Bricksy: Banksy’s street art in LEGO form


BricksyAn award-winning photographer creates LEGO artworks inspired by iconic Banksy images.

Jeff Friesen, from Winnipeg, started making LEGO dioramas with his daughter, eventually turning to the work of the famous street artist for inspiration.

Friesen’s series, entitled ‘Bricksy’, uses well-known Banksy art as a starting point to create a complete scene made of LEGO.

So far, he has recreated ‘Balloon Girl’ and ‘Kissing Coppers’, among other works.

Take a look at the Bricksy series here and tell us what you think of the fun idea.

Pantone posters with character


Pantone 7686 CPantone’s new ad campaign shows how crucial colour is for iconic pop culture characters.

‘There can only be one’, devised by Y & R Shanghai, uses the features of famous cartoon and puppet figures against a background square of their dominant colour.

Completed by their Pantone numbers, the posters demonstrate that a strong colour is key to making characters instantly recognisable.

The posters include ‘Pantone 7686 C’, a deep blue, which uses googly eyes to represent Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster.

Take a look at all three posters here and tell us what you think of the fun concept.

LEGO bus stop on Regent Street


LEGO bus stopTransport for London (TfL) is celebrating the Year of the Bus by installing a bus stop made entirely from LEGO bricks.

The stop, which is on Regent Street, has been created in conjunction with the nearby Hamleys toy stop and is made from 100,000 pieces of LEGO.

It took two weeks to put together, but TfL hopes the bus shelter with a difference ‘will bring a smile to the face of even a hardened commuter’.

Even the windows of the bus stop have been replaced with clear LEGO bricks, although the more complex transport maps were printed as usual and then pasted onto the LEGO wall.

The Year of the Bus celebrates several bus-related anniversaries, including the 60th anniversary of the iconic Routemaster bus.

Take a closer look at the LEGO bus stop here and let us know what you think of it.

Playful quote posters


Illustration printsA designer has given some inspirational quotes new significance in colourful minimalistic posters.

Ryan McArthur has taken quotes from famous people, such as Oscar Wilde and Albert Einstein, and plays with their meaning in illustration prints.

For instance, Thomas Edison’s ‘Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration’ is represented through one light bulb and ninety-nine drops of water.

Take a look at the posters here and let us know your favourite.

Long exposure photos give trams sparkle


Budapest tramPhotography and festive lighting transform mundane Hungarian trams into cosmic marvels.

In Budapest, trams are each decorated with 30,000 blue and white LED lights during the holiday season.

Visiting photographers often take long exposure pictures of the trams, creating ethereal images that give the trams a futuristic feel.

Take a look at some more long exposure photographs here and tell us what you think of them.

Smoke in a bottle


Smoke in a bottleA New York-based artist creates detailed images from smoke and used bottles.

Jim Dingilian fills empty glass bottles with smoke, which clings to the inside layer as soot.

He then scrapes and brushes away the soot until beautiful pictures emerge, framed by the remnants of the smoke.

He says: “The miniature scenes I depict are of locations on the edge of suburbia which seem mysterious or even slightly menacing despite their commonplace nature… [the bottles] become hourglasses of sorts, their drained interiors now inhabited by dim memories.”

Find out more about the remarkable work here and tell us what you think.

Brighton Waste House


Brighton Waste House‘There is no such thing as waste, just stuff in the wrong place’ is the idea behind the first permanent building in the UK to be built from waste materials.

Brighton Waste House, which was completed in April, was devised by University of Brighton lecturer Duncan Baker-Brown, and constructed by Brighton students and apprentices from The Mears Group.

The house uses discarded materials, including two tonnes of denim, 2,000 floppy discs and 20,000 toothbrushes, and a salvaged framework from a demolished house.

Incorporating clear panels to showcase the waste, Brighton Waste House is a live research and design project for Sustainable Design students and community workshops.

Find out more about the workshop here and tell us what you think of it.

Modern murrine glass art


Murrina of Virgin of the RocksAn artist in California has revived an ancient method of glasswork, which reveals intricate coloured patterns when sliced open.

Loren Stump specialises in creating ‘murrina’ artwork, which layers and melts rods of coloured glass, this creates a ‘stick of rock’ effect when the glass is cut open.

Stump has perfected his craft over the last 35 years.

His most recent murrine have included a detailed recreation of da Vinci’s ‘Virgin of the Rocks’.

Take a closer look at Stump’s murrina work here and tell us what you think.

Palette


PaletteAn installation at the GREAT Festival of Creativity celebrates Britain and Turkey’s relationship through clever use of colour.

‘Palette’, by Paul Cocksedge, consists of translucent acrylic circles in red, white and blue, representing the colours of the British and Turkish flags.

When the circles overlap, different tones are produced, such as purple or pink, an effect that the artist says ‘celebrates that collaboration’ between the two countries.

The GREAT Festival of Creativity highlights the best in British and Turkish design and took place in Istanbul in May.

Find out more about ‘Palette’ here – do you think the installation celebrates Britain and Turkey’s history?

The Crealev Levitation Module


Crealev CLM2 Levitation ModuleA video on YouTube reveals the clever ways in which a levitation device can be applied, including floating a fully arranged chess board.

Amazing Magnetic Levitation Device!’ showcases the Crealev CLM2 Levitation Module, which can levitate objects up to twenty pounds in mass.

The module consists of two halves: the base and a platform on which to place an object.

