Thursday, 31 July 2014

Hanro Shapewear disaster

One of the very worst photoshop disasters in commercial publications I have ever seen. The German clothes brand Hanro is responsible for this one, which was actually published in the magazine In. First seen here.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Doubtful Sound

One of the most tranquil places I have ever visited: New Zealand's Doubtful Sound. I took a boat tour on this fjord, and when the engines were shut off, and everyone on board shut up, the silence was immensely beautiful. Image taken from here.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Chemistry bed

Now that's a geeky yet great looking bed. Its shape is inspired by chemical molecules or crystal structures, and the end result is marvelous. I want one! First seen here.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Riding a segway - like a boss

If you have to ride one of these contraptions, this is definitely the way to do it. First seen here.

Moving Dragon

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A first: a video uploaded to the blog. But this baffling optical illusion does require footage. This little dragon is made out of paper - you simply cut it out and stick it together, and stand it on a table or window ledge. But when you move around, the dragon's head seems to follow you around the room. First seen here.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Geometric land art by Dietmar Voorwold

German artist Dietmar Voorwold creates beautiful but temporary works of land art by arranging rocks, leaves and other natural materials into beautiful geometric shapes and patterns. First seen here.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Sheep chair

Seriously, who thinks up these monstrosities? I can't even begin to think who would want such a chair in their room. Yuck. Taken from a blog post that is mistitled "coolest armchairs" - many others may feature here in the future. First seen here.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Batman and Robin

Whoever improved this traffic sign so expertly has a great sense of humour - as well as excellent echnique. Made me smile. First seen here.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Climbing

I would love to give credit to whomever designed these stockings, because I find them original, witty and decorative to boot. Unfortunately the linked site does not give any information. First seen here.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Celebrities with sewing buttons

No matter what material is used, a portrait of the gorgeous Audrey Hepburn will always draw my attention. This is just one example of the art of Augusto Esquivel, who creates celebrity portraits with thousands of sewing buttons suspended on wires. First seen here.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

McSmurf

Usually Worth1000 Photoshop creations end up in my art blog, provided they are excellent. This one is less artistic, but it made me smile. First seen here.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Water sports

I can't get enough of these shots with plastic figurines in real-life situations. The latest photographer to share his imagination in this respect is David Gilliver, a Guernsey-based finance worker. More in the link. First seen here.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Jaguar car sculpture

Mixed nut alert - artist variation. This sculpture, unveiled at the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of Jaguar E-Type is bad enough by itself, but to put it smack in front of this stately manor adds insult to injury. First seen here.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Smile of recognition

We saw this earlier this week on FaceBook, and it brought a smile of recognition, both from my wife and myself......

Friday, 18 July 2014

H&M gets busted

Fabulously to the point: this advertisement by H&M, representative for many ridiculously doctored images in the fashion industry, got improved by a street artist, who added a Photoshop toolbar to the billboard. Ouch. First seen here.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Farmyard scrap metal sculptures

These life-sized sculptures are truly remarkable. South Dakotan sculptor John Lopez creates them from old discarded farm equipment. First seen here.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Campeche

Another magnificent satellite shot of mother earth. Named after the ancient Mayan Province of Kimpech, the state of Campeche comprises much of the western half of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Rivers in southern Campeche drain into the immense Terminos Lagoon, the entrance to which is protected by a long barrier island, Isla Del Carmen. First seen here.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

The mummy's curse

Another example of the imagination of Terry Border, who creates fun scenes with everyday objects and a bit of wire. A brilliant idea, well executed. First seen here.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Soundwagon Portable Record Player

Isn't this cute? The Soundwagon Portable Record Player is the world's smallest portable record player: the VW van equipped with a needle can drive around the record and plays the music via a built-in speaker. First seen here.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

New York state of mind

Talk about amazing. Stephen Wiltshire, an autistic artist, managed to draw a 6 m wide picture of New York from memory after a 20 minutes helicopter flight over the city. The mind boggles. First seen here.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Embroidered leaf art

Beautiful and original: the work of Hillary Fayle. She combines the craft of embroidery with leaves that have been coated with a non-toxic preservative. More examples in the link. First seen here.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Organic stairs

Although these stairs were published in an entry entitled "Beautiful staircase", I would not want them in our home. Just looking at them makes me nauseous. This was designed by Atmos Studio for a nature inspired residential house in London, England. Mixed nuts material, unfortunately. First seen here.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Estonian Opera parking gates

This is such a cute idea: the parking gates at the Estonian National Opera in Tallinn are shaped like the conductor's baton. First seen here.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Guitars - what else?

Three guesses what this is - beyond the obvious answer "a set of guitars". I bet you did not come up with the right answer. These are official coins from Somalia, taken from a fascinating article on Dark Roasted Blend about unusual currency. First seen here.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Light my fire

One of those "shot at the right moment" or "forced perspective" pictures that I had not seen yet. More in the link. First seen here.

Monday, 7 July 2014

In the jungle....

Simple? Maybe, but I laughed, and that's always worth a share then. First seen here.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Insect sculptures

French artist Edouard Martinet creates beautiful insect sculptures from old car parts and scrap metal. The details are simply amazing. First seen here.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Riding the wave

At first sight, nothing special - a surfer about to tackle the waves. Then you realize that this wave is actually solid rock. An amazing landmark, Australia's Hyden Rock. First seen here.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Anatomy swimsuit

This monstrosity by Australian company Black Milk Clothing definitely belongs in the Mixed Nuts rather than Special Designs category. Who would want to wear it? Who would want to look at it? First seen here.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Oil and vinegar

Is it practical? Perhaps not, given the potential spills. But this oil and vinegar set shaped like two upside down wine glasses sure is special. First seen here.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Painting on food

The craftsmanship in the miniature paintings by Turkish artist Hasan Kale is remarkable, as is his choice of medium: miscellaneous pieces of food. First seen here.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

North Korea's Take on me

If you have not seen this yet, click the link, it is... unique... A-ha's eternal pop evergreen performed by young accordion players from the Kun Song School, filmed in Pyongyang, North Korea, in 2012. Viewed about 2 million times on YouTube. First seen here.