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Fascinating Photos of New York City in the Early 1980s



New York Up & Down is a fascinating series by now octogenarian Frank Horvat that shows us what a major metropolis looked like back in the early 1980s. Shot between 1982 and 1986, the street images, all taken with a Nikon SLR camera with Ektachrome, captures New York City in a raw and gritty way. Like a relationship, it's an experience Hovat describes as "romantic."

"New York as a city has always been ‘romantic,’ because I have always associated it with…

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Added by alice on March 13, 2014 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Visionary Kinetic Light Fixture Changes Its Appearance



Light fixture manufacturer Selux and design studio ART+COM have teamed up to create the Manta Rhei, a visionary light fixture that moves and constantly changes its appearance, bringing to mind the image of a manta ray gliding gracefully through water. The result of the team's exploration of kinetic luminaries, the OLED-based Manta Rhei combines precise lighting control and kinetic movement to…

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Added by Jenny Zhang on March 13, 2014 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Iconic Artists' Styles Portrayed as Architectural Structures



If you were a building, what type of building would you be? This is the question that Barcelona-based illustrator and architect Federico Babina used as inspiration to create this captivating work, entitled Archist. The series of creative architectural structures explores what many famous artists might look like in the form of a modern architectural design.

Babina draws…

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Added by katie hosmer on March 13, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

This is the First Artwork in the World to Use Google Glass



There's a lot of interesting facts about this art piece by David Datuna. Called Portrait of America, it's a 12-foot American flag sculpture made up of about 2,000 eyeglass lenses as well as 400 or so famous portraits that either magnify or shrink underneath them. These embedded images include historical and contemporary figures who've helped shape America into what it is today.…

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Added by alice on March 13, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Distorted Landscapes Create Surreal Perspectives of the World



Photographer Randy Scott Slavin creates spherical panoramas that spin the world in all directions. We loved his earlier work and now he is back with more incredibly distorted worlds, entitled Alternative Perspectives 2. Through digital manipulation,…

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Lush Imaginary Landscapes Made from Hundreds of Photos

Approaching Storm

Australian visual artist Catherine Nelson, known for creating otherworldly floating globes, has embarked on a new creative journey in her series Expedition, which depicts surreal scenes of nature. These five pieces, which took nearly ten…

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Added by Jenny Zhang on March 13, 2014 at 9:23am — No Comments

Observe Wild Elephants Herds at This Stunning African Villa



Tucked away in Lower Zambezi lies a luxury vacation home with incredible views of the African landscape. The Chongwe River House is a stunning villa that allows its guests a place to relax, or be a welcome spot to retire after a long day of sightseeing. During their stay, visitors can enjoy a number of activities including guided tours, canoe and boat rentals, and exotic safaris.

One of the…

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Added by Sara Barnes on March 13, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Soar Over Surreal Turkey in a Hot Air Balloon



Could there be anything more dreamy than this? I spent a good part of this morning looking through surreal photos of hot air balloons soaring over Cappadocia. A historical region in Central Anatolia in Turkey, Cappadocia is known for its unusual, moon-like landscape. It's a mixture of naturally formed hills, deep canyons, valleys, and conical rock…

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Added by alice on March 12, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Imaginative Scenes Emerge from Monochromatic Illustrations



Italian artist EmilianoP is the skilled hand behind these beautifully dark and mysterious illustrations. Currently based in New Zealand, the artist creates figures that seem to emerge from quick ink strokes across a page, but the concepts are actually quite purposeful. He begins each piece by vividly imagining the scene in his mind. He then puts pencil to paper, layering graphite…

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Added by katie hosmer on March 12, 2014 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Surreal Photographs Imagine Buildings as Only Their Facades



In his ongoing series Facades, photographer Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy imagines what buildings would look with just their face. These surreal, digitally manipulated images dissect the front doors, windows, and balconies from the rest of their structure and show homes and businesses as having brick-thin widths. You'd think that the sheer disparity in weight and proportions would make…

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Added by Sara Barnes on March 12, 2014 at 9:31am — 1 Comment

Incredible Sculpted Wooden Bicycle Blends Form and Function



This beautifully hand-crafted wooden design concept is a unique, modern bicycle developed by artist Yojiro Oshima, a design student in the Craft & Industrial Design Department at Musashino Art University in Tokyo.

