Friday, 31 May 2013

Mail order bride

Here is one of those lovely scenes created by Terry Border from food, toys and bent office supplies. First seen here.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Journey into microworld

An example taken from many in the link at the end. A great collection of scanning electron micrograph showing the world of small crystal close-ups in scenes that look like they come out of SF movies. This example is of complex tin oxide crystals made by chemical vapour deposition. First seen here.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Hard water

Amsterdam-based artist Zeger Reyers creates his sculptures from stacks of white dining plates and saucers, mounted to a bare wall. Fascinating in its inherent fragility, and they come with a puzzling title (Hard water). First seen here.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Surreal shoe sculptures

No, these shoes are not meant for wearing, but as they try to pass for an artistic expression, they also fall under the mixed nuts category. Click the link for more nightmarish shoe visions by Robert Tabor. First seen here.

Monday, 27 May 2013

Basset on Epo

Take care - this basset hound looks clearly doped to me. Wonderful shot of a wonderful dog. First seen here.

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Floral art

Chinese artist Fong Qi Wei recently created a collection of floral art that includes remakes of famous art pieces, such as The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusa. First seen here.

Friday, 24 May 2013

Musical comb

Modhair, a Rome Rock 'n Roll hair salon needed a creative and interesting business card. Using the same principle of a music box comb, this comb plays a classic rock theme when rubbed by fingernail. Very clever. First seen here.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

The combined worth of euros

Now, do not say "zero soon". I was amazed when I saw this, especially because in South-East Asia the number 8 represents wealth. First seen here.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Shisheido WTF?

This entry in the worthwhile blog Photoshop Disasters must be one of the worst pieces of photoshop ever to get into printed advertisements..... First seen here.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Salty sunset

At first sight, it is not clear why the art works of Kelly McCollam would feature here - until you find out that they are made of salt and spices.... Beautiful results with such alien material. First seen here.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Inside: Soviet women!

A fascinating brochure used for the Soviet pavilion at the World Expo in Brussels 1958. Main attractions: sputniks, rockets and Soviet women. First seen here.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Living portraits

You may have seen something similar on optical illusions sites: Giuseppe Arcimboldo, a 16th century Italian artist, painted similar imaginative portraits made entirely from fruits, vegetables and flowers. However, these are by Klaus Enrique Gerdes, a New York City photographer, who has created a series of similar portraits made exclusively from natural ingredients. As an achievement, I rate this even higher, as you do not have the advantage of artistic liberty and are stuck with what nature is supplying in terms of shapes and colours. First seen here.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Anatidaephobia

Apparently there are sufficient people suffering from the "pervasive irrational fear that one is being watched by a duck" that this phobia was awarded its own name: Anatidaephobia. Can you imagine what a sufferer of this affliction goes through when they click the web site about the disease and then discover what Google ads has placed there in front of them? Ouch. First seen here.

Friday, 17 May 2013

Post-it notes

From an overview of unusual post-it notes - I particularly like this one, although if you are under 20, you probably do not even recognize these as second generation floppy disks... First seen here.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Tulip fields

As a Dutchman, I have seen plenty of tulip fields, yet I find them amazing every time. This picture (credit) beats all Dutch tulip fields though. Set in the gorgeous scenery of Seabird Island (Agassiz, British Columbia, Canada), it takes my breath away, especially when viewed large. First seen here.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Fukitol

I guess we all sometimes could use one of these. First seen on Fukung, a site I never link to because of their content.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Water Boat Fountain

Such a fascinating idea for a fountain: the water pours out to complete the illusion that you are looking at a sailing boat. This beauty can be found in the Spanish city of Valencia. First seen here.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Top 10 most expensive USA military planes

The linked site gives an overview of the 10 most expensive USA military planes, ranging from the $94 million F/A-18 Hornet shown above to the $2.4 billion B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. Interesting stuff - certainly for someone like me who collected plastic model planes as a teenager. First seen here.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Just a baby hedgehog

Seriously - isn't this baby hedgehog the cutest critter you have seen for quite a while? Simply adorable. First seen here.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Inappropriate billboard juxtapositions

The above gem was taken from the linked post about 15 of these unfortunate billboard combinations. First seen here.

Friday, 10 May 2013

The first photobomb?

I guesss this shot is well over a century ago - and may well be the very first example of a photobomb - the sudden appearance of someone at an unexpected place in the shot. First seen here.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Scratching the surface

Alexandra Forte is a Portuguese street artist, currently living in London. This is his art project called Walls – Scratching the surface. He makes impressive portraits by simply scratching the surface of old walls in Moscow, Rome, London, New York and Lisbon. First seen here.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Dragon ring

Apart form my wedding ring, I never wear jewelry, but this dragon ring would tempt me... also because for the first 10 years or so I used the ID "Dragon Phoenix" on most web sites I visited. A unique piece, and quite affordable at about 80 USD. First seen here.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

The most extreme paths

The Oddee site has once listed the seven most extreme paths (foot-ways, bicycle paths) in the world. Some I had seen before, others (like the depicted one in Ireland) were new to me. All of them are scary as hell. First seen here.

Monday, 6 May 2013

Chadwick's Symphonic Sketches

The idea behind a good album cover is that it attracts attention and entices the shopper to buy it. Well done on the first, but not on the second. This has got to be one of the scariest and least appropriate covers I have ever seen. First seen here.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Yo momma

One of the most endearing animal shots I have seen for quite a while. Ape taking care of a little duckling. First seen here.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Butterfly teabag

Never mind the taste - I would buy these butterfly tea bags for the design alone. Yena Lee came up with this idea to have the tea bag held on the rim of a tea cup by a beautiful perched butterfly shape. First seen here.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Muppets in fairy tales

Comic book artist David Petersen recreated the Muppets as classical fairy tales characters. I particularly liked his casting of Miss Piggy as the evil queen from Snow White. First seen here.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

The Garden of Unearthly Delights

Mixed media artist Gregory Grozos from Cyprus created this little gem by taking a sculptural bust, and transforming it into a secret garden for miniature figures. First seen here.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Tubby

Without question, full marks for thinking outside the box when designing a new chair. But the end result is still mixed nuts material... First seen here.