3D-printed typographical cityscapes


TextscapeAn artist has combined typography with architecture to create interactive, 3D-printed documents.

Hongtao Zhou’s ‘Textscape’ incorporates layers of letters, numbers, and braille, which are built up to different levels for a textured effect.

The three-dimensional blocks also visually profile their subject matter – one of the documents is about New York City and it emulates its cityscape and skyscrapers.

The artist was inspired by early Chinese woodblock printing, making an association with 3D printing.

See Textscape in more detail here and let us know what you think.

A festival celebrating ice and snow sculptures


Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival An annual festival has opened in China, celebrating intricate sculptures made from snow and ice.

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is a contest for ice and snow sculptors, who exhibit their creations around Heilongjiang Province during January.

The stunning sculptures include enormous castles, beautiful statues, and even a complex train installation made from ice.

Explore the festival here and tell us which is your favourite sculpture.

Chicken goes truly free range in new Reebok ad


#LiveFreeRangeReebok’s new online film follows a chicken’s journey towards a healthier lifestyle when she takes a novel approach to living ‘free range’.

The film shows the chicken breaking free from her barn and making her way through fields, tunnels, and even across a road, getting plenty of exercise on the way.

When faced with a billboard for a ‘global fitness barn’, she turns away and continues running through her natural surroundings.

The ad has been launched just as many people struggle with New Year Resolutions and is designed to inspire them to take a ‘free range’ attitude to their exercise regimes.

See the chicken go free range below and tell us if Reebok has inspired you to stick with your fitness goals.

Balloons delivering messages to strangers


AttachmentAn artist has given a new interpretation to the classic ‘message in a bottle’ by creating a digital project with biodegradable balloons.

David Colombini’s ‘Attachment’ project allows you to send a message via a webpage connected to a ‘poetic machine’, which prints and packages your message in a tube, before tying it to the balloon.

The machine then inflates the balloon and releases it into the air; the balloon floats away until it deflates and lands somewhere completely different, just waiting for a stranger to unravel its poetic message.

Watch ‘Attachment’ in action below and let us know if you’ll be sending a message to stranger.

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Daily Affections: candles with unusual scents


Daily AffectionsA graphic designer has produced an unusual take on scented candles, creating fragrances such as ‘Plastic Toy’ and ‘Stinky Cheese’.

Albert J. Son’s ‘Daily Affections’ range of soy candles include ‘Scotch Tape’, ‘Cut Grass’, and ‘Wet Road’ – unusual but highly recognisable smells.

Each candle is completed with a colourful label, with geometric elements inspired by the scents’ origins.

Find out more about ‘Daily Affections’ here and let us know what nostalgic smell you would like to experience in candle form.

Gigantic white rabbits on Southbank


IntrudeAustralian artist Amanda Parer has created ‘Intrude’, an edgy installation which was on display at the Southbank until Sunday 11th January.

‘Intrude’ sees striking rabbits enlarged and frozen within the Royal Festival Hall’s foyer spaces.

These sculptures “explore the natural world, its fragility and our role within in” and were also on display at the 2014 Vivid Festival in Sydney.

Find out more about Intrude here.

Artist adorns city walls with large doodles


City artAn Italian street artist, Francesco Camillo Giorgino, commonly known as Millo, has created large scale drawings on city walls after winning the B.Art competition.

Using black and white lines in a graphic style, the art explores the dynamics between people and the cityscape in a multidimensional way.

Publically displayed in the city, these large scale drawings can be seen to unlock the relationship between the micro and macro universe.

This fusion of colour-accented black and white drawings, with lines in the urban landscape such as roofs, windows and walls, speaks to the sense of unity between art and the environment.

Millo is on Instagram at _millo_.

Take a look at more of Millo’s stunning work here.

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