Eugene's Blog – November 2010 Archive (66)

The Story Behind "Wonderland" (14 photos)



It's impossible not to be blown away by Kirsty Mitchell's Wonderland series. Picking locations that are genuinely real, Kirsty produces incredibly vivid, colorful, and beautiful fairytale-like settings.



I reached out to Kirsty to ask her a few questions about the set. The…

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Added by Eugene on November 30, 2010 at 5:00pm — 8 Comments

Floating Away in My Dream (5 pics)

Working under the name Littlewhitehead, Glasgow-based artists Craig Little and Blake Whitehead mysteriously place a child high up onto the ceiling of a room. If that's not strange enough - the child's head is stuck in a bunch of floating balloons!



“Within our work there is a strong connection between the reality that surrounds us and some kind of escapism to… Continue

Added by Eugene on November 30, 2010 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Modern House Shoots Out Over the Ocean (8 pics)

It's hard to imagine living in a house as breathtaking as this. The Holman House sits on the edge of a 230-foot (70-meter) cliff and shoots out over the ocean. Designed by Sydney-based Durbach Block Architects, this incredible home was inspired by one of Picasso's paintings, "The Bathers."



Located in Dover Heights, an eastern suburb of Sydney, the Holman… Continue

Added by Eugene on November 30, 2010 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Optimus Prime Ice Sculpture (5 pics)

Whether you're a geek or not, you have to admit, this is one of the most impressive ice sculptures ever created. The magnificent piece was chiseled by Finnish artist Antti Pedrozo and Dutch artist Michel de Kok. The sheer size and amount of detail that went into making the icy Transformer is amazing!…



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Added by Eugene on November 30, 2010 at 10:30am — 7 Comments

3D Holographic Glass Paintings (16 pieces)

Columbian artist Yosman Botero likes to think beyond 2D. Painting on multiple Plexiglas sheets, he creates three-dimensional holographic images. The resulting works are full of depth, original, and intriguing. I caught up with Yosman to ask him a few questions:



Can you please give us a brief description about yourself?

I was born in Cucuta, a… Continue

Added by Eugene on November 29, 2010 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

The Glory of Galapagos: 2010

In a place where underwater wildlife still thrives, Darek Sepiolo continues to take some of the most incredible footage ever. You may remember his first Galapagos video, which was shot almost two years ago. The vivid shots he captures of hammerhead and whale sharks are absolutely breathtaking.



Inspired by Hans Zimmer's melodramatic music, Sepiolo uses music from the Dark… Continue

Added by Eugene on November 29, 2010 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

3D Chalk God Blows Up in China (10 pieces)

Mr. Hou didn't expect to become an internet sensation after he uploaded some photos of his 3D chalk art pieces onto a Chinese forum a few weeks ago. After all, he's just an average Chinese citizen who enjoys drawing for his little boy. Now, people from all over the web are referring to him by a new nickname - "Chalk God."



“I think these 3D artworks… Continue

Added by Eugene on November 28, 2010 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Falcon-Inspired Museum (6 pics)

Foster + Partners recently unveiled this design for a museum on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi. Named after UAE founder Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Zayed National Museum will be dedicated to the history and culture of the country.



Because of the Sheikh's love for falcons, the museum will feature five lightweight steel towers that resemble the wings… Continue

Added by Eugene on November 28, 2010 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Red Green Blue (20 pics)

Our eyes pick up color when light reflects off specific objects. Milan-based collective Carnovsky uses this phenomenon to manipulate what we see in this incredible installation, titled "RGB."



RGB’s technique consists in the overlapping of three different images, each one in a primary color. Through the colored filters (a light or a transparent material), we can… Continue

Added by Eugene on November 28, 2010 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

Cristiano Ronaldo's Girlfriend - Irina Shayk

24-year-old Russian bombshell Irina Sheikmay is probably best known as Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo's girlfriend. That could all change if she keeps doing photo shoots like this, though..



The steamy spread is not without controversy. Sheikmay is suing GQ Spain for Photoshopping her to be completely nude.



