The New Canadian Passport Is a Big Party Under Black Light

The new Canadian passports look completely normal to the uninformed. There’s an information and photo page, along with the typical numbered pages covered with softly shaded Canada inspired imagery. But put the new passports under a UV light and everything changes.

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Filmed on Super 8, This Retro Video Will Make You Want to Go Outside and Tear It Up

“Ski Boys” is one of those celluloid treats which inspires through its sheer exuberance. This video will make you want to run outside, find some nature and do some high kicks… just for the heck of it. Filmed by the crew at Vancouver, British Columbia film production studio Zenga Bros., the retro masterpiece captures the crew’s antics on an 8-foot toboggan fitted with roller skate wheels, catching air in a flying squirrel suit, and riding a fleet of unusual home-made mutant bicycles.

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This Sauna Takes the Edge Off the Cold, and Conventional Sauna Design

Conventional sauna design has been using angular shapes for a long time, and that’s something a bit at odds with lounging comfortably in the heat. What if that warm wood interior could be curvaceous, soft to the touch, and even the eyes? The people at design firm Partisans have created just that with their recent project called Grotto. It might be the most beautiful sauna we’ve ever seen.

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OsGemeos Transform Silos in Vancouver into Towering Giants

Renowned Brazilian street artist twins, OsGemeos have lent their signature ‘Giants’ to a series of six huge silos for the Vancouver Biennale. Located on Granville Island, the 70-foot tall towers perfectly match the duo’s work, even including small legs at the bottom.

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Two of Your Favorite Aliens Together In One Art Piece

The two most beloved aliens in sci-fi history, E.T. and Yoda, join forces in this beautiful installation piece by Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins. Modeled after Michelangelo’s Pieta, the Canadian artists call their version PiETa. As E.T. heals Yoda with his magic glowing finger, the piece represents unity among everyone in the universe, religious differences and planets of origin aside. The duo has practiced sculpture, installation and media art in Toronto since 2000.

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Forever Bicycles: Ai Weiwei Revisits his Impressive Repeating Sculpture at Toronto’s La Nuit Blanche

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World renowned artist and activist Ai Weiwei recently re-released his impressively repeating Forever Bicycles installation at Toronto’s La Nuit Blanche, an all night arts and culture festival. He previously installed the massive piece at Galleria Continua in San Gimignano, Italy, that time stacking them on their sides and only using 760 bicycles… yes we said only. The new piece uses a staggering 3000 bicycles lit in such a way that they almost appear to be digital repetitions.

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Trippy Temple: Projection Visuals at Shambhala

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This Canadian temple stage, dubbed the Pagoda Stage, has a reputation for being a magnet for people who love to dance in furry animal hats, EL wire tutus and tight neon bodysuits. For one weekend in August every year, Shambhala festival unites bass heads who want to take in the sights and sounds of this crazy forest. The Pagoda Stage is famous for having mind-bending, transformative visuals, never looking like the same place twice. 

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HUGE Pedal-Powered Helicopter Claims 33 Year Old Prize

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In 1980 the American Helicopter Society (AHS) laid down a challenge: create a human-powered helicopter that can stay at least 10 feet in the air for at least 60 seconds within a 30 x 30 foot space. 33 years later the $250,000 prize has finally been claimed by a team named AeroVelo and their absolutely massive four-rotor helicopter called Atlas. The unbelievable video below is a must watch.

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Astounding Sculptures Growing in Montréal

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It’s an art festival that will delight gardeners, sculptors and the public alike – the Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal is a massive international mosaiculture competition taking place in Montréal, Canada. The exhibition, which opened June 22 and runs through September 29, features an astounding 22,000 plant species and cultivars spread through 10 greenhouses and 30 themed gardens… all carefully arranged to form living sculptures like a convincingly fluffy dog made of grass, to an unbelievably lush Spirit in the Woods.

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Origami and Pokemon? A Perfect Match!

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Young Canadian artist Jobe Brown has an obsession with fantasy and paper. It’s a happy combination which sees him folding 3D characters from hits like Harry Potter, Spongebob Squarepants and Pokemon in his uniquely patterned style of origami. He’s made a winged Golden Snitch, Mr Krabs and a load of Pokemon characters (gotta catch ‘em all!), each one cleverly redesigned to fit the modular methods he uses to create them.

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