Jazzy Abstract Maps of Famous World Cities


Some cities make you want to take out your favorite jazz records, sip on some wine and completely bliss out as you look down on the lights below. These posters from Toronto-based, self-taught artist Jazzberry Blue are just the right accompaniment for those moments – outlining the streets of famous world cities with a mid-century abstract flair. We wouldn’t want to navigate streets by these maps, but we sure would navigate life influenced by their spirit!


Would You Eat a Sandwich in a London Urinal?

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As the Brits would say, we’re not “taking the piss” when we say this London sandwich bar/cafe is situated in a Victorian urinal. Called Attendant, the narrow subterranean place is located just south of Regents Park and somewhat hidden below an ornate wrought iron entrance gate. The urinal, which was abandoned for over 50 years, was remodeled by partners Peter Tomlinson and Ben Russell for a respectable $150,000. Besides knocking out one wall, the duo report that the main project was a very thorough cleaning.


London, Swallowed by Flooding Waves

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Sometimes the very best illusions are those that are the most obvious. English photographer Rupert Jordan is taking that thinking seriously, producing a series of images along London’s Thames river that feature the iconic landmarks lining its shores. What makes Jordan’s images so interesting? All his landmarks appear as if they are sinking into a massive flood.


Floating Angels: Underwater Photos by Zena Holloway

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In this stunning series called Swan Song, London-based photographer Zena Holloway captures an angelic beauty floating beneath the water. Born in Bahrain and raised in London, Zena Holloway lived in Egypt and then the Grand Canyon where she became a Professional Diving Instructor. She got an underwater camera and taught herself the art of underwater photography. Since her first ad campaign for Faberge in 1996, Holloway has become one of the biggest names in underwater fashion photography. She has worked with numerous big clients including Nike, Speedo, and Mastercard.


Stunning Spray Paint Portraits- No Brushes, No Stencils

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Without the aid of brushes or stencils, David Walker has achieved an incredible level of realism in his freehand spray paintings. With abstract strokes and numerous layers, he has created a unique style of portraiture that has the energy and vibrance of street art with an extraordinary photorealistic quality. The London-based artist has exhibited his work all over the UK, other parts of Europe, Asia, and the US in shows with some of the top street artists in the world.


Climb the Walls of this London Illusion

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Ready to daringly rescue a child from a tall window? Want to relax like a gecko, magically attached to a vertical wall? How about flying from that window like the kids in Peter Pan? It’s all possible with Leandro Erlich’s new east London illusion. The giant installation, called Dalston House, allows visitors to place themselves on a horizontal façade while looking up at their reflection captured in a massive mirror hanging at a 45 degree angle overhead. For anyone viewing from the side, the illusion of a building with people scaling its sides is convincing.


Opening Week for the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

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For the past thirteen years London’s Serpentine Gallery has hosted the work of fantastic architects in the form of their annual Pavilion, staging perhaps the most anticipated and innovative program in the world. The resulting structures are open to the public, allowing passerby to explore groundbreaking experiments in design from such names as Zaha Hadid (2000), Frank Gehry (2008), Oscar Niemeyer (2003), and last year, Ai Weiwei. This year’s example, now celebrating its opening week, sees a cloud-like structure of tubular steel rising like an apparition from the grounds of the gallery.


Sam Winston’s Elemental Typography at the V&A

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Created specifically to participate in the upcoming V&A exhibition ‘Memory Palace’ in London, these fantastic new creations from artist Sam Winston have much thought rising from their sleek surfaces. His body of work features much that reinterprets the written word, making him a perfect fit for the new show that revolves around artistic, graphic and typographic interpretations of a section of a text from author Hari Kunzru written specifically for the multi-artist show. The passage Winston was tasked with interpreting was focused on “mankind’s worship of the periodic table.” To realize his vision, he chose to combine the scientific processes of modern chemistry with the imagery of sacred eastern geometry, realizing them through three fascinating metal panels.


Exquisite Paper Sculptures Map Historic Events


It’s easy to admire Matthew Picton’s paper sculpted maps simply for their fine craftsmanship and close resemblance to the famous cities they represent – but you’d be missing so much hidden in the details. Beyond the exquisitely folded ribbons of paper forming the delicate maps are tales from each city’s storied past: floods, fires, wars. Each element has been carefully researched and woven into the final sculpture, from the paper used to create it, to the destruction Picton often revisits on the cities.


Water Map: A Flat Wood Sink Modeled After London

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Seemingly flat sinks are hot these days, with many designs being produced that have little or no conventional basin. For many people, that’s not too much of a problem – most of our water splashing happens in the shower anyway. Now Julia Kononenko, a designer from Kharkiv, Ukraine, has taken the flat sink concept in a new direction, creating a laminated wood block featuring a pattern of channels modeled after the streets of central London. When used, the (presumably slow flowing) water enters the channels and subtly travels to a drain hidden in the back.