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The latest video from The Avant/Garde Diaries features the Danish designer Sigurd Larsen and Swedish artist Michael Johansson discussing Legos, spatial logic, and how one man’s trash is another’s treasure.

“As an architect working with spaces, I’ve been very inspired how Michael Johansson works with three-dimensional objects and almost turns them two-dimensional,” Larsen says. The two had never met before, but found an instant connection while snooping around an old junk market in Berlin. Johansson is known for working with discarded objects, which he collects and methodically converts into sculptures that a particularly artistic hoarder might make. Sometimes the result is as small as a table, sometimes as big as a house.“Maybe you can call it real-life Tetris,” Johansson says.

Watch the video to learn more about their shared interest in design and their manipulation of everyday objects.[Sponsor] Sigurd Larsen and Michael Johansson’s Real Life Tetris sponsor

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MrKiff · Feb 20 '13

The Most Beautiful Nature GIFs on the Web nature gifs

The Most Beautiful Nature GIFs on the Web nature gifs

The Most Beautiful Nature GIFs on the Web nature gifs

The Most Beautiful Nature GIFs on the Web nature gifs

The Most Beautiful Nature GIFs on the Web nature gifs

The Most Beautiful Nature GIFs on the Web nature gifs

It’s not everyday you discover what could be your new favorite blog, but lucky for me that day was today. A Netherlands-based visual artist named Marinus has been at the helm of his blog Head Like an Orange since October 2011. He takes short excerpts of wildlife footage and crops, loops and times them to create mesmerizing moments of life. What you see here is just from the last few days, there are literally hundreds of these and they are well worth a few minutes of your day. Go now! (via jessica olin)

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MrKiff · Feb 19 '13

Chuck: A Flexible Wooden Bookshelf wood furniture bookshelf books

Chuck: A Flexible Wooden Bookshelf wood furniture bookshelf books

Chuck: A Flexible Wooden Bookshelf wood furniture bookshelf books

Chuck: A Flexible Wooden Bookshelf wood furniture bookshelf books

Chuck: A Flexible Wooden Bookshelf wood furniture bookshelf books

Chuck is an awesome shelving concept by German designer Natascha Harra-Frischkorn. The flexible shelving unit is made from six 4mm thick planks of wood that can be adjusted to hold small collections of books and other objects in a beautiful organic shape. Really wish this was actually a thing. (via soft shock)

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MrKiff · Feb 19 '13

The Worlds First 3D Printing Pen that Lets you Draw Sculptures sculpture printing pens drawing device

The Worlds First 3D Printing Pen that Lets you Draw Sculptures sculpture printing pens drawing device

The Worlds First 3D Printing Pen that Lets you Draw Sculptures sculpture printing pens drawing device

The Worlds First 3D Printing Pen that Lets you Draw Sculptures sculpture printing pens drawing device

The Worlds First 3D Printing Pen that Lets you Draw Sculptures sculpture printing pens drawing device

The Worlds First 3D Printing Pen that Lets you Draw Sculptures sculpture printing pens drawing device

Forget those pesky 3D printers that require software and the knowledge of 3D modeling and behold the 3Doodler, the world’s first pen that draws in three dimensions in real time. Imagine holding a pen and waving it through the air, only the line your pen creates stays frozen, suspended and permanent in 3D space. Sound like magic? Well it certainly looks like it, watch the video above to see the thing in action. The 3Doodler was designed by Boston-based company WobbleWorks who recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to sell the miraculous little devices that utilizes a special plastic which is heated and instantly cooled to form solid structures as you draw. I don’t know about you but for me this might have just won the most impulsive Kickstarter purchase in history. Check it out.

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MrKiff · Feb 19 '13

Impressive Chalk Portrait Drawn on the Streets of Paris by François Pelletier street art portraits chalk

Impressive Chalk Portrait Drawn on the Streets of Paris by François Pelletier street art portraits chalk

Hand me a piece of chalk and a sidewalk and you’ll be lucky to get a pretty flower or maybe a few weird geometric scribbles. Hand it to François Pelletier and you’ve got something else all together. The artist is known for transferring famous paintings onto streets and sidewalks using carefully blended layers of colored chalk. Any of you art historians recognize the painting he’s holding in his hand? My friend Hrag suggested it might be William-Adolphe Bouguereau, but we couldn’t find a positive match.

