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Three Cubes Colliding

Three Cubes Colliding

The gorgeous Three Cubes Colliding is a functional cube-shaped sculpture and kite, made from 3D printed connectors, carbon fiber rods and aerospace fabric; the video complements it nicely.

Firefly Frenzy

Firefly Frenzy

We may only see snowflakes dancing in the air for the next few months but we can still enjoy these long-exposure photos of Golden fireflies taken from 2008-2011 in Japan.

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The Shining: Alternative Posters

The Shining: Alternative Posters

ShortList.com put together this collection of fan-made posters for Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic The Shining, ranging from the abstract to minimal to flat out creepy. REDRUM, indeed.

Insect Origami

Insect Origami

Multi-talented artist Brian Chan from the MIT Hobby shop has created a wonderful award-winning collection of complex, intricate origami insects, made from uncut, single sheets of paper.

Man Up

Man Up

Ed Barrett’s animated film tells the tale of a man who works at the top of a tall crane, and lives there to escape the world below. But his solitude is soon interrupted by never-ending vertical progress.

Carved Book Landscapes

Carved Book Landscapes

Among the many talents of Guy Laramee is sculpting. His projects Biblios and The Great Wall are made of thick tomes carved into landscapes, from mountains to canyons to ancient temples.

Light Paintings by Hobsonish

Light Paintings by Hobsonish

Photographer Ian Hobson produces incredible, colorful effects using LEDs and cold cathode tubes as his paintbrushes. He also experiments with Arduino-based devices to create some patterns.

WHAT’s Shop Custom Converse

WHAT’s Shop Custom Converse

Offering intricately handpainted sneakers and high-tops, Bangkok, Thailand’s WHAT’s Shop customizes shoes with everyone from Daft Punk to Chucky, and Darth Vader to The Dark Knight.

Morphology

Morphology

Peter Sluszka’s wonderful Morphology is a brief but fun claymation treat for the eyes; with these skills, we’d like to see something even more substantial. We love what happens after the fox.

High Speed Reel 2011

High Speed Reel 2011

Charles Bergquist put together this reel of eye-popping slow motion footage he shot over the course of the year, using the Olympus i-Speed 3 camera, which grabs HD footage at up to 2000fps.

2012 Lunar Calendar

2012 Lunar Calendar

Simple but very eye-catching, this ominous looking screenprinted lunar calendar from Brazilian designer Dimitre Lima politely leaves out the part where the Moon crashes into the Earth.

A Very Gilliam Xmas

A Very Gilliam Xmas

Fans of Terry Gilliam will appreciate the director’s warped sensibilities in this animation done using his trademark collage animation style all the way back in 1968. He’s brought joy to the world, indeed.

The Maccabees: Pelican

The Maccabees: Pelican

It’s Fruit Ninja gone universal and existential in the music video for Pelican, the single from British indie rockers The Maccabees’ upcoming second album Given to the Wild. Making-of video here.

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Li Wei: Acrobatic Photography

Li Wei: Acrobatic Photography

With a similar sensibility to Natsumi Hayashi’s levitation pics, photographer Li Wei shoots surreal and incredible moments using only acrobatics, mirrors and wire-fu, not Photoshop.

Covers

Covers

Like the musical ones we enjoy, architect/designer Luis Urculo created his own Covers, a clever short film in which iconic monuments in architecture are reinvented as models with everyday objects.

BRNO HDR

BRNO HDR

An eye-popping time-lapse video shot using HDR exposure effects and a camera motion-control rig. Shot in the Czech Republic by Samádhi Production over the course of about two months.

Lasers

Lasers

Eclectic Method arms its beams and shines their blinding light on pop culture references to lasers in their latest musical megacut. Plus, it’s got a frickin’ good beat and you can dance to it. MP3 here.

Two-Handed Drawing

Two-Handed Drawing

In tribute to The Shawshank Redemption, portrait artist Xiaonan Sun draws both Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins simultaneously, with both left and right hands. Sped up for time, it’s still impressive.

Protéigon

Protéigon

Animator Steven Briand (aka BURAYAN) created this trippy stop-motion short while doing a two-month internship at Partizan. We only wish all internships were this creative and productive.

PVC Pipe Sculptures

PVC Pipe Sculptures

Korean artist Kang Duck-Bong creates these sculptures which look like they got hit with Photoshop’s “Wind” filter, using only pieces of PVC pipe, painted with urethane paint.

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Nicolas Cage Adventure Set

Nicolas Cage Adventure Set

For the person who thinks he has everything. This hilarious playset comes with reusable vinyl stickers of Nic and two glossy backdrops. Declaration of Independence not included.

Billboard Chair-o-Plane

Billboard Chair-o-Plane

You know those theme parks rides where you sit in a swing and spin around? This isn’t one of those. It’s just a turning billboard, and some crazy “artists” who decided to make their own amusement park.

Anamorphic Drawings

Anamorphic Drawings

Hungarian artist István Orosz takes anamorphic drawing to another level by hiding images that can only be seen with the help of a special reflective object in seemingly ordinary drawings.

Ink Dot Portrait

Ink Dot Portrait

Check out the quiet beauty (and flowing camera and editing work) in Miguel Endara’s video of the making of “Hero,” a drawing of his father which he created from 3.2 million ink dots and a single pen.

Vortex Water Fountain

Vortex Water Fountain

Located at the Seaham Hall Spa outside of Newcastle, UK, this awe-inspiring fountain by William Pye has a continuously spinning vortex in the middle of it, which can be viewed from the side or above.

Tribute to Drive

Tribute to Drive

(Spoilers) An animated fan tribute to Nicolas Winding Refn’s already awesome Drive. If animators Tom Haugomat and Bruno Mangyoku want to make a feature-length version, we’ll buy a ticket for sure.

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