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It’s Official: London Is Getting Thomas Heatherwick’s £175 Million Garden Bridge

Tuesday 12.02.2014 , Posted by
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London has no shortage of iconic bridges, but it’s now getting one that could top them all. Approved this morning by Westminster Council, Thomas Heatherwick’s design for the fantastic £175 million ‘Garden Bridge’ will cross the River Thames between Temple Station and the South Bank. After construction it will provide a lush green escape from the bustling city, suspended high above the river’s waters. It will also earn the distinction of being the “most expensive footbridge in the world.” [Read more…]

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Take a Guided Tour of the Crowded Airspace Above the UK

Thursday 11.27.2014 , Posted by
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At this time of year nearly everyone is winging off to see their family, and in the UK that means seriously busy airspace. Welcome to a typical day in the UK, where 6,000 flights, from commercial to military and general aviation, share the skies over the country. Air traffic control company NATS has created a beautiful, near immersive, visualization detailing all that traffic. The complex work they do is impressive. [Read more…]

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Bringing the Spirit of the Burning Man Temple to Northern Ireland

Wednesday 10.29.2014 , Posted by
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Every year since 2000, the Burning Man gathering has featured a massive wood structure called the “Temple”. Since its introduction, the ornately designed buildings have become one of the most special places for those who attend. In an environment that celebrates all kinds of radical free expression, the temple inspires reflection, contemplation and honoring. It is a sanctuary where those that come can heal, grieve loved ones or just sit in peace. After one week of its existence, it is gracefully burned, a symbolic “letting go” for some. Now, in its last day seeking funding through a Kickstarter campaign, the spirit of the Temple could be flying all the way to the Northern Irish town of Derry for March 2015. [Read more…]

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Grab Some Very Literal “Soft Drinks” At This Convenience Store

Tuesday 08.12.2014 , Posted by
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This east London corner store sells ordinary products, with one exception: they are all made of felt. For her “Felt Cornershop” installation, designer Lucy Sparrow recreated over 400 typical convenience store items–ranging from cookies to condoms–out of the familiar, kid-friendly fabric. She added logos and other details with brightly-colored puffy paint, then stocked her products at an abandoned market at 19 Wellington Row.  [Read more…]

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The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round…Thanks to These Fine London Bus Drivers

Sunday 08.10.2014 , Posted by
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In the daily hustle and bustle, many people rely on public transportation, but do we ever pause from our busy lives to look at the people taking us from place to place? London-based photographer Joel Devlin offers a glimpse into the front window of the bus at the drivers who help make the city move. Aside from capturing their lovely portraits, many of the pictures also show a reflection of the architecture of London surrounding the driver in the reflection of the window. [Read more…]

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A Fashionable Look at the Sikh Beard and Turban

Wednesday 06.18.2014 , Posted by
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Inspired by the sudden popularity of beards around the streets of London, photographers Amit and Naroop created the SINGH Project, a beard extravaganza explored through a collection of 35 photographs celebrating the identity of British Sikh men. [Read more…]

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Classic Paintings of London On Top of Google Street Views of the City

Thursday 02.20.2014 , Posted by
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If you walk the streets of London often enough, it’s easy to forget the massive amount of history that surrounds you. But, just looking up can send your head spinning into the past again. From the giant dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral, to the towers of Westminster Abby and the quiet banks of the Thames in Greenwich, almost every view of the old city is filled with stories from the past. Redditor shystone recently when on an internet odyssey using classic paintings from the city’s history and matching them up with modern day views from Google Street View. [Read more…]

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Real-Life Objects Get Digitized, Remixed, and Beautifully 3D Printed Back into Reality

Tuesday 02.04.2014 , Posted by
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M Plummer-Fernandez is taking everyday objects, 3D scanning them with a digital camera, digitally distorting them and bringing them back into reality with a 3D printer. The result are objects that look like they popped off the screen – strangely bridging the gap between the distant past and the near future. [Read more…]

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A Reverse Listening Device, and other Variations on Normal, From Dominic Wilcox

Monday 01.27.2014 , Posted by
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Dominic Wilcox has a vivid imagination, and a sketchbook chock full of ideas to prove it. Like some nutty professor, he conjures up devices to make the world a better, more interesting place… never mind how impractical, bizarre or utterly crazy they may be. In his recent window display for London’s famous Selfridges department store and their Festival of Imagination, he’s taken 14 pages from his sketchbook and brought them to life – the results are stopping foot traffic and entertaining minds. [Read more…]

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Rainbow Colored X-Ray Style Large Scale Murals Art By Shok-1

Saturday 01.04.2014 , Posted by
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London-based street artist Shok Oner, better known as SHOK-1, is back with a vibrant new x-ray style. Layering spray paint, he creates patterns and geometric shapes out of neurons, bones, and insects in vivid colors. Last month, he displayed his new style in a solo show in London appropriately named X-Rainbow. Be sure to watch the video below in which SHOK-1 explains the intentions behind his work and “organic” methods. [Read more…]

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