Travellers: Bronze Statues in Search of Themselves

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Life can often leave you feeling a bit lost for purpose, perhaps even empty inside, but there’s a great way to regain your clarity on what matters in this world: go traveling. Bronze sculptor Bruno Catalano has created an fascinating series of sculptures called “Travellers” which depict people setting out on their journey with suitcase in hand and the center of their bodies missing. It’s as if that hole is their lost self, and they’ve set out to rediscover it.

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Visual Bits #378>New Collection Of Marvelous Murals

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Massive Aqua Dice Make a Splash

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Since life is so largely due to chance, Max Mulhern came up with an awesome idea for a project. With funding from France’s version of Kickstarter, Kiss Kiss Bank Bank, he raised over 5,000 Euros to construct massive aqua dice to be released into the sea near the Canary Islands where Christopher Columbus set sail. The dice were released on 12/12/12 and have a GPS tracker to monitor their journey. They are headed toward Western Sahara and will be an interesting surprise to those along the coast.

Animal Illustrations: High Tech or Tribal?

These animal illustrations seem to have wandered out of some high-tech training facility, one where they engineer the latest and greatest creatures of the wild. Then again, they could have been created by a secret tribal society using their ancient knowledge and sacred patterns. Each face-forward portrait is composed of finely detailed patterns, many looking like printed circuit boards, others looking closer to patterns lifted from mandalas. The final creation is readable from far, and fascinating up close.

In Color: Paris On the Eve of World War 1

Welcome to Paris in 1914. It was a time when automobiles were few, the bohemian lifestyle was flourishing, and Picasso was painting guitars while developing Synthetic Cubism. It was a moment in time when Europe was still at peace, and the French capital sat unknowingly on the eve of the First World War.

New York New York: Filming New Work from TILT

You might remember running across the artist TILT earlier this year when he and his crew decorated a Marseille hotel room with what we dubbed as a split personality. Now this french artist with such a bold aesthetic is back, markering and spray painting a piece he calls New York New York. The large canvas is covered with a spiral of bubbly hand-drawn typography and painted in hues from deep purple to light pink. The result is deliciously chewy.

Vintage Infographic: Napoleon’s Tragic Russian March

When it comes to tragic military events, few would rate worse than the French invasion of Russia in 1812. A disastrous combination of situations resulted in the once powerful Grande Armée being reduced from nearly half a million strong, to a shockingly small 10,000 following their retreat. This vintage information graphic detailing the event was created by Charles Joseph Minard in 1869. It is an early masterpiece of good design.

Minimalist Posters Sum Up Each Art Movement

If you have trouble getting your art movement categories straight, then this series of posters by Outmane Amahou would be the perfect study guide. The Moroccan artist based in France has designed a line of minimalist art posters that simplify each movement into one icon. The colorful posters are available for purchase on Society 6 and would make the perfect gift for an art enthusiast.

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