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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.


Inside The Workshop Of A Master Neon Signmaker

Neon is an essentially modern phenomenon — it was discovered in 1898, at the cusp of the modern age. But paradoxically, working with neon still requires an extraordinary handicraft. A new video shows us the process of blowing and moulding a (badass) neon sign courtesy of Mike Heist, a Neon artist based in Portland.


Chainsaw Artist Transforms A Log Into Groot From Guardians Of The Galaxy

This is fun. Griffon Ramsey, an artist who works with wood and uses a chainsaw, carved and sculpted a real life Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy from an Eastern Red Cedar tree log. She creates a pretty lifelike version of everyone’s favourite tree person but I kind of wish she made a 20-feet tall version too.


Your City's Next Power Plant Could Be An Incredible Art Installation

As anyone who’s ever driven by farm of wind turbines or a glittering solar plant knows, the infrastructure that powers our lives actually tends to be pretty stunning. But for a variety of reasons, it also tends to be pretty remote. If clean energy plants doubled as great public art, would be care about them more?


Rugs That Look Like The Earth As Seen From Your Window Seat

There’s something about seeing the developed world from 6000m that’s absolutely mesmerising — like a fascinating map you can’t stop poring over, despite knowing it by heart. Architect Florian Pucher has taken those magical views and recreated them as hand-tufted wool rugs.


Steel From The Demolished Bay Bridge Will Be Reborn As Public Art

With the shiny new span of the Bay Bridge complete, California is now in the throes of a second, parallel construction project — or deconstruction project, really. The old Bay Bridge span, some 58,000 tons of steel and 245,000 tons of concrete, must come down. This week, officials decided that some of the bridge’s steel will be set aside for public art in the Bay Area.


The Spaceships And Alien Worlds Of Thomas Pringle

Gallery: Thomas Pringle is one of my favourite concept illustrators. Some of his stuff — like the landscape with a spaceship taking off above — border on abstract art. The unholy space-age son of Turner and analytical cubism Picasso, if you will. His work excites my eye because my brain has to fill the blanks.


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