The World Trade Center Reborn

The World Trade Center is being reborn and the History Channel and Column Five have teamed up together to bring you an infograph of all the details going into the massive rebuild. The building will be 1776 feet tall, which you guessed it, was picked because it matches the year of our independence. This will be the tallest building in America.

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3D Paintings That Explode From The Canvas

Marchal Mithouard (aka Shaka) is a French artist whose paintings literally pop off the canvas into the world around them. To create his pieces, Mithouard first creates a bas relief of his figures on canvas, then paints them in his multi-colored, street art style. Be sure to check out this video of a painting on facebook to see the full detail of his 3D effect.

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Light Beyond Sound

When you see Tatiana Plakhava’s designs, they seem to capture the energy of tiny particles colliding in the Large Hadron Collider, revealing an explosive and colorful beauty. Her highly complex designs combine science, illustration, photography, and music, which makes her one well rounded individual. She graduated from Moscow State University with a Master in Social Psychology and then studied at the High Academic School of Graphic Design. Her clientel has ranged from Procter & Gamble Russia and HP, to Playboy USA and Wired Magazine, UK. You can find her on facebook and her personal site or an excellent interview about her by Russel Shaw, here.

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A Tiny World of Nano Origami

Using just a toothpick to create her minuscule folds, German paper-crafter Anja Markiewicz makes what must be some of the smallest examples of origami around. Many of her tiniest paper cranes measure only 4mm across (check out those fingerprints for a sense of scale). For more info on Anja and her work, see her Flickr photos or buy jewelry made with the pieces at shop.faltsucht.de

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Minimalist Timelines of Famous Figures

The comic timing is absolutely brilliant on these timeline histories from design house H-57. Looking for how Marie Antoinette met her demise or the unfortunate early end to the legendary Bruce Lee? They’re here in minimal yet revealing detail. Find more at h-57.com or see our previous post on their typography Star Wars characters.

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Turning Trash Into Shade

South African Heath Nash says he has always made things; drawing, cutting, folding sculpting and experimenting with different materials, his entire life. Once out of college, he began turning his passion for creating into a business.

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Two Names, One Artist, One Mind

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Visual files of unusual bugs and beetles from his native Oaxaca got stuck in his mind like a database, says artist Sego y Ovbal. Sego, or Ovbal, draws and paints fantastical images of these and other things, along with large-scale graffiti style murals.

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A Visual Adventure In Geometry and Light

This master of digital geometry, light, color and composition creates feasts for the eyes. Andy Gilmore leads you into a visual sensation from portraits to pixels, patterning line, color and attention to detail in arresting artwork.

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The Worlds Weirdest Book

A truly unique work of fiction, ‘The Codex Seraphinianus‘ is a book that appears to be a visual encyclopedia of some unknown world or dimension. Written down in one of that worlds beautiful curving languages, the book by Italian artist, architect and industrial designer Luigi Serafini, explains the odd inhabitants and their colorful behaviors. The book was created between 1976 and 1978 and for the low price of about $500.00 you can ponder over your own copy… then again, if you can’t afford that, check out the video at the bottom.

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Portraits Carved From Completed Paintings

In a process of creative addition and subtraction, artist Kuin Heuff creates her intricate portraits of men. Looking like intricate wood cuts, each painting began as a complete portrait on paper, Heuff then studies the brush stroke patterns and form of the painting and starts cutting away pieces. Her results are portraits with a light, lace-like structure that still retains its painterly color. For more on this Rotterdam based artists work including a selection of her uncut paintings see kuinheuff.nl.

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