$95-Million Penthouse Offers Breathtaking Views of New York City 1,396 Feet Above the Ground

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A new landmark will soon be joining the iconic New York City skyline: 432 Park Avenue, the address of a 1,396-foot condo tower that is now the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere. Located on Park Avenue between 56th and 57th streets in midtown Manhattan, the 96-story skyscraper offers 104 units at 30,000 square feet each, with prices ranging from $16.95 million to a whopping $95 million for the best penthouse suite.

One of the biggest selling points of the condos is undoubtedly the breathtaking view that each unit offers. Entering the living room, waking up in bed, soaking in a hot bath, or enjoying a meal, the resident is immediately faced with gorgeous 10′ x 10′ windows that look down on a sweeping cityscape, that includes everything from the Hudson to the East River, from the Bronx to Brooklyn, and from Central Park to the Atlantic Ocean.…

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Ready for Battle ? ….. CHATRANG!!! (Chess)First known evidence of Chess (calledCHATRANG in Ancient Persia) was around 600 AD in Sassanid Persia. 

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Amusing “Cartoon Bombing” Cleverly Interacts With Surroundings

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For French illustratorTroqman, the world is a stage to display artwork that he calls “cartoon bombing.” The artist travels with a spiral-bound sketch pad and drawsamusingly-exaggerated pictures that cleverly interact with their environment.Troqman has placed his handiwork in grocery store freezers, on the ledge of buildings, and even in the bathroom.The small cartoon characters do remarkable things thanks to some well-considered placement. We see these people “vacuuming” up crumbs that are nearly their size, sitting in a tiny boat on a massive river, and trying to escape the confines of a bike lock. Troqman’s quick drawing style and portable materials means that he can craft these illustrations on the fly and delight those passing by.…

Modular House Design Concept Clings to the Side of a Cliff

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In response to a number of clients seeking options for living on extreme coastal plots, Australian prefab architecture firm Modscape created the Cliff House, a design concept for a home that extends precariously from the side of a cliff. Inspired by the way barnacles hang on to a ship’s hull, the Cliff House clings to the cliff’s edge, providing a thrilling view of the surrounding landscape and ocean waters.The innovative, five-story home takes advantage of modular design and prefabrication techniques to deliver a series of modules stacked vertically on top of each other, attached to the cliff using engineered steel pins. Residents enter at the top floor, then descend to each level via a lift. A barbecue and jacuzzi area at the bottom floor provides an immediate connection with the sea, further emphasizing the Cliff House’s unique design as a natural extension of the…

Trompe-l’œil Paintings of Windows Create Fantastic Optical Illusions in Istanbul

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If you were walking past these small and decorative windows, you might not assume that they’re fake. But, you’d be mistaken. These windows are actually paintings by the Spanish street artist Pejac. He recently stopped in Istanbul, Turkey to create three new trompe-l’œil pieces in the district of Uskudar. Titled Lock, Poster, and Shutters, they’re convincing as part of the landscape; it’s only upon closer inspection that we see Pejac used brushes, acrylic paint, and sandpaper to seamlessly blend artwork and the environment.Lock, Poster, and Shutters takes advantage of the building’s existing elements and textures to produce the illusions that we see here. Pejac intends to play with our perception of what’s real and fabricated, and he’s persuasive. Even some of…

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Find yourself in the Meatpacking district this Thurs Oct 23 to check out Dan Baldwin‘s first solo show in New York–you won’t be disappointed. Dan’s imaginative work comes to life in all forms for Age of Innocence, from works on paper to bronze sculpture. In partnership with PMM Art Projects, home of iconic street artist D*face, Dan showcases his latest series of work revealing the more tortured side of childhood. Bringing realistic images into the realm of the abstract, his cotton candy color palette combined with heavy outlines make for a surreal and sinister show.

Dan blurs the line between real and abstract, literally, when he throws ephemera like kid shoes and a teething toy into the mix. Drawing from the powerful realm of personal memory, these items are either from his own childhood or those close to him. Thus Age of Innocence speaks to the hidden side of childhood overall while remaining personal to his own experience in a vital way. The works remain stylistically postmodern while drawing from a vocabulary of potent symbols that reference the still life genre and mortality from classical vanitas paintings. The clever juxtapositions in the work are fresh and relevant, communicating to a wide audience. Dan’s shown at art fairs and exhibits worldwide and his work is currently featured on the #1 single by Scottish singer Paola Nutini, SCREAM. Age of Innocence is on view at 446 W 14th Street until Nov 2.

