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Space Miami

Space Miami

In 1963, Aerojet-General built a rocket factory in the middle of the Everglades. They even made an Apollo rocket and fired it, but never won the NASA bid, and it now sits abandoned, rocket and all.

Rocketeer Fan Film

Rocketeer Fan Film

A fan film that pays homage to the late Dave Stevens, who, in creating The Rocketeer gave form to the childhood dream of little boys around the world: find a rocket-pack and become a superhero.

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Pacman Tube Map

Pacman Tube Map

Everyone who has that one dream where they’re trapped in a Pacman game that is also the London Underground system will appreciate this funny print from the clever folks at publicgriefjunkie.

IKEA Manhattan

IKEA Manhattan

Photographer Robert Lyons shot this footage of the lower Manhattan skyline constructed entirely from IKEA boxes. This behind-the-scenes footage is way cooler than the commercial they used it for.

Coffee Cup Mona Lisa

Coffee Cup Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa has oft been the subject of remakes. Here, da Vinci’s masterpiece gets a makeover, using 4,000 cups of joe with varying amounts of milk added to make the sepiatone image.

Crossover

Crossover

Directed and produced by Fabian Grodde, Crossover is quite blatant in its message. But it delivers it in a deft and subtle manner, combining a real miniature setting with realistic CGI insects.

What I Eat (Book)

What I Eat (Book)

By interviewing 80 people from 30 different countries about their eating habits, Faith D’Aluisio and Peter Menzel were able to compile this tasty portrait of food and culture from around the globe.

Royal Enfield Tank Painting

Royal Enfield Tank Painting

Brands are quick to point out if their wares are hand-made or hand-painted, but sometimes we take that boast for granted. This craftsman helps us appreciate that premium touch.

Wooden Motorcycles

Wooden Motorcycles

Vyacheslav Voronovich creates 1/12th scale replicas of motorcycles like the BMW K1600GTL. Each is made from hundreds of tiny pieces, and has wheels and handlebars that actually work.

8-Bit Invader

8-Bit Invader

A tribute to classic 8-bit video games, blown up to building size, spawning unholy mashups of retro games. Too bad the final projection mapping only included a small bit of Pavel Novák’s animation.

Terminator 2: 20 Years

Terminator 2: 20 Years

Rymdreglage pays tribute to the impending 20th anniversary of Terminator 2, illustrating some of the film’s great moments, while simultaneously tearing through countless reams of paper.

Netflix Doodle Art

Netflix Doodle Art

You’re done with watching your Netflix disc, and feeling a little bored. Why not get out a Sharpie and send a little illustrated love back to the Netflix guys to keep them entertained in the mail room?

Salsa Invertebraxa

Salsa Invertebraxa

There are some beautiful illustrations in Mozchops’ Salsa Invertebraxa, a vivid odyssey of two invertebrate companions and their journey through a vibrant world of imaginary insects and flora.

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Cold Mailman Music Video

Cold Mailman Music Video

Using lit-up windows as stop-motion building blocks, director Andre Chocron devises a perfect convergence of music and images in this video for Cold Mailman’s relaxing Time is of the Essence.

Year of the Moon

Year of the Moon

While we wish this were a time-lapse of the actual moon, we’re still mesmerized by this silent animation of the moon going through a full year of phases. Best served with a side of Philip Glass.

Untitled (Hello World)

Untitled (Hello World)

Valentin Ruhry’s ingeniously simple sign is just a grid of 5,000 orange rocker switches which light up when flipped. It’s like a giant Lite-Brite for adults. At NYC’s Austrian Cultural Forum through 9/5.

Handimals

Handimals

Milan-based artist Guido Daniele creates extraordinarily detailed trompe l’oeil advertising art by painting hands to resemble animals, then photographing the results. (Thanks Kelley!)

Mind Your Step

Mind Your Step

No man, don’t do it! Oh wait. Photographer Erik Johansson set up this very convincing perspective illusion at Sergels torg in Sweden. Watch the making of video and more reactions here.

Cliché !

Cliché !

Enjoy a baguette and a glass of Merlot as you enjoy Animator Cédric Villain’s humorous take on the wide array of French stereotypes in the short film Cliché ! French-speakers, watch it here.

The Mothball Fleet

The Mothball Fleet

Dozens of old ships laid dormant in California’s Suisun Bay for years. Photographer Scott Haefner and friends snuck inside the once-bustling vessels for one last look before they’re finally scrapped.

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newGROWTH LED Lights

newGROWTH LED Lights

Artist Christopher Poehlmann’s outdoor path lighting fixtures mimic organic tree structures and are handmade from brushed aluminum with LED illumination. Available in heights from 2 to 8 feet.

Welcome to Pyongyang (Photos)

Welcome to Pyongyang (Photos)

Still enticed by North Korean tourism? Us too. Thankfully Charlie Crane managed to gather enough amazingly poignant photos of what some call Stalinist Disneyland to publish this guidebook.

Light-Painted Proposal

Light-Painted Proposal

Boy, guys just keep setting the bar higher and higher. Derrick Childress proposed to his girl, Emily by shooting 800 individual 10 second exposures over 3 nights, assembling them into a single shot.

True Loves (Music Video)

True Loves (Music Video)

Powers of Ten meets Minecraft meets SimCity meets shrooms in this hypnotic, isometric music video by UK animator Cyriak for the Cereal Spiller remix of True Loves by Hooray for Earth.

Calvin Nicholls’ Paper Sculptures

Calvin Nicholls’ Paper Sculptures

Great photography and lighting play a part in bringing out the beauty of Calvin Nicholls’ paper sculptures, but most of the beauty comes from what he can do with just paper and a scalpel.

The Origin of the Beginning

The Origin of the Beginning

Artist Levi van Veluw built three surreal rooms using thousands of individually glued wooden components such as blocks, balls and boards. Each “self-portrait” incorporates the artist himself.

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