According to the Managing Director of Elite Model Management Spain: "In every image photographed Ms. Shayk was dressed in lingerie in the artistic and…

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Added by Eugene on November 26, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Magical See-Through Doorknob (3 pics)

Here's a design that's sure to knock your socks off. Hideyuki Nakayama designed a doorknob that let's you see what's going on in the next room. The coolest thing about it is its simplicity. There is no hidden camera involved. Rather, the glass knob is cleverly designed to reflect the room you’re about to enter, giving it a crystal ball effect.



Although… Continue

Added by Eugene on November 26, 2010 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Streets Morph Into Running Track (7 pics)

In an effort to attract visitors, Austrian architects Sandra Janser and Elisabeth Koller painted the streets of Graz, Austria to resemble a running track. The bright red track with separating gray lines has successfully generated a buzz in the area, which has helped surrounding businesses. The 750m-long installation, titled "Ready. Steady. Go!", won first prize in the… Continue

Added by Eugene on November 25, 2010 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Teaching Design for Change: TED

I was really moved by this TED Talk by designer Emily Pilloton. It's intriguing to hear how design can be used to teach different subjects at school and how that could lead to rebuilding a whole city.



Pilloton moved to rural Bertie County, in North Carolina, to engage in a bold experiment of design-led community transformation. She's teaching a design-build class called Studio H that engages high schoolers' minds and bodies while bringing smart design and… Continue

Added by Eugene on November 25, 2010 at 10:26am — No Comments

Beautifully Lit Spiral Staircase (6 pics)

Speirs + Major designed this magnificent cylindrical chandelier to provide light for a new spiral staircase in Edinburgh's Usher Hall - one of Scotland's historic art venues. The cylindrical, concrete walls meant it was almost impossible to fix lighting in a way that would appear architecturally integrated. Their solution was to create a 45 foot (13.8 meter) long suspended… Continue

Added by Eugene on November 24, 2010 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Human Dragons (8 photos)

Paris-based photographer Thomas Ciszewski summons our inner pyromaniacs and creates human dragons in this set he titles "Hot Spot." The contrast between fire and the dark background is striking. One has to wonder how hot the scenes get and what type of flammable liquid they're spewing out. Ciszewski currently works as a creative director at a digital agency in… Continue

Added by Eugene on November 24, 2010 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Incredible World of Parkour (19 photos)

Parkour is a global urban movement that has taken over the internet by storm. Incredibly acrobatic people from all over the world push their bodies to the limit, jumping up walls and off rooftops. Their goal is to move from one point to another as quickly and… Continue

Added by Eugene on November 24, 2010 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

The Kids Who Could Fly (4 pics)

At first glance, it looks like these kids are about to jump off a high-rise building. Look a little bit closer and you'll notice that it's all an illusion! This extremely clever ad campaign promotes "Maximum Ride," a series of books by award-winning American writer James Patterson.



“Maximum Ride is a series about a group of children who can fly," says New… Continue

Added by Eugene on November 23, 2010 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Real Life Mr. Potato Head (9 pics)

Thorsten Schmidtkord's “Head on Top” series reminds me of a real-life Mr Potato Head. The German artist switches up the facial features of his subjects - the top of their heads are found at the bottom, while the eyes and noses are left where you'd expect them to be. The mouths, however, are nowhere to be found. The images provoke quite a reaction - It's hard to decide… Continue

Added by Eugene on November 23, 2010 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Pic of the Day: Foil Face

British designer Dominic Wilcox created this fragile sculpture by forming tin foil onto an old plaster mold.



Dominic Wilcox

via [thedailywh.at], [toxel], [… Continue

Added by Eugene on November 23, 2010 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

Modern Architecture: Death Star Tower (6 pics)

It's not often that we see a building look so sinister and cool. Portugal-based OODA Architecture, in collaboration with the Spanish and American studio OOIIO, proposed this star-shaped tower, which looks like it could be the headquarters for the evilest villain in… Continue

Added by Eugene on November 22, 2010 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

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