Writing on the Water

Writing on the Water water typography street art social love

Writing on the Water water typography street art social love

Writing on the Water water typography street art social love

New work from artist Guildor who set these foam phrases afloat in public river-ways in Milan and Treviso. In order they read “happiness happens” and “think thoughtless” (and “love”). (via juxtapoz and wooster)

The sound of finches and coat hangers

The sound of finches and coat hangers sound organic nature installation birds

The sound of finches and coat hangers sound organic nature installation birds

The sound of finches and coat hangers sound organic nature installation birds

The sound of finches and coat hangers sound organic nature installation birds

The sound of finches and coat hangers sound organic nature installation birds

From Here to Ear (v. 13) is the thirteenth iteration of an installation by French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. Primarily a sensory experience, the exhibit is meant to engage both visually and audibly as 40 finches hop delicately through a dense matrix created from hundreds of metal hangers causing vibrations and clinks that mix with the birds natural songs. Boursier-Mougenot made the rounds on several blogs last year for his audio work with finches and electric guitars. The exhibit is up through April 26. (via lost in e minor)

Lace Sculpture by Dorie Millerson

Lace Sculpture by Dorie Millerson sculpture public transportation lace

Lace Sculpture by Dorie Millerson sculpture public transportation lace

Lace Sculpture by Dorie Millerson sculpture public transportation lace

Lace Sculpture by Dorie Millerson sculpture public transportation lace

Lace Sculpture by Dorie Millerson sculpture public transportation lace

Lace Sculpture by Dorie Millerson sculpture public transportation lace

New work from Toronto-based artist Dorie Millerson who creates incredibly small, intricate needle lace sculptures and suspends them using string. (via cmybacon)

Friday Linkdump

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In fancy lightbulb news there’s Lyndsey Adelman’s Terrarium. Alex Todaro illustrates some dazzle camouflage for his Warpaint poster, and the beautiful illustrations of Elsa Mora.

Did you know last Sunday was International Tree Climbing Day?

This pill organizer makes me wish I was sick. Fun with LEGO. The most incredible x-ray of a stingray you’ll ever see. And out of Chicago a new game called Knock Down Barns, for sale here.

S/M Arty Pants

S/M Arty Pants sculpture ouch fashion

Artist Michael C. Goodward constructed this fine pair of prickly britches using roughly 6,500 individual steel nails. Oh dear god ouch. (via saatchi)

Break Soap

Break Soap hygiene home bathroom

Break Soap hygiene home bathroom

Break Soap hygiene home bathroom

Break Soap hygiene home bathroom

Break soap is a concept by Dave Hakkens that involves a large block of soap with removable “self-serve” wedges that can be snapped off for individual use without having to touching a bar that’s been handled by somebody else. More hygienic see? If only Jack Nicholson’s character in As Good as It Gets had access to this brilliant invention. (via design crush)

Adam Wheatley

Adam Wheatley war illustration humor drawing

Adam Wheatley war illustration humor drawing

Adam Wheatley war illustration humor drawing

Adam Wheatley war illustration humor drawing

Adam Wheatley war illustration humor drawing

Loving these illustrations from Queensland-based artist Adam Wheatley. (via saatchi)

Census Maps Using Word Frequency From 19 Million Dating Website Profiles

Census Maps Using Word Frequency From 19 Million Dating Website Profiles social maps infographics dating city
Chicago area

Each decade the United States government embarks on a census of its entire population in order to update population numbers and demographic information that aids in the allocation of Congressional seats, electoral votes, and government program funding. But as helpful and interesting as this data is, what does it really tell us about who we are? What about our likes, dislikes, feelings, and the ways we choose to define ourselves? In his project A More Perfect Union, artist R. Luke Dubois asked this very question and set out to answer it by joining 21 dating web sites and aggregating language used in the profiles of 19 million people. The data was then organized to create dozens of insanely detailed city and state maps that tell a wonderfully rich story about who we are, or at least, who we claim to be. Via his artist statement:

To join a dating site you have to, quite literally, “put yourself out there”, describing yourself for the express purpose of being liked. This seemingly simple act is quite complex. You have to provide, in addition to some basic statistics, two pieces of prose: you have to say who you are, and you have to say who you want to be with. In the second piece of writing, you have to tell the truth. In the first, you have to lie.

I joined twenty-one dating sites in order to make my own census of the United States in 2010. These are my findings: a road atlas of the United States, with the names of cities, towns, and neighborhoods replaced with the words people use to describe themselves and those they want to be with.

These maps contain 20,262 unique words, based on the analysis of online dating profiles from 19,095,414 single Americans.

Below are some examples of maps where locations are substituted with words people used to describe themselves. Click any image for more detail.

Census Maps Using Word Frequency From 19 Million Dating Website Profiles social maps infographics dating city
Central Texas

Census Maps Using Word Frequency From 19 Million Dating Website Profiles social maps infographics dating city
California

Census Maps Using Word Frequency From 19 Million Dating Website Profiles social maps infographics dating city
Michigan

DuBois also used the data to generate heatmaps helping to draw comparisons between specific terms county by county.

Census Maps Using Word Frequency From 19 Million Dating Website Profiles social maps infographics dating city
“Bored” (male vs. female)

Census Maps Using Word Frequency From 19 Million Dating Website Profiles social maps infographics dating city
“Lonely” (male vs. female)

Census Maps Using Word Frequency From 19 Million Dating Website Profiles social maps infographics dating city
“Sexy” (male vs. female)

Census Maps Using Word Frequency From 19 Million Dating Website Profiles social maps infographics dating city
“Naughty” versus “Nice”

Census Maps Using Word Frequency From 19 Million Dating Website Profiles social maps infographics dating city
“Conservative” versus “Liberal”

A More Perfect Union was shown at bitforms gallery in New York earlier this year. Take a deep dive into the maps Dubois created at his website, and check out a short video about the project. (thnx, leif!)

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