List/Grid Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze of Stunning Pumpkin Arrangements

Once a year, Pumpkin carvers come together in New York  for the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, an event that extends up to 25 nights before Halloween, featuring some 5,000 hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins arranged into dinosaurs, sea monsters, zombies, and other spooky sculptural forms. Via Instagram: Although only associated with Halloween as we know it today since the late 1800s, the tradition of gourd carving dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries in rural Ireland and England. People created jack o’lanterns for the old holidays of Samhain and All Souls’ Night when spirits were thought to be the most active. Grotesque faces… Read more »

Large-Scale Photorealistic Family Portraits

Dino Tomic (aka AtomiccircuS) is 24-year-old tattoo artist from Norway. Besides drawing on skin, his passion is large-scale portraits. Recently Tomic completed five out of six members of his family. Unbelievably realistic drawings are finished with mixed media such as pencils, charcoal and acrylic. Each portrait took around 50-70 hours of work. All pieces are displayed in Tomic’s tattoo shop in his home town – Notodden, Norway.

Ballerina – New Mural by Eduardo Kobra in Moscow, Russia

Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra just finished up a mural called “Ballerina” in Moscow, Russia. It’s a tribute to Maya Plisetskaya, the iconic Russian ballet dancer, who will celebrate her 88th birthday on November 20, 2013. The kaleidoscopic graffiti of 12 meters long and 16 wide (40 by 53 feet) shows Plisetskaya paused in an elegant move from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake”. “I want[ed] to make for Moscow something that is connected to its culture.” – says Kobra. “The street where we are working, with classical buildings all over it, is preserved as a historical and cultural heritage. It is in the Tverskoy district, a stunning… Read more »

Mother Turns Her Baby’s Naptime into Magical Dream Adventures

Queenie Liao, a Chinese mother of three boys, has created a fascinating series of her son Wengenn dream adventures called Wengenn in Wonderland. She started in 2010 when her baby was just three months. Before each nap time Queenie would set up a  little story using the ordinary household objects, stuffed toys, clothes and then put her son in the middle of the action as soon as he falls asleep. By now the artist made around 100 sets which, along with some how-to examples, were published as a book in 2012 in China. The English version is already on the way as well.

Monumental 11-Acre Portrait by Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada

Cuban-American contemporary artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada is known for his enormous portrait art. His latest project WISH – a part of the Belfast Festival in Northern Ireland –  took four weeks of work and can be seen either as aerial view from top points of Belfast or people can also walk around the installation itself. The artwork is situated on 11 acres of land and was finished with the help of volunteers placing about 8 million pounds of soil, sand, and rock throughout the area. “Working at very large scales becomes a personal challenge but it also allows me to bring attention to important social issues, the… Read more »

Aeromobil Flying Car Takes Off for the First Time

Aeromobil Version 2.5 is a “road-able aircraft” by Slovakian lead designer Stefan Klein, who spent last 20 years developing his dream. The extremely lightweight vehicle (only 450 kg – 992 lbs) has a steel tube frame structure with a carbon fiber composite shell  – like in race cars. The dimensions with closed wings are 1.6 meters width by 6 meters length (5.4 by 19.6 feet). While on the ground Aeromobil can speed up around and more than 160 km/h (100 mph), in the sky – 200 km/h (124 mph). “In terms of automobile configuration, it fits to a standard parking space, its engine enables it to tank… Read more »

A Map of What Every Country Leads the World In

As it Turns out, every single country in the world is a leader in at least one thing, some of which are very humorous leaderships. This wonderful map from Doghouse Diaries claims that if you just look hard enough, you’ll be able to see what each country is best at. Humorous or sad, the creators have pinned down references to their index map, and if you find yourself in doubt, head over here for the complete source listing.

Berlin’s Street Art Ridicules the new iPhone’s Touch Sensor

This humorous street art surfaced sometime towards the end of September in Berlin, by Germany-based artist Urben. The comic takes a ridiculing stab at Apple‘s new flagship phone, the iPhone 5S, with its new touch sensor. The feature is been getting plenty of criticism since release, questioning privacy and government surveillance rumors. The phone can still unlock with the classic pass-code feature, in case the situation in the comic becomes a reality, you’d still be able to unlock the phone and call an ambulance!

