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A Chinese Meter-Reader Captures Unexpected Moments on the Street

Monday 12.29.2014 , Posted by
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Tao Liu doesn’t take your average street photographs, but then again, he’s not your average street photographer either. The 32-year-old from Hefei, China, is a water-meter reader for the Hefei Water Supply Company. He spends his days riding the city streets on his motorcycle while collecting businesses’ water usage. But after his long day he puts his trusty Fujifilm X100 rangefinder to work. [Read more…]

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A Growing Trend in China: Real Fruit Shaped Like Buddhas and Cubes

Wednesday 09.24.2014 , Posted by
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There’s a new craze in China folks and it’s invading markets and homes everywhere. It’s called “fruit mould” and involves shaping real fruit into mini Buddhas, hearts and squares. While the fruit is still young, the growers encase it into a custom plastic mould and let the fruit continue to grow. Then after a little time, the fruit is ready to come out of its shell to the world. [Read more…]

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The Lotus Building Grows from a Lake in Wujin, China

Wednesday 08.06.2014 , Posted by
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Growing from the artificial lake at the center of Wujin, China is a fantastic new structure – “The Lotus Building” from Australian architecture firm Studio 505. The exquisitely beautiful building takes its form from the blooming lotus flower, and throwing the formality of most government institutions aside, is the home to departments of the city’s planning bureau. [Read more…]

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Poignant Photos of Twins Over 50

Monday 07.28.2014 , Posted by
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There’s a proverb in China that says the fifties are the years one comes to understand their fate. This proverb inspired Beijing-based photographer Gao Rongguo to pursue a project he titled “Identical Twins.” It involved photographing pairs of twins as if they are looking at each other and document their differences. The results are poignant and carry a solemnity appropriate of contemplating one’s existence. [Read more…]

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A Boatload of Animals Shines Light on the World’s Environmental Crisis

Tuesday 07.22.2014 , Posted by
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From the infamous damming of the Yangtze River, to sky obscuring smog in Beijing, and an incident when 16,000 dead pigs were found in the Huangpu River (which supplies Shanghai with drinking water); China has more than its share of environmental crises. Now, New York-based, China-born artist Cai Guo-Qiang is staging a major solo exhibition featuring 11 works that unapologetically highlight Earth’s current environmental and ecological crisis. The first of those pieces – The Ninth Wave – is featured here. [Read more…]

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The International Buffalo Bodypainting Festival in China

Tuesday 06.24.2014 , Posted by
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Later this week, the World Bodypainting Festival begins in Austria, but last month a similar competition took place in the southern hills of China: Buffalo Painting. Located in Jiangcheng county, the annual International Buffalo Bodypainting competition coincides with the region’s founding. This year marked the 60th anniversary for Jiangcheng, and a total of 48 water buffaloes got “dressed” for the occasion. [Read more…]

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Sculptures Created with the Help of Bees

Thursday 06.19.2014 , Posted by
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Chinese artist Ren Ri is creating sculptures in collaboration with bees. He’s given up control of the final creative process, using chance and the bee’s innate industriousness to create a series of pieces based on the wax cells of the honeycomb. [Read more…]

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The World’s Oldest Pants: 3000+ Years Old and They Haven’t Changed Much… at Least For Hippies

Wednesday 06.04.2014 , Posted by
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Long before gowns, robes, tunics, and togas were the common dress in the Roman Empire, nomadic herders in western China were pulling on pants. This pair of trousers excavated from a Yanghai graveyard in China’s Tarim Basin are between 3,300 and 3,000 years old, making them the oldest example of this form of apparel known to exist… and they look a lot like hippie pants. [Read more…]

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These Clothing Sculptures Let You Take the City With You

Monday 05.19.2014 , Posted by
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There’s packing for a trip, and then there’s this. Popping out of soft shell luggage we see towering city blocks, skyscrapers and bridges in a rainbow of colors. It’s as if someone packed up the city and brought it along. The works are part of Chinese artist Yin Xiuzhen’s series Portable City, and fittingly, each piece is made from second-hand clothing. [Read more…]

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Calamity Plates: A New Take On Classic Porcelain Dishes

Monday 05.12.2014 , Posted by
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Classic white porcelain dishes with cobalt blue designs have existed in households for centuries. Each plate typically tells a story, and in past times it would even provide cordial conversation at dinner parties when the nice dishes were brought out. While the dishes are a nice addition to any household, even one that can be passed on from generation to generation, graphic designer Don Moyer thought they needed a bit of a “modern touch.” [Read more…]

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