Update: Turns out Hrag was right, the painting is La Treille by William-Adolphe Bouguereau. (thnx, william!)

Update: An earlier version of this post attributed this as the chalk art of ‘Horocue’. The work is actually that of François Pelletier. (thnx, philippe!)

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MrKiff · Feb 19 '13

Impressive Chalk Portrait Drawn on the Streets of Paris by Horocue street art portraits chalk

Impressive Chalk Portrait Drawn on the Streets of Paris by Horocue street art portraits chalk

Hand me a piece of chalk and a sidewalk and you’ll be lucky to get a pretty flower or maybe a few weird geometric scribbles. Hand it to Horocue (aka José Horacio Rosales-Cueva) and you’ve got something else all together. Drawn at some point in 2005 the artist transferred this beautiful face into the streets of Paris using carefully blended layers of colored chalk. Any of you art historians recognize the painting he’s holding in his hand? My friend Hrag suggested it might be William-Adolphe Bouguereau, but we couldn’t find a positive match.

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MrKiff · Feb 19 '13

Massive Bird Nests Built on Telephone Poles in Southern Africa are Home to Multiple Species of Birds nests nature birds Africa

Massive Bird Nests Built on Telephone Poles in Southern Africa are Home to Multiple Species of Birds nests nature birds Africa

Massive Bird Nests Built on Telephone Poles in Southern Africa are Home to Multiple Species of Birds nests nature birds Africa

Massive Bird Nests Built on Telephone Poles in Southern Africa are Home to Multiple Species of Birds nests nature birds Africa

Massive Bird Nests Built on Telephone Poles in Southern Africa are Home to Multiple Species of Birds nests nature birds Africa

Massive Bird Nests Built on Telephone Poles in Southern Africa are Home to Multiple Species of Birds nests nature birds Africa

Massive Bird Nests Built on Telephone Poles in Southern Africa are Home to Multiple Species of Birds nests nature birds Africa

Massive Bird Nests Built on Telephone Poles in Southern Africa are Home to Multiple Species of Birds nests nature birds Africa

Massive Bird Nests Built on Telephone Poles in Southern Africa are Home to Multiple Species of Birds nests nature birds Africa

No these aren’t haystacks stuck in a phone pole. Visit the Kalahari Desert in the south of Africa and you’re bound to run into a peculiar animal called the Sociable Weaver Bird. The birds are called “social” not just because they live in organized colonies, but because they build massive homes out of sticks, grass and cotton that are home to several other kinds birds. That’s right, the nests are so large that birds of other species are welcome to setup shop, not the least of which is the South African pygmy falcon which lives exclusively inside the social weaver’s nests that often accomodate over 100 birds at at time. Via the San Diego Zoo:

The sociable weaver’s nest sees plenty of guests—a regular Kalahari Desert inn! The South African pygmy falcon Polihierax semitorquatus relies completely on the sociable weavers’ nest for its own home, often nesting side by side with the sociable weavers. The pied barbet, familiar chat, red-headed finch, ashy tit, and rosy-faced lovebird often find comfort in the cozy nesting chambers, too. Vultures, owls, and eagles will roost on the nests’ broad roof. Why are weavers willing to share the huge nest they worked so hard to make? More residents mean more eyes keeping a watch for danger. And the weavers often learn from the other birds where new sources of food can be found.

Photographer Dillon Marsh has a lovely series of weaver bird nest photographs titled Assimilation that are well worth a look. (via neatorama)

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MrKiff · Feb 18 '13

The Silent City: Digitally Assembled Futuristic Megalopolises by Yang Yongliang digital collage China
Sleepless Wonderland, Lightbox, 2012

The Silent City: Digitally Assembled Futuristic Megalopolises by Yang Yongliang digital collage China
Sleepless Wonderland, Lightbox, 2012 (detail)

The Silent City: Digitally Assembled Futuristic Megalopolises by Yang Yongliang digital collage China
Sleepless Wonderland, Lightbox, 2012 (detail)

The Silent City: Digitally Assembled Futuristic Megalopolises by Yang Yongliang digital collage China
Sleepless Wonderland, Lightbox, 2012 (detail)

The Silent City: Digitally Assembled Futuristic Megalopolises by Yang Yongliang digital collage China
Snake and Grenade, Lightbox, 2012

The Silent City: Digitally Assembled Futuristic Megalopolises by Yang Yongliang digital collage China
Snake and Grenade, Lightbox, 2012 (detail)

