Alice's Blog – December 2011 Archive (88)

Pic of the Day: Happy 2012!



To celebrate the upcoming year, children lie on snow to form the number "2012" in front of a huge snow sculpture in Harbin, China.

Now in its 28th year, the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival is one of the largest international ice festivals in the world with…

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Added by alice on December 31, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Impressive Lego Sculpture of Albert Einstein

This past October, Legoland Florida opened to the public, targeting families with children ages 2 to 12. With about 50 million bricks used, it is the fifth and largest Legoland in the world with 50 attractions in 10 themed areas.

According to Legoland Florida Master Builder Jason Miller, two of the biggest construction projects at the park were a brontosaurus…

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Surreal Cities Living in Faces



Somewhat frightening but incredibly cool is this new airbrush painting by artist Chris Ellman. Called Two Faces, it's a diptych or two works that, side by side, form one single artistic statement. Taking him three months to complete, this 100% airbrush on canvas is filled with hundreds of characters living in a strange and detailed world. Surreal cities come alive in a woman and…

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Added by alice on December 31, 2011 at 12:02pm — No Comments

10 Most Awe-Inspiring Projects of 2011

Out of all of the projects we've posted on this year, there are ten that stood out for the creators' originality and their ability to inspire us to no end. These made us stand back in awe, almost in disbelief that someone could not only think of such a creative idea but execute on it so flawlessly. While in some cases it was a collaborative effort involving many…

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Added by alice on December 31, 2011 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Creative Links of the Week #24: Best of 2011



This time, our Creative Links of the Week post is going to focus on some great wrap-ups from 2011. That means that we're going to show you some of the most popular or best posts from 21 websites we love. First, though, I wanted to share with you my absolute favorite photo…

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Added by alice on December 30, 2011 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Top 10 Illusions in 2011

Who doesn't love a good illusion? We're winding down 2011 with some of the most creative projects we posted on this year. Some of the best art and photography we featured involved illusions, works that distorted our senses and frazzled our brains, making us do a welcome double-take. From incredible 3D chalk drawings to immersive installations, these were our favorite illusions in…

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Added by alice on December 30, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Pic of the Day: Guarding Mom's Sleep



Moscow, Russia-based photographer Nikolai Zinoviev has an amazing collection of wildlife photos on his 500px page but this one stood out for its beautiful capture of a very sweet moment. Called Guarding Mom's Sleep, it shows a baby cub protectively watching over his…

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Added by alice on December 30, 2011 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Twitter Woes



After graphic designer and illustrator Patrik Svensson popped up on our radar yesterday for his clever book titles, we checked out his Tumblr and found a whole collection of wonderful illustrations he's made…

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Added by alice on December 30, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Cleverly Manipulated Book Titles



Stockholm, Sweden-based graphic designer Patrik Svensson just sent word about a clever new ad campaign he created for a bookstore. Jashanmal Books in Dubai commissioned the designer for this project. Notice that just by manipulating the letters, he's able to give us insight into the book. These posters provide a good chuckle for those who've already read the books and they elicit feelings…

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Added by alice on December 29, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Top 10 Breakthrough Photographers in 2011



We previously brought you our picks for the top 10 breakthrough artists of the year and now it's time to turn our attention to the photographers. Out of the hundreds of photographers we featured on My Modern Met this year, these ten stood out for either their overall unique…

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Added by alice on December 29, 2011 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Pic of the Day: Light Bulb Staircase



What exactly are you looking at? A glowing lightbulb? Not quite. It's actually a staircase in the inner city of Prague, taken from below and looking up by photographer Dennis Fischer. Love the beautiful saturated color and the incredibly cool perspective.

Dennis Fischer on…

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Added by alice on December 29, 2011 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Beautiful Bird's Eye View Photography

Red Car with Five Flowering Trees



Klaus Leidorf takes aerial photography to "scary" new heights. Ask him how he gets his stunning shots and he'll tell you that he's a pilot of a Cessna 172 and that he takes pictures and steers at the same time. How? "The plane can be steered by my feet and then I open the window to photograph," he says. Using his DSLR cameras…

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Added by alice on December 29, 2011 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Bride and Groom Crayon Sculptures

Seattle-based artist Diem Chau (who we've written about here and here) created these wonderful bride and groom crayons sculptures as a commission. They were a secret wedding…

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Added by alice on December 29, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

15 Great Ghostly Images



Do spooky ghosts actually live among us? Judging from this photos, it's hard not to scream "Yes!" These ghost-filled images were created by some creative photographers who used one of two main techniques. Long exposure is when you keep the shutter open long enough for your subjects to move around. This will create blurry shadows that will look as if they're moving. The other is using multiple exposures… Continue

Added by alice on December 28, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Time to Drink Champagne...

With New Year's Eve quickly approaching, I thought this art print was just perfect. It's a saying that can apply to almost anytime in your life, as well.

If you're still getting over Christmas, put yourself in the festival NYE mood by checking out these breathtaking firework…

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Added by alice on December 28, 2011 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

If Logos Were Honest - Part 3



It's been a little while since we posted about Viktor Hertz's clever work. Lucky for us, he's back with a new set of Honest Logos that are sure to make you laugh. The designer behind the popular pictogram movie and…

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Added by alice on December 28, 2011 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Blue Hour Photos Taken Around the World

Dresden, Germany



One of the best times to photograph outside is during the golden hour, or when we get the first and last hours of sunlight. If you'd like to capture more stunning and magical photos, however, try and catch the blue hour (or twilight), the window of time in the morning that begins minutes before sunrise or the period in the…

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Added by alice on December 27, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Rainbow Made of Books

There are things in life you gravitate towards for their beautiful simplicity, wonderful execution, or just because they make you smile. For me, this project fulfills all three. It's a rainbow made entirely out of books and it was commissioned by Oxfam for their annual book fest 2011. According to the artist behind it, Andy…

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Added by alice on December 27, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Pic of the Day: Golden Falls



Today's pic of the day comes to us from Patrick Smith who took this magnificent photo of a glowing waterfall at Queen's Bath in Kauai, Hawaii. He had to position himself in just the right spot to get this shot.

Here's his story:

"From a trail near the Princeville hotel, you gain access to some incredible coastal scenery including a large lava swimming pool called 'Queen's…

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Added by alice on December 27, 2011 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Book Wormhole



We've heard the phrase "getting lost in a good book" but never have we seen a sculpture that actually makes you feel it! If you ever get a chance to visit Prague, make sure you drop by the Prague Municipal Library to see an extraordinary sculpture by Matej Kren. The Slovakia-born artist installed a "tower of books" entitled Idiom that uses mirrors to create an illusion that you're looking into an…

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Added by alice on December 26, 2011 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

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