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British police officers and security officer escorted two costumed racegoers out of the grounds of the Royal Ascot horse race at Ascot near Windsor, England, Thursday. It was Windsor, England,,( Sang Tan/Associated Press)Windsor, England,

Polish Woodcarver Makes Functional Bicycles Exclusively from Wood

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Polish Woodcarver Makes Functional Bicycles Exclusively from Wood

Polish Woodcarver Makes Functional Bicycles Exclusively from Wood

 Slawomir Weremkowicz, a 59-year-old former plumber from Poland, creates functional bicycles using only wooden components.

The talented woodcarver from Biala Podlaska says he had always wanted to be an artist, and since God gave him the talent of carving wood, he he thought he should do something amazing with it. So he decided to go greener than green and create a series of wooden bikes for which he didn’t use a single gram of metal or plastic. Simply looking at a piece of wood, Slawomir can already envision how he’s going to turn it into one of his bicycle parts, and using simple woodcarving tools like chisels and saws he does just that.

The seat, steering, even the pedals and chain are made only from a variety of wood (oak, ash, beech and plywood) and if you’re looking for screws holding them together, don’t bother, as Slawomir Weremkowicz only uses wooden pegs. Carving an entire wood bicycle is a lengthy process which takes about a year, but when he looks at his completed “wooden dinosaurs”, as he likes to call them”, Slawomir doesn’t regret the time he puts into his work.

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Weremkowicz is the only man in the world to create functional bicycles entirely from wood, his works have been exhibited at galleries and museums in Poland, and one of them was given to the ambassador of the Netherlands. Slawomir himself rides one of his wooden bicycles, every day.

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Dramatic Portraits of Farm Animals Capture Them in a Different Light

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In photographer Kevin Horan’s series Chattel, he poses a question: what would it look like if his ungulate neighbors came into the studio and asked to have their portraits made? The Langley, Washington-based artist captured hoofed animals (also known as ungulates) that are on and around Whidbey Island. He depicts an up-close and personal view of the creatures that are part of farmland and nursery rhymes.Horan’s subjects are set against a dark background, and his limited color palette washes the animals in warm gray tones. It gives the images a timeless feel and also highlights incredible details. Mounds of thick, textured fur and imposing antlers look unexpectedly stately, and when alone, their unique personalities shine. Horan presents these creatures in ways that we don’t normally see, and he’s removed them from places like a petting zoo to…

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Waitress Mary Brasda posed with a “Quadruple Bypass Burger” at the Heart Attack Grill in Chandler, Ariz. Wednesday. The restaurant is known for its hospital theme and triple- and quadruple-bypass burgers.( Joshua Lott/Reuters)

Artist Spends Over a Decade Carving Out Elaborate Caverns By Hand

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Artist Ra Paulette has hand-carved elaborate and awe-inspiring caves deep into the rock faces of New Mexico for more than a decade. Making a daily trek into the sandstone mesas of New Mexico, Paulette crafts these magnificent caverns completely on his own with only simple hand tools. To adorn the walls, he blends his own unique infusion of organic-looking shapes and abstract, interlocking patterns. These forms come to life by the natural light streaming through channels dug into the ceilings and walls.

Paulette began digging caves as commission work, but he has since started working on his own and is currently engaged in a single ten-year project. Describing the exercise of carving as “the dance of digging,” he sees not only the space as expressive, but also the process. At the end of each year-long work, Paulette leaves us with labyrinthine halls he hopes will…

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You are looking at a beautiful picture of Ryde, hotels and coaches, Isle. This color photochrome print was created between 1890 and 1900 in Wight, England.

The picture presents Ryde, hotels and coaches, Isle of Wight, England.

