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Bioluminescence

Bioluminescence

Photographer Phil Hart shot these images of a bioluminescent algae called Noctiluca Scintillas in Australia’s Gippsland Lakes. As you can see, the stuff glows an incredible shade of blue.

The Simpsons x Banksy

The Simpsons x Banksy

Renegade British street artist Banksy goes mainstream (sorta) with these opening credits he storyboarded and directed for this week’s episode of The Simpsons.

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MapCuts

MapCuts

Karen O’Leary’s “map cuts” are a sight to behold; each highly detailed piece was hand drawn and hand cut. We’re more amazed by the process of making these maps than the maps themselves.

Dress The Part Movie Posters

Dress The Part Movie Posters

Moxy Creative’s prints feature just the clothes and accessories associated with films. We love the Top Gun poster, but we’re disappointed that Marty McFly’s vest and kicks isn’t on the list.

Due To Licensing Constraints…

Due To Licensing Constraints…

You don’t have to be an art critic to figure out Paul Mutant’s “This painting is not available in your country” (2010, acrylic on canvas). Maybe he should add “there’s always torrents though”.

Zac Freeman Junk Portraits

Zac Freeman Junk Portraits

Zac Freeman collects junk, found objects and trash which he combines to create portraits. Up close, the pieces look like crap cobbled together; when viewed from afar, the work is quite compelling.

Polaroid Coasters

Polaroid Coasters

Just Noey creates these clever ceramic coasters, inspired by Polaroid instant pics. Each one features the artist’s original images, digitally transferred and coated with a 100% waterproof glaze.

Paul Rand Retrospective

Paul Rand Retrospective

A short film created for Paul Rand‘s posthumous induction into the One Club Hall of Fame. Rand is responsible for many iconic logos, including the IBM, Westinghouse, ABC, and the classic UPS logo.

Leaf Art

Leaf Art

A few examples of incredible paintings, engravings, carvings, and even sculptures made of leaves. The carvings in particular are jaw-dropping. More here, here and here.

Real-Life Pac-Man

Real-Life Pac-Man

Jamie Margary, known for his realistic takes on video game characters, made this creepy sculpture of Pac-Man, which he calls Pakku Rotundus. He even made a depiction of its last days.

Totems by Alain Delorme

Totems by Alain Delorme

Alain Delorme’s pictures treat Chinese porters and their unbelievable piles of goods as living symbols of urban expansion, consumerism, and the transformation of China into the world’s factory.

Ninja Star: Wars

Ninja Star: Wars

A long, long time ago, in a country far, far away… Steve Bialik rendered Star Wars characters in Edo Period-style art. These limited edition lithographic prints measure 11″ x 27″ each.

Anatomical Sculptures

Anatomical Sculptures

After dissecting the likes of Domo and Gingerbread Man in 2D, Jason Freeny now takes his brand of adorable gore to 3D, with anatomical sculptures of Mario, Nemo, and even a certain little pony.

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Tilt-Shift Van Gogh

Tilt-Shift Van Gogh

Nothing in any of these van Gogh works has been added, removed or had its proportions changed, but they’ve taken on a new dynamic through Serena Malyon’s tilt-shift photo manipulation.

Hyper-real Body Painting

Hyper-real Body Painting

When we first saw the works of Alexa Meade, we thought they were paintings on canvas. On closer inspection, we realized they were models covered with paint. Minds officially blown. More pics here.

Silhouette Typography Posters

Silhouette Typography Posters

Like peanut butter and chocolate, we are enjoying the combo of typography with iconic pop culture references from Jerod Gibson; it’s also a great way to remember your movie quotes. (Thanks James!)

Vintage Atom Bomb Photography

Vintage Atom Bomb Photography

Haunting imagery from 1945 to 1962, when the US military was detonating hundreds of nuclear bombs in the atmosphere; photographers struggled to document the destructive effects of the explosions.

Light Drive

Light Drive

Artist Kim Pimmel created this cool light show using stop-motion techniques, shooting individual long-exposure photos, coordinated with electronically-controlled lights. More photos here.

Everything Is A Remix Part 1

Everything Is A Remix Part 1

Open your brain tanks, because Kirby Ferguson is about to drop in some premium grade knowledge about the “folk art” of remixing, its origins, and some early examples. More info here.

Dice Mosaic Art

Dice Mosaic Art

David Alvarez used over 14,000 individual dice, carefully arranged to form a halftone-like effect to produce these massive 8-foot by 5-foot portraits of James Dean and Marilyn Monroe. Snake Eyes!

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iPad Light Painting

iPad Light Painting

Dentsu London and BERG used iPads and carefully choreographed, motion-controlled 3D animations to generate incredible long-exposure light paintings. Simply amazing stuff.

Freaking Awesome: Zombies!

Freaking Awesome: Zombies!

Freaking Aweso.me is a new art line created by The Awesomer founder Sion Lee. Their first piece is this awesome zombie poster, loaded up with 978 references to undead movies, books, and games.

Ein Hammer

Ein Hammer

One of the more dramatic installations at Burning Man 2010, Ein Hammer is a metal tower which can belch massive jets of fire as 3 workers below smash sledgehammers to trigger the flames.

Southwest Time-Lapse

Southwest Time-Lapse

Photographer Dan Eckert shot this amazing reel of time-lapse imagery throughout California and Arizona, and it’s truly stunning. The more ambitious shots required Dan’s custom-built camera rigs.

HDR Video Demo

HDR Video Demo

We’ve all seen incredible photos shot using HDR (high dynamic range) techniques, but this cool video shows what happens when you shoot HDR video, using a pair of Canon 5D Mark II dSLRs.

Laurie Lipton Illustration

Laurie Lipton Illustration

London-based Laurie Lipton has developed her own peculiar drawing technique building up tone with thousands of fine cross-hatching lines like an egg tempera painting. Insane, haunting, and inspired.

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