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Find yourself in the Meatpacking district this Thurs Oct 23 to check out Dan Baldwin‘s first solo show in New York–you won’t be disappointed. Dan’s imaginative work comes to life in all forms for Age of Innocence, from works on paper to bronze sculpture. In partnership with PMM Art Projects, home of iconic street artist D*face, Dan showcases his latest series of work revealing the more tortured side of childhood. Bringing realistic images into the realm of the abstract, his cotton candy color palette combined with heavy outlines make for a surreal and sinister show.

Dan blurs the line between real and abstract, literally, when he throws ephemera like kid shoes and a teething toy into the mix. Drawing from the powerful realm of personal memory, these items are either from his own childhood or those close to him. Thus Age of Innocence speaks to the hidden side of childhood overall while remaining personal to his own experience in a vital way. The works remain stylistically postmodern while drawing from a vocabulary of potent symbols that reference the still life genre and mortality from classical vanitas paintings. The clever juxtapositions in the work are fresh and relevant, communicating to a wide audience. Dan’s shown at art fairs and exhibits worldwide and his work is currently featured on the #1 single by Scottish singer Paola Nutini, SCREAM. Age of Innocence is on view at 446 W 14th Street until Nov 2.

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Fire fighters are seen at the scene of a gas explosion at an apartment building in the center of Katowice October 23, 2014. Five people were injured after the morning gas explosion in Katowice, which caused part of the building to collapse, local media reported. (REUTERS/Dawid Chalimoniuk)

Animated Street Art GIFs by A. L. Crego

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Spanish artist A. L. Crego adds motion to street art in his delightful animated GIFs. For more of Crego’s still and motion work, check out his Flickr photostream and his Vimeo channel.

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Original street art and photo by Levalet. Animated GIF by A. L. Crego.

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Original street art and photo by Pejac. Animated GIF by A. L. Crego.

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Meet Garfi, the Angriest Cat in the World

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If you thought Grumpy Cat looks permanently displeased with the world, then Garfi the Persian cat must be seething with rage. Thanks to a permanently furrowed brow, this fluffy orange cat (who does bear a resemblance to the iconicGarfield) always looks about ready to sharpen his claws on someone.Despite his hilarious, mean muggin’ looks, Garfi is just a normal cat who enjoys regular feline activities: hungrily eyeing a roast turkey, sitting in drawers, playing with his humans, and fitting himself into paper bags. The angry-faced kitty, who lives with his owner Hulya Ozkok in Turkey, appears to be just as sweet as any other cat, as he willingly wears silly costumes, poses for photos, and instantly cheers up anyone who lays eyes on him.

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Extreme Body Painting Takes Halloween Costumes to a New Level

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I veered into the former mall parking lot, where Longmont’s mega Halloween pop-up shop usually looms every October. But this year I found a flat stretch of earth, the genesis of much-needed redevelopment.

No racks of pre-packaged slutty bumble bees. No Legs Avenue to anywhere. Just a different kind of dirt: a mall graveyard.

But that was cool, because I was headed elsewhere, anyway. I rolled up to Hobby Lobby with a shopping list: cellophane packaging, a box of jewels, floral wire, two silver Christmas garlands and the longest silver spikes I could find.

It’s Halloween again, and I was about to deflower the innocent craft store in the name of my ridiculous costume. As usual.

I’ve long been anti-pre-pack. Not because I’m So Awesome or crafty. But because premade costumes are a rip-off and look terrible. They’re always too baggy where they should be tight and made out of the fabric equivalent of turkey giblets; you know, the junky pieces that you’re supposed to just throw away.

That’s not to say you can’t find amazing off-the-rack costume pieces in stores such as Theatrical Costumes Etc., The Ritz, Goldmine Vintage and Candy’s. These stores are some of the most beautiful destinations in Boulder County (Flatirons Schmatirons), and I shop them all year-round, unapologetically.

But if your costume is on the seasonal shelf next to the skeleton-print napkins, and also made out of the same material as the napkins, perhaps you could better invest that $79.95.

As in, invest it in a local artist and then win it back tenfold in All Of The Costume Contests.

I guess, technically, Sarah Swingle (also known as Sarah Elizabeth) is a body painter. But only if you forget everything you think you know about body painting.

