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Art Is Best Displayed In A Frame That Follows You Around

For artists who want to get their work known — and sold — a static frame hanging on the wall of a gallery just doesn’t cut it anymore. Whey let a potential admirer — or customer — just walk by your work when there are now autonomous picture frames that can track and follow someone walking by, ensuring your work is always perfectly in their line of site?


The Iconic, Legendary Designs Of Black Sparrow Press Books

A great book is a treasure because of the story told by the words between the covers, but some can impart that same kind of thrill before you even flip to the title page. Black Sparrow Press, the small and remarkable 1960s publishing house that gave us Bukowski, did both beautifully with distinctive colours, graphics and type.


The Lonesome Crowded Shopping Centres Of The 1980s

When discussing street photography, locations like New York City or Los Angeles probably spring to mind. A less obvious setting is that icon of late 20th-century capitalism: the shopping mall. Stephen DiRado roved the halls of his local mall in the ’80s and captured stunning portraits of the denizens within.


Cool Video Illustrates How Much Shanghai Has Changed Over The Years

Video: Over the past thirty years, few cities have undergone the transformation that Shanghai has. It went from a vertically challenged city filled with greenery to mutant New York on speed and steroids. Claire and Max illustrate how much has changed by eliminating the current buildings from the skyline and then drawing them in and putting them back.


This Cathedral Is Filled With Smartphone-Powered Laser Beams

Step into France’s Saint-Eustache cathedral, and — unlike most places of worship — you won’t be asked to turn your mobile phone off. Instead, you’ll be told to send a text message to the building, which is then converted into part of a laser show.


This Artist Uses His Magnifying Glass To Burn Pictures, Not Ants

Jordan Mang-osan is a patient guy. This Filipino artist is so patient that he can sit for hours at a time, calmly holding a magnifying glass over a slab of wood so that the sun can burn the slightest little dark spots into the surface. But eventually a beautiful landscape emerges.


Watch An Anamorphic Painting Transform From Bird To Fish And Back Again

Perspective is everything for Thomas Medicus: The Austrian artist created his latest work by strategically hand-painting 160 glass strips, then placing them in a very particular grid formation. From most angles it looks like a total mishmash, but four distinct images are hiding in the fray.


NYC Is Home To A Hyper-Real Simulation Of A Massive Solar Plant

In the desert near Tonopah, Nevada, a circular sea of oversized mirrors — 10,000 mirrors — follow the sun, and direct its rays onto the power tower in the centre of the Crescent Dunes solar energy plant. Now, in the middle of Manhattan, a computer-generated visualisation of that scene glitters on an LED wall outside Lincoln Center.


This Printer Spits Out Messages That Actually Ignite And Self-Destruct

With a new data breach revealed every week, is it possible to safely share anything these days? Even passing notes in class risks a teacher intervention, unless you can smuggle this printer in your backpack. Clearly inspired by Mission Impossible, the messages it prints actually physically self-destruct just moments after leaving the machine, ensuring your secrets are kept that way.


The Artist Making Beautiful Snow Art With Simple Maths And Footprints

You’ve probably seen Simon Beck’s masterpieces floating around the internet. Up close it looks like an army has marched through the snow. But when you step back — way back — the texture turns into an extravagant design. Some look like snowflakes, some like elaborate fractals. They’re all made with just a compass, Beck’s feet and some simple maths.


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