Interactive Art Gallery Invites Visitors To Become The Art

In the Phillipines, there is an art gallery that takes the word “interactive” to the next level. Each piece requires human interaction to come to life and with the proper perspective, the optical illusions pop. Known as Art in Island, the gallery has been set up in what used to be a bus station. Why spend all day admiring other people’s work when you can step into a piece of art and become it?

Mike Wellins’ Bizarre Additions to Thrift Store Paintings

Mike Wellins’ has an obsession with the odd things of the world, and he creates plenty of them too. Co-creator of Portland’s one-and-only “freakybuttrue” Peculiarium, he has been raiding thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales to feed his appetite for old paintings. He then remixes them with strange additions – like rocket packs for bunnies, to hoards of zombies. It’s a process that’s been dubbed NERC (Non-elective Retroactive Collaboration).

Paintings of Splendid Cities Defying Gravity

Lithuanian artist Vytautas Laisonas is creating cities that defy gravity. Whether they are floating orbs made of conglomerate european villages, or tall towers built by the same brave architects, each of Laisonas’ works are lifted high by their fanciful reflection of a particularly keen imagination.

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

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.

What if City Billboards Where Plastered with Art Instead of Ads?

If you’re the citizen of any world city, you’re used to seeing ads just about everywhere. From cosmetics models staring back at the bus stop, to flashing electronic billboards advertising bubbly sugar water, it’s hard to avoid being bombarded by advertising – subliminal or not. French artist Etienne Lavie has a solution that will make artists happy and ad execs sad: fill the city with art. Lavie has imagined replacing the many billboards of Paris with classic artworks, from Renaissance to Impressionism.

Star Wars’ Imperial Forces Invade the Quaint Paintings of Thomas Kinkade

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There are few art critics who would label themselves as fans of Thomas Kinkade’s idyllic paintings, but you’d be surprised who the new enemies of his painterly cottages and mountains have become: the Star Wars Imperial Forces. In a brilliant mashup, Jeff Bennett has been inserting tulip stomping AT-ATs, bird frightening Imperial Star Destroyers, and arsonist Storm Troopers into the famously bucolic works. The countryside will never be the same.

Playing with Food: The Art Toast Project from Ida Frosk

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What if famous painters had used a piece toast as their canvas, and foodstuffs instead of paint? Well, it might have looked something like The Art Toast Project. Brainchild of Norwegian Instagram food artist Ida Skivenes (who goes by her online pseudonym Ida Frosk) The Art Toast Project is a series of our favorite paintings by well-known artists, created entirely out of edibles on slices of toast.

Incredible: Bodies Camouflaged with Paint

Johannes Stötter is an artist specializing in bodypainting. His first experiments with the style began in 2000, even though he had gained an interest five years prior. As he continued to hone his craft, he discovered there was a bodypainting competition bringing bodypainters together from all over the world. He promptly entered the competition and to his surprise finished in 5th place. After his placing in the competition, Stötter was inspired: “That was the beginning of a new bodypainting era for me. From that moment I was fixed on winning the world title.” In 2012, his dream became a reality and he became the “World’s greatest bodypainter.”

Exploring the Natural World, Painted on Maps

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Do you have old maps lying around your home? Why not utilize them as surfaces for art? Vancouver based Paul Morstad decided to use maps for his paintings of various animals from the natural world. Looking at maps as artifacts of human endeavor and an empirical grid to represent land, Morstad hopes to reveal the ambivalence and struggle in the cohabitation of humans and the natural world.

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