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Tape Generations

Tape Generations

A few years back, artist Johan Rijpma created this time-lapse video in which carefully arranged rolls of clear tape gradually gave in to the forces of gravity. The sounds made as each roll breaks free are wonderfully satisfying.

Making a Cuphead Penny

Making a Cuphead Penny

In Coffee We Trust. The talented Shaun Hughes walks us through the painstaking process of transforming an old 1959 US penny into a wonderful coin engraved with an image of Cuphead’s eponymous character.

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Creamart Latte Art

Creamart Latte Art

Korean barista Kangbin Lee creates beautiful, but temporary artworks in latte foam, painting detailed and colorful illustrations using food coloring and syrups as his media. His portfolio of drinkable art is as diverse as it is tasty.

Building the Kelpies

Building the Kelpies

A few years back, we saw breathtaking images of The Kelpies, a pair of 98-foot-tall horse sculptures in Falkirk, Scotland. Now you can see how they came together in this wonderful time-lapse by Walid Salhab, who captured over 120,000 individual images to complete the film.

Adrift Machine 9

Adrift Machine 9

This electromechanical sound maker uses moving turntable arms to select and play grooves carved into an enormous cylinder. The positions of the arms and sounds played correspond to the positions of 27,000 pieces of space junk drifting about over our heads.

ClockClock 24 Black Edition

ClockClock 24 Black Edition

A white-on-black version of Humans Since 1982’s segmented analog timepiece which offers the same 24 analog dials, but a bolder and easier to read display. It’s as amazing as ever, though we only wish it were more affordable. Measures 15.75″ h x 35.5″ w x 1.5″ d.

Parlor Tattoo Prints

Parlor Tattoo Prints

Fans of American traditional tattoos and pop culture will love these awesomely illustrated prints inspired by everything from Taxi Driver to Totoro. LA artist Quyen Dinh of Parlor Tattoo Prints also offers designs on t-shirts and a limited-edition wall calendar.

This Book is a Planetarium

This Book is a Planetarium

Kelli Anderson’s This Book Is a Planetarium, features six usable pop-up constructions, including a tiny planetarium, a Spirograph-like drawing machine, a secret decoder ring, and an acoustic amplifier. Each object is accompanied by an explanation of the science behind it.

Banksy Walled Off Hotel Gift Shop

Banksy Walled Off Hotel Gift Shop

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.”

The Story of Jon Burgerman

The Story of Jon Burgerman

While shooting pics to promote illustrator Jon Burgerman’s new book It’s Great to Create, photographer Bas Berkhout decided to turn some of the leftovers into a wonderful documentary about the inspiration behind his whimsical, googly-eyed style.

Robot Art Class

Robot Art Class

WIRED UK introduces us to artist Patrick Tresset, whose latest exhibition includes a classroom filled with robotic “students” each of which has been equipped with a pen and paper. While the students doodle, three smarter robots at the head of the class draw portraits.

Colorizing History

Colorizing History

Vintage photos can provide fascinating insights into our past. Vox explores how accurately applying color to these monochrome photos can bring people and places to life. The research and craftsmanship that goes into modifying these these images is striking.

Paper Art by Peter Dahmen

Paper Art by Peter Dahmen

Filmmaker Christopher Helkey introduces us to artist Peter Dahmen, who creates complex and intricate pop-up structures from paper. We loved learning about how he got started, his build process, and watching the movement of each sculpture as it’s opened up.

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John Edmark’s Mathematical Art

John Edmark’s Mathematical Art

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.

Skull and Scrolls Lincoln Cent

Skull and Scrolls Lincoln Cent

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.

Making Sand and Gold Art

Making Sand and Gold Art

Artist Tim Bengel shows off the making of the first of his works from his upcoming Monuments exhibition – an incredible large-scale piece which appears out of nothing, after painstakingly dusting a sticky surface with black and white sand grains and gold leaf.

Water Droplet Painting

Water Droplet Painting

Illustrator Adam SB shows us how the simplest of mediums – plain old H2O – can be used to create art. By dripping precise amounts of water onto a smooth surface, he creates a temporary artwork that’s sure to satisfy any obsessive need for order.

Joto

Joto

Joto is a modern take on an X/Y plotter that displays pictures, screenshots, notes and more by drawing them on a whiteboard marker, then erasing them when it’s time for a new image. With support from developers, it can integrate with apps like Twitter, Slack and Spotify.

Paper Cities in Glass

Paper Cities in Glass

Artist Ayumi Shibata painstakingly cuts intricate, layers of buildings, trees, rocks, and other structures, then layers them together inside of glassware to form incredible miniature cityscapes. Be sure to check out the Shibata’s amazing papercut tower too.

Chain-link Radish

Chain-link Radish

Watch in amazement as a master Japanese chef takes a single daikon radish and works his precision knife skills to carve it into the links of a chain. We wouldn’t try and secure a bike lock with this thing, but we would eat it with a spicy tuna roll and some miso soup.

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Cloud Collision

Cloud Collision

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.

Castle in The Sky Model

Castle in The Sky Model

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.

2001: A Picasso Odyssey

2001: A Picasso Odyssey

Experimental artist Bhautik Joshi used a special deep neural network rendering method to transform scenes from Stanely Kubrick’s classic into a surreal Picasso-esque world. We’d love to see an entire movie illustrated in this style.

Coloring Book of Booze

Coloring Book of Booze

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!)

LEGO My Lunch

LEGO My Lunch

Japanese LEGO fanatic Nobu Tary creates amazing sculptures which make the plastic building bricks look good enough to eat. While the burger and bento box look tasty, it’s the slice of everything pizza with gooey LEGO cheese that has us salivating.

Karen Portaleo: Pastry Sculptor

Karen Portaleo: Pastry Sculptor

Pastry artist Karen Portaleo creates incredibly detailed and artful edible sculptures. Her cakes and chocolate creations range from elegant and beautiful to surreal and creepy. Regardless of the subject matter, they all look way too good to eat.

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