Automatons by Kazu Harada

Automatons by Kazu Harada sculpture machines automata

Some wonderful automatons by Japanese artist Kazu Harada. See more over on his Youtube page. How does the duck work!?! This will haunt me forever. (via automata / automaton)

Stop the Violence Book

Stop the Violence Book Obama book bones anatomy alphabet

Stop the Violence Book Obama book bones anatomy alphabet

Stop the Violence Book Obama book bones anatomy alphabet

Stop the Violence Book Obama book bones anatomy alphabet

The founder of design firm Thirst/Chicago, Rick Valicenti recently art directed this incredible book using the photography of Francois Robert from his series Stop the Violence. Each spread features an individual letter from the alphabet—compositions made of human bones arranged by Robert—in juxtaposition with a page from President Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech from 2009. I just got my copy in the mail and the book is truly stunning. It’s 36 pages and over a foot tall. How much would you be willing to pay for such a killer publication? It’s free. Whoops, looks like you folks snapped up the last few copies. Published by Classic Color.

Papercraft Audi

Papercraft Audi sculpture paper cars

Although not to scale, this 2012 Audi A7 is still the largest papercraft model ever produced using 285 sheets of paper and over 750 individual parts. (via designboom)

Symmetry

Symmetry video art social people

Symmetry video art social people

Symmetry video art social people

A wonderful new video from LA production company Everynone that explores symmetry and juxtapositions of everyday events and things. These guys are going to get nominated for an Oscar one of these days. (previously here and here).

Update: The video was based on the Radiolab episode “Desperately Seeking Symmetry”.

Jen Bervin embroiders Emily Dickinson’s handwritten punctuation and editorial notes

Jen Bervin embroiders Emily Dickinsons handwritten punctuation and editorial notes writing history embroidery

Jen Bervin embroiders Emily Dickinsons handwritten punctuation and editorial notes writing history embroidery

Jen Bervin embroiders Emily Dickinsons handwritten punctuation and editorial notes writing history embroidery

Jen Bervin embroiders Emily Dickinsons handwritten punctuation and editorial notes writing history embroidery

Jen Bervin embroiders Emily Dickinsons handwritten punctuation and editorial notes writing history embroidery

Textile artist Jen Bervin has created something wholly peculiar and wonderful in her project The Dickinson Fascilies. During her lifetime Emily Dickinson tried to avoid publication, referring to it as “the auction of the mind,” and yet she continued to write, completing some 1,700 poems.

Between approximately 1858 and 1864, Dickinson grouped her poems into small handbound packets, later called fascicles. They are very humble bindings: stab-bound with twisted red and white thread and tied off teeteringly near the folded edge. The stitch held the stacked folded sheets together but made them a harder to open. [...] Her fascicles and fragments were dismembered, regrouped, scissored, and marked by her various editors as they changed hands and often her poems have been restructured and changed considerably for print.

Interested in the editorial patterns Bervin abstracted the editor’s notes, punctuation and other details from Dickinson’s poems and used cotton and silk thread to embroider the marks on enormous cotton sheets nearly 6′ tall by 8′ wide. I’m seriously geeking out over these. A fascinating idea. (via quipsologies)

Maxime Ansiau: Skyscraper Plates

Maxime Ansiau: Skyscraper Plates dinnerware city ceramics

Maxime Ansiau: Skyscraper Plates dinnerware city ceramics

Amsterdam-based artist Maxime Ansiau creates enormous conjoined dishes printed with the repetitive patterns of buildings. (via cartwheel galaxy)

London Underground map made from string

London Underground map made from string string public transportation maps

London Underground map made from string string public transportation maps

A nice string map by fsm vpggru, with a quick making-of video. Would love to do something like this with a CTA map. (via make)

Update: Whoa! My friend Tim took this post to heart and made a Chicago ‘L’ CTA map.

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