Van Gogh in high resolution ‘Gigapixel’ format

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The Google Art Project is an ongoing collaboration between art museums around the world. Partnering with large, world famous museums and small community based ones, the Project is utilized in over 40 countries. At current count, over 40,000 high resolution images of fine art have been contributed to the site.

Tribute to Frida Kahlo: A Photography Project

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One of the most recognized artists of all time, Frida Kahlo has made herself an icon with her self-portraits. She accomplished a great deal in her life of only 47 years, befriending Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, leaving her mark in the art world, and acting as a passionate activist. To honor her life, Bulgarian photographer Kiril Stanoev, who is often commissioned by Vogue, was inspired to take on a personal project. Make up artist Diana Stoyanova and hair stylist Stanislav Ivanov transformed model Donna Bangiozova into a striking image of Frida Kahlo and Kiril Stanoev took this series of photographs that capture the essence of Frida.

MEME the World Encourages Art, Fun and Sharing

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meme [meem] : an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture. (via merriam-webster dictionary). Justin Crowe believes in the cultural value of creativity and he’s spreading the word to the world with a meme. This Ohio based potter is creating and distributing custom made mugs with baked-on instructions encouraging a fun game of sharing. His project is called MEME the World.

Burning Man Approves all 35 Effigies This Year

This just in: the Burning Man leadership has approved all 35 applications for regional effigies in 2012. As a way of celebrating local communities and their efforts in supporting the Burning Man ethos and its cultural movement, the Circle of Regional Effigies (C.O.R.E.) organizes the wild art installations that will be created by Burning Man regional groups around the world.

In 2011, 22 effigies were built by representatives from communities as diverse as Hawaii, New York, Ireland, Saskatchewan and San Diego… to name just a few. The designs themselves need to be within the dimensional limits of 20 feet by 20 feet and mostly made of wood. They are all placed in a ring around the Man (rumor has it, this year will be multiple rings) and burn simultaneously on Thursday night of the week long event. Last year was the first year this happened and let’s just say you’re not going to experience anything like it anywhere else on this planet. I was personally in the center when the 22 effigies went off last year and that moment will forever be one of the most memorable of my life.

The Tutu Project: Fundraising for Breast Cancer

In 2003, Bob Carey decided he wanted to wear a Tutu. No, he wasn’t changing his gender identity. Bob wanted to wear a pink tutu because it was, to him, the most opposite thing he could be doing in his life. He decided to travel to various beautiful locations and take self-portraits of himself in these places. Throughout his photos he is pictured in American national parks like the Grand Canyon, in cities, open country and deserts.

The Data + Design Project: Pie Charts February

Here at Visual News, we’ve been looking for designers/illustrators to participate in an ongoing design series called the Data + Design Project. As an off-shoot of Column Five Media, we are ardent supporters of the union between data and design. Last month we started curating the Data + Design Project gallery as a way to show how flexible and beautiful data visualizations can actually be. With the Visual News website getting over 1.1 million monthly visitors, 13,000 Facebook fans and 2,900 Twitter followers, we hope this can become a valuable resource for inspiration.

2011: A Look Back at The Year in Kickstarter

Kickstarter is officially a phenomenon! From funding civic projects like turning derilict New York lots into urban farms, to creative ventures like turning Michigan’s Rabbit Island into an Artists Residency or launching an inexpensive tool for shooting smooth video pans, the funding powerhouse is quickly revolutionizing the way we see grass roots projects come into reality… and no wonder: is there anything more exciting than being directly connected to making well thought out, world changing projects come to life and getting something back in return??

Brilliant: App Predicts Weather for the Near Future

We’ve all had plans to do something outdoors during a day when the weather prediction says 90% chance of rain… but when is that rain going to hit? Now, an in development app called Black Sky aims to answer that question, and look beautiful in the process

Help Make: User Created Johnny Cash Music Video

The Johnny Cash Project is a global collective art collaboration that invites artists to share their vision of the legendary Man in Black. Working with a single image as a template, and using an online image editor, contributors create their own unique portraits of Johnny. The image, added to a collection of artists’ works from around the globe, will be integrated into a music video for Cash’s last recorded song “Ain’t No Grave.” It’s a beautiful and touching tribute to an artist who influenced and moved so many.