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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.


These Mysterious Desert Monoliths Are Actually Richard Serra Sculptures

N25o 31.019′E050o51.948′: You need a set of GPS coordinates to visit Richard Serra’s newest work, which stretches more than a 800m through the Qatari desert.


If Edward Hopper Used Instagram And Facebook

Edward Hopper, foremost chronicler of lonely souls, would have found pathos in our modern world of FOMO. This clever series from Ukrainian artist Nastya Ptichek updates Hopper’s work for a social media era, and the overlay of electronic icons makes his paintings even more depressing.


LED Fingernails That Actually Flash When An NFC Signal Is Nearby

Well, here’s an absolutely ridiculous fashion trend. Japan’s Takara Tomy Arts has created a collection of stick-on fake fingernails featuring embedded LEDs and tiny antennas that light up whenever the wireless NFC functionality of a nearby smartphone is being used.


See Game Of Thrones' Characters Living In The 80s and 90s

Mike Wrobel is a brilliant graphic artist — he’s made some great pop pieces inspired by movies like Fight Club, Escape From New York, Inception and Alien, and from shows like Breaking Bad, True Blood and The Sopranos. One of his most recent works is a three-piece series for HBO, commissioned to inaugurate the fourth season of Game of Thrones, but in 2013 he also re-imagined the show’s main characters as if they were living in the ’80s and ’90s.


These Wonderful Artsy GIFs Capture The Quiet Beauty Of Doing Nothing

Some people hate doing nothing. I am not one of those people. The calmness of inactivity peacefully re-centres your soul. It’s not boring. It’s soothing. And these GIFs wonderfully made by artist Rebecca Mock perfectly capture that accomplished feeling of doing nothing.


The Gorgeous Tics And Errors Of Laser Scanning Gone Wrong

Matthew Shaw and William Trossell, the London-based duo known as ScanLAB Projects, continue to push the envelope of laser-scanning technology, producing visually stunning and conceptually intricate work that falls somewhere between art and practical surveying.