Monday, 31 December 2012

Smile - a new year is waiting

This is one of the best "faces in places" shots I have ever seen. I wish you all a great end to 2012 and a happy and healthy 2013. First seen here.

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Eiffel tower lamp

A pendant to the Taj Mahal table that was featured a few weeks ago, likewise originating from the Design Miami 2012 fair - responding to the theme of conceptual form from well-known historical monuments. This Tour Eiffel lamp is made from patinated bronze and features a polished bronze lampshade fixed to the bent peak of the tower. Difficult to say which of the two creations is the worst. First seen here.

Saturday, 29 December 2012

The odd couple

A wonderful combination, this orphaned hippo calf (a tsunami survivor) and its adopted father, a giant male Aldabran tortoise. First seen here.

Friday, 28 December 2012

Kevin Bacon

That whole "portrait from unusual material" thing gets old quickly, but here is one I could not resist. it is Kevin Bacon, made out of... bacon. First seen here.

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Do hit chair

Inspired by Frank Gehry? This happens when designers join the mixed nuts confederation. Starting with a basic steel box and a sledge hammer, you're supposed to beat it with gusto until it looks like something you could sit in. First seen here.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Matchstick sculptures

Another example of artists using unusual material and getting close to Art for Art's Sake quality. Ryan and Trevor Oakes create a variety of geometric shapes from matchsticks - especially the sculpture above is beautiful. First seen here.

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Christmas snow flake

A casual look and all you see is a snow flake, fitting for Christmas day. However, this image by photographer Simon Gardiner is definitely worth a second look. First seen here.

Monday, 24 December 2012

Sandy Claus

A stunning image suited for Chistmas Eve: Indian sand artist Sudersan Pattnaik hard at work creating a gigantic sand sculpture with hundreds of Santa Claus statues at the Puri Golden Beach. First seen here.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Axis of Awesome

Comedy and rock/pop don't mix too well in general, but this Australian act Axis of Awesome is hilarious. I love their demonstration on YouTube that almost every hit song is based on the same four chords. First seen here.

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Crushed pigment portraits

Spanish artist Borja Martinez creates portraits if icons of our time in a new special way: he crushes pieces of watercolour pigments into dusty piles through a template representing the key features of the portrait in negative space. The results are really rewarding. First seen here.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Absolut stirring

A wonderful seasonal varation on the famous Absolut Vodka advertisement campaigns - a play on the old Christmas poem The night before Christmas: " 'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse". First seen here.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Starry starry night

I have experienced the stunning night skies at the southern hemispheres myself a number of times, during holidays in South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, but this is even more beautiful than I remember. This shot was taken at the Church of the Good Shepherd near Lake Tekapo in New Zealand's South Island - a place I visited twice, but during daytime. First seen here.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Eilerts jul

Amidst stiff competition, this is probably the single worst Christmas album cover of all time (the link has some other candidates as well). The culprit is Eilert Pilarm, a Swedish Elvis impersonator. The album title translates as Eilerts Christmas. First seen here.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

iRock

The latest addition to the iMania. The iRock is a rocking chair with built-in iPad dock and speakers, and the additional gadget that the rocking motion is used to charge the iPad's battery. First seen here.

Monday, 17 December 2012

His Ginger?

This must be one of the weirdest Christmas advertisings I have ever seen. I'd guess it dates back to around 1960. First seen here.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Let it snow

This photograph of a dog covered with snow and frost impressed me very much with its haunting eyes - the real standout in a great collection of recent winter shots. It was taken outside Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. First seen here.

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Audrey

A beautiful and instantly recognizable image of the lovely Audrey Hepburn, created by using people as pixels. It is actually a painting by Craig Alan - I would have liked it even better had it been staged in real life and photographed. First seen here.

