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Jul 30, 2012

Designer Turns Hoarding Obsession into Actual Art

Sara Cwynar, a designer at the New York Times magazine, is an admitted hoarder. Well, maybe not a category-level, unhealthy amasser, but certainly someone on the spectrum with some significant "hoarding impulses."

She recently sorted her collections in her Brooklyn apartment and for a new series called "Accidental Archives." The installations feature only items Cwynar actually owned (no new objects purchased), arranged by color.  

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Jul 26, 2012

Colorful Origami Graffiti on the Streets of Vietnam and Hong Kong

French paper artist Mademoiselle Maurice recently created these incredible rainbow street art installations in the the urban areas of Vietnam and Hong Kong.

   

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Jul 13, 2012

A Naturally Occurring Bright Pink Lake

Lake Retba, in the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal, is also known by another name - Lac Rose. Why? Well, for one reason, the entire lake is colored bubblegum pink.  

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Jul 12, 2012

"Millefiori" by Fabian Oefner Mixes Watercolor with Magnetic Fluid

Swiss photographer Fabian Oefner creates these bold, eye-popping images by mixing water color and ferrofluid, then puts it in a magnetic field. 

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Jul 10, 2012

Photos of the Fantastic Machine That Found the Higgs Boson Particle

As you've certainly heard, last week, scientists annouced the discovery of a subatomic particle that is "consistent with" the Higgs boson, which may show how massless subatomic particles can acquire mass.

Equally fascinating is this incredible machine, the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, a four billion dollar "machine" which consists of 17 mile tunnel, whose "synchrotron is designed to collide opposing particle beams of either protons at up to 7 teraelectronvolts (7 TeV or 1.12 microjoules) pernucleon, or lead nuclei at an energy of 574 TeV (92.0 µJ) per nucleus (2.76 TeV per nucleon-pair)." Duh.  

 

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Jun 11, 2012

Hanging Typographic Installation Made from Colorful Drinking Straws

Thai design studio Farmgroup. created this fantastically fun and colorful hanging installation using standard plastic drinking straws. The project was

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Apr 30, 2012

Seriously Unique and Creative Playgrounds by Monstrum

Danish design firm Monstrum, founded by Ole B. Nielsen and Christian Jensen, has dedicated itself to creating safe, stimulating, and beautifully designed playgrounds for children. They say, "playground design should be a reflection of the world surrounding us. We see the world as a place full of colour...Why only play on a monky frame and a sandbox, when you can play in a moon crater or a submarine or a giant spider or an enormous snail or a Trojans horse or a rocket or an ant or a princess castle. The fantasy is infinite."

   

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Apr 24, 2012

Vibrant Art Installation Created From 10,000 Meters of Colorful Yarn

created at: 04/21/2012

Artist Lee Baker used 10 meters (that's 32,808 feet) of colorful yarn to create this incredible installation called Refractive Monolith. Filling the corner of a room in a gallery, the colored yarn almost creates a sort of "three-dimensional drawing" against the gray walls and floor.  

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Mar 27, 2012

Colorful Typographic String Art by Dominique Falla (Plus a How-to)

Australian artist Dominique Falla is exploring the world of "tactial typography," in which she combines digital creation with an analog output for exhibition and publications. Most recently, she's been exploring the interaction between type and string, such as the negative space in the image above, or using string to fill the letters, as in this piece:  

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Mar 26, 2012

Portraits of Little Girls and Boys with Their Pink and Blue Things

created at: 03/26/2012

South Korean photographer JeongMee Yoon has created an ongoing portrait series entitled, The Pink & Blue Project. The images feature children, generally aged 3-7, who are obsessed with the standard colors prescribed to their genders, pink for girls and blue for boys.

She says, "This project explores the trends in

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Mar 16, 2012

How to: Make Modern, Colorful Wall Art (on the Cheap!)

Interested in adding some color to your home, but your landlords won't let you paint? Me too...(except I usually just paint, and ask for forgiveness later.)

Instead of grabbing a gallon at the hardware store,

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Mar 15, 2012

Artist Puts a Camera on a Spinning Drill to Capture Some Far Out Video

created at: 03/15/2012

French designer and artist Oscar Lhermite secured a compact digital camera to a cordless drill and filmed the results of the lens spinning. Since the camera is capturing about fifteen frames per second and the spinning at 1,200 f.p.s., the resulting blurred video becomes what the artist calls, "seeing the world in a circular gradient."

When I first saw the setup, I imagined the resulting images to be some kind of whirly, wacky video, but it's exactly the opposite. The difference in speed produces an evolving, ethereal kaleidoscope-like pulsing orb that changes as the light and colors are altered.

Be sure to watch through until Lhermite takes the camera outside and captures the streetlights:  

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Mar 14, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: March 14, 2012

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

A boy with a lightning tattoo - a month ago, Winston Kemp was struck by lightning, and the mark of the electrical charge is still visible in his skin. This branching pattern is known as the Lichtenberg figure,

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Mar 07, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: March 7, 2012

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

So, this fractal mineral art is an actual geological find. As in, made by nature, colors and everything.

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Mar 05, 2012

Guess the Process: Color Spectrum Waves

created at: 03/05/2012

Artist Julio Radesca has created Lambda, an interactive "display case" that invites the viewer to touch the sculpture, generated morphing shapes and color relationships.

Can you guess from what basic everyday material he made it?  

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Feb 29, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: February 29, 2012

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

The Au Vieux Panier hotel in Marseille, France has but five rooms total, but each are redesigned and reconfigured every year by internationally recognized artists and designers.

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Feb 24, 2012

Video: 170,000 Bouncy Balls Going Down a Hill in San Francisco

created at: 02/23/2012

I am completely and utterly obsessed with this video. It's actually an advertisement for the Sony Bravia TV from 2005 [Edit: I had originally said this was from 2010, but was kindly corrected by a number of astute readers], however I never saw it, so it's new to me (and hopefully some of you). 

created at: 02/23/2012

Here's the premise: 170,00 bouncy balls are bounced down a hill in San Francisco, creating a cascade of colorful chaos. It's truly a beautiful site to behold (slow motion helps). And for all you skeptics out there that are thinking it's just CGI: take a look at the video at the end of this post that shows how this super ball stunt was done.  

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Feb 22, 2012

Blow My Mindsday: February 22, 2012

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor (you know..."the bean" in Chicago) is one of the U.S.'s most recognizable and beloved public art installations. Currently, Chicago-based design firm LuftWerk "have capitalized on the sculpture’s reflective properties by turning it into a canvas for a choreographed light show titled Luminous Field."   

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Feb 21, 2012

Colorful Photos of the Real Life "Simpsons" House

A long, long time ago, before the advent of blogs and Twitter and Pinterest and other cool ways to share photos with your friends and followers...back in the time of silly things like email forwards and live chat rooms, somebody built a real life version of 742 Evergreen Terrace...the house from The Simpsons.   

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Feb 08, 2012

Guess the Process: Phil Cuttance's Faceted Lamps & Vases

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Phil Cuttance's Faceture series is incredible to simply look at, but learning how they're created is even more facetnating. (See what I did there?)

Cuttance creates each piece

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