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Here's What Embroidery Patterns Sound Like Played Through A Music Box

If you step back and compare the two, the intricate patterns you’ll find in a detailed folk embroidery don’t look that much different than the series of punched holes you’ll find on the scrolling scores used in a traditional hand-cranked music box. Artists Zsanett Szirmay and Bálint Tárkány-Kovács saw the same similarities, and discovered that when played through a music box, classic embroidery patterns are surprisingly melodic.


The Bizarre, Glitchy Glory Of Wiggling 3D Map Disasters

Remember a couple of years ago when everybody was freaking out about the all of the 3D-imaging screw-ups in the new Apple Maps? Well, those surreal portrayals of the world we live in, exist in many mapping services. And as one anonymous Tumblr user shows, they’re works of artespecially when they wiggle.


I Hope Miley Cyrus Made Entirely Out Of Emojis Is What I See When I Die

Emojis have hijacked our words, our social networks, and the general literacy of our nation’s youth. So while it feels like I should hate rapper Yung Jake’s absurdly skilled emoji-based portraits on principle alone — I can’t. They are grotesque, they are obscene, and they are incredible.


These Drawings Were Made By The Bad Guys In Legend Of Zelda

The other day I was playing SNES on an emulator and it suddenly struck me: The incredible amount of work that went into creating every single tiny box of light on that screen. It sounds like a simple point, but less so when you glimpse the maths and complexity behind video games in action.


This Is What Famous Works Of Art Have To Watch Forever And Ever

Have you ever wondered what the sculptures and paintings in museums and galleries have to stare at all day? Me neither, but a hilarious Tumblr called What They See did, taking photos from the point of view of famous works of art. The results are surprisingly funny and somehow melancholic at the same time.


This Tiny Papercraft Millennium Falcon Belongs In An Art Gallery

Don’t have room to build yourself a massive 1.5m long model of the Millennium Falcon from cardboard? How about a papercraft Falcon made from cardstock that’s no bigger than a business card instead? That’s what Caleb Kraft managed to pull off using impressive hobby knife skills comparable to a neurosurgeon.


Mind-Melting Animations Made From 3D-Printed Fibonacci Sculptures 

Inspired by the naturally-occurring mathematical Fibonacci sequences found in pine cones and sunflowers, Stanford University’s John Edmark designed and 3D-printed these sculptures that appear come to life — with bizarre undulating animations — when filmed spinning using a strobe light or video camera with a high-speed shutter.


A Recipe Book For The Coolest DIY Projects You Never Knew How To Do 

Building an anechoic chamber. Mapping the Wi-Fi in your building. Listening to the Earth with piezo microphones. These are all fascinating projects, and we’ve featured artists and engineers who have done them here on Giz before. But now, there’s a book in which they explain how.


See David Bowie Transform Over The Years In One Animated GIF

To celebrate David Bowie’s 68th birthday earlier this year, Artist Helen Green made this very fun illustration of David Bowie showing him change throughout the years in animated GIF form. Bowie has inhabited so many different hairstyles and faces and styles that he almost looks like a different person each time.


The Spectacular Art Of Painting With Soap Bubbles 

If you don’t know how they’re made, Jiří Georg Dokoupil’s paintings might look like microscope photos of phosphorescent deep-sea hydrozoa, or maybe computer-generated cartoon characters. Turns out, they’re actually the permanent evidence something way simpler: bubbles.