Delightfully Whimsical Tea Bags are Shaped Like Goldfish

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A hot cup of tea can be the perfect complement to a cold winter day. And, even more so when your tea bag is shaped like a goldfish! The Taiwanese design firm Charm Villa produces these whimsical creatures that simultaneously brew tea and “swim” in your cup when you tug on their cotton strings.As you might imagine, it’s not exactly easy to produce these exquisite and delicate tea bags. Each one is the result of a complicated 16-step process, nine of which require handcrafted skills. This is done to maintain the integrity of the design as well as express the artistry of the object. Once they’re full of water, the specially-cut bags are meant to mimic the natural rhythm of a goldfish. So, you’ll not only savor the tea, but enjoy the experience of brewing because of this delightful creation.…

Artist Spends Over a Decade Carving Out Elaborate Caverns By Hand

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Artist Ra Paulette has hand-carved elaborate and awe-inspiring caves deep into the rock faces of New Mexico for more than a decade. Making a daily trek into the sandstone mesas of New Mexico, Paulette crafts these magnificent caverns completely on his own with only simple hand tools. To adorn the walls, he blends his own unique infusion of organic-looking shapes and abstract, interlocking patterns. These forms come to life by the natural light streaming through channels dug into the ceilings and walls.

Paulette began digging caves as commission work, but he has since started working on his own and is currently engaged in a single ten-year project. Describing the exercise of carving as “the dance of digging,” he sees not only the space as expressive, but also the process. At the end of each year-long work, Paulette leaves us with labyrinthine halls he hopes will…

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Have you eve seen a canyon so beautiful? Fjaðrárgljúfur is a canyon in south east Iceland that’s known for its breathtaking beauty. It’s up to 330 feet deep and about one-and-a-quarter kilometers long, with a river called Fjaðrá flowing through it. Created by a progressive erosion of flowing water from glaciers through rocks, the canyon has been hallowed out for millions of years. The walking path along the eastern edge offers stunning views over both the plains and the glacial brooks below. Here are some of our favorite photos of the must-visit destination.

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A $170M Floating Park Designed for NYC’s Hudson River

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A $170M Floating Park Designed for NYC’s Hudson River

A $170M Floating Park Designed for NYC’s Hudson River

According to the new renderings, Pier55 will be built on top of Pier 54, a collapsing, long out-of-use bit of infrastructure that, in 1912, was where the Carpathia dockedafter rescuing survivors from the Titanic. The steel frames that are still there stretch out 875 feet into the Hudson River. Pier55 won’t extend nearly as far; a couple short bridges will connect pedestrians to a floating 2.7-acre park (that’s about the size of two football fields) that’ll be situated about 180 feet offshore.

Diller, who’s spearheading this with his wife, Diane von Furstenberg, chose Heatherwick in an informal competition staged with four other architects. According to The New York Times, the decision was made based on Heatherwick’s past structures, like the Olympic caldron and the dandelion-shaped British pavilion he created for the Shanghai World Exposition in 2010. Unlike these projects, Pier55 already sounds like a largely collaborative effort, rather than the vision of one architect: the idea for the “amoeba-shaped structure,” as the Times puts it, came from the park trust’s executive director; and Rudin is working with Heatherwick on designing the performance spaces.

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Designed for NYC’s Crazy Weather

Rather than build out a flat pedestrian space, like the neighboring High Line, the team behind Pier55 proposes an undulating structure that sits on top of 300 concrete pillars, shaped like golf tees, that range from 15 to 70 feet above the water in height. The pillars’ design is in accordance with post-Hurricane Sandy construction requirements, and the sloping topography could act as a buffer against rising tides during future tropical storms—a landscaping strategy that’s being similarly employed in Bjarke Ingels’ Big U project for lower Manhattan’s coastlines.

Pier55 is still just a proposal, but it’s already garnered a fair amount of criticisms. Policymakers and citizens alike can all agree: parks are great. The problem with Pier55 has to do with its location, and its location says a lot about social equality in the city.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in October a $130 million effort to restore 35 small park spaces. That’s the same amount of cash Diller would be giving to Pier55, and asThe New York Times pointed out, that effort doesn’t even cover upkeep needed at some medium-sized parks in less affluent areas like the Bronx or the Brownsville neighborhood in Brooklyn.

The new park—which has de Blasio’s and Governor Cuomo’s support—would be near 13th Street, making it most adjacent to a neighborhood that’s home to some of the most expensive shopping, clubbing, and real estate in the city, not to mention the High Line. As New York’s Justin Davidson puts it, “the plan also dramatizes how difficult it is to create a city where such urban bonbons aren’t all clustered in one zip code.” At the same time, Big Philanthropy like this is the reason New York City has Central Park.

