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Puffy Paint is Not Just for 80′s T-Shirts. Check Out These Designer Sunglasses by Puffdotty.

Thursday 07.24.2014 , Posted by
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A few days ago I was on the beach in Santa Monica and I saw a guy wearing the most amazing sunglasses. I had to know more about them so I started talking to him and learned that he made them himself there are plenty more where those came from. Puffdotty makes festival shades by layering awesome puffy paint designs onto plastic frames. Future forward and functional, these sunglasses are the perfect topping to any outfit. [Read more...]

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The Desert Wizards Need Your Help to Bring an Astronomical Observatory to Burning Man

Wednesday 06.18.2014 , Posted by
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A group of scientists, engineers, and space geeks, better known as The Desert Wizards of Mars on the Playa, are hoping to bring a full size astronomical observatory to Burning Man this year. At last year’s burn, the Desert Wizards could be found riding their Mars Rover Art Car ‘Dustiny’ which broadcast live footage of the burn over the internet for all to see. This year they want to bring the Black Rock Observatory- a planetarium without a ceiling- using a giant Newtonian telescope (9 feet tall, 20 inches in diameter) which will “provide views that will expand minds, widen perspectives and open consciousness.” Viewers will see the Rings of Saturn and 5 of its moons, polar ice caps on Mars, the Galilean Moons of Jupiter, and faint galaxies too dim for the naked eye. [Read more...]

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The Art and Spirit from Midburn: the New Regional Burning Man Gathering in Israel

Tuesday 06.10.2014 , Posted by
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From June 3-7, 2014 the first official Israeli Burning Man event called “Midburn” took place in the heart of the Negev desert. While many Israelis participating at the gathering were familiar with the Burning Man event in Nevada, many had not been able to personally attend the Nevada Burn. Half a world away, this was the ripe opening for those who desired to join the unique Burning Man community. [Read more...]

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The Earth Harp is the Largest Stringed Instrument on the Planet

Monday 06.09.2014 , Posted by
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Installation artist and musician William Close has developed over 100 new types of musical instruments and his 1999 invention of the Earth Harp is the largest stringed instrument in the world. The Earth Harp has been taken all over the world, transforming architecture, theaters, and concert halls into a musical instrument. The strings are attached from the structures to a stage where William Close makes beautiful music by running his hands along the strings with violin rosin covered gloves. This magnificent piece of art, which is as beautiful as the sounds it makes, has reached the top of the Seattle Space needle, the Coliseum in Rome, temples in Vietnam, the Kennedy and Lincoln Center, and the Temple of Transition at Burning Man. [Read more...]

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Embrace: A Large-Scale Sculpture for Burning Man 2014

Wednesday 04.30.2014 , Posted by
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It’s less than four months until people from all around the planet gather together for Burning Man; and the artists bringing installations to the gathering are busy fundraising and building their creations for all to enjoy. The Pier Group, the artist collective which brought their namesake art installations The Pier and The Pier 2 in 2011 and 2012, are once again bringing an amazing large-scale sculpture to the gathering. Called “Embrace,” it is a 72ft tall wooden structure featuring two humans embracing to symbolize all of the relationships that are made during the week long event. [Read more...]

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Change Your Perception: You’ll Never Guess What’s Inside This Infinity Box

Thursday 04.10.2014 , Posted by
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Although all of these pictures are pretty rad, they can’t even come close to what experiencing one of Matt Elson’s Infintiy Boxes is like. An amazing, interactive, human experience, sticking your head into one of the boxes reveals a playful world that is guaranteed to make you smile as you attempt to comprehend how on Earth you are seeing what is before you. By skillfully placing mirrors inside of the boxes, Elson composes unique illusions that play tricks on your perceptions. I was first introduced to the infinity boxes at Burning Man by the incredible, bouncy, beaming Vito Neo Reargo, who enthusiastically shared his experience with me. [Read more...]

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Kinetic Sculptor Hypnotizes Us with Wind Powered Art (and a Smart Interview Too)

Saturday 10.19.2013 , Posted by

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Anthony Howe’s kinetic wind sculptures have been going strong for a while now on the internet. “It shocked me that my art became somewhat viral online. I never thought the internet could do that,” he says. “The video revolution that is occurring is like a godsend to my work. It moves.” And that’s why we’re bringing it to you today – he’s got an exceptional new video interview out from The Creators Project detailing some of the influences behind his hypnotically moving kinetic sculptures. [Read more...]

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Cradle of Mir: Interview with Burning Man Art Crew from Russia

Monday 10.14.2013 , Posted by

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This year at Burning Man, there were over 350 registered art installations. One of the largest examples on the Playa was called the Cradle of Mir. It was constructed by a large crew consisting of artists, engineers, producers and enthusiasts with extensive experience organizing and participating in different Russian festivals, most broadly involved in “Pustye Holmi” (translated literally as Empty Hills), the festival of art, music and endless creativity. [Read more...]

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Burning Man Pinhole Camera Project Develops a Web Presence

Tuesday 09.17.2013 , Posted by

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As art lovers, naturally we love covering one of the most amazing visual experiences in the world: Burning Man. It’s an experience like no other and although it photographs well, capturing its true essence behind the lens is an amazing feat. Two of our favorite photographer we have loved covering are Eric Schwabel and Scott London. The project presented here is even more of a challenge than protecting your equipment from the playa dust with a digital camera, these captivating images were all captured with a lens-free pinhole camera! [Read more...]

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We Love Friday!- Burning Man on Instagram: Highlights From the Playa

Friday 09.06.2013 , Posted by

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This year an estimated 61,000 humans gathered to build a utopian community in the middle of a desert for a week, leaving no trace of their transformative experience behind. Black Rock City, Nevada is a land of radical self-expression and radical self-reliance that thrives on a gift economy, where logos and monetary exchange are prohibited (ice and coffee are the only items sold). For the first time in 5 years, sadly I was not a part of the festivities, but I was there in spirit. Burning Man is an experience that stays with you wherever you are, but nothing beats a re-charging week on the Playa. With the extra-terrestrial theme Cargo Cult, Burning Man 2013′s creative community brought beautiful art structures and installations into the world, many of which were ceremoniously burned as the week went on. Although it is hard to capture the surreal experience of this magical wonderland, we searched Instagram to bring you some of the photos that best demonstrate the essence of life on the Playa. [Read more...]

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