Using electromagnetism, the module levitates and rotates books, a brick on a cushion and even a model of the Millennium Falcon.

Watch the levitation module in action below and tell us what you think of the device.

123: an innovative sculpture


123A unique sculpture called ‘123’ looks like different numbers, depending on the angle at which it is viewed.

The black stainless steel installation, by James Hopkins, is carefully arranged to ‘create slippages in perception’.

Therefore, as the viewer moves around the sculpture, it seems to morph into different shapes.

Watch the video below to see the sculpture transform and tell us what you think of the playful project.

Lighting Giants


Lighting GiantsA new tourist attraction in Croatia uses industrial cranes in a nocturnal light show called ‘Lighting Giants’.

Designed by architectural lighting designer Dean Skira, ‘Lighting Giants’ uses RGB LED spotlights to illuminate the cranes at the Uljanik shipyard in Pula.

The project came about when the 158-year-old shipyard was going to be relocated, although Skira first came up with the idea in 2000.

Funded privately and by the Croatian Ministry of Tourism, ‘Lighting Giants’ has to accommodate the working activities of the shipyard.

Find out more about the project here or watch the video below.

Gallery of Papers


Gallery of PapersA Spanish design studio has created a series of minimalist film posters, which cleverly capture the ethos of famous films, such as Jaws.

Atipo’s ‘Gallery of Papers’ (‘Papeles de Cine’) consists of fourteen handmade posters, all made of different kinds of paper.

Packaged in a sleek black box, the papers reference horror films, such as ‘Dracula’, iconic blockbusters like ‘Alien’, and modern classics (‘Edward Scissorhands’).

Atipo made the posters to promote Minke’s new interactive user-friendly website.

Take a look at the Gallery of Papers here and tell us which films would make good minimalist posters.

Playful street art


Playful Street ArtWebzine Bored Panda has collated nearly thirty examples of fun street art, which use their surroundings to become three-dimensional.

The street art incorporates real objects, such as trees, bicycles and even cracks in walls in a range of inventive ways.

The collection includes a larger-than-life painting of a girl watering a tree, a cartoon slug raking autumn leaves under the pavement and a cheerleader whose pom-poms are made from tufts of grass.

Take a look at the twenty eight images here and tell us your favourites.

Kinecdysis: an animated typeface


KinecdysisAn artist has created a dynamic typeface that explores the structure and perception of individual letters.

Kinecdysis’, by Sougwen Chung, transforms the alphabet into blue, skeletal characters, which modulate and morph but retain their core shape.

Chung’s font represents ‘the modicum of our memory’ and is inspired by the Greek word ‘ecdysis’, which means ‘to shed’ or ‘to cast off’.

Discover the whole Kinecdysis alphabet here or try typing in the font here. Tell us what you think of this unique typeface.

Sky Habitat


Sky HabitatArchitect Moshe Safdie has designed an astonishing building with a sky pool 38 storeys high.

‘Sky Habitat’ consists of two white tiered towers connected by garden bridges and the sky pool –although there is also a swimming pool at ground level for less adventurous swimmers.

Located in Singapore, Sky Habitat will include over 500 apartments and is due to be completed next year.

Take a closer look at the design here and let us know if you would brave the sky pool.

Nescafé alarm cap


Nescafe alarm capNescafé has given its signature instant coffee a twist by turning the jar into an alarm clock.

The lid (or ‘alarm cap’) of the new-look jar is 3D-printed and contains the alarm clock, which emits a light and a choice of seven alarm sounds.

The user simply has to unscrew the lid to stop the alarm, helping them on their way to their first coffee of the morning.

Play the video below to find out more about the innovative new jar and tell us if coffee is crucial to the start of your day.

A billboard that absorbs pollution


Air Purifying BillboardA university in Peru has unveiled a pollution-busting billboard designed to tackle the effects of the country’s industrial growth.

Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC) teamed up with ad agency FCB Mayo to create the billboard, which can purify 100,000 cubic metres of polluted air in a day.

The billboard uses a water filtration system to absorb the polluted air, which contains metal and stone particles as well as dust and germs, and discharges fresh, clean air back into the atmosphere.

UTEC has previously created a water-producing billboard, which won five Cannes Lions awards.

Watch the video below to find out more about this clever billboard, and tell us if you think more should be built.

Wildlife Selfies


National Geographic Collection‘There are lots of terrible animal pictures out there’ is the strapline for National Geographic’s latest advertising campaign, which imagines wild animals taking selfies.

Art Director Silvio Medeiros teamed up with photo agency Diomedia to create the quirky photographs, which include a panda in a lift, a gorilla in a bathroom and a koala posing in an antique mirror.

The campaign went viral on social media and sales of images in the National Geographic Collection have increased by 140%.

Watch the video below to find out more or take a look at more animal selfies here and tell us what you think of the campaign.

Glowing dandelion lights


OLED TampopoA cinematographer has transformed dandelions into a collection of artistic lights.

Takao Inoue used fresh dandelion seed heads (often called ‘dandelion clocks’ due to their fluffy, spherical appearance) for the project, which he named ‘OLED Tampopo’.

Inoue installed organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) into the stems of the dandelions, before encasing them in in transparent plastic blocks.

OLED Tampopo was originally created for an exhibition at the Milano Salone del Mobile earlier this year.

Take a closer look at OLED Tampopo here and let us know your thoughts about the artwork.

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