In order for construction to begin in 2016, Diller will have to get approval from the park trust’s full board, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries, Scotland

You are viewing an unusual image of Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries, Scotland. This color photochrome print was taken between 1890 and 1900 in Dumfries, Scotland.

Artist And Sculptor, Benedetta Mori Ubaldini

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Artist And Sculptor, Benedetta Mori Ubaldini
October 21 2014

Our most recent artistic pick is Milan-based, London-educated artist and sculptor, Benedetta Mori Ubaldini.

There is something strangely intriguing and mesmerizing about her chicken-wire sculptures.

Trying to put our finger on it, we came up with more than a few explanations why we love these so much.

One appealing aspect is that they look somehow unfinished and raw. The wire frame is usually the part of a sculpture we do not see. It is not the final product. And yet, these airy and lightweight pieces seem to lack nothing at all. They are very much finished and completed.

And the lightness and weightlessness, that floating feel, is another endearing quality. These pieces seem to be almost nonexistent. Barely there. About to disintegrate and vanish.

And that fleeting property of Ubaldini’s work is yet another reason why we cannot take our eyes off them. Something sneaky, shady, secretive and sly. Maybe even a bit evil and sinister. Maybe we shouldn’t be seeing these ephemeral sculpture innards at all?

Ubaldini’s work has graced store windows, art galleries and event spaces in many countries, and two of her smaller pieces are even on sale at Magis Me Too as decorations for children’s rooms.

In their incredible simplicity, her , Benedetta Mori Ubaldini, leave us much room to interpret and come up with our own viewpoint. Is it good or bad, happy or sad, fun or sinister, serious or just plain playful junk?

For some reason, we want to take this artwork very seriously. We want her to do larger installations. Massive worlds and environments.

After all, if an artist’s work gives us reason to ponder, consider and think, it has given us the best gift art can give us. - Tuija Seipell.

Blu Transforms Military Warehouse with Stunning Mural of Faces

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Blu Transforms Military Warehouse with Stunning Mural of Faces
Blu’s newest mural is adding a dash of personality to the bustling streets of Rome, and it’s looking at you.The mural covers former military warehouse Porto Fluviale, transforming windows into eyes and walls into stunning faces. The entire three-story building now features a kaleidoscope of hues and a myriad of minute details. Contoured lines and gradient colors create the illusion of rich texture and depth.The recently completed project spanned two years. It was never officially authorized, but residents of the Porto Fluviale building paid for it.

The building of faces is Blu’s largest work since he appeared on the street art scene circa 1999. Although the artist is widely recognized by his pseudonym, his identity is unknown. Blu typically gravitates toward pieces with political and social messages, but the Porto Fluviale project appears devoid of any such…

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Beauty And The Muscle!FordGTOWarren County, New Jersey. I took this in July of 2013 Farmers Fair Beauty Pageant At A Balloon Festival.It’s funny how both the guys are flabbergasted and not watching the road!…. lol

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbee’s Life of Sculpting with Nails

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Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbee’s Life of Sculpting with Nails

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbee’s Life of Sculpting with Nails 

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

Only Nails, Always Different: Artist John Bisbees Life of Sculpting with Nails sculpture nails multiples installation

While in college, artist John Bisbee was scavaging in an abandoned house looking for items to incorporate into a series of found-object sculptures when he kicked over a bucket of old rusty nails. To his astonishment, the nails had fused together into a bucket-shaped hunk of metal. He had an epiphany. Bisbee has since spent nearly 30 years using nails as his sole medium to create geometric sculptures, organic installations, and unwieldy objects from thousands of nails that are hammered, bent, welded, or fastened together in a seemingly limitless procession of forms. His mantra: “Only nails, always different.” He shares with American Craft, “A nail, like a line, can and will do almost anything. What can’t you draw with a line? The nail is just my line.”

Bisbee is currently an artist in residence at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and had an exhibition at Shelburne Museum earlier this year. He was recently profiled in American Craft’s Material Crush issue featuring 30 artists working in unusual mediums, almost half of which have been featured right here on Colossal. Definitely worth a look. (via American Craft)