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Gear Box Sculptures

Gear Box Sculptures
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Thank god for kooky artists like Bill Durovchic; his beautiful Gear Box Sculptures have no discernible use, but are fun for not only burning calories but a nice-sized hole in your wallet.

Art: You Fade To Light

Art: You Fade To Light

You Fade To Light is an array of interactive OLEDs, effectively digitizing the shapes and movements of passersby; it was commissioned for Phillips and uses software by Chris O’Shea.

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Racy Beer Can Art

Racy Beer Can Art

NSFW: Russian designer Ramm ND has an aptly suggestive name, as his racy beer can art is some of the strangest yet smartest we’ve seen; the pantyhose can is pure genius.

T-Shirt Sketchbook

T-Shirt Sketchbook

It’s only a concept, but Burak Kaynak and Cem Has’ T-shirt Sketchbook is pure genius: the handy shirt shape lets designers easily jot down ideas whenever inspiration strikes them.

The Face of Disaster

The Face of Disaster
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This hand-printed silkscreen by illustrator Andy Smith puts a dark humor spin on these trouble times; titled The Face of Disaster, the 33″x23″ poster has a limited run of 20 pieces.

Dirt From Every State

Dirt From Every State

It’s not the most glamorous of materials, but H. Mathis’ Dirt From Every State project is a collection of geographically-shaped soil from the 50 states (plus DC and Puerto Rico).

WWII: Simple Version

WWII: Simple Version

Sure, it’s a bit rough around the edges, but Angus McLeod’s WWII: The Simple Version is a funny illustrated primer for anyone who needs to bone up on their history. Thanks, Brian!

Video Game Periodic Table

Video Game Periodic Table

I Heart Chaos’ Periodic Table of Video Game Characters is one that we could get lost in for a good half hour; they’ve managed to pair (by letter) a character with each real life element.

Art: Home Slice

Art: Home Slice

Known for his quirky steampunk art, we’re devouring all the details in Scott Campbell’s Home Slice exhibition; it’s composed of funky cutaways of rockets, whales and other objects.

Art: Three Robots A Week

Art: Three Robots A Week

Artist Chris Grine is working on an ambitious but very cool project: three new robots each week for an entire year. He’s on #13 but already has several winners, including Warm Tender Heart.

Art: Franco Brambilla

Art: Franco Brambilla

From robots to UFOs to giant monsters, Franco Brambilla takes classic sci-fi staples and mixes them with near-photorealistic imagery; some giclee prints are available here. Thanks, Rick!

Other Vaders

Other Vaders

Darth Vader never mentions Other Vaders, and with good reason: twang-speakin’ Uncle Garth and bare-butt Barth embarrass the Dark Lord–with the exception of Flavr Vader, of course.

SF Art: Vitaly Samarin

SF Art: Vitaly Samarin

Siberian artist Vitaly Samarin’s work is a fantastic blend of digital and traditional pieces; he specializes in sci-fi and fantasy themes with a leaning towards post apocalyptic scenes.

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End Of The World Street Art

End Of The World Street Art

We’ve seen 3D street art before, but we’re amazed by the sheer scale of Edgar Mueller’s end of the world pieces; who doesn’t relish waking up to a chasm in their driveway?

Bubble Calendar

Bubble Calendar
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This 48″ x 18″, poster-sized 2009 Bubble Calendar may not be the best idea for bubble wrapaholics; if we got our hands on one, chances are we’d pop the whole year in a day.

Survivors Concept Art

Survivors Concept Art

Leading Light Conceptual Design has a gallery of lush concept art for the tentatively named Survivors, a disaster survival game that makes us giddy with post-apocalytic glee.

Prime Number Posters

Prime Number Posters
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Infinitely cool for math geeks: Perfectly Scientific’s Prime Number posters show primes up to 2^43112609 – 1; they’re printed so small you’ll need a magnifying glass to read them.

Video: Scintillation

Video: Scintillation

While this Scintillation video is no doubt beautiful, it’s the method that’s most amazing: it’s a 35,000 shot stop-motion film with fantastic DoF focus shifts and live projection mapping.

Robot Art

Robot Art

Somebody get artist Mike Rivamonte a movie studio right now; his retro-styled robots each manage to have a personality all their own, perfect for the next animated short film.

Art: The Vader Project

Art: The Vader Project

Andy Warhol’s iconography gets Imperial with The Vader Project, a collection of 100 custom fiberglass Vader helmets by street artists including Frank Kozik, Marc Ecko and Dalek.

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I Can Read Movies

I Can Read Movies

These 1960s-style paperback covers actually show off contemporary movies including Shaun of the Dead and Big; made by Mitch Ansara, they’re a funky blend of cinema and literature.

389 Years Ago Poster

389 Years Ago Poster
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Death and Taxes poster creator Jess Bachman is back, this time with 389 Year Ago; it’s a slick typographical homage to the Obama presidency and African American history.

Video: Lightwriting

Video: Lightwriting

Created by the wizards over at LICHTFAKTOR for a cinema ad, this lightwriting video is some of the slickest light art we’ve seen; look for the cool “bicycle” at about 40 seconds.

Art: Zombie Playground

Art: Zombie Playground
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Thanks to popular demand, artist Jason Chan’s Zombie Playground is now available as a print; we’ll bet on a gang of rabid third graders over the undead hordes any day.

Art: Tomas Schneider

Art: Tomas Schneider

A twisted take on the famous duck/rabbit optical illusion, Tomas Schneider’s Business As Usual is a mixed media piece about warmongers with ceramic bronze, brass, wood and sand.

Milky Way Transit Map

Milky Way Transit Map

Created by Harvard’s Samuel Arbesman, this Milky Way Transit Authority map was inspired by a reading of Carl Sagan’s Contact and applies subway mapping on a galactic scale.

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