In early 2017, protest artist Banksy opened The Walled Off Hotel, an actual hotel right in front of the infamous West Bank barrier. Now it has a gift shop where you can get miniatures of graffiti on the wall, t-shirts, and a mug with the hotel’s slogan: “The Worst View in the World.”
Artist Bert Hickman creates amazing organic works of art by firing a multimillion volt electron beam into acrylic. The powerful electrical jolt creates lightning bolt patterns inside the plastic. In addition to flat art, he also makes cubes, spheres, and even guitar bodies.
John Edmark has created a variety of static and kinetic objects, many of which share a common thread – spirals, which he uses because of their potential to go both infinitely small and infinitely large – a reflection of the endless nature of the universe. More here and here.
You’ll need to take 29 minutes out of your busy life to watch the entire video, but you should at least check out the first minute as artist Shaun Hughes shows off one of his most awesome creations, a 1973 Lincoln Penny that he’s re-engraved with a skull and intricate scrollwork.
We won’t let the irritating audio take away from Mitchell F. Chan’s Something Something National Conversation (In 2 Characters or Less), which features one of the most satisfying elements we’ve seen in an art installation – two puffy white clouds colliding endlessly in mid-air.
An incredible replica of a massive airship from Hayao Miyazaki’s Castle in the Sky. It features scads of lights, dozens of moving propellers and oars, and is surrounded by a sky filled with other aircraft in this amazing display at Tokyo Cityview – part of their Studio Ghibli exhibit.
Adult coloring books are totally dope, so curl up with some pencils and any kind of mule and bring life to the pages of the Coloring Book of Booze. There are 26 cocktails to color, with recipes included. A great gift for a dinner or housewarming party. (Thanks Mike P!)
Inspired by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this striking image by Derek Payne features Rey scavenging on the surface of Jakku against the dramatic backdrop of a crashed Star Destroyer. Measures 18″ x 24″ and printed on archival quality paper. 23% off in The Awesomer Shop.
It’s amazing all the cool things you can do with a simple X/Y motorized rig. Here, Rochester Institute of Technology’s Ted Kinsman shows how to create images using different sized droplets of colored liquid, like coffee, ink, or red wine, which then soak into the paper.