Epic Sahara Desert Art Installation Still Exists After 17 Years And Is Visible From Google Earth

The word “epic” is thrown around a lot these days to describe art or other media that people like. If you want a good idea of what “epic” really looks like, however, you need to see Desert Breath, a truly epic art installation near the Red Sea in Egypt. 17 years after its completion, this mystical desert spiral is still clearly visible on Google Earth. [Read more…]

The work, by D.A.S.T. Arteam, is of truly epic proportions – between 1995 and 1997, 8,000 m3 of sand were displaced to create an art installation that occupies 100,000 m2 of desert between the Red Sea and a range of ancient volcanic mountains in Egypt’s Eastern Desert region. It consists of a massive spiral of cones and pits that spiral out of a central pool of water. As the walking viewer approaches the center, the gradually smaller cones will make the viewer will feel as though they’re growing larger.

The team of artists consists of installation artist Danae Stratou, industrial designer and architect Alexandra Stratou, and architect Stella Constantinides. Located between the sea and a body of mountains at the point where the immensity of the sea meets the immensity of the desert, the work functions on two different levels in terms of viewpoint: from above as a visual image, and from the ground, walking the spiral pathway, a physical experience,” explains the team. “In our mind’s eye the desert was a place where one experiences infinity.”

Source: danaestratou.com

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People Flying Over New York City

If you saw some people flying over New Your City lately, don’t worry, you are not crazy! To promote their new movie Chronicle, 20th Century Fox hired viral marketing agency Thinkmodo which flew three human shaped RC planes around Manhattan creating the illusion of people flying.

Michael Krivicka from Thinkmodo explains: [Read more…]

“Since the three main characters of the movie have the ability to fly, we came up with the idea of staging a few “flying people” sightings around New York City. We achieved that illusion by having 3 custom-made aircraft (which were shaped like human beings) fly above designated areas in NYC and NJ.”

I’m not sure how the people of NYC who saw the flying people actually felt, but judging from the video, it must have been pretty awesome. What do you think?

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World’s First Skateboard House

The ultimate dream for generations of skateboarders who wanted to bring their practice into their home has finally come true – the PAS house is the first house designed to be entirely used for skateboarding as well as being a traditional dwelling.

The Skateboard House is the project of a private residence, to be built in Malibu, California. In this house you will be able to skate any areas and surfaces, Indoor and Outdoor. The client and visionary of the project is Pierre Andre Senizergues (PAS), a former World champion and Pro Skater and the founder of Etnies. [Read more…]

The prototype of PAS House was recently presented at La Gaite Lyrique museum in Paris.

The house is divided into three separate spaces. The first one includes the living room, dining area and kitchen, the second one includes a bedroom and bathroom and the third one a skateboard practice area.

Each space is skateable as the ground becomes the wall then the ceiling in a continuous surface forming a tube of a 10ft radius. The furniture is also skateable, whether it is integrated in the curve like the sitting area, the kitchen or the bathroom or just as standing object like the dining table, the kitchen Island or the bed.

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Portrait Made of Thousands of Fingerprints

When viewed from a distance, a portrait of Chuck Close’s grandmother-in-law looks like a classic black and white photograph. However, when you come closer, you start to notice that the picture is actually made of thousands of fingerprints. [Read more…]

“Fanny/Fingerpainting” represents one of the largest and most masterly executions of a technique Chuck Close developed in the mid-l980s. That technique involved the direct application of pigment to a surface with the artist’s fingertips. By adjusting the amount of pigment and the pressure of his finger on the canvas, Close could achieve a wide range of tonal effects. Typically, he worked from a black and white photograph which he would divide into many smaller units by means of a grid. He then transposed the grid onto a much larger canvas and meticulously reproduced each section of it. The result is a monumental, close-up view that forces an uncomfortable intimacy upon the viewer. [1]

If you like to see more incredible finger paintings be sure to check out the work of Judith Braun.

Website: chuckclose.org | source

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Freezing Japanese Guy Uses A Sweater To Turn Himself Into A Turkey

Japanese blogger Mr. Sebuyama of Omocoro.com has come up with with an ingenious and thrifty, if a bit strange, way of weathering the cold winter.

The winter in Japan has been especially cold this year, and Sebuyama say’s he doesn’t have money for warm clothes. So he decided to put on a sweater – and nothing else. Turns out that you can wear a sweater over your entire body, provided that you’re willing to look like a walking plucked chicken. [Read more…]

In these pictures, he demonstrates how to get dressed. He starts by using a computer, but things get really wild when he goes out for a barefoot stroll. Mr. Sebuyama’s comfort, despite the fact that there is still snow on the ground in places, only serves to illustrate just how warm the sweater outfit truly is. Or that he’s nuts – we’re not sure which.

Source: omocoro.com (via: japanalyst)

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Artist Creates Stunning Owl Painting With Chaotic Splashes Of Color

Chinese painter, illustrator and street artist Cheng Yingjie (a.k.a. Hua Tunan) has created an extraordinary painting called “Night Owl” that makes perfect use of his signature colorful and chaotic style.

Yingjie’s stunning and dynamic owl figure seems to materialize magically out of a chaotic cloud of splashes and splashes of colorful paint. Like many other successful contemporary street artists, he uses a wide range of bright colors, even those don’t actually appear in owls, like green, blue and purple. His dynamic style, while definitely his own, is similar to the work done by many other notable street artists, including that of DALeast. [Read more…]

Not surprisingly, Yingjie’s art has been in fairly high demand, as he is a leader in the contemporary Chinese art community. And yet, this is one of the few times that he has actually offered his art up for sale to the public. He has created 35 copies of this owl by hand to sell to the public, each with its own little unique hand-drawn subtleties.

For another example of his stunning and characteristic artwork, check out this post on his work or check out his Tumblr and Facebook.

Source: Tumblr | Facebook (via)

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Photos of Toddlers Tasting Lemon For the First Time

Sadly, most of us can’t remember our reactions to most of the new things when we tried them for the very first time. In order to capture some of these first experiences, photographers David Wile and April Maciborka pictured toddlers tasting lemon for the first time. The bitter fruit, that even adults might be sometimes reluctant to taste, called out the most genuine reactions from all of the kids, going from disbelief to shock or betrayal. [Read more…]

“Lemons can be a great source of entertainment. Especially when you give babies the opportunity to taste [them] for the first time!” say April and David.

The series, called Pucker, will win you over with its sincerity and charm and make sure that these children will always remember one of their childhood first-times. Do you remember the first time you tasted a lemon yourself?

Website: aprilmaciborka.com, davidwile.com

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This Week’s Top 5 User Submitted Stories #3

If you have a story that’s interesting to more people than you and your mother – share it with everyone else! To get an idea what pandas like, just play around our magazine (hints: unique design ideas, art, photography, inspiration). It can be your own art project or you can write about someone else’s work. You can also create all kind of fun lists of creative products or photos.

The best stories will be featured on BoredPanda.com home page and will have a chance to cure 10,000 people from boredom everyday.

Interested? Click here to get started.

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Celebrity Portraits Made Out Of Cassette Tapes

If you have a large collection of old cassette tapes and don’t know what to do with it – check out these amazing Celebrity Portraits by Erika Iris Simmons. She probably had the same problem and now she even became famous for solving it! Smart people say that every problem is an opportunity in disguise, and this probably turned out to be true. [Read more…]

Erika Iris Simmons (born in 1983 in St. Louis, USA) uses old cassette tapes to create incredibly artistic celebrity portraits. Since her emergence Erika has blended the concerns and methods of conceptual art with craft-making and popular culture to create her own whimsical installations. She explores the nostalgia of the archaic, using second-hand items as her prime media.

Currently, Simmons lives and works in Atlanta.
Website:  iri5blog.org | flickr: iri5

1. The Beatles

2. Bob Dylan

3. Bob Marley

4. Jimi Hendrix

5. John Lennon

6. Madonna

7. Kurt Cobain

8. Debbie Harry of Blondie

9. Paul Griffiths

10. Marilyn Monroe

11. Melona Creager

12. Robert Smith

13. Lenny Kravitz

14. Lauryn Hill

15. Michael Jackson

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5,000 Books Pour Out of a Window in Spain

Spanish installation artist Alicia Martin transforms thousands of old books into giant waterfalls which pour out the windows straight into the streets. Her massive installations have been installed in various places across Europe, however Martin’s most recent series, known as Biografies, are based in her hometown, Madrid.

These gravity-defying book sculptures from her Biografies series were installed in the three of Madrid’s historic buildings, each installation consisting of approximately 5,000 books. [Read more…]

To support the heavy weight of the books, each sculpture has a special metal framework inside. They make the installation safe and sturdy, however the books’ pages are left loose and free to rustle in the wind.

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Casa de America, Madrid

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