Monday, 30 June 2014

Trapped

This is such an amazing image: a tree that has over the years almost completely covered a stone statue. First seen here.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Fashion?

Please... please... please tell me that this is a joke... or did a fashion desginer really come up with this atrocity? First seen here.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Sand art by Andrew Clemens

Art with unusual materials is a frequent feature of this blog. More unique is the age of these works of art: they date back to the 19th century. Anerican artist Andrew Clemens created them by filling bottles with layers of coloured sand. First seen here.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Say Nuts!

From a series of great photographs of animals interacting with the camera. First seen here.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Canyon abstract

Taken from a post with more examples of the natural beauty of canyons. A haunting shot by Frank Kovalchek. First seen here.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Only 3398 USD

Seeing old adverisements like this makes you realize just how far computer technology has advanced in a few decades. I still keep the 64MB flash card that came with our first digital camera.... First seen here.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

X-Wing Knife Block

The Star Wars franchise continues to inspire creative designers. This knife block in the shape of an X-Wing fighter is a great example. First seen here.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Oh... Angie....

Words fail me. Angela Merkel in a way you have not seen her before. Saw this on FaceBook, so no link.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

E-Book Backup

A remarkable piece of conceptual art by Jesse England: she created a book that is a literal copy — a photocopy, from cover to cover — of a Kindle version of George Orwell’s 1984 (the subject's choice was quite deliberate. For the full story, please see the link. First seen here.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Pipe glass

This imaginatively shaped glass, designed by London-based Sebastian Bergne, apparently is very suited for whisky tasting. It would be fun to own and use. First seen here.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Life in a sardine tin

The little household scenes that Nathalie Alony creates in her Home sweet Home project are cute - thanks to Jenny Downing for drawing my attention to them. I picked this one because since a few weeks I am a great uncle, thanks to my niece giving birth to her first child, a lovely daughter. First seen here.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Ode to joy

This Muppets version of Beethoven's most famous tune (the fourth movement of his ninth symphony) put a smile on my face. It helps of course that I thoroughly dislike the original, in contrast to most people. First seen here.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Au Pantheon

French street artist JR recently revealed a new installation, part of his ongoing series Inside Out, inside Paris’ domed Pantheon. This project features hundreds of black and white portraits, covering the floor and the ceiling of the interior, as well as the domed exterior of the building. First seen here.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Schweppes

What were the advertisement executives at Schweppes thinking of? They must have paid quite a sum for this campaign, featuring Hollywood star Uma Thurman and renowned photographer David LaChapelle - and the result is this monstrosity? First seen here.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Toe hair

Taken from a post on microscope pictures of human and other animal parts. This one shows the toe hairs of a gecko lizard. First seen here.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Ultra-realistic wooden sculptures

Crafts rather than fine art, but amazing craft it is. The artist Randall Rosenthal creates incredible wooden sculptures of day-to-day objects, so realistic and so detailed that it is very easy to be mistaken. Look at this image above. It’s not paper. First seen here.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Modified Social Benches

Modified Social Benches is a project by Danish artist/designer Jeppe Hein. The linked site gives 20 examples of his variations on the common bench, which alter the function of this outside furniture considerably. First seen here.

Friday, 13 June 2014

I shall call him....

If you have not seen the Austin Powers movie, this joke will not register with you. If you have, I think it will put a smile on your face. it did on mine. First seen here.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

3D homes for hermit crabs

Whether it is really art is debatable, but it is certainly remarkable. Japanese artist Aki Inomata creates 3D printed plastic shells based on architecture from around the world, and gives them to hermit crabs, who are born without a shell of their own. First seen here.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Hug me

Who designs these things? Even worse, who buys them? No matter how much you need a hug, there is no excuse for wearing this monstrosity. First seen here.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

How to show Life of Pi

Maybe not practical, but what an experience for those who got to watch this hit movie in such a special setting. A theater in Paris pulled it off. First seen here.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Futurama South Park

I smiled when I encountered this: the characters of one of my favourite animated series (Futurama) in the style of another one of my favourite animated series (South Park). Would be fun to do a crossover episode. First seen here.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Creative street art

Taken from a Bored Panda post with 28 examples of street art, where the (usually anonymous) artist has created a fun interaction with existing items, such as the grass on the stones in this example. First seen here.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Miniature car trailers

This is such a clever idea, if perhaps a bit less practical. The linked TwistedSifter post includes a number of trailers that are shaped like miniature cars. Especially fun if the model is close to the car pulling it. First seen here.

Friday, 6 June 2014

The ultimate selfie challenged

A few days ago I posted "the ultimate selfie" (here), taken from the top of the Princess Tower, the tallest residential building in the world. Well, as Jenny Downing pointed out, this guy is in the running as well. Travel boss Lee Thompson got permission to climb to the top of Rio's Chirst the Redeemer statue to take this one. First seen here.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

The Himalayas

Another magnificent satellite shot. Soaring, snow-capped peaks and ridges of the eastern Himalayas Mountains create an irregular white-on-red patchwork between major rivers in southwestern China. Images like these re-inforce the idea that fractals mimic nature. First seen here.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

The story of The Young Ones

One of the classic 80's comedies from the UK: The Young Ones. The linked YouTube video gives a great overview of this anarchic extravaganza. First seen here.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Just give them cocaine if their teeth hurt....

Granted, we're talking 1885, but still.... toothache drops for the young ones with cocaine as the active ingredient. Oh my. First seen here.

Monday, 2 June 2014

The ultimate selfie

It will be hard to beat this selfie for sheer uniqueness. On a recent trip to Dubai, 19 years old photographer Alexander Remnev took this dizzying self-portrait from the top of the Princess Tower, the tallest residential building in the world. First seen here.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Score!

Would you have guessed that this is a paperweight? Beautiful special design, this crumpled musical score, available via the Museum of Modern Art. First seen here.