WIRED sat down with forensic scientist Thiago Piwowarczyk and art historian Jeffrey Taylor PhD to get the inside skinny on ways that science and a skilled eye can help detect art forgeries. Abstract works like Jackson Pollock’s drips and splashes are especially challenging.
Art & Design
Jordan Coelho and Josselin Bey assembled a team of 14 Montréal artists to contribute to this collaborative animation, in which each person was asked to imagine a pinball machine using their aesthetic. The result is visual and auditory magic. Also, we really want a PaRappa the Rapper machine now.
Giangrande’s inspiring folk track Free to Roam is complemented beautifully by Gianluca Maruotti’s stop-motion music video. The claymation imagery was created using with the scenes playing out against a flattened backdrop. Be sure to watch the behind the scenes video too.
Etsy seller PurpleWires takes ordinary coffee tables and makes them extraordinary coffee tables. Choose from tables which light up with rainbow colored animations, or even let you play Tetris or Snake. Our only concern is shipping the furniture all the way from Ukraine.
Pop Chart’s The World of Ice and Fire print crams in people, animals, items and landmarks from Game of Thrones. The nicely illustrated poster features sigils, weapons and armor, castles and even food. It will be released after the series ends to ensure that it’s up to date.
We’ve seen industrial machines that can bend wires into shapes, but thanks to 3D printing and low-cost controllers like Arduino, you can make your own desktop machine now. How to Mechatronics shows us exactly how. Grab the full instructions, models, code, and schematics here.
We love the celestial background and colorful faceted backs on these cards by illustrator Iryna Semenova. The gemstone suits feature sapphire spades, ruby hearts, emerald clubs, and diamond diamonds. Now we want some Lucky Charms. Pre-order now for shipping starting 7/1/19.
When you play the game of chess, you win… or you die. At least that’s what happens if you play with this intricate set of hand-carved wood chess pieces Ukraine’s Chesslania, inspired by Game of Thrones. It’s cool, but we don’t think that Tyrion should be relegated to pawn.
Daihei Shibata’s short film is brilliant in its simplicity. It features two images – a line graph and an actual object. The graph then updates to reflect the state of the real world item. The accompaniment by Fukushima Yasuharu and the EX NOVO Chamber Choir is the icing on the cake.
Here in the US, cotton candy is typically just a big fluffy pillow of spun sugar, but in China, it’s often turned into amazing works of edible art by street vendors. Watch as this candy chef in Chongqing, China turns sugar into an intricate multi-color flower. Oh the humanity at 8:11!
Created by Chicago’s Mechanical Design Labs, the RODA is a beautiful and hypnotic desktop object. Spin the brass wheel up to speed with its ripcord, and set it on the aluminum stand, or hold it in your hands and balance it on your fingertip. Bearings allow it to be spun on its vertical axis too.
Inspired by early filmmakers like Eadweard Muybridge, James Medcraft created his hypnotic short film by slicing imagery captured from a moving vehicle in Hong Kong. Like reassembling slivers of shredded paper, he creates a work of art from what would otherwise be mundane imagery.
Vanishing Inc.’s morbid cards are inspired by the wild west and the demise of Wild Bill Hickok, who was gunned down during a poker game. Each of its cards has a bullet hole straight through its middle, and the infamous “Dead Man’s Hand” is splattered with red ink to symbolize blood.
Matt Giles shows off a really nifty way to dress up a room – instead of going with traditional floor tiles, he laid down 27,000 individual pennies (just $270 plus labor) for an amazingly cool look. It’s a time-consuming project, but with enough patience, anyone can do it.
Think you’re good at solving jigsaw puzzles? Check this out. In this time-lapse clip, artist Martin John Callanan painstakingly reconstructs a misprinted British Five Pound note that was shredded into thousands of tiny bits, piecing it back together using a pair of tweezers.
EverBlock’s interlocking plastic blocks are like giant size LEGO bricks, but are sturdy enough to create temporary or semi-permanent partitions, walls, and furniture. They’re also perfect for building playhouses for kids and pets. Play with their online 3D builder here.
Genesis’ Mint is an electric car made for the city. Despite its compact size, it offers a spacious and luxurious interior for two people. Its storage area is accessed via unique scissor doors, and inside it has has a central touchscreen console mounted on its steering wheel.