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Flowers Burst Into Bloom as Visitors Walk Up to Wall

How would you like to walk up to a wall full of flowers and see them beautifully bloom? Well now you can if you're in Japan. In this digital installation, flowers cover four inner walls of a former sewing factory in Usuno, Bungotakada. Chrysanthemums and roses bloom and explode into cascades of petals as visitors approach the walls of the darkened room, then they wither away as flowers from another season begin to blossom.

It's called Flowers and People, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together and it's made by teamLab, a group of tech specialists that include programmers, architects, CG animators and more. "We create works through 'experimentation and innovation' making the borders between Technology, Art, and Design more ambiguous," they state.

Flowers native to the Kunisaki Peninsula, where the exhibition is located, are displayed in the…

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Natural Act is a collection of creative photo collages in which Turkey-based photographer Merve Özaslan merged multiple images into intriguing narratives. Using vintage black and white photographs, the artist blended color elements into the scenes to create unexpected visual stories. Viewers are invited to investigate how the surprising alterations change the meaning of the work.

Özaslan seamlessly worked fragments of nature into the shapes of bodies, buildings, and window frames. For example, we see a chef peering out the door of his restaurant with gigantic daisies unexpectedly hovering behind him, and in another image, two beauties in bathing suits sit on a diving board perched high above the treetops. As a result of this intervention, the old-fashioned events are boldly interrupted by the modern, color components which creates a strong…

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Ghostly Edgar Allen Poe Sculpture is Unveiled in Boston

165 years since his death, Edgar Allen Poe returns to his hometown of Boston. Artist and sculptor Stefanie Rocknak just reached out to us to show us these newly released pictures of the 5-foot-8-inch sculpture she designed and created herself. Beating out 265 other artists from 13 countries, this life-size sculpture shows Poe in mid-stride with his jacket blowing in the wind, holding a briefcase in his hand while papers flow out of it.

Back when she first submitted her idea, Rocknak wrote, “I propose to cast a life-size figure of Poe in bronze. Just off the train, the figure would be walking south towards his place of birth, where his mother and father once lived. Poe, with a trunk full of ideas—and worldwide success—is finally coming home,”…

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Meet Alice Lewis, a 9-year-old girl who expresses her extraordinary imagination and personality through stunning cosplay photos captured by her adoptive mother, photographer Kelly Lewis. An aspiring model and actress, Alice embodies different characters with remarkable ease in front of the camera, transforming herself completely into iconic figures like Joan of Arc, Wonder Woman, Edward Scissorhands, and Margot Tenenbaum with the help of intricate costumes, styling, props, and her mom's photography skills.

Alice's passion for modeling and cosplay are not only fun hobbies, but also important ways for her to explore who she is. When the young girl was adopted by the Lewis family at the age of 7, she decided to change her name to Alice (after the beloved character from Lewis Caroll's books) as a way to reinvent her identity on her own terms. After six years of abuse,…

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It's that time of year again! Time to enjoy the results of the 2014 World Beard and Moustache Championships. For the annual event, men flock to the competition to show off their amazing facial hair designs. The website explains, "From delicate Dali moustaches to anything-goes full beard freestyles and medal-worthy mutton chops, this competition represents the full spectrum of beard and mustache art with 18 categories."

This year, Las Vegas-based commercial photographer Greg Anderson traveled to Portland, Oregon to document the many charming and captivating faces throughout the event. The wide variety of world class beards and moustaches is the result of a strong dedication that the participants have to the craft. Each…

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Have you ever had the urge to lick a cactus? Probably not, but what if you could - in an alternatively safer form, of course. It’s the idea behind designer Wei Li’s project titled Dangerous Popsicles; they’re a collection of colorful, oddly-shaped frozen treats that are inspired by cacti and life-threatening viruses.

Li created the popsicles by first modeling and printing them using an Objet Connex 500 three-dimensional printer. The newly-produced forms were then used as originals to make silicone molds that later cast the edibles we see here. What results is an interesting fusion of harmful subject matter (that we’re often taught to avoid) with an innocent summer treat.