The Silent City: Digitally Assembled Futuristic Megalopolises by Yang Yongliang digital collage China
Wolf and Landmines, Lightbox, 2012

The Silent City: Digitally Assembled Futuristic Megalopolises by Yang Yongliang digital collage China
Full Moon, Lightbox, 2012

The Silent City: Digitally Assembled Futuristic Megalopolises by Yang Yongliang digital collage China
Bowl of Tapei No. 03, 2012

The Silent City: Digitally Assembled Futuristic Megalopolises by Yang Yongliang digital collage China
Bowl of Tapei No. 04, 2012

Chinese artist Yang Yongliang (previously) recently released three new bodies of work that will be on view at Galerie Paris-Beijing from from March 14th to April 27th, 2013. Born in Shanghai in 1980, Yongliang is known for his sprawling photographic collages that depict the devastating effects of uncontrolled urbanisation and industrialisation. At a distance the works look like traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy but when viewed up close, the peaceful mountains and seascapes are found to be choked with buildings, factories, and machinery. The images of above scarcely convey the detail in these pieces, but look at this high resolution version of Sleepless Wonderland to get an idea. Head over to Galerie Paris-Beijing to explore more of the three collections titled Silent Valley, Moonlight, and a Bowl of Taipei. All images courtesy the gallery.

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MrKiff · Feb 18 '13

The Street Art and Drawings of IEMZA street art drawing

The Street Art and Drawings of IEMZA street art drawing

The Street Art and Drawings of IEMZA street art drawing

The Street Art and Drawings of IEMZA street art drawing

The Street Art and Drawings of IEMZA street art drawing

The Street Art and Drawings of IEMZA street art drawing

The Street Art and Drawings of IEMZA street art drawing

The Street Art and Drawings of IEMZA street art drawing

The Street Art and Drawings of IEMZA street art drawing

The Street Art and Drawings of IEMZA street art drawing

French street artist IEMZA tells IdN that he treats the creation of his outdoor paintings like sketches, incorporating a hierarchy of lines both organic and faintly architectural. The artist often utilizes decaying walls as a backdrop, where the underlying structures of abandoned buildings have been laid bare and work in perfect harmony with IEMZA’s imperfect, dripping line work. His subjects are equally terrifying and beautiful: hallowed-eyed faces both haunting and sensual, and other-worldly insects or monsters that completely dominate the canvas they live on. You can see much more of his work on Facebook and Flickr.

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MrKiff · Feb 18 '13

Finding Vivian Maier: A New Documentary About One of the Worlds Most Mysterious Street Photographers street photography photography New York documentary Chicago black and white

Finding Vivian Maier: A New Documentary About One of the Worlds Most Mysterious Street Photographers street photography photography New York documentary Chicago black and white

Finding Vivian Maier: A New Documentary About One of the Worlds Most Mysterious Street Photographers street photography photography New York documentary Chicago black and white

Finding Vivian Maier: A New Documentary About One of the Worlds Most Mysterious Street Photographers street photography photography New York documentary Chicago black and white

Finding Vivian Maier: A New Documentary About One of the Worlds Most Mysterious Street Photographers street photography photography New York documentary Chicago black and white

Finding Vivian Maier: A New Documentary About One of the Worlds Most Mysterious Street Photographers street photography photography New York documentary Chicago black and white

In 2007 Chicago 26-year-old real estate agent (and president of the Jefferson Park Historical Society) John Maloof walked into an auction house and placed a $380 bid on a box of 30,000 prints and negatives from an unknown photographer. Realizing the street photographs of 1950s/60s era Chicago and New York were of unusually high quality he purchased another lot of photographer’s work totaling some 100,000 photographic negatives, thousands of prints, 700 rolls of undeveloped color film, home movies, audio tape interviews, and original cameras.

Over time it became clear the photos belonged to a Chicago nanny named Vivian Maier who had photographed prolifically for nearly 40 years, but who never shared her work during her lifetime. Since the discovery Maier’s photographs have received international attention with collections touring in cities around the world as well as the publication of a book. Now, a documentary called Finding Vivian Maier directed by Maloof and Charlie Siskel is nearing completion and the trailer above is a tantalizing preview of what promises to me a fascinating film. Can’t wait. (via gapers block)

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MrKiff · Feb 18 '13
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