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Artist Gabor Miklos Szoke, known for gigantic sculptures made out of wood, recently broke a record by creating the biggest bird monument in Europe. Made for the famous Hungarian football club, FTC, the enormous eagle has a span of 16 meters, a height of 8 meters and a weight that exceeds 15 tons. This time, the artist tried his hand with a different kind of material, stainless steel. It was his first time using stainless steel and it was also the biggest monument he had ever created.

From start to finish, the project took an incredible seven months to make with more than 100 people working on the eagle including engineers and welders. It is composed of 5,000 steel prisms. The eagle is seen swooping down on its prey. Instead of an animal, however,…

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Photographer Danae Falliers captures the quiet stillness found on library shelves in her colorful collection of work, simply titled Library. From a direct point of view, the artist documents the rows and rows of lines and blocks of color which fill the shelves in organized arrangements.

She then uses digital manipulation to eliminate any text on the spines, and to obtain her desired saturation and exposure. She sometimes merges multiple images together into one image, and adds drawing and painting techniques to blur the distinction between soft and hard lines.

The final results are an abstract representation of literature enclosed within the covers. Each stunning array of colors creates an interesting pattern that appears almost painterly. "I am intrigued by ideas of transience, transcendence, and permanence. I’m interested in the co-existence of movement and stillness,…

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Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson may be best known for his expansive installations that encompass entire rooms, but his smaller-scale works are just as compelling. The Copenhagen and Berlin-based artist often uses mirrors, tinted glass, stainless steel frames, and lightbulbs to create spectacular kaleidoscopic works that transform spaces into illuminated, multicolored realms of beauty. Lit from within, Eliasson's geometric lamps project dazzling hues and patterns on the surrounding walls, ceiling and floor, immersing the viewer in a light-filled world as celestial and fantastical as the vast universe.

"I often work with geometric shapes and with non-Euclidean geometry," says the artist in an interview with…

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Looking for something different to wear on Halloween this year? Designer Steve Wintercroft has just the thing with these geometric mask templates that you can create on your own out of paper. The artist's Etsy shop has all kinds of shapes including a Jack-o'-lantern, a skull, and the heads of a bear, fox, owl, and lion, to name a few.

Wintercroft's intention is to minimize the resources necessary to produce his playful products. He provides digital files to save on shipping fuel and he suggests that anyone who purchases a template use recycled paper to create the final product. In doing so, he eliminates mass manufacturing and minimizes the environmental impact that we all have on this world.

When speaking about how he came up with the idea for the masks, Wintercroft explains, "A couple of years ago,…

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The winners of the 2014 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards have been announced at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Singapore. Taking home the grand prize and the title of the Arcaid Images Architectural Photographer of Year 2014 (in association with Sto and supported by WAF) are the photographers Hufton + Crow, for their stunning image of the interior of Zaha Hadid's Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The winning image captures the bare, fluid geometry of the Center's staircase, in contrast with a single figure standing at the top of the steps. The photographers told…

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Although you might think that you’re simply looking at discarded objects, what you’re actually seeing are carefully carved and painted wood sculptures by artist Tom Pfannerstill. His series is titled From the Street, and it features trompe-l'œil depictions of tattered everyday objects. The incredible craftsmanship and attention to detail means that these works appear as the items they claim to be; Pfannerstill replicated their labels with awe-inspiring precision. So, things like Starbucks cups, a baseball cap, and an animal cookie box fool us into thinking that they were stepped on and ultimately forgotten.

On the back of each piece, Pfannerstill writes a description of where and when he found its original counterpart; he sees this as a way to catalog where he’s been. And, finding these things not only marks his movements, but…

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Travelling on an airplane with your luggage can sometimes feel like a gamble. If you’re checking the bag, how much will it weigh, and will you have to pay extra for it? And, once it leaves your sight, where exactly are your belongings? Bluesmart Technologies helps take the worry out of travel with the first luggage that’s designed to harmoniously pair with your mobile device.

Aside from its striking blue spinner wheels and handle, the best features of the polycarbonate, anodized aluminum suitcase aren’t something that you can see. Launch the iOS or Android-compatible app, however, and you’ll notice that it has an array of components that communicate with your phone through Bluetooth.

