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The Story Behind That Giant Astronaut Floating Around Coachella

Last year, Coachella’s main event art installation was a giant snail. But this year, the mobile art installation at the popular music festival is a three storey tall astronaut, formally known as “Escape Velocity”. And it’s totally awesome.


How Humans Are Basically Bad Copies Of Amoebas

Video: Vsauce, the master answerer of life’s toughest questions and professional blower of minds, tackles something so philosophical in his latest video that you’ll start to wonder what in the hell our purpose is on this Earth. And if it’s any different than a purpose of a rock. It starts with the discussion of art and then fakes and forgeries of art and what forgeries really mean and what it means to be original and eventually leads into a discussion on how we’re pretty much all just forgeries too. What is real! Who is real! Nothing is. Damn. Sauce.


Banksy's Latest Depicts Spying, Right Outside The UK Intelligence HQ

What’s alleged to be Banksy’s latest piece of artwork has popped up on the side of a house in UK town of Cheltenham, and it depicts security agents spying on a public phone — right round the corner from the UK’s intelligence centre, GCHQ. The piece is located just down the road from the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters — the home of all things intelligence on the other side of the Atlantic.


Spray-Painting Graffiti Drone Not Nearly As Effective As You'd Think

Robots may be taking our jobs throughout agriculture and industry, but the the duty of defacing architecture is likely to remain in the hands of humans for the immediate future if this semi-autonomous spray-paint drone is any evidence.


Walk On A Magic Carpet Of Light In This Moroccan Cathedral

Watch out, the ground will change beneath your feet at the Sacré Coeur in Casablanca. As part of the installation Magic Carpet 2014, an interactive light show swirls, swarms and shimmers under the cathedral’s vaunted arches. It’s even more thrilling to watch the lights in action in the video below.


The Beautiful Paintings Of Jeremy Mann

Gallery: The always excellent Colossal puts the focus on Jeremy Mann and his new wonderful cityscapes, large format master-works of light and colour that contrast with his gritty brush strokes and markings. I really love his work. Above, New York’s Time Square. Below, Union Square and many others.


Is Maths Art?

Sometimes, the results of maths are sure beautiful — pretty charts, say, or wonderful visualisations. But can maths itself, those long complex equations, be art too?


The Iron Throne Has Never Looked So Kid-Friendly

The Iron Throne is not the most inviting of chairs and given the choice, you’d probably sit on something slightly more comfortable, such as a roaring camp fire or exploding horse. What might help is if the darn thing wasn’t made of swords… would one built from hundreds of toys be better?


The Making Of Two 30m Tall Metal Horse Heads

These are The Kelpies, an impressive monument in The Helix, a land transformation project in Scotland. The two metal horse heads stand 30m tall. This time-lapse video — created over 60 days of stop-motion filming across seven months — show how they were built.


A Home Art Installation That Doubles As A Rooftop Solar Panel Monitor

Installing a set of solar panels on the roof of your home can lead to significant savings when your monthly power bill arrives. But how do you know how well they’re performing in between without watching the meter like a hawk? With this innocuous looking piece of art that doubles as a home energy monitor.