This peculiar juxtaposition doesn’t go unnoticed by Li. She explains, “Dangerous Popsicles create a unique sensory experience. Before tasting with your tongue, you first taste with your eyes…

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Two years ago, self-taught photographer Adrien Broom had a crazy dream. She would build eight room installations that would each represent a different color of the rainbow. The project would be about rediscovering the simple joys of color as seen through the eyes of a little girl. The multimedia endeavor would be part photography, part film, and part installation. Kickstarter fans helped pay for this dream back in February 2013, and now, the project has reached its final conclusion. We reported on this project back in July 2013, when Broom had completed just four of the eight installations - A World of White, Red, Yellow…

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Israel-based Merav (Salush) Eitan and Gaston Zahr of OGE Creative Group were inspired by the structure of a bird's nest to develop this large, playful reclining space. Called Giant Birdsnest for Creating New Ideas, the circular wooden structure is filled with soft, egg-shaped pillows and is intended to function as a "fusion of furniture and playground."

The unconventional concept goes beyond the typical couch or reclining chair to provide a new and fun way to relax and hang out. The product can be ordered in four sizes, ranging from a small piece that fits only 2-3 people to a much larger, 15-foot in diameter nest that can accommodate up to 16 people at the same time. The wood comes in eight different finishes from cherry to walnut, and the cotton pillows come in fourteen shades, including fuchsia, orange, turquoise, eggplant, steel…

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American photographer Gail Albert Halaban has voyeuristic tendencies. When she peers out her window, she not only observes the world, but she documents it with her camera for all to see. In her first series, Out My Window, the New York-based artist staged a series of moments that capture people in their homes from a distant point of view. Now, the artist is back with a second series, also a book, entitled Paris Views.

For the collection, Halaban traveled throughout various neighborhoods in Paris to photograph her subjects through open windows. She actively engaged her participants in the process by seeking them out and asking for permission in order to blend…

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From October 23 to November 9, residents and visitors to Sydney can feast their eyes on the spectacular Sculpture by the Sea 2014, Australia's largest annual outdoor sculpture exhibition. Stretching 2 kilometers across the Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach coastal walk, the temporary sculptural park features over 100 sculptures by artists from across the world.

Now in its 18th year at Bondi, the free public event is bigger and better than ever. Against the background of sandy shores and the gorgeous ocean, visitors can admire fantastic works that include a giant frying pan, a magnificent wire peacock, and an interactive arch that counts the number of people who walk under it.

In addition to the Bondi exhibition, originally started in 1996, the annual…

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A common problem is the need to charge your phone when you’re out and about. But, finding a place to do it is often tricky. With the eTree, however, you can power up your device using green solar energy that’s installed in public spaces. It was created by the Israel-based company Sologic, and this life-sized “tree” is a place to take a break while recharging your phone and accessing the Internet via free Wi-Fi.

The eTree is modeled after an actual tree and mimics the brown branches and trunk. But, instead of having leaves, there are energy-generating solar panels that are angled towards the sky. It also has USB charging points and provides some illumination during the night along with seating located beside the tree.

Sologic recently installed the first eTree at a nature reserve in Israel. They see this as being a public space facility, a social-environmental…

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Josh Sundquist may be a successful Paralympian, bestselling author, motivational speaker, cancer survivor, and YouTube personality, but he also excels at something else: really great Halloween costumes. For the past few years, Sundquist has dressed in "amputee-themed" costumes that humorously highlight his one leg. One year, he celebrated Halloween as the Gingerbread Man with a missing leg from Shrek. Another year, he was the classic leg lamp from the movie A Christmas Story. Last year, he did a crutch handstand and became a flamingo. This year, he turned himself into a foosball player—a fitting costume choice, since it represents a major milestone Sundquist reached this year in making the US Amputee World Cup Team.

Sundquist's journey began when he was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer at the age of 9. With only a fifty percent chance to live, he…

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Years before his son Geraint was born, his father, Ryan, was planning a Halloween costume for just the two of them. The new dad is a BattleTech game enthusiast and created an impressive Sunder mech outfit that he and Geraint can wear at the same.

Imgur member and wife PutABowOnIt explained that her husband started sketching out the rough designs for this costume a couple of months before their son arrived. Ryan took advantage of all of the new baby stuff coming in the mail, and he had a large supply of boxes to work with. He built a frame for the body out of PVC pipe and wrapped a cardboard shell around it, securing it with zipties. Ryan cut and sculpted other pieces out of cardboard while including some foam board details for an added 3D effect.

The head and other…

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If you ever wondered what existed beyond the edges of a music album cover, now's your chance to find out. For this series called Album Covers—The Bigger Picture, web design studio Aptitude was inspired by famous artwork from bands and musicians like Nirvana, Fatboy Slim, and Michael Jackson. Clever designers started with very well-known imagery and then imagined what might be taking place beyond the square frames. In doing so, they completely change the meaning of the many iconic works.

