Eugene's Blog – December 2011 Archive (23)

Radical Animal Haircuts



Many of us give haircuts to our pet dogs or cats, but what would the world look like if the whole animal kingdom had radical haircuts like us? Perhaps ducklings would show off mohawks and squirrels would sport a Fu Manchu mustache. Photographer Andreas Franke of staudinger+franke apparently didn't think that this idea was too far-fetched as he's created his own series of animals with interesting…

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Added by Eugene on December 27, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Tree Trunks Burst Through Gallery Walls

Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira shows absolutely no respect to art galleries' walls! It's as if he has the supernatural ability to control trees, making them burst through the walls at his own whim.

When Oliveira was a student in São Paulo, there was a plywood fence outside his window that began to peel and fade into different layers and colors. The wood,…

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Added by Eugene on December 26, 2011 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

Holiday Wishes from Strangers on NYC Streets

Eddie: “I need money; I’m broke.”

When was the last time you shared a wish? Jon Cotner and Claire Hamilton of The Hairpin, walked around the streets of New York City, asking random strangers a single question: “What’s your holiday wish?” What's most interesting…

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Added by Eugene on December 26, 2011 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

The Human Flamingo



You may have to do a double-take to fully comprehend what's going on in this picture. When I first saw this photo taken by Thomas van de Wall, it immediately reminded me of the amazing body art of Guido Daniele. Really admire the creativity and perfect execution of artist Gesine Marwedel's take on the…

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Added by Eugene on December 22, 2011 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Los Angeles Viewed Through a Water-Filled Light Bulb

I've had the pleasure of calling Southern California my home for almost my entire life, so Los Angeles has a very special place in my heart. After seeing countless time-lapse videos featuring L.A, I thought I saw every possible way to view the city. I was wrong. Colin Mika and Brandon Vedder of All Cut Up Films created this unique time-lapse video that…

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Added by Eugene on December 21, 2011 at 11:58am — 1 Comment

Banksy's Fallen Soldier



The holiday season must have stirred up something in Bansky. The street artist has been on a tear lately! His most recent addition is this indoor piece entitled "Fallen Soldier." A marble sculpture of a Roman soldier is seen shattered in pieces on the floor alongside a yellow sign…

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Added by Eugene on December 20, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Giant Life-Like Statue of Confucius

Confucius is known as one of the greatest thinkers of all time. So, it's no big surprise that Chinese artist Zhang Huan turned to him when he started pondering a series of questions: "Faced with rapid economic and societal changes and energy and climate challenges, how can we achieve sustainable development? What responsibilities come along with China’s rise in…

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Added by Eugene on December 20, 2011 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Hanksy's Apollo 13 Space Shuttle Spoof



Spoofing one of Banksy's most recent pieces, Hanksy hilariously transforms Banky's Biplane (below) into the legendary Apollo 13 Space Shuttle. Spotted on the streets of Chicago, Tom Hanks looks like he's having the time of his life. Just take one look at his hilarious facial…

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Added by Eugene on December 19, 2011 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Geometric Mosaics of the World's Best Athletes



Our friend and frequently featured artist Charis Tsevis was recently commissioned by TBWA\Chiat\Day to create his trademark mosaic illustrations for a campaign with, arguably, the most famous sports drink company in the world Gatorade. (Quick fact: In the U.S., Gatorade dominates with about 75% market share of the sports drink category.)

Some of the best athletes in the…

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Added by Eugene on December 15, 2011 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Daytime Firework Art Show

At the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar this week, Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang turned daytime fireworks into an expression of art by utilizing microchip-controlled explosives to form incredible designs and patterns. Each set of explosions was calculated to…

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Added by Eugene on December 15, 2011 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Terrifying Lord of the Rings Origami



We've seen lots of origami over the years, mostly of cute, girly animals. That's why this starkly different piece by Jason Ku really caught our eye. Named after the terrifying dark riders in J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series, the Nazgûl were "nine men who succumbed to Sauron's power and attained near-immortality as wraiths, servants bound to the power of…

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Added by Eugene on December 12, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Banksy Attacks London!



Just a couple days ago, we featured some new work by the world's most famous street artist, Banksy. Turns out, he actually went on a tear and put up a few more pieces in London. It's astounding that we still don't know Banksy's true identity considering the fact that he's using the walls of a major…

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Added by Eugene on December 12, 2011 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

It's a Small (Zombie) World



We're big fans of Adam Martinakis' work but we're especially blown away by this digital artwork that he recently completed. Entiteld "The Insiders," what look to be zombies appear trapped inside the Earth's globe, just dying to escape.…

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Added by Eugene on December 12, 2011 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Banksy's Biplane Heart Trail



We haven't seen much of Banksy in 2011, so it's nice to see a new, quality piece coming from him. Spotted recently in Liverpool, a little, puttering biplane is seen leaving a large, heart-shaped smoke trail. Also worth noting is this dark yet…

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Added by Eugene on December 10, 2011 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Stylish Ace Hotel Room Mural



New York's Ace Hotel asked artist Dan Cassaro to create a fun mural for one of its rooms. Cassaro, a freelance designer, animator and print-maker living and working in Brooklyn, happily obliged and used his typography skills to create this quality piece that's a perfect fit with the hotel's…

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Added by Eugene on December 10, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Stunning Human Anatomy Self Portrait

Taking this self-portrait as part of her ongoing 365 Days series, Diana E. Eastman gives us a lesson on human anatomy by using her own body as a guide. The magnificent shot is enittled Dissection of it All.

As for how she applied the anatomy sketch on her back, Diana states on her blog, "I’ve seen quite a few people discussing whether or not this tattoo is…

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Added by Eugene on December 8, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Illuminated Map Displays UK Traffic Casualties



You may think this illuminated map created by BBC is stunning at first, but once you realize that this tragic image displays the location of 2,396,750 road crashes in Great Britain from 1999 to 2010, your delight will quickly fade away. Each light point is an individual collision which resulted in a casualty. The intensity of brightness shows where collisions are more…

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Added by Eugene on December 7, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Contemplative Angel Bursts with Color and Life



South Korean artist Minjae Lee just sent over this really impressive new piece he just finished, entitled Circulation. Just like his previous work, at first glance, it appears that the piece was made using digital editing tools. You'd probably be surpised to find out…

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Added by Eugene on December 6, 2011 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

The Real Social and Economical Threat to Art



To promote their school and recruit new students, Detroit’s College for Creative Studies came up with these funny ads that resemble anti-drug PSA ads. Although there are far worse things than being an art student, the campaign reminded me of a…

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Added by Eugene on December 6, 2011 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Desertification Disintegrates Animals



In an effort to educate the mass public about desertification, the degradation of land in drylands, Mardid-based agency Contrapunto BBDO created this series of eye-catching ads for the World Wildlife Fund. An elephant, leopard and parrot are seen deteriorating into clouds of dust, reminiscent of the dried up floors in the eroded landscapes.

According to WWF and Wikipedia,…

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Added by Eugene on December 5, 2011 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

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