Pulling up on the bag’s handle will display its total weight in app, and you can lock and unlock the suitcase (using a TSA-approved master key lock) with it as well. There’s an integrated…

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My Modern Met is Searching for Contributing Writers


If you've been a fan of My Modern Met and want to go from a casual reader to an actual contributor, guess what, you're in luck. We're now hiring! It's an exciting time for us here as we continue to expand our business.

We're looking for applicants who are web-savvy, love all things creative, and want to share their passion with the world. You'll not only get to polish your writing skills, you'll have the opportunity to help build a dynamic internet-based business that makes it a priority to stay on the pulse of what's new and exciting. Most of all, we're looking for passionate, motivated people who want to be a part of something bigger.

Necessary Qualifications:
Excellent writing skills
Understanding of social media: Facebook, Twitter, etc
Previous blogging experience
Passion for art, design,…

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Stunning Aurora Borealis Photos Taken in Norway

Photographer Ole Salomonsen has had his photos featured on My Modern Met a few times over the years (see here and here), but we've never dedicated a full post to him. Recently, he's come out with some spectacular aurora borealis photos taken in northern Norway that we just had to share.

The one above, he calls Emerald Dynamite, was shot just a few days ago. As he states, "Finally my aurora season gets a proper start! This is one of many shots from Oct 18th/19th, a fantastic night with multicolored auroras all over the arctic night skies of Tromso, Norway."

The green and purple colors of the aurora borealis…

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Gorgeous Kinetic Rain Installation in Singapore

If you're ever walking through Changi Airport in Singapore, make sure to take in this breathtaking art installation by ART+COM. Called Kinetic Rain, it's composed of two parts, each with 608 rain droplets made of lightweight aluminum covered with copper. Suspended from thin steel ropes, each droplet seem to magically float as they move precisely with one another, thanks to the help of hidden computer-controlled motor. The whole choreography takes 15 minutes. The two parts move together in unison, as ART+COM states, "sometimes mirroring, sometimes complementing, and sometimes responding to each other."

We got in touch with the folks over at ART+COM to ask them a few questions about the installation. First, how difficult was it to make? "The creation of the installation was complex insofar as it involved many specialists working hand in hand with one other. At ART+COM…

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Through a Glass Darkly is a meditative photo series created by London-based street photographer Nick Turpin that celebrates the beauty of the stillness of bus passengers juxtaposed with the presumed movements of their transportation. As the vehicles passed by, Turpin turned his camera to the windows to document the unknowing passengers as they simply sat and waited to arrive at their destinations.

Turpin peered in from a distance to capture individuals as they stared out foggy windows during the winter months. Some have wiped the fog away to get a better view of the exterior while others have rested their heads against the glass for a nap. The fuzzy profiles of men and women, young and old, is indistinct. As a result, viewers are invited to invent stories and interpret the scenes based on only what we can distinguish through…

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The 5-year-old Shiba Inu named Bodhi, more famously known as Menswear Dog, has come a long way since we last posted about him. According to a new profile by Fast Company, the adorable pup is not only more stylish than ever before, but he's also pulling in some serious dough for his humans—$15,000 a month, to be precise.

Bodhi's owners, Yena Kim (a fashion designer) and her boyfriend David Fung (a graphic designer), have taken advantage of Menswear Dog's viral fame to launch a lucrative business. "When we first dressed him up for fun [in spring 2013], he started posing for us," says…

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These average black and white photographs reveal some surprising details mixed in with the everyday scenes. Created by Toronto-based photographer Thomas Dagg, Star Wars is a collection of images in which the artist digitally added various characters and vehicles from the movie into the landscape. While some are quite obvious, like Yoda riding on the back of a young man running through the street, it might take viewers a little longer to identify more subtle details like the rebel insignia on a baseball field or the pairs of glowing eyes that are camouflaged in with piles of trash along the street.

The series is a playful blend of modern life with the fictional reality of the artist's imagination from when he was a child. "The inspiration was always there, really," he explains. "I had a very overactive imagination as a kid. This was what I saw when I looked around the world. If…

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A new landmark will soon be joining the iconic New York City skyline: 432 Park Avenue, the address of a 1,396-foot condo tower that is now the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere. Located on Park Avenue between 56th and 57th streets in midtown Manhattan, the 96-story skyscraper offers 104 units at 30,000 square feet each, with prices ranging from $16.95 million to a whopping $95 million for the best penthouse suite.