Friday, 14 December 2012

A different Christmas ornament

If you have already put up a Christmas tree, here is an ornament that is sure to be a conversation piece. I thought about putting this under Special Designs, because it is for a worthy cause after all (increased awareness of testicular cancer) - but in the end, the Mixed Nuts category was too mush of a double entendre not to use it. First seen here.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

The origin of cartoon characters

A fascinating read: the real life origin of some of the most famous cartoon characters of all time, including as depicted above Betty Boop, modeled on singer Helen Kane. Highly recommended to check the link. First seen here.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Floating coffee table

After the ugly Taj Mahal table earlier this week, here we have a table that is well worth looking at. British designer Christopher Duffy created this UP coffee table, in which a few golden balloons appear to be the only thing keeping a glass table top afloat. In reality, each one of the "balloons" is handmade out of glass, metal resin composite, and toughened steel rods. There are only 20 pieces available for purchase, at a price of about 7000 euro.... First seen here.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

First kiss

Accidental or on porpoise? Don't groan, I did not come up with that one. First seen here (original link, seems to be gone).

Monday, 10 December 2012

Taj Mahal table

This monstrous atrocity originated at the Design Miami 2012 fair - responding to the theme of conceptual form from well-known historical monuments. The Taj Mahal table, made from patinated and polished bronze, flips the Indian landmark on its head so that it rests on its four corner turrets. Simply awful. First seen here.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Horse shoe sculptures

Tom Hill, a talented self-taught sculptor, uses recycled horseshoes to create incredible life-size animal sculptures. I particularly like his turtle shown above. Not fine art, but great stuff for potpourri. First seen here.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Thunderbirds stamps

This is a double whammy in the nostalgia department. When I was a kid in the sixties, I was an avid stamps collector, and my favourite TV show was the Thunderbirds. To see them combined in one this week in the linked DRB post made me very happy. First seen here.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Rihanna photoshop disaster

Taken from one of my favourite blogs, Photoshop Disasters. What possesses the editors of a magazine like Elle to make such an ultra-slim caricature of a beautiful woman? First seen here.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Seibert sand castles

For an artist like Calvin Seibert, these sand castles he constructed for fun at the beach are the equivalent of doodles. I love these beautifully shaped constructions, and I am glad he at least took pictures of them before the sea and wind got rid of them. First seen here.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Das ist ja Sinterklaas

A shot I saw on internet two years ago, that made me do a double take, as this is Sinterklaas, who in the Dutch tradition hands out presents to children on 5 December - but in this photograph accompanied by weird creatures rather than the Zwarte Pieten (Black Petes) who do so in Holland. Turns out that similar versions of Sinterklaas are celebrated in parts of Southern Germany. His companions are so-called Buttenmandls, who are completely covered in straw and wear animal masks and cow bells. First seen here.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Chromatic typewriter

I hadbeen meaning to include this beauty in the blog for some time, and when I encountered it again at the Amusing planet site, I went ahead. Washington-based painter Tyree Callahan modified a 1937 Underwood Standard typewriter by replacing the letters and keys with color pads and hue labels to create a functional painting typewriter, dubbed the Chromatic Typewriter. Most recently seen here.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Siberian wildlife sculptures

The craftsmanship required for this is incredible. Sergey Bobkov is a Russian sculptor who creates life-like creatures from Siberian cedar wood chips. It is a labour of love and patience, as each sculpture can take hundreds of hours to complete. First seen here.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Book of Life

Chances are you have seen this before because it has appeared in many blogs. But not always with sufficient information. Another case where the choice between Potpourri and Art for Art's Sake was difficult. Artist David Kracov created this sculpture in honor of the late Rabbi Yossi Raichik, who saved thousands of childrens' lives from the devastating effects of the Chernobyl disaster. The metal sculpture has pages filled with words from those he touched, and also features a flurry of butterflies, each representing the 2,547 children he helped save and give new lives. The link also includes shots on the creation of this amazing work. First seen here.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Gangnam Wither

There is no escaping the world wide hit Gangnam Style by South Korean PSY - and it has also spawned numerous imitations. I quite like this one, a musical combination of the PSY hit with Wither, a song by prog metal giants Dream Theater. It sounds far better than it should - I actually converted the YouTube sound to an MP3 to play this in the car. First seen here.