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New Cityscape Sculptures “Sketched with a Bandsaw” from Artist James McNabb

Thursday 10.23.2014 , Posted by
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When we last covered artist James McNabb, he was launching his series of bandsaw cut cities on Kickstarter, giving city blocks as rewards for support. He’s come a long way since then, recently opening a solo show called Metros at Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami. His imaginative work continues to evolve and grow, just like the cities around us. His work is a commentary on the “transformations of cities and urban landscapes, their beauty, uniqueness, and overdevelopment.” In a way, this is the journey of a woodworker from the quiet forest into the urban jungle. [Read more…]

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Shh, Don’t Wake These Sleepy Kids!

Monday 09.01.2014 , Posted by
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Nap time has the unfortunate tendency of disappearing once you reach adulthood. French photographer Alice Lemarin captures the childhood privilege of dozing whenever and wherever you want in her Sleeping series. [Read more…]

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Silhouettes Play on the Streets of Padua

Thursday 07.24.2014 , Posted by
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The streets of Padua Italy are filled with playful silhouettes by local street artist Kenny Random. Kenny, whose real name is Andrea Coppo has been practicing the art form since the eighties, and over the years his style has ranged from anthropomorphic figures, stenciled silhouettes and a myriad of cartoon characters which interact with each other. [Read more…]

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Wild Animal Murals: Too Large to Be Ignored

Wednesday 06.18.2014 , Posted by
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As the global population of humans increases each day, animals are pushed to adapt and creatively survive in our presence. Belgian artist ROA infuses this issue into the street art he paints around the world. In countries like Australia, Portugal, Canada and the United Kingdom, his large-scale murals highlight the current reality in the relationship between wild animals and humans. [Read more…]

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These Murals in Tehran Merge with the Sky

Sunday 05.18.2014 , Posted by
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The architecture in the city of Tehran is a mixed bag. One building can have a nice modern facade, while the surrounding buildings are just simple and gray. This discrepancy in building practices led to the government allotting a budget committed to making public art a greater priority. For the past eight years, local Iranian artists have been commissioned to do large murals on the blank buildings to “color” up the city they all love. [Read more…]

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In the Belly of the Whale: Rest Hall at U of Seoul Made of Wooden Ribs

Monday 03.03.2014 , Posted by
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Tucked under the stark grey exterior of a building at the University of Seoul is a warm and organic place to rest. Called Rest Hall and nicknamed Hole, the inviting structure resembles the belly of a whale, complete with row upon row of wooden ribs. Walking into the central entrance, the cave-like space encircles you with the warmth of natural timber rings, with chambers opening to the left and right. [Read more…]

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Just Bolt it On: Smart, Powered Bicycle Wheels are on the Way

Thursday 10.24.2013 , Posted by

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NPR recently wrote about how, in almost every european country, bikes are outselling new cars – and that’s exciting news for anyone who wants to see bikes become a more dominant means of transportation. But, unless you’re a spandex sporting bike nut, most people don’t want to arrive at work dripping in sweat. Enter two exciting new, and funded, projects for powered bicycle wheels that are simply smart: the Copenhagen Wheel and FlyKly. How do you get extra power? Simply pedal like any normal bike. [Read more…]

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German Duo Create Street Art That Can Only Be Viewed From a Certain Angle

Monday 10.14.2013 , Posted by

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On the streets of Mannheim, Germany live an artistic duo who are sprucing up their city in common places. They go by the name Zebrating, and for a while now they have been creating realistic images of human faces on railings, bringing color and life to the grey areas. The unique appeal to their work is that it can only be viewed from a certain angle. If one were to view the railings directly, one would only see dull metallic, yet when looked at a 45 degree angle, the colors and beautiful faces appear. [Read more…]

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Spraypainted Street Art by DALeast Looks Like Three Dimensional Shards of Metal

Sunday 08.18.2013 , Posted by

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When he was just three years old, Chinese artist DALeast prophetically told his mother that he would be an artist and travel around the world one day. Now 29, DALeast, who keeps his real identity anonymous, is doing just that. His murals have a very unique style- although they are spray painted on, they look like three dimensional sculptures made of thousands of metallic splinters, that explode at points of impact. DALeast has created gigantic images of wildlife, but also humans- like astronauts and scuba divers- and even a car crashing into a pipe. He has travelled all over the world and created murals in his hometown of Wuhan in China, Cape Town, Miami, New York and London. He imagines each piece in his head before he brings it to life on the wall. [Read more…]

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Patterns in the Urban World: Photography by Jared Lim

Tuesday 06.25.2013 , Posted by

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Over the course of human history the expansion of the urban metropolis has continued to grow. The country of Singapore, which is almost entirely a city in itself, is a good example of the extent this trend has reached, and that’s why it’s a good place to find a photographer who understands the beauty in such metropolises. His name is Jared Lim and he has had the privilege of travelling to cities all over the world capturing intriguing urban structures and the intricate forms they reveal to his lens. [Read more…]

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