Lucid Stead: A Transparent Cabin Built of Wood and Mirrors by Phillip K Smith III 











Part architectural intervention and part optical illusion, Lucid Stead is a recently unveiled installation by artist Phillip K Smith III in Joshua Tree, California. The artist modified an existing 70-year-old homesteader shack by introducing mirrors to create the illusion of transparency, as the structure now takes on the lