Nov 24, 2010

The Mickey Mouse Mask .//

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The United States Army Chemical Museum has a very special gas mask. It looks like Mickey Mouse (©Disney)!! This mask was produced early in 1942 to protect children in case of a chemical attack on the United States.

May 24, 2010

Locks of love at the Ponte Milvio .//

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Locks of love are the padlocks fixed by loving couples to symbolize their eternal love.
A couple would hang a padlock after inscribing their name or initials on it and throw the key away so that their love is locked forever.


COME ON PAINT ME WHITE AGAIN .//

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A funny conversation between mobstr and the Newcastle City Council.





"NY-Z" - An ABSOLUT Collaboration with Jay-Z

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May 18, 2010

Banksy Arrives in New York City .//

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Banksy continues his North American tour. After spotting his art in Boston, now first works by the artist were seen in New York City. The opening is marked with a “I Heart NY” piece by Banksy, found on Cedar Street between Greenwich and Trinity.


May 16, 2010

Denis Smith's Lightwritting.//

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I've previously posted about Lichtfaktor's lightwritting but the Australian photographer Denis Smith took this technique to the next level. Pushing the boundaries of light graffiti, Smith has produced something mysterious and mythical light shapes.



Apr 14, 2010

Oscar Diaz | Ink Calendar

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"Ink Calendar" makes use the timed pace of the ink spreading on the paper to indicate time.

The ink is absorbed slowly, and the numbers in the calendar are "printed" daily. One a day, they are filled with ink until the end of the month. A calendar self-updated, which enhances the perception of time passing and not only signaling it.

The ink colors are based on a spectrum, which relate to a “color temperature scale”, each month having a color related to our perception of the whether on that month. The colors range from dark blue in December to, three shades of green in spring or oranges, red in the summer.

The scale for measuring the “color temperature” that I have used is a standard called ‘D65’ and corresponds roughly to a midday sun in Western / Northern Europe.

The "Ink Calendar" was developed for “Gradual “, an exhibition featuring works, which were evolving during the exhibition time at the London Design Festival 2007.

http://www.oscar-diaz.net/

Mar 3, 2010

Lucas & Cameron .//

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1998: Lucas Sent This To Cameron, When Titanic Dethroned Star Wars At The Box Office

Mar 1, 2010

Fainting goats .//

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This breed of goat was once used by farmers, kept in the pastures with sheep and other small livestock. When wolves and coyotes would attack, the goat would be frightened and faint, so the predator would get the goat while the rest of the animals fled to safety…and this is where the term “scapegoat” originated.

This is one of mother nature’s cruel sick jokes.

Feb 26, 2010

The Lambeth Palace by Banksy .//

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Dubbed The Lambeth Palace by its creator, Banksy describes the venue as “London’s newest, darkest and dirtiest purpose-built cinema”

“The Lambeth Palace is a makeshift 150-seat auditorium in a tunnel under Waterloo train station with popcorn stall, lounge bar and stunning temporary toilet facilities,” boasts the blurb.

Showings, which predictably almost immediately sold out, are 6pm and 9.30pm daily until 4 March.





*checking it out in 2 weeks.

Feb 11, 2010

Polaroid Scarfs .//

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Polaroid looks 100% silk scarfs by Philippe Roucou

Jan 31, 2010

Left out of science textbooks .//

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Funny what’s left out of science textbooks:

Legendary biologist Francis Crick was reportedly under the influence of LSD when he and his lab partner, James Watson, discovered the double-helix structure of DNA in 1953. Apparently, Crick—a devotee of Aldous Huxley—confessed his use to a fellow scientist years later, saying he frequently did small doses of the drug (then still legal for psychotherapy) to “boost his powers of thought,” the Mail on Sunday reported following his death in 2004. Crick never went public with his use—though he was a vocal founding member of Soma, a group that worked to legalized marijuana, named after a drug in Brave New World.

Jan 24, 2010

“Ubiquitous” by Naoko Ito .//

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The Japanese artist Naoko Ito from New York has made a great piece of art using only a big tree branch and jars. She has cut the branch into several pieces before putting them in the jars and then stacking the jars into the original shape of the branch, so it looks like the branch is growing inside them. This art piece is called “Ubiquitous” and is a part of Naoko’s art series “Urban Nature 2009.”



Via .//

Jan 22, 2010

Jan 21, 2010

Jason Phillips - ‘Al Dente’ Furniture Concept .//


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Brilliant furniture design from Jason Phillips inspired by uncooked strands of spaghetti.



Art History (Part 1) by Vuk Vidor .//

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Medium silkscreen

Size 41.4 x 29.3 in. / 105.2 x 74.3 cm.

Year 2005 - Edition EA 10/11 Misc. Signed

Vuk Vidor, an artist from Belgrade now working is Paris created Art history (part one) as part of the exhibition Palais de Tokyo, Paris in 2004.

The mural is a list of artists and his or her cultural impact, defined in one sentence by their, medium material or concept.

Favs: Manzoni Owns Shit and Picasso Owns The Century.

Jan 19, 2010

Bohemian Paris Books.//

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The rich mixture of international cultures, ideas, personalities, and passions in early 20th-century Paris resulted in an explosive blend of creativity. Writers and artists experimented with bold new concepts, such as Cubism and Dadaism, but they also found time to pursue turbulent love affairs, frequent cafes, challenge each other to duels, and more usually on little or no money. Their stories make for good reading, in this collection of 19 books that covers the early 20th century literary and artistic Salon world of Paris and Europe.


Women of the Left Bank, Shari Benstock
Last Night of Paris, Philippe Soupault
Man Ray, Alexander Games
Bohemian Paris, Picasso, Modigliani, Matisse and the Birth of Modern Art, Dan Franck
Kiki's Memoirs, Billy Kluver & Julie Martin
Man Ray's Montparnasse, Herbert R. Lottman
Paris in the Fifties, Stanley Karnow
Bohemia, Where Art, Angst, Love and Strong Coffee Meet, Herbert Gold
Fin-de-Siecle Vienna, Politics and Culture, Carl E. Schorske
The Banquet Years, Roger Shattuck
The Left Bank, Herbert R Lottman
Fireworks at Dusk, Paris in the Thirties, Olivier Berbier
Kiki's Et Montparnasse, 1900-1930, Billy Kluver & Julie Martin (French)
We All Went to Paris, Americans in the City of Light, Stephen Longstreet
Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation, A History of Literary Paris, Noel Riley Fitch
The Very Rich Hours of Adrienne Monner, Richard McDougall
Shakespeare and Company, Sylvia Beach
Brassai, the Secret Paris of the 30's, Richard Miller

Paris, Paris: Journey Into the City of Light By David Downie

Jan 18, 2010

Epos Visa Cards .//

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Visa and various international designers from all over the world have launched 100 beautifully designed credit cards for
Epos International of Japan. Styles include everything from photography to hand scribbled graffiti by such artists and designers as Friends With You, Touma, Julian Picaud and Tristan Eaton.

The project is a collaboration with the Bleed Design, Visa and Japan's leading fashion stores Marui Co. The cards launched this past September
2008 and will be available until October 2009.




To see all 100 designs along with artist information, check out the gallery here.



Jan 16, 2010

Brilliant Alfa Romeo PR Campaigns.//

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1. 14.99E - We can't go any lower.

In an interesting but questionable attempt at advertising the decreased pricing on its 147, which they’re calling “the lowest price possible” (under 15,000 Euros), Alfa Romeo has undergone an extensive campaign in which it dropped a billboard into the Marianas Trench–the world’s lowest point sitting at around 36,200 feet below sea level.








2. It's easy to buy an Alfa.

"Honey, did you remember the broccoli? And the Alfa?" Antwerp ad agency Duval Guillaume placed in a couple of Belgium's busiest shopping centers this unique ambient advertisement. The car (and it is a real car in the cart): the super-mini MiTo.

La Maîtresse de la Tour Eiffel .//

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Michel de Broin and the biggest disco ball the world has ever seen


The French conceptual artist Michel de Broin designed the world's biggest disco ball the world has ever seen and suspended it high above the night sky of Paris. We are talking about a 7.5 metre disco ball featuring 1000 mirrors suspended by a freaking crane 50 metre into the air... Wow.
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suspended in the Jardin du Luxembourg during the Nuit Blanche event in Paris. The so called La Maîtresse de la Tour Eiffel when hit with spotlights from all over the city shot shards of light across Paris like a fairytale dream.