What The Internet Thinks Of Women! A UN Ad Campaign Reveals

This UN-driven campaign uses the worlds most popular search engine – Google, to show how gender inequality is a worldwide problem. The adverts show the results of genuine searches through Google’s auto-complete search feature depending on the popularity of a search phrases. In this case the most searched phrases are not funny, and sometimes disturbing!

Food Art by Samantha Lee – A Masterpiece on a Plate

Samantha Lee – a mom from Malaysia – turned simple routine of feeding her two daughters into amazing art. She’d never studied cooking in a culinary school as well as she doesn’t use any expensive tools in her creations, only simple kitchen ware, yet the result she comes with is stunning. “I started my very first Bento making in December 2008, when I was heavily pregnant with my second daughter,” – says Samantha – “It was to let my elder daughter to eat independently after the arrival of her younger sister. I was very lucky and blessed that my creations never… Read more »

Retro Life-Like Images with Toy Cars and Forced Perspective

Model maker and photographer Michael Paul Smith has a 25 year experience in handcrafting scale models. Using forced perspective the artist brings them to life in his imaginary town called  Elgin Park.  “My project Elgin Park came about from a need to put my 300 diecast model car collection into some sort of physical context. Even though they looked interesting lined up my shelves, all they did was sit there.” – says Smith. – “It occurred to me I could construct a 1/24th scale building to showcase the cars. Starting with a gas station, because it’s something universally connected with cars and trucks, it was… Read more »

Mesmerizing Installation Made From 3,144 Bicycles

Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, Canada is hosting “Forever Bicycles” installation by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei from October 6 through 27th. The artwork consists of 3,144 interconnected bicycles which covers 100 feet long by 30 feet wide space. This is the first time Forever Bicycles is being displayed in an open air area. Mesmerizing 3D structure is a part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche art festival – an event going through the whole Toronto with different installations and art performances.

Picture of the Day: Lee Bothma’s Antelopes in a Misty Sunset

Wildlife photographer and explorer Lee Bothma, roams some of South Africa’s most untouched places in search of the perfect photo. In this magnificent snap, Bothma captured a group of Springboks antelopes in a misty sunset scene in Kgalagada Transfrontier Park, South Africa. The springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) is a medium-sized brown and white antelope-gazelle of southwestern Africa. It is extremely fast and can reach speeds of 100 km/h (62 mph) and can leap 4 m (13 feet) through the air. The photo is been up on 500px.com for 2 months and since then has gotten a viral wave of praise online. Head over to Bothma’s profile for more of… Read more »

Bear Portraits by Jill Greensberg

Photograph Jill Greensberg is known for her ability to bring human qualities into animal photography. Her “Bear Portraits” project carries all the spectrum of emotions and personalities along with the depths of characters captured in different members of the Ursidae family.  “I wanted to create images of these majestic beasts unlike anything we had seen before. I set up a studio outside to show the intensity and allow an intimate view of these powerful beasts.” – Greensberg says. The Ursine series was exhibited in different galleries and collected by various museums around the world, some pieces were bought by celebrities ( Tom Ford,… Read more »

3D Illustrations Sculptured from Dirt by Sarah Rosado

Sarah Rosado is an illustrator and photographer from New York who enjoys creating compositions from an unexpected medium – dirt. Once bumping into food, flower and other objects art she was inspired to try something different herself. That’s how the project “Dirty Little Secrets” have started. Art pieces are shaped from dirt and accessorized with small things in order to create 3D effect. The artist’s goal is to complete 100 illustrations and she is already done with 43. Each of them attracts the viewer with its simplicity and natural beauty, while leaving the audience to decide what it means to them individually…. Read more »

Spectacular Landscapes of Earth from the European Space Agency

European Space Agency has a fascinating archive of  images called Observing the Earth. Updated weekly it brings breathtaking shots of our planet‘s beauty taken by many different satellites from space. From a fast look the gallery gives a feeling of abstract paintings while actually spotlighting the incredible reality.

