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.

Above photo credit: Axel Taferner

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He’s shot Britney Spears as a hot dog vendor and Pamela Anderson emerging naked from an egg, but now celebrity photgrapher David LaChapelle has turned his attention to our petroleum-reliant, disposable culture. For his series ‘Land Scape’ he used egg cartons, tea canisters and hair curlers to recreate models of refineries. paulkasmingallery.com

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Garry Winogrand retrospective in Paris

Winogrand, who photographed “to see what the world looks like in photographs,” is famous for his photographs of New York and American life from the 1950s through the early 1980s. Organised jointly by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., the exhibition “Garry Winogrand” brings together the artist’s most iconic images with newly printed photographs from his largely unexamined archive of late work. The show offers a rigorous overview of the photographer’s complete working life and reveals, for the first time, the full sweep of his career.

Above: New York, 1960

Picture: © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Helga Christoph-Artist

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I am a figurative artist, working in traditional oil and acrylic on canvas and panel, from my small cottage studio in Redwood City, California. Sometimes whimsical, sometimes vulnerable or mysterious. Every painting has a story. One that touches on the real, yet surreal; a dream riddled with reality. When my brush hits the canvas time […]

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Katinka Hartmetz-Artist

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I am a fourth generation artist. My grandmother gave me my first art lessons at age five. And like my grandmother I attended the California College of Arts and Crafts. Later I discovered I like to repurpose found objects. Luckily my brother had taught me to use power tools. So now you can often find […]

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This shy young girl was all dressed up for a local festival. She did not know which way to look to avoid the camera.Taken at noon but under shade of a tree.

China’s Prison-Themed Restaurant Gives Customers Their Own Cell To Eat In

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China’s Prison-Themed Restaurant Gives Customers Their Own Cell To Eat In

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Having a themed restaurant is nothing out of the ordinary, but this eatery in China called Prison of Fire has taken things to a whole other level.

Located in Tianjin City, a restaurant opened earlier this month with an unusual

“prison” theme that includes private cells for guests to dine in.

Meals are even served through a small hatch.

Diners are given a confined experience, though of course the food is of higher quality and their “sentence” lasts only as long as they want it to.

Customers are also welcome to explore the unique setting adorned with bars and chains while they eat.

There’s even a cage for musicians and other perform to entertain guests.

All photos by Wang Zhao/AFP Photo
H/t: Design You Trust

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MarkthalRotterdam1The Markthal Rotterdam, a covered food market and housing development in the Netherlands, has officially opened after five years of construction. It was designed by Dutch architects MVRDV, and the nearly 312,000 square-foot space looks like it was well worth the wait.

The most striking feature of this arched structure is its colorful mural titled Cornucopia by artists Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam. It wraps around the interior ceiling and occupies over 36,000 square feet of space. Broken up into squares, each part of the image was printed onto perforated aluminium panels that were then attached to acoustic panels for noise control. Its subject matter depicts fresh market produce, as well as flowers and insects that…

“ART IN THE EATS” – Pop Culture Food Art by Tisha Cherry

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“ART IN THE EATS” – Pop Culture Food Art by Tisha Cherry

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Instagram is known for foodies documenting their favourite dishes, but Tisha Cherry raises the bar for artistic food pictures with her project #ArtintheEats. She uses liquids like coffee and soy sauce to create ink paintings, sculpts the cream in Oreo cookies to create bas-relief, and uses M&Ms as mosaic tiles. These images show a wide variety of pop culture icons.

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Ferreirós do Dão Village, Portugal

Picture of the Day: Ferreirós do Dão Village, Portugal

Photograph by LUIS BORGES ALVES Facebook | 500px | Flickr | Blog In this beautiful capture by Luis Borges Alves we see a bridge located in the small village Ferreirós do Dão in Tondela, Portugal. I’ve always had a soft spot for bridges with archways, where the reflection in the water beneath makes a…

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Modern Pin-Up Beauties Flaunt Dresses Made Out of Milk

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London-based artist Jaroslav Wieczorkiewicz blends modern interpretations of the classic pin-up girl with high-speed liquid photography. Founder of AurumLight Studio, Wieczorkiewicz produced this playful concept, entitled Milky Pin-Ups, in which gorgeous models flaunt chic liquid dresses made out of milk. The artist explains that the project was, “Made with milk, frozen in time, and morphed into high fashion.”To create each outfit, the artist and his team splashed the white liquid onto the models and took hundreds of photographs. Caught at high-speeds, every drop can be seen in crisp detail. A number of splashes were then digitally merged together into a stylish outfit that beautifully splatters across each model’s silky smooth skin. The team used original pin-up paintings by Gil Elvgren and others as reference, reproducing the sexy scenes with vibrant colors and modern flair.









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In this handout provided by Maritime New Zealand, fuel pumping between the stranded cargo vessel Rena and oil tanker Awanuia continues on October 20, 2011 in Tauranga, New Zealand. Salvage crews continue to pump oil off the ship in an effort to remove as much as possible before bad weather predicted for the evening threatens to break the vessel and release more oil into the sea. Over 300 tonnes of oil has leaked from Rena since it hit the reef on October 5. (Photo by Maritime New Zealand via Getty Images) #

Boatload of 99 Animals Sail Down River in Shanghai to Illustrate Environmental Crisis

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New York-based, Chinese-born artist Cai Guo-Qiang is back with The Ninth Wave, his newest installation and solo exhibition in Shanghai. Reminiscent of his work last year, which consisted of 99 life-sized fake animals gathered around a watering hole, The Ninth Wave features a weathered fishing boat from Cai’s hometown of Quanzhou carrying 99 fabricated animals onboard. Artificial pandas, tigers, camels, and other beasts cling to the worn ship, appearing weary and seasick. The work, inspired by Ivan Aivazovsky’s 1850 painting of the same name, evokes the Biblical tale of Noah’s Ark in a grimmer light.

The fishing boat set sail on July 17, navigating along the Bund on the…

 

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In this handout provided by Maritime New Zealand, fuel pumping between the stranded cargo vessel Rena and oil tanker Awanuia continues on October 20, 2011 in Tauranga, New Zealand. Salvage crews continue to pump oil off the ship in an effort to remove as much as possible before bad weather predicted for the evening threatens to break the vessel and release more oil into the sea. Over 300 tonnes of oil has leaked from Rena since it hit the reef on October 5. (Photo by Maritime New Zealand via Getty Images) #