The imaginative collection really puts a twist on how the designs are perceived. Adele's beautifully reflective silhouette is actually a horrible monster in disguise while Justin Bieber's pensive look is actually due to the fact that he's being arrested. Aptitude explains the project: "In this digital age, buying an album has become less about buying a physical package to…

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Around this time last year, photographer Elizabeth Gadd decided that she would visit the number one country on her bucket list, Iceland. She convinced her two photographer friends, Rob Woodcox and Whitney Justesen, to join her on this once-in-a-lifetime trip. Soon, they had their tickets book and for the next several months they would organize, fundraise and plan. Finally, on the 14th of May, they arrived in Reykjavik, Iceland. Over the course of the next two weeks, they would drive their rental car around, seeking out the most spectacular places to shoot.

Gadd takes us on this epic adventure by showing us her breathtaking shots and giving us the scoop on what it was really like. "The landscapes in Iceland are some of the most incredible I have ever seen," she tells us. "It really struck me how many different landscapes all fit into this one magical place. We could be…

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Windowless Plane Displays Panoramic Views of the Sky

UK-based tech innovation company Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)'s Windowless Fuselage concept replaces windows on commercial planes with high-definition, flexible panels that can display breathtaking views of the world around the aircraft as it soars across the sky.

Imaging from cameras mounted on the outside of the plane would appear on the OLED screens, allowing passengers to experience immersive, panoramic views while also adjusting easier to time zone differences as lighting panels produce the color changes associated with sunset and sunrise around them. CPI's vision would be possible thanks to a roll-to-roll manufacturing technique that would also coat the screens in a protective layer for longevity.

While this isn't the first time a…

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France-based creative Alastair Magnaldo, whose work we first shared four years ago, combines and manipulates multiple photographs to create lovely storybook images filled with childhood fantasy and dreams. In these sweetly surreal worlds, innocent figures explore magical landscapes that come to life with strange motifs like infinite ladders, moons and stars suspended in the sky, birds swinging from a mobile, and friendly animal companions hidden behind curtains.

As carefree as the images appears, they are nonetheless the product of considerable work and time. Magnaldo initially sketches out his concepts, then carefully scans the different elements, spends over six hours digitally editing and combining the photos, and finally prints the resulting image. He sometimes…

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What if your clothing could change colors with everything that you touch? The Norwegian studio named Drap og Design created Interacket, a light-up jacket lined with LED lights that shifts its hue depending on what the wearer touches. Put your hand on a red door, and a red light will spread across the jacket’s sleeve. Similarly, coming in contact with a green sign means that part of the garment will mimic said hue.

Interacket was inspired by the animal kingdom - a chameleon, specifically - and started as an exploration in how the reptiles interact with their surroundings; special abilities allow chameleons to be seen or unseen within their environment, and Drap og Design researched how to imitate this quality using electronics and wearable technology.

The translucent jacket’s outer layer is made of a simple painter’s suit while the inner layer is…

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We’ve seen the fun that’s had with a GoPro camera, and we can now add this video to the list. Redditor Drowsy_jimmy attended the nuptials of Brian and Allie, and instead of getting the happy couple a standard wedding gift, he opted for something that’s simple yet creative. After taping a GoPro to a bottle of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, he let the camera and the booze make its way around the celebration. The result is an unforgettable wedding gift video.

From what we can tell, it looks like a good time was had by all. The amusing recording opens with the groomsmen drinking a swig and it goes on from there. We get to see everyone’s bottle expressions in an exaggerated, playful way. Unconventional? Sure. But seeing Aunt Suzie taking a pull from a large bottle of whiskey? Priceless…

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When make-up artist Kandee Johnson isn't working on the prettiest faces in Hollywood, she's replicating them. Just check out her Facebook page and you'll be surprised to see all of the famous people she's transformed into which include Elsa from the hit Disney movie Frozen to iconic movie star Lucille Ball. Her Youtube video channel alone has over 2.3 million subscribers who come to find out how they too can look like Daenerys Targaryn from the Game of Thrones or Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games.

As fan Anna Maria stated, "Its incredible how you're able to analyze peoples faces and reconstruct them with contouring... love the transformations!"

To her, make-up is beyond a form of art. Her philosophy is that "Make-up becomes a magnifying glass for the inner beauty and…

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