “visit in 2014 list,” this is it. [Read more…]

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