Thursday, 31 January 2013

The small escape

The playful graffiti that French street artist OakOak is spreading throughout his native city of St Etienne is always creative and often downright amusing. I like this jailbreak scene in particular. First seen here.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Rhinobliss

Did you ever expect to see a rhinoceros picture that could be called cute? Surely "cute" is a word that would never fit these living tanks? Well, here you go. Throw in a baby rhino in an endearing pose and we're there. First seen here.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Om om om om....

Another one of those "shot at just the right moment" false perspective photographs - but one of the best in its genre, and I had not seen it before. First seen here.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Leaf carvings

Fantastic work by Chinese artists, who specialize in the craft of leaf carving - the cutting and removal of the leaf’s mesophyll to produce an artwork without cutting or removing any leaf veins. First seen here.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Unusual professions

The linked Oddee post gives a selection of 10 unusual professions, from cheese carvers to urine farmers to golf ball divers, as depicted above. Fun to read. First seen here.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Let me tell you a story

The picture itself is a severe cuteness overdose for a dog person like me, and the accompanying title cracked me up. First seen here.

Friday, 25 January 2013

A royal cup of tea

Well, here are tea bags of a different kind, allowing you to turn your cuppa into a bath for a member of the UK royal family. Not sure who would want that, and frankly not sure whether this should not have gone under Mixed Nuts instead of Special Designs. First seen here.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Paristexas

I can see where the Danish fashion company ParisTexas was coming from when they had their new visual identity designed: they wanted a visual symbol that "breaks with the traditional thinking behind identities and by extension supports a sense of unique, international exclusivity and underground style." Well, they got it with these amalgams of bugs and musical instruments. Unfortunately the end result may be original, but it is disgusting as well. Of course, my aversion of bugs could cloud my judgement in this matter... First seen here.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

My precious

This is a pirated version of the DVD, I have been told, but if I were an executive in the publishing company, I would hire the person who designed this DVD print. Sheer brilliance. First seen here.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Octopus cake

This is what you get when you let an artist with sculpturing experience play with a cake. Not sure I'd eat it, though, no matter how impressive it looks. First seen here.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Invisible bookshelf

No, this is not photoshopped, and the design of these invisible bookshelf is actually ridiculously simple. But it does look amazing. First seen here.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Cesar dog food

The text is too small to read, but the dog food advertisement campaign by Cesar, playing on similarities in appearance between humans and dogs, is great fun. And any excuse to show a picture of a cocker spaniel will do. First seen here.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Stavronikita Project

This is getting very close to Art for Art's Sake material. Austrian photographer and Andreas Franke has created his Stavronikita Project: The Life Above Refined Below. An intriguing surreal photographic blend of deep sea wrecks and rococo life - and to top it off, the resulting combined images are displayed under water. First seen here.

Friday, 18 January 2013

Great Salt Desert

One of those magnificent satellite shots of our planet. Like painting an abstract on a gigantic canvas, this one shows the lakes, mud flats, and salt marshes of Iran’s largely uninhabited Great Salt Desert. First seen here.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Until the end of time

Dali's most famous fantasy has come to life. This picture was taken of a clock that more or less survived a fire. I would hang it on the wall again. First seen here.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Smoke gets in your eyes

Mixed nuts alert. Look, I have never smoked, I actually dislike the smell of it intensely and will never allow it in our own home, but this attempt to re-write history is beyond ridiculous. First seen here.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Freud

Guilty as charged - Freud was clearly right, at least in my case. I still have trouble seeing the book. First seen here.

Monday, 14 January 2013

Ordered

Swiss artist Ursus Wehrli first gathered attention by deconstructing paintings into essential components and organizing these components by size and color. For his latest book he decided to expand this into the real world by arranging food, such as the breakfast bowl depicted above. Fun stuff. First seen here.

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Batgirl

Cliff Chiang, a comic book artist, recreated some iconic 80′s album covers using classic superheroes instead of the original figures. I like this one in particular, a gender-switch take on Prince's Purple Rain. First seen here.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

They killed Kenny!

A must for the fans of South Park - the eternal victim Kenny as a fun door stop. My choice of a series of special door stops given in the link. First seen here.

Friday, 11 January 2013

Jimmy Page lookalike

Most of the time, these match-ups on TotallyLooksLike.com are mildly amusing, but this one was spot-on. Jimmy Page really is the Quaker Oats Guy reincarnated. First seen here.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

In heat

A shot that I have had on my hard disk for ages, no idea where I got it from. But I think it is fun. Reminds us once more that there is no big difference between animals and humans.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Pictogram movie posters

A bit of fun by designer Matteo Civaschi of Milan-based creative studio H-57: he condenses famous movies in just a few pictograms - the above example immediately recognizable as Kunrick's masterpiece The Shining. First seen here.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Failed Flags

Browsing the blog Oddee is one of my regular fixtures on the internet, and this entry is certainly suited for Potpourri. An overview of some of the weirdest flags from all around the world. Above is my favourite in this pool of awfulness. I can't describe it better than Oddee did: One of the worst flags in the world comes from the city of Antwerp in Belgium. It's a chess set on acid. First seen here.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Rooftop illusion

The linked YouTube video is one of the best optical illusions I have seen in recent month. Baffling how our eyes can get tricked. First seen here.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Envelope Art

Amazing envelope art created with a ballpoint (byro) and envelopes by Mark Powell. I have had this link in my favourites for a while, not able to decide until now whether to post it here or in Art for Art's sake. First seen here.

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Hiding the socket

If you really had this at home, I think the novelty would wear off soon, but it is a cute way to hide the electricity socket.... First seen here.

Friday, 4 January 2013

Building a footpath way up high

Baffling. A fascinating and scary series of shots of Chinese workers constructing a footpath thousands of metres up the vertiginous slopes of Shifou Mountain in Hunan Province, China. Without any safety regulations whatsoever. First seen here.

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Abraham Lake's frozen bubbles

This is such a fascinating sight - do click the link and view large. Abraham Lake in Canada has become famous for this rare phenomenon of ice bubbles that have formed directly under the frozen surface. The explanation given in the link (frozen methane) is of course absolute nonsense, but the effect is simply amazing. First seen here.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Natural motorcycle

Photographer and artist Dan Cretu sculptures everyday objects like cameras and motorcycles out of various fruits and vegetables. Ingenious stuff. First seen here.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Liquid Glacial Table

A fascinating table design by Zaha Hadid. He calls this the Liquid Glacial Table. A piece of clear acrylic on top, resembling a small glacier, with legs that seem to be water vortexes. A beautiful piece of furniture if you happen to have a modern style of interior decoration. First seen here.