Oshima created the structure, entitled Fusion, as an exploration of an everyday object redesigned…

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Added by katie hosmer on March 12, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Beautiful Maps of Countries Made Out of Real Food

Can you spot your country? In this striking new series, New Zealand-based artist Henry Hargreaves worked with New York-based stylist Caitlin Levin to create gorgeous maps all made out of food. Make that real food. Originally inspired by a passion for travel, the two…

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Added by alice on March 12, 2014 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Enchanting “Quiet Treehouse” is a Sound-Proof Sanctuary



We often associate treehouses with a time of carefree innocence and as a place to escape from the rest of the world. With this in mind, luxury small-structure designer Blue Forest crafted Quiet Treehouse, an enchanting space for children (and adults!) to learn and play. It’s not your typical treehouse and is detached from an actual tree, meant for indoor use. Instead, the room rests…

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Added by Sara Barnes on March 12, 2014 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Fashion Photos Matched Perfectly with Artistic Images



The concept is simple: choose fashion-related pictures and pair them with other beautiful images. The Tumblr blog Where I See Fashion does just that, and the results are stunning. Started in 2013 by Italian fashion design student Bianca Luini, the blog has amassed a large following because of the collection of striking pictures that Luini carefully matches and…

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Added by Jenny Zhang on March 12, 2014 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Funny Old-Fashioned Photos of Children Writing Their Vices

In her series Vices or I Will Not..., Los Angeles-based photographer Jamie Johnson brings an updated twist to the old-school punishment of writing bad deeds on chalkboards. In each photograph, children stand with their backs to the cameras as they write out their vices on an old chalkboard. While this scene may have been common enough in the school days of…

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Added by Jenny Zhang on March 12, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

My Modern Shop Spotlight - Miro Simko's Secluded Moments



Self-taught photographer Miro Simko captures beautiful landscapes and stark black and white moments that are strikingly meditative. In this selection of work, energy emanates from colorful skies; lone trees sit against crisp, snowy white backgrounds; and single cars drive along the twisty curves of an empty highway. Simko's work invites viewers to reflect upon quiet moments of solitude through dramatic contrast, interesting…

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Added by katie hosmer on March 11, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Awesome Angry Birds Sand Sculpture



Until April 27, visit the Frankston Waterfront in Victoria, Australia to see spectacular sand sculptures like this one. A team of talented international and Australian sculptors have brought to life story book characters from Penguin Books in an event titled Story Land. That's a total of 3,500 tons of sand carved into amazing works of art!

In addition to seeing sand…

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Added by alice on March 11, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Hand-Cut Organic Paper Forms Filled with Vibrant Energy

Multi-disciplinary artist Crystal Wagner's new show, Synesthesia, is filled with a vibrant array of colorfully unique shapes, details, and textures. Her collection of hand-cut paper sculptures are a combination of screen printing, cut paper, and various dollar store items set…

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Added by katie hosmer on March 11, 2014 at 11:23am — No Comments

Written Poetry in Paper Collages Form Intricate Designs

British artist Caroline Attan combines folded paper collages and handwritten poetry to create intricate and beautiful designs. Primarily using the expressive poetry of Pablo Neruda, she writes the text in rings, adding delicately folded paper shapes on top of the words to create circular compositions that are dizzying in their bold colors and mesmerizing designs. Each abstract…

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Added by Jenny Zhang on March 11, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

More Amazing Hyperrealistic Body Paintings by Hikaru Cho



Tokyo-based artist Hikaru Cho, who we introduced to you here, has created a striking series of hyperrealistic body paintings called My Body My Rights. Released right before International Woman's Day as a part of the human right organization Amnesty International's campaign on…

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Added by Jenny Zhang on March 11, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

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