Friday, 31 January 2014

Trojan Horse

For the occasion of the start of the Chinese Year of the horse, a piece of art that is interesting but ultimately does not appeal sufficiently to me yo put in Art for Art's sake. The artist Babis constructed this horse from keyboard buttons. First seen here.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Eighty20

A clear example of a logo designer being far too clever for his/her own good, and ending up with a dull logo that most people will never get. Or did you figure out the method behind the madness of this design? If you view the dark squares as ‘1′ and the light squares as ‘0′, the two rows read 1010000 and 0010100, which read 80 and 20 in binary. Yeah, right. First seen here.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Dragon fruit snow owl

Allegedly, this awesome portrait of a snow owl was cut from a dragon fruit (which makes me nostalgic for our Singapore days). However, one does suspect that some photoshopping might have taken place. First seen here.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Saturn wallpaper

I admit, I am severely tempted to make a shot like this my wallpaper. I was also severely tempted to make a Uranus joke, but in the end good taste prevailed.  First seen here.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Faces

A tour de force of imagination: the project Faces by Victor Nunes. He places verydday objects on a piece of paper and then proceeds to draw faces based on them. Do click the link to sample more of these. First seen here.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Obese cars

Austrian sculptor Erwin Wurm is best known for his humorous approach to art. A case in point is his series of obese car sculptures, created by covering the chassis of an actual car with polyurethane foam and Styrofoam. First seen here.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Akon Konvict

Konvict is a perfume brand by Akon, launched in 2010. The perfume package includes two separate 50 ml bottles linked with a chain and handcuffs in line with its name. First seen here.

Friday, 24 January 2014

It'll blow your mind away

Well, ads hardly come less subtle than this Burger King one. Even more astonishing that it ran in the puritan city-state of Singapore, of all places. First seen here.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Celebrities as Russian generals

An interesting Photoshop experiment: celebrities pasted into paintings of Russian generals. Some of the results are utterly unbelievable, but some are remarkably realistic, such as Bruce Willis and Daniel Craig (shown above). First seen here.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Sand in your shoes

It is always fun to put things under a microscope (see today's Art for Art's Sake post for a beautiful example). Even something as simple as sand can lead to stunning images - Gary Greenberg has produced an amazing set of them. First seen here.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Monday, 20 January 2014

Strangers as twins

Really amazing stuff: I’m not a lookalike! is a project by photographer Francois Brunelle, who took seris of photographs of strangers who look like twins - and often uncannily so. First seen here.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Three man chess

Chess is the most beautiful game ever invented, but that does not stop people trying to improve it. One of the futile attempts is this version for three players. I get a head ache just looking at it. First seen here.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Dancing on a Saturdaynight

Thanks to Jenny Downing for drawing my attention to the works of Italian artists Antonio Magliocchetti and Stefano Adorinni, who have joined the ever-growing circle of photographers creating realistic scenes with little plastic figurines. First seen here.

Friday, 17 January 2014

Jebel Auenat

A satellite image of one of the higher regions of the Sahara desert, Jebel Auenat, a mountain range rising to about 2000 m in Libya. Beautiful patterns, resembling a modern painting. First seen here.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Matchstick Minas Tirith

The patience that people who produce buildings from matchsticks display is remarkable in all cases, but perhaps none more than fin the case of Patrick Acton, who took almost three years to complete a stunning rendition of Tolkien's Minas Tirith from 420,000 matchsticks, and an additional 24,000 small wooden blocks used to construct Mount Mindolluin, which supports the huge matchstick structure. Amazing stuff for sure. First seen here.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Submerged

Not your regular optical illusion...it takes a while before your mind deciphers the reality of this shot: a girl standing on the beach with a camouflage-type dress. First seen here.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Octomug

Unless you are extremely afraid of octopuses, this would be a really great mug to add to your collection. Brilliant design, for sure. First seen here.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Ape Lincoln

I have seen plenty of shots using dollar bills in different ways, but this is one of the few that made me smile. First seen here.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Traveling through time

At first this photograph (and the others in the linked project) seems nothing special. Until you read more about it and find that Chino Otsuka created these digitally manipulated images by merging her present and past selves in old photographs taken at various locations and situations.First seen here.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

The Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years' War

Even though I am Dutch it was new to me that as recent as 1986 the Netherlands had finally ended a war that we started in 1651 with the Isles of Scilly, off the Cornwall coast. Granted, no-one involved seemed to realize the situation until someone found out in 1985 that this war was offically still going on, racking up an impressive casualties toll of zero overall. First seen here.

Friday, 10 January 2014

Bhutan CD ROM stamps

The Himalaya kingdom of Bhutan is (in)famous for issuing special stamps, most of which have never even been inside its borders. A special example is this set, which can also be used as CD-ROM's... First seen here.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Producing grapes

One of the first to use the idea of miniature people in a food landscape, Pierre Javelle and Akiko Ida have recently seen their work featured at the MyModernMet site. I like this one in particular, a hilarious reversal of turning raisins into grapes. First seen here.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Literal movie posters

The link gives a large collection of these: famous movie posters with alternative titles inspired by the posters themselves. Not all of them are funny, but I quite liked this one. First seen here.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Headshot portraits

Any excuse to show Audrey Hepburn in one of my blogs will do. Here we have Korean artist Kim Dong Yoo, who creates paintings of iconic images like hers - the twist being that each portrait is actually made up mosaic-wise from hundreds of headshot portraits. First seen here.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Shanghai from the top

Amateur photographer Wei Gensheng has captured amazing images of Shanghai from over 600 m above the city. Working as a crane operator on the final construction stages of the Shanghai Tower, he has photographed the surrounding urban landscape from an entirely unique vantage point. First seen here.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Cup cakes

Probably the most intriguingly shaped cupcakes I have ever seen. Surprising and effective - I'd like to see the eyes of people who did not know what was served, when they are cut open. First seen here.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

All aboard!

Only in India (I guess). One of the reasons why I declined an invitation to give a lecture there in the past. First seen here.

Friday, 3 January 2014

Film clock

Although film rolls are a thing of the past, it is still fun to see their shape used in a special way, like this clock. First seen here.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Catigami

This beautiful piece of origami is for my friend Alison. Unfortunately, the link does not give information on the creator. First seen here.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Grooming (Happy New Year!)

What better way to kick off the new year than with such a gorgeous colourful picture of our lucky animal, the turtle? May 2014 bring you all you want. First seen here.