“When I describe it, I always preface it with ‘fine art’ and ‘transformational,'” says Swingle, 31. “Body paint gets a bad rap, because people are used to just swirls on breasts. But it can be absolutely anything.”

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Once, someone challenged her to make a butterfly “metal.” She used bailing wire and latex to craft a hardcore butterfly emerging from a woman’s chest that would make nu metal band Slipknot tinkle a little bit.

Swingle should call it extreme body painting.

At a recent zombie fashion show, Swingle ditched the overdone walking-dead thing and made her zombies green-skinned with colorful hair, sparkles and pink blood.

“I’m not a normal body painter. I do everything different,” says Swingle, who is based in Boulder but has lived in Lefthand Canyon, Ward, Boulder and, now, Greeley.

Swingle has a degree in visual arts and began her art career in print product development. She currently teaches art (graphic design software and color theory) at Aims Community College in Loveland, in addition to painting skin; she’s booked nearly solid throughout this month.

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Her fans — and she has more than 550 of them on Facebook — like to challenge her creativity. Once, she says, she made the mistake of asking her Facebook crowd what she should paint next. The discussion went wild until everyone settled on her painting The Most Interesting Man In The World holding a pomegranate while riding a unicorn with an ice cream sandwich and tacos in the background.

She painted it.

A full-body silver robot. An octopus. A steampunk-style, painted-on corset. Swingle says if you can dream it, she can do it.

“The way I do all of my work is it follows the lines and curves of the physique, so you get abs if you want abs. … I accentuate the attractive parts of the body,” Swingle says.

Plus, unlike the Maleficent costume in a bag, no one’s going to show up wearing the same thing as you.

“Paint is a piece of art,” Swingle says. ”It’ll never be replicated.”

As for my jewels and cellophane? My spider costume won’t be replicable, either, although it might fall far from a piece of art. And if it does, I know whose door I’m trick-or-treating at this Halloween. Instead of a pumpkin bucket, I’ll be toting a paintbrush and a plea for help.

Photos by gmark Lewis.

This article originally appeared in the Boulder Daily Camera. Read more articles from the weirdest city in America, Boulder, Colorado, here: Only In Boulder.

Kinetic Bridge in London Opens and Closes Like a Traditional Hand Fan

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Knight Architects and structural engineers AKT II recently completed the Merchant Square Footbridge, a bridge in Paddington, London that opens and closes like a traditional, Japanese hand fan. Consisting of fivesteel steel beams that rise and fall using hydraulic jacks, the structure is both a kinetic sculpture and a fully functioning footbridge that allows pedestrians to safely walk 20 meters across the Grand Union Canal.The 3-meter-wide,cantilevering deck rises every Friday to let boats sail underneath. The five beams, which are hinged on one side, open in sequence while shaped counterweights assist the hydraulic mechanism, thereby reducing the energy needed to move the structure. Handrails on the bridge feature built-in strips of LED lighting to illuminate the bridge at night.European Land CEO Richard Banks, who is…

Beautiful 3D Paper Sculpture of a Fish by Yulia Brodskaya

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Russian artist Yulia Brodskaya is back with a new mesmerizing piece of work. Using the brightest paper she can find, Yulia created a swirling tropical fish that’s A2 size (or that of a medium size poster, 16.5 x 23.4 inches). The piece, which took the artist about a week to complete, reminds her of warm summer days. The artist tells us the “The fish is my new experiment with more 3D paper techniques. Take a look at the angled snaps.” Love the layering of all the colors and the little white bubbles sitting on top of the piece.Yulia Brodskaya’s…

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My Whatever Story: My Black and White Still Life

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I do in love with Still Life photography and i do love black and white photography. Then here the photos i made to share with.

Colorful Glass House Sculpture Dazzles in New York

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Check out those rainbow reflections! For this year’s DUMBO Arts Festival, artist Tom Fruin and performance duo CoreAct presented a collaborative project called Reflection / Kolonihavehus in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Fruin’s colorful plexiglass house, called Kolonihavehus, was on display. In previous years, the outdoor sculpture had been shown throughout Europe, such as in Sweden, Denmark, Austria and the Czech Republic.New York had already seen one of Fruin’s pieces, the monumental sculpture, Watertower. In the series, called Icon, Fruin uses plexiglass and steel that’s been reclaimed and recycled to construct some truly dazzling works.

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