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How Optical Illusions Help Restore Art

New York City's streets were drained of colour on a recent cold and overcast March day. Their pallor—and that of the cars, trucks, and people occupying them—mimicked that depicted by Childe Hassam in his Winter in Union Square, an oil painting on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Read More >>

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Every City Deserves Space Murals This Gorgeous

Space, the final frontier… for street art. No, we're not quite ready to tag the International Space Station, but a pair of artists in San Francisco is working on bring space down to Earth with a series of murals depicting everything from constellations to nebulae. Read More >>

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Spooky Art Installation Puts Mesmerising Video on Moving Sculpture

Artist Robert Seidel loves to play at the fuzzy border between sculpture, still images, and art in motion. He's at it again with "grapheme," projecting piercingly bizarre video images on delicate suspended shapes that defy the conventions of a stationary, rectangular screen. Read More >>

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This Real-Time Installation of Social Media Feeds is Insane

There's a kind of crazy headspace that's easy to fall into after staring at the unceasing scroll of your social media biz on a couple of screens at a time. But this? This is a wholly terrifying total immersion in the form of an installation of sights, sounds, and mind-melting mental stimulation. Read More >>

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Beautiful Custom Motorbike is Actually a 360-Degree Security Camera

This gorgeous custom motorbike began its life as an utterly mundane Honda P25, a fuel-efficient 1960s scooter. But motorcycle artisan Chicara Nagata turned it into a sweeping sculpture with a social-commentary twist: the tiny bike carries four infrared security cameras in its frame, built at the behest of a Japanese security company. Read More >>

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An Amsterdam Home With a Curious Revamp

The exterior of this brick home in Amsterdam was transformed by Studio Wessels Boer into a large-scale curio case to commemorate its role as one of the original Dutch "dime buildings," an early, 1870s-era attempt at cooperative housing. Each of the custom-made cut-outs tells a story about either the history of the place or a personal narrative from a current resident. [Lustik] Read More >>

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Norwegian Street Artists Order Use of Silly Walks to Cross Road

This road sign can be found in the Norwegian town of Ørje, where artists have been allowed to install a pair of joke road signs either side of a pedestrian crossing by the local council. When we do it it's vandalism, but when Norwegians do it it's art? Not fair. Read More >>

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Amazing Martin Luther King, Jr. Portrait Made Entirely of Rubik's Cubes

This project is from 2010, but it's such an amazing and unusual achievement it's still worth sharing today. Artist Pete Fecteau created a huge mural commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. out of more than 4,000 individual Rubik's cubes, with each square on each cube hand-arranged to create the detailed image you see above. Read More >>

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Watch Magnetic Tape Fall Like Water in This Hypnotic Video

Japanese artist Ei Wada, who was born in 1987, belongs to a generation that spent middle school feverishly poring over cassettes to make mix tapes—until, of course, they were quickly outmoded by CDs, and then MP3s. Now, Ei makes art using the outmoded technologies he grew up with. Read More >>

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Dazzling LED Sculptures That Trip the Light Fantastic

Artist Jim Campbell has made a career out of tinkering with LED arrays. His newest work, a series of glowing, undulating installations, are a playful mix of circuitry, motion, and pure light that will captivate any onlooker. Read More >>

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The Fantastic Alien Worlds of Concept Artist Christian Lorenz Scheurer

Ever wondered who dreams up the otherworldly architecture and cities you see in movies like Thor 2 and Man of Steel? Meet Christian Lorenz Scheurer, the concept artist behind both movies—and many others. Read More >>

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These Sand Castles are Actually Castles Carved on Grains of Sand

Anyone can build a castle with sand, but can you build a castle on sand? Artist and photographer Vik Muniz collaborated with MIT researcher Marcelo Coelho to engrave a castle onto a single grain of sand. Read More >>

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6,000 Used CDs Never Looked So Pretty

One person's rubbish is another visionary person's community art project. In this clever and beautiful repurposing of old CDs, Ignatov Architects created Mirror Culture, a shimmery entrance to the public park in Varna, Bulgaria. Read More >>

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What Sunsets Painted Centuries Ago Reveal About Global Air Pollution

Dramatic sunsets are undeniably gorgeous, but they portend something ominous: millions of fine particles polluting the air. Researchers are now studying sunsets painted over the past 500 years to find clues to how our air got dirtier after the Industrial Revolution. Read More >>

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This Real-Life Photo of Marge Simpson Will Haunt Your Dreams Forever

This isn't photoshopped. Photographer Alexander Khokhlov uses hair and makeup to create insane out-of-this-world images. Using 3D make-up effects he can trick you into thinking you're looking at a heavily-photoshopped image, but it's actually just a bit of hair and make-up magic. Read More >>

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The Lonely Process and Lovely Work of Hong Kong's Neon Craftsmen

Hong Kong's neon sign trade is fading in the face of new technology, but there are still skilled workers who craft the glowing lights by hand. The process is, by their own admission, painstaking, solitary, thankless, and steadily losing popularity, but these guys are still going at it. Watching them make the magic fixtures is mesmerising—they are really good at what they do. Read More >>

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