One of the biggest selling points of the condos is undoubtedly the breathtaking view that each unit offers. Entering the living room, waking up in bed, soaking in a hot bath, or enjoying a meal, the resident is immediately faced with gorgeous 10' x 10' windows that look down on a sweeping cityscape, that includes everything from the Hudson to the East River, from the Bronx to Brooklyn, and from Central Park to the Atlantic Ocean.…

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If you were walking past these small and decorative windows, you might not assume that they’re fake. But, you’d be mistaken. These windows are actually paintings by the Spanish street artist Pejac. He recently stopped in Istanbul, Turkey to create three new trompe-l’œil pieces in the district of Uskudar. Titled Lock, Poster, and Shutters, they’re convincing as part of the landscape; it’s only upon closer inspection that we see Pejac used brushes, acrylic paint, and sandpaper to seamlessly blend artwork and the environment.

Lock, Poster, and Shutters takes advantage of the building’s existing elements and textures to produce the illusions that we see here. Pejac intends to play with our perception of what’s real and fabricated, and he’s persuasive. Even some of…

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Tattooing is an art that can be done in many different ways, and Valentina Ryabova from St. Petersburg, Russia has skillfully made her works look incredibly realistic. When you consider that the entire image is on skin, the depth that’s achieved from subtle changes in hue and shading is remarkable.

Ryabova, or @val_tatboo on Instagram, has tattooed since 2013 and garnered a large following during that time. It’s no surprise considering the gorgeous colors and the awe-inspiring depictions of animals, people, and objects. The artist also includes small details that you might not normally expect to see in tattoos; she’s created a stunning tribute to Marilyn Monroe, mimicked the texture of a tiger’s fur,…

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New Banksy Piece: "The Girl with the Pierced Eardrum"

A new Banksy piece has just been spotted in his hometown of Bristol. This time, the elusive street artist pays tribute to Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer's 1665 masterpiece Girl with a Pearl Earring. Of course, in true Banksy style, there's something a little off about the piece. The pearl earring (and the entire earlobe) has been replaced with an alarm box (from ADT). The piece can been seen on a building at the Albion Dockyard in Hanover Place. Banksy is calling it The Girl with the Pierced Eardrum.

The last time Banksy painted in his home city, he was making fun of cell phone users with Mobile Lovers.

Banksy's website via […

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Giant Mushroom Upside Down Sculptures by Carsten Holler

Originally trained as a scientist with a doctorate in biology, Belgium-born Carsten Holler is inspired by research experiments and the world around him. His works reflect social spaces like amusement parks, the zoo or a playground but he puts an expected twist onto each of them. One of the subjects he's always centered on has been mushrooms. Since 1994, they've been a regular feature in his works. Of course, in true artist style, these aren't your ordinary mushroom, they're gigantic ones, and sometimes, they're suspended from the ceiling! In 2000, he showed the Upside Down Mushroom Room at Fondazione Prada in Milan.

New Yorkers got a chance to see his mushroom sculptures in 2011 at the New Museum. Viewers got to feel like Alice in Alice in Wonderland as they walked through a side room filled full with huge fungi. His typical…

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Meet Toast, an adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel whose luxurious locks are always accompanied by her signature tiny tongue. She was rescued in 2011 from a puppy mill in North Carolina and adopted by her owners in New York City. Luckily, she found a forever home with them but had to get all of her rotten teeth removed; it's why we see her tongue in every photo.

Just because Toast is rocking a toothless smile doesn’t mean she’s any less happy or active than other dogs. On the contrary! Her popular Instagram account shows her travelling around New York City, having fun with her sister Muppet, and posing with celebrities. She’s even done some professional modelling. And, like many dogs, she graciously tolerates being dressed in silly costumes that are simply for our own amusement.

Check out more of Toast’s escapades on her Instagram…

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While visiting New York City, Geneva-based self-taught photographer Alex Teuscher wanted to capture the day-to-day life and fantastic architecture throughout the popular tourist destination. He explored for ten days and documented iconic locations like Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and Central Park.

Afterwards, using a wide variety of post-processing techniques, Teuscher transformed his photographs into a dynamic black and white collection. By eliminating color, he created dramatic lights and shadows that produce an unusually eerie quality and change the traditionally bright, lively, and energetic way that viewers perceive the frequently visited spots.

"All these shots were taken pretty much following the usual tourist trail in Manhattan… the locations along that trail are iconic for a reason," he explained. "I wanted to present them differently however, like the…

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