Yerka Project: the ‘unstealable’ bike


Project YerkaThree engineering students from Chile have created an ‘unstealable’ bike.

The students, who have named their idea ‘Yerka Project’, use a surprisingly simple way of securing the bike: by using its own frame.

Yerka Project’s middle pipe divides and attaches to the removable seat, forming a lock – all that it then needs is to be fastened to a post .

The prototype locks with a key, though the team are working on variations of the bike that can lock with combinations.

The team came up with their idea after one of them was targeted twice by bike thieves.

Find out more about the unstealable bike here or watch the video below – do you think it’s a good idea?

The Kodatrope


The KodatropeAn interactive sculpture lets users view hundreds of photographs as it spins around them.

The Kodatrope, by Lee Pivnik, is made from over five hundred photographic slides and is large enough to be placed over a viewer’s head and shoulders.

The photographs, which were mainly taken in the 1960s and 1970s, have been collected from a variety of families for the project.

As the light passes through the rotating Kodatrope, different photos catch the viewer’s eye, focusing them on complete strangers and their unknown stories.

Find out more about the Kodatrope here and let us know what you think of it.

Cardboard sculptures of flying machines


Cardboard flying machinesAn artist uses cardboard to create intricate sculptures of flying machines.

Daniel Agdag’s steampunk-inspired creations are made only from cardboard and glue – and instead of planning on paper, Agdag works from a mental picture of the machine.

The series of sculptures, called ‘The Principles of Aerodynamics’, is being displayed in the artist’s first solo exhibition in Windsor, Australia.

Take a closer look at the creations here and tell us what you think of them.

Fresh Billboards by Greggs


Fresh BillboardBakery chain Greggs has launched a new range of sandwiches with an innovative outdoor campaign.

To celebrate its new range, Greggs enlisted street artist Hammo to produce a brand new artwork every day of the launch week.

Each ‘Fresh Billboard’ ad was created from scratch in front of a captivated audience, who could guess which sandwich Hammo was drawing and share their ideas on Twitter with #FreshBillboard.

Greggs said: ‘We freshly prepare our sandwiches in each shop every day, so why not make our billboards every day?’

Find out more about the campaign here and tell us if you spotted the billboard.

Zootopia


ZootopiaBjarke Ingels Group has revealed its scheme for ‘Zootopia’, also known as Givskud Zoo in Denmark.

The innovative design disguises its architecture within the topography, providing a playful and freer environment for the animals.

Overhauling the rigid style of most zoos and animal parks, BIG’s scheme uses three zones, each dedicated to a continent, within the doughnut-shaped zoo.

The imaginative features of the continental zones include bamboo cottages in the panda enclosure, a hill of rice fields in the elephant house and savannah craters for giraffes and zebras.

Read more about the fun design here.

Spectra lights up the night sky


SpectraA pillar of light in London has commemorated the beginning of World War I.

Spectra, by Ryoji Ikeda, shot up through the night on 4th August to mark the centenary of the War, just as landmarks were dimmed and the final candle in Westminster Abbey was snuffed out.

The installation, located in Victoria Tower Gardens, was part of the Royal British Legion’s ‘Lights Out’ campaign and lit up the night sky for a week.

Take a look at more pictures of Spectra here and let us know what you think.

Colourful birds brand book festival


Edinburgh International Book Festival brandingTangent Graphic has created branding for the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Working with illustrator Josh Brill, the consultancy created a series of songbird images, with the strapline ‘let’s talk’.

The colourful illustrations are simple but instantly recognisable, and have been tailored for different parts of the festival – for instance, bright exotic birds are used for the children’s programme.

Read more about the branding here and tell us what you think of the theme.

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