Data + Design Project

A Real-Life Illusion: This Mirrored Fence Blends with the Seasons

Monday 03.17.2014 , Posted by
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The stereotypical American dream is to own a classic house surrounded by a white picket fence. Well, instead of the wooden fence, how about a mirrored version that blends with the area? This was the alternative vision dreamed up by artist Alyson Sholsz. Commissioned for the Socrates Sculpture Park, it was recently displayed at the Storm King Arts Center in New York. [Read more...]

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Doodles Come To Life on Transparencies

Thursday 03.13.2014 , Posted by
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Is that a gigantic polar bear attacking San Francisco?! Fear not citizens, it’s merely a happy bear looking for a back rub… and using the Transamerica Pyramid for help.

Hombre McSteez (aka Marty Cooper) is dreaming up bizarrely fantastic scenarios and bringing them to the real world using just transparencies, white-out, a good old Sharpie and forced perspective. After doodling his work on the clear sheet, he holds it up and photographs it interacting with the scene behind. Each piece is made on the spot, perfectly matching situation – be it a monstrous day on the putting green or an afternoon grabbing tasty sushi (that seems to keep running away). [Read more...]

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This is Not a Cucumber.

Friday 03.07.2014 , Posted by
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What you’re looking at here may seem like food – and it is – but it’s not what you think. Tokyo-born artist Hikaru Cho is using her deft skill with a paintbrush to transform one food into another. Imagine picking up a tiny eggplant and suddenly breaking it like an egg, spilling its yolk all over the floor. That’s the reality she’s creating here. [Read more...]

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We’ve Got You Covered: People Matching Their Bodies to Book Covers

Thursday 02.27.2014 , Posted by
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For anyone who adores books, this is one way to get far closer to those literary loves. Working a Thursday night at Skylight Books in LA, Emily Pullen grabbed a book and matched her body to the figure on the cover. Her friends and co-workers joined in, matching each of their bodies more or less perfectly with those on the books – everything from faces and eyeballs, to punching fists and flexing muscle men. It was addictive. [Read more...]

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Brick Sculptures Built Piece by Piece

Tuesday 02.25.2014 , Posted by
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When you think of bricks, you’re probably thinking of LEGOs or house building materials, but probably not a medium for making sculptures. Brad Spencer is setting the record straight, using the red earthen blocks to create sculptures in a method he says dates back to the ancient Babylonians. The use of this common building material makes his pieces highly unusual, while the results play tricks with the eyes. [Read more...]

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Pencil vs. Camera Goes Huge: 3D Charcoal and Pencil Drawings by Ben Heine

Friday 01.31.2014 , Posted by
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Belgian artist Ben Heine creates amazing 3D charcoal and pencil drawings. What looks like the backdrop to a regular photo shoot is really a large scale canvas Ben is using to create his next monumental art project. His drawings are so fascinating because they jump off the page at you! They mix drawing and photography, imagination and reality; and while many artists are confined to a small workspace, Ben looks like he gets a full-body workout creating his pieces. These works continue on Ben’s best known series, Pencil vs Camera, which he started in 2010. [Read more...]

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Floating Tree Illusion in Germany

Friday 01.03.2014 , Posted by
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Whether you want to call it a rural intervention or illusory street art, this fantastic illusion created by Daniel Siering and Mario Shu is convincing. The duo wrapped a tree in Potsdam, Germany with plastic sheet, then carefully painted the background landscape to create the illusion of a tree cut in half. Here the top of the tree floats, suspended in space – and only a video can break the spell to show us exactly what’s happening. [Read more...]

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Polkadots or Stripes? Lenticular Dress Changes Patterns Depending on The Viewer’s Perspective

Wednesday 11.20.2013 , Posted by

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Ladies: can’t decide if you want to step outside in stripes or polkadots today? Have no fear because Dutch fashion designer Antoine Peters has created the perfect dress for you – and it has two different faces. His ‘Lenticular Dress‘ changes patterns depending on the viewers perspective. From one side the dress is clearly black and white stripes; from the other black and white polkadots. The design – though extremely striking in its effect, is created using an old fashioned method: pleats. [Read more...]

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A Thinly Sliced Citroën DS by the Legendary Gabriel Orozco

Monday 11.04.2013 , Posted by

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Here’s an oldie but a goodie, and we don’t mean just the car. This work of conceptual art comes from Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco, who back in 1993 sliced a classic (no, legendary) Citroën DS in two and perfectly narrowed the car into a single seater. The resulting work is so convincingly normal from the side, yet so bizarrely narrow from the front or rear. The piece predates recent ‘car warping’ sculptures like those of Indonesian artist Ichwan Noor (whose Volkswagen Beetle’s are formed into a surprisingly perfect sphere and cube). Orozco’s work keeps the car far more intact, leaving people to wonder at its functionality, how it was done, and whether they are seeing clearly. [Read more...]

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Street Art from Another Dimension (well, actually from Daan Botlek)

Sunday 11.03.2013 , Posted by

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Daan Botlek is a Rotterdam, Netherlands-based street artist and illustrator known for his minimalist characters and their etherial grasp on the tangible world. In places as distant as Leipzig, Germany and Bangkok, Thailand, Botlek has been inserting his often stark white characters into old building facades, giving their locations a surreal new ambiance as the characters bizarrely interact with the space. [Read more...]

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