October 25, 2007
These are so hilarious!
As a parent, I can attest to the wild imagination of children. I was a kid once too, and I remember. David DeVries from South Orange New Jersey remembers too and transforms the drawings of children - with their wild imaginations for conjuring up monsters, superheros and creatures - into “adult” versions of their art. David’s drawings include ambient light, shading, depth-of-field, foreground and background elements and other art techniques to transform little kid drawings into, well, big kid drawings.
He’s written a book too, which you can buy from his website.
Via Children VS Artists
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October 18, 2007
Love it! How ingenious, a beer bottle which, when empty, can be used as a building device. Envisioned by famed beer brewer Alfred Heineken and designed by Dutch architect John Habraken, the brick that holds beer was ahead of its time. Marketed to areas in the world short on building materials but not of beer, the Heineken beer bricks could be collected and used to build walls, instead of tossed. They’re green in more ways than one.
The bottle was designed to be interlocking, laid horizontally and bonded with cement mortar with a silicon additive. A 10 ft x 10 ft shack would take approximately 1,000 bottles to build. In 1963, 100,000 WOBO’s were produced in two sizes, 350 and 500 mm. This size difference was necessary in order to bond the bottles when building a wall, in the same way as a half brick is necessary when building with bricks. Unfortunately most of them have been destroyed and few bottles are left. They are very rare and become a collectors item.
It’s surprising this hasn’t been tried again today. It’s a great idea. Like the POM glasses which can be used as real drinking glasses instead of tossed.
October 3, 2007
These are so funny! I wish I could drive behind a car with funny dirty windows like these. The creative person behind the “Dirty Art” is Scott Wade of San Marcos, TX. Think of how many times you’ve run a finger across a dirty rear window. Just imagine if you could draw something like this? Dirty windows are temporary canvases for Scott - he even takes commissions. Getting married? Want to ask someone to marry you? Why not do it with a dirty window?!?
Via Craft Zine Blog
October 2, 2007
Just look at the pictures!:
Our friend Jacob, who is a bit arty, went to New York for a week. We got hold of his keys and turned his tiny and messy flat into an art installation.
Paper: 203 Meters
Wrapped Items: 271
Cost: 2135 SEK [$313.00]
Oh man, that makes me laugh. But where are the photos of Jacob - wide-eyed, jaw on the floor - at the front door?
September 13, 2007
How do you turn an ordinary wall into a piano?
There are two microphones attached on the wall surface. Those microphones are acting like human ears for the computer which is able to “hear” as people tap/bang on the wall. The program translates those hits into piano keys. It all depends on how hard you hit the wall. The lower key will be produced when you hit it harder and the higher key will be produced when you hit it softer. Just like every other modern piano, it has 88 keys.
You have to see the video - it’s pretty cool
August 31, 2007
Our daughter loves Ugly Dolls, which aren’t really ugly. These little dolls & teddy bears however, I don’t know. They’re not so grotesque as you might think, like peeking behind the curtains at Sesame Street at piles of Muppet stuff. I never imagined the insides of teddy bears were so hideous - and beautiful. RISD grad Kent Rogowski has turned the innocent childhood teddy inside-out and shows us, with almost formal portraits, what only Chinese factories ever get to see. Never mind build-a-bear, how about deconstruct-a-bear? And where’s all the stuffing?
Buy Kent Rogowski’s Bears
August 29, 2007
Really Weird Science
Just so you know, the “creatures” in this post are not real. They’re creations from the mind of Alex CF. The collector in me just loves this work and wants to poke around Alex’s studio. If you had to put a name to Alex’s art, I guess you’d call it “Fabricated Macabre Oddities”. his creations are like something out of a victorian age explorers lab. He sells his “collections” on eBay from time to time, but be prepared to lay out the bucks, his “Mountains Of Madness” collection went for $1,000.00 [US].
Mountains Of Madness
1930 - An expedition heralded as a turning point for archeological exploration, the mapping of areas of the earth unseen by human eyes. A 300 million year old cyclopean city, ancient structures spanning miles, sheltered by 34,000 ft mountains. The bodies of alien life forms, the men and women of this city, mummified in the snow, the last remnants of a long lost race. But within this city hung dark secrets, of slave creations who turned on their masters, of sunken cities in darkened caverns, of old ones and shoggoths…
This box was bought back, along with the tattered remains of the deceased, lost to unseen forces. Those who survived shunned any return journeys and the remains and artifacts collected by those now dead were shipped to the miskatonic university for further analysis. The contents were soon lost and finally came to rest in my hands, amongst dozens of other specimens. This surely is a plethora of the unknown, a treasure trove of maddening manifestations and the trappings of an explorer with a need to understand…
Part movie-props, part mad-scientist, part freakish oddities, these “collections” appeal to collectors of all kinds. If only I had the money…
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Visit Many Deadly Things
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August 28, 2007
I had no idea that Sand castles were a business. Companies create corporate logos, products in 3D, even outdoor sand gardens. Our little bucket-shaped castles may be small, but find one or two shells for the top, put a little moat around the bottom and we’re having fun!
More photos at sandsibility
August 27, 2007
If this doesn’t make you smile, go back to bed. A giant, 100 foot Rubber Duckie at the mouth of France’s Loire River. So sweet, so big. So funny.
A yellow spot on the horizon slowly approaches the coast. People have gatherd and watch in amazement as a giant yellow Rubber Duck approaches. The spectators are greeted by the duck, which slowly nods its head. The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn’t discriminate people and doesn’t have a political connotation. The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!