Bonsai Tree Houses by Takanori Aiba

Bonsai Tree Houses by Takanori Aiba trees sculpture miniature architecture

Bonsai Tree Houses by Takanori Aiba trees sculpture miniature architecture

Bonsai Tree Houses by Takanori Aiba trees sculpture miniature architecture

Bonsai Tree Houses by Takanori Aiba trees sculpture miniature architecture

Bonsai Tree Houses by Takanori Aiba trees sculpture miniature architecture

Bonsai Tree Houses by Takanori Aiba trees sculpture miniature architecture

For nearly a decade since the late 1970s artist Takanori Aiba worked as a maze illustrator for Japanese fashion magazine POPYE. The following decade he worked as an architect and finally in 2003 decided to merge the two crafts—the design of physical space and the drawing of labyrinths—into these incredibly detailed tiny worlds. Using craft paper, plastic, plaster, acrylic resin, paint and other materials Aiba constructs sprawling miniature communities that wrap around bonsai trees, lighthouses, and amongst the cliffs of nearly vertical islands. I would love to visit every single one of these places, if only I was 6 feet shorter. See more of Aiba’s work here. (via design you trust)

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The Curious Assemblages of J. Shea

The Curious Assemblages of J. Shea sculpture assemblage

The Curious Assemblages of J. Shea sculpture assemblage

The Curious Assemblages of J. Shea sculpture assemblage

The Curious Assemblages of J. Shea sculpture assemblage

The Curious Assemblages of J. Shea sculpture assemblage

The Curious Assemblages of J. Shea sculpture assemblage

I’m really enjoying these miniature assemblages by sculptor J. Shea whose pinball piece, Magical Machine, was just on display here in Chicago at a videogame themed exhibit at OhNo!Doom. Tim Burton would approve. (via super punch)

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A Staggering Tower of 15,000 Abraham Lincoln Books

A Staggering Tower of 15,000 Abraham Lincoln Books installation books Abraham Lincoln

A Staggering Tower of 15,000 Abraham Lincoln Books installation books Abraham Lincoln

A Staggering Tower of 15,000 Abraham Lincoln Books installation books Abraham Lincoln

A Staggering Tower of 15,000 Abraham Lincoln Books installation books Abraham Lincoln

Soon to be on display at the newly-constructed Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership in Washington, DC, this 34-foot pillar of literature includes over 15,000 unique titles about the United State’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. The museum is set to open before President’s Day. (via this isn’t happiness, laura keene, gary erskine, my modern met)

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Flickr Finds No. 14

Flickr Finds No. 14 flickr finds
Mikel Bilbao

Flickr Finds No. 14 flickr finds
Toshihiro Oshima

Flickr Finds No. 14 flickr finds
San Diego Air & Space Museum Archives

Flickr Finds No. 14 flickr finds
Christopher DiNottia

Flickr Finds No. 14 flickr finds
Nicolas Bouvier

Flickr Finds No. 14 flickr finds
Antony Spencer

Flickr Finds No. 14 flickr finds
Jeen Na

Flickr Finds No. 14 flickr finds
Kurt Manley

Flickr Finds No. 14 flickr finds
Andrew Todd

Here’s your bi-weekly dose of photography goodness, everything linked to its source. See previous Flickr Finds.

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The Whimsical Street Art of Nomerz

The Whimsical Street Art of Nomerz street art

The Whimsical Street Art of Nomerz street art

The Whimsical Street Art of Nomerz street art

The Whimsical Street Art of Nomerz street art

The Whimsical Street Art of Nomerz street art

The Whimsical Street Art of Nomerz street art

The Whimsical Street Art of Nomerz street art

I’ve seen a few photos of works by street artist Nomerz floating around for the past year or so and realized it was time to do a proper feature on him here. With a double dose of wit and color Nomerz transforms derelict buildings, towers, and crumbling urban spaces into whimsical, quirky faces in locations around Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Skip to 0:45 in the video above to watch him create one of his recent pieces, The Fire in the Eyes. (via inspire me now)

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House of the Rising Sun Covered by Legacy Computer Equipment

Although this has been making the rounds here and there it’s taken me a few weeks to actually sit down and appreciate this cover of The Animals House of the Rising Sun covered entirely using audio samples recorded from legacy computer equipment and diagnostic machines. The piece uses four primary “instruments” including an HP Scanjet 3P, an Atari 800XL with an EiCO Oscilloscope as the organ, a Texas instrument Ti-99/4A with a Tektronix Oscilloscope as the guitar and a hard-drive powered by a PiC16F84A microcontroller as the bass drum and cymbal. Video and music by PURETUNE. (via dudecraft)

Update: Here’s a similar video done three years ago by James Houston, covering Radiohead. (thnx, stephen!)

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Hilariously Ferocious Underwater Dogs

Hilariously Ferocious Underwater Dogs water dogs

Hilariously Ferocious Underwater Dogs water dogs

Hilariously Ferocious Underwater Dogs water dogs

Hilariously Ferocious Underwater Dogs water dogs

Hilariously Ferocious Underwater Dogs water dogs

Hilariously Ferocious Underwater Dogs water dogs

Hilariously Ferocious Underwater Dogs water dogs

Hilariously Ferocious Underwater Dogs water dogs

Photographer Seth Casteel (website seems to be going up and down, so here’s Facebook as well) captured these wonderful photographs of dogs underwater, doing what dogs do best: playing, fetching, and swimming. But the underwater currents mixed with Casteel’s high speed camera have transformed these lovable pups into truly savage aquatic beasts. Still pretty cute though. (thnx, john!)

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