Street Art – Painting the Rio Slums Bright

Dutch artists Haas&Hahn (Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn) of the Favela painting project in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil established a  kickstarter campaign as they wish to fund the painting of one of the biggest slums in the city. They’ve been doing small painting projects in deprived areas of the city starting 2005 after the first visit to Brazilian favelas. But this time artists decided to go big and bring some colors to an every building on a hillside in Vila Cruzeiro, Brazil .  “Our project aims to provide an opportunity for people to transform their own neighborhood from a place seen as negative… Read more »

Expressive Animal Portraits by Wolf Ademeit

German photographer Wolf Ademeit has a great passion for taking portraits of zoo animals during more than 30 years. “Only a few photographers use the photography of animals in zoos as an art form. I think this is a missed opportunity… With my pictures I would like to move the photography of these animals in the focus of the art photography and show photos which are not purely documentary “documentary” – says Ademeit. Bringing all the spectrum of animals‘ emotions from every grimace, ferocious roar, tender kiss, and twinkle of the eye yet he calls himself a hobbyist. Ademeit’s art is simply amazing, full of personality and natural beauty.

Bizarre Indoor Camping at the Basecamp Bonn Young Hostel

Basecamp Bonn Young Hostel was opened by hotelier  Michael Schloesser in a former warehouse in Bonn, Germany. The indoor campsite occupies 1600 square meters and consists of 15 vintage camping caravans, two night sleepers, and two Airstreams. Each RV was playfully renovated and has its own theme. Due to size and sleeping capacity prices varies from $32 to $101 per night, according to Yahoo. The hostel was opened just a month ago in August but already got some great reviews online. Looks like Bonn got itself a new touristic attraction!

Giant Submarine Pops Up in the Middle of Milan

On October 1st a giant submarine suddenly burst through the concrete path  in the middle of Piazza Mercanti in Milan, Italy. Surprising appearance was accompanied by sailors’+ performance and a smart car as if left in chaos next to the intruders. This creative idea belongs to advertising agency M&C Saatchi Milano  as a part of the marketing campaign for an insurance company Europ Assistance IT new “Protect your life” plan and launch of the lifepark protection store. You can not disagree, who knows where the other submarine is going to pop up?

“From the Knees of My Nose to the Belly of My Toes” Installation by Alex Chinneck

 “From the Knees of My Nose to the Belly of My Toes” is an installation by British artist and designer Alex Chinneck as he removed the facade of the four-storey  abandoned house and replaced it with a new one that slides down to the ground leaving the inside of the top floor exposed. “I just feel this incredible desire to create spectacles,” Chinneck says – “I wanted to create something that used the simple pleasures of humour, illusion and theatre to create an artwork that can be understood and enjoyed by any onlooker.” The project is located in the seaside town of Margate in Kent,… Read more »

Make It or Break It – Annual Wildebeest Migration

This dynamic photograph was taken by Mark Bridger in Kenya during the annual wildebeest migration of herds from the Serengeti in Northern Tanzania to the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Often called “The Great Show on Earth”, it includes 2-2.5 million of wildebeest, zebras and gazelle moving together from July to October each year. The photographer named this shot “Geronimo!”, describing that while jumping into the Mara river, many of wildebeests die drowning, exhaustion or taken by Nile crocodiles.

New Project in the Streets of New York by Banksy

Banksy is back! This time with a one month project called Better In Than Out. He’s going to treat New York City as a big museum revealing one masterpiece per day during the whole October. As Banksy says himself, he “will be attempting to host an entire show on the streets of New York”. The live exhibition even has an audio guide – simply dial this toll free number 1 800 656 4271 and enjoy the tour. The first graffiti appeared on October 1 in lower Manhattan. October 1 Less than 24 hours and it got totally vandalized.   October… Read more »

Paris vs New York – Minimalist Comparison by Vahram Muratyan

After a long stay in New York in 2010, French graphic artist Vahram Muratyan launched a humorous blog Paris versus New York, a tally of two cities. It started as a friendly comparison on clichés and small details by a Paris-lover wandering around the Big Apple City and very fast dragged numerous followers to the blog and different reactions on the posters around the world. Success of Muratyan’s art simplicity eventually developed into a book – Paris versus New York, published by Penguin.

Green Graffiti by Anna Garforth

Anna Garforth, the artist from London, UK, has an unusual approach to a classic meaning of graffiti. Her street art pops up from living material. Once inspired by the trip to cemetery, Garforth started experimenting with mediums and found moss the most appropriate for her wall typography. The artist produces not only eye-pleasing compositions. Her work has nothing to do with toxic paint or harmful fumes; it’s hundred percent organic.

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