One Giant Leap: Frog Photobombs NASA Spacecraft Launch Photo

One Giant Leap: Frog Photobombs NASA Spacecraft Launch Photo  space NASA

One Giant Leap: Frog Photobombs NASA Spacecraft Launch Photo  space NASA

In one one of the more bizarre photobombs ever, NASA released a photograph of what appears to be a frog that may have attempted, and subsequently failed, to hitch a ride aboard a Moon-bound rocket. The shot was captured on September 7th during the launch of the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), and NASA’s photo team confirms the image is genuine, but stated “the condition of the frog, however, is uncertain.” (via PetaPixel)

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New Animated Cake Zoetrope from Alexandre Dubosc

New Animated Cake Zoetrope from Alexandre Dubosc zoetropes stop motion food cake animation

New Animated Cake Zoetrope from Alexandre Dubosc zoetropes stop motion food cake animation

Artist Alexandre Dubosc (previously), known for his whirling cake zoetropes, just release this new piece he calls the Phytopage. While not as creepy as his earlier Tim Burton-inspired cake, any kind of animated cake is fine with me.

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Wild Animals Stalk the Streets of a Small Town in Finland at Night

Wild Animals Stalk the Streets of a Small Town in Finland at Night night Finland birds animals

Wild Animals Stalk the Streets of a Small Town in Finland at Night night Finland birds animals

Wild Animals Stalk the Streets of a Small Town in Finland at Night night Finland birds animals

Wild Animals Stalk the Streets of a Small Town in Finland at Night night Finland birds animals

Wild Animals Stalk the Streets of a Small Town in Finland at Night night Finland birds animals

One night while walking the streets of Porvoo, Finland with a camera in hand, photographer Mikko Lagerstedt (previously) captured the silhouette of a large cat off in the distance lit feintly from behind by a street lamp. Struck by the image, he conceived of a new series called Night Animals, where all kinds of wildlife would prowl the streets of this small Finnish town at night. As much as I want to tell you he raided the local zoo to liberate an ostrich, the images are all composites of two photos, an animal and backdrop, both shot by Lagerstedt. If you liked this also check out Shauna Richardson’s Crochetdermy.

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Cymatics: Stunning Macro Footage of Lycopodium Powder on a Stereo Speaker

Cymatics: Stunning Macro Footage of Lycopodium Powder on a Stereo Speaker video art macro audio

Cymatics: Stunning Macro Footage of Lycopodium Powder on a Stereo Speaker video art macro audio

Cymatics: Stunning Macro Footage of Lycopodium Powder on a Stereo Speaker video art macro audio

Directed and produced by Susie Sie in conjunction with CypherAudio, this short clip titled Cymatics shows what happens when when lycopodium powder (a highly flammable substance composed of clubmoss spores) sits on top of a vibrating stereo speaker. Shot at various angles with a 100mm macro lens it’s easy to mistake the footage for something digital, something the artist has explored previously with other materials in her videos Silk and Emergence. Recommend full-screen for this one.

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Photorealistic Color Drawings of Everyday Objects by Marcello Barenghi

Photorealistic Color Drawings of Everyday Objects by Marcello Barenghi  photorealism drawing

Photorealistic Color Drawings of Everyday Objects by Marcello Barenghi  photorealism drawing

Photorealistic Color Drawings of Everyday Objects by Marcello Barenghi  photorealism drawing

Photorealistic Color Drawings of Everyday Objects by Marcello Barenghi  photorealism drawing

Photorealistic Color Drawings of Everyday Objects by Marcello Barenghi  photorealism drawing

Photorealistic Color Drawings of Everyday Objects by Marcello Barenghi  photorealism drawing

Italian artist Marcello Barenghi draws incredibly realistic everyday objects that appear almost three dimensional with the help of colored pencils and occasional enhancements using markers or watercolor. Each work appears ever so slightly stylized which I think sets these apart from similar hyperrealistic drawings that are meant to ‘trick’ a viewer. If you want to see more, Barenghi runs a YouTube channel where he documents the process of almost every drawing. (via 2headedsnake)

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Six Great New Art Books

Over the last few months numerous artists who have appeared on Colossal have created or been included in some pretty fantastic books that I thought I would bring your attention to. So in no particular order…

Before I Die, the book

Six Great New Art Books books

New Orleans artist Candy Chang (previously here, here and here) has seen her famous ‘Before I Die’ project spread to 300 walls in over 50 countries and in 20 languages. Her new book by the same name shares a lot about how the project came about and most importantly includes photos of anonymous comments filled with hope, fear, humor, and heartbreak.

Art Made From Books

Six Great New Art Books books

Published just a few weeks ago Art Made from Books includes work from no less than 27 artists (over a dozen have appeared here on Colossal) who make sculptures, collages, installations, and other artworks with the pages of books.

Geometry Makes Me Happy

Six Great New Art Books books

Six Great New Art Books books

Geometry Makes Me Happy from Index Book, is a collection of artists currently working with geometric froms in a variety of mediums. The book includes work from Matt W. Moore, Leonardo Ulian, Arran Gregory, and many more.

Outside the Lines: An Artists’ Coloring Book for Giant Imaginations

Six Great New Art Books books

Outside the Lines is a brand new book edited by Souris Hong-Porretta that includes some 119 artists (including Keith Haring, AIKO, Shepard Fairey, Exene Cervenka, Keita Takahashi, Jen Corace, and Ryan McGinness) who have contributed black and white drawings designed to help kick-start creativity and inspire new ideas.

Origin of the Beginning

Six Great New Art Books books

Hot off the presses, Origin of the Beginning is the first publication from Dutch artist Levi van Veluw (previously) that serves as an overview of his photographs, drawings, installations, sculptures and videos spanning 2006 to 2013. The book itself is a sort of artwork with an embedded wooden square that perforates every page of the book.

Big Appetites, Tiny People in a World of Big Food

Six Great New Art Books books

The miniature people in these photos are dwarfed not only by food, but also by the giant imagination of photographer Christopher Boffoli. His latest book, Big Appetites, contains dozens of new photos that tell the story of tiny people who struggle to survive inside these bizare, edible worlds.

Full non-disclosure: Colossal is published from Illinois, a state in which Amazon cannot run an affiliate program, thus all of the links above are non-affiliate links and I really am just recommending these books because they are awesome. That is all.

Lastly, am I missing any new books? Shoot me an email.

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They already have numerous, award-winning art documentaries such as Herb & Dorothy about two of the most unassuming yet prolific collectors of contemporary art in history; Waste Land, the 2010 documentary about artist Vik Muniz who makes vast artworks from trash; and Bill Cunningham New York, that follows the Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist who has been documenting fashion in New York for decades.

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