These Miniature Jewelry Box Dioramas Put The Traditional Shoebox Dioramas to Shame

Remember transforming a shoe box into a scene from history or a class novel back in your elementary school days? Well there is an amazing artist who has taken the elementary creativity up a notch and down a size to create jewelry box dioramas. Working out of his studio in Toronto, Canada, Canadian-Trinidadian artist TALWST creates mixed media and performance arts that explore art history and cultural contrast. These dioramas, though tiny, carry big messages as well as political commentary. The one featured above is called “Execution of Michael Brown”.

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Humans Transform Into Dr. Seuss Characters For A Hair Freezing Contest

Every February at Takhini Hot Springs in Yukon, Canada, visitors get the option to participate in a Hair Freezing Competition. This tourist destination features cozy pools that are as hot as perfect bath water and when the temperature drops below 30 degrees Celsius, you can use creative styling to turn your head into an ice sculpture. Aside from head hair, people make themselves look like cartoon characters with snowy lashes and eyebrows, and some men can even pull off chest hair icicles. Participants post their photos to Takhini’s Facebook wall and the business offers a $150 reward for the fan favorite. This year the winning prize went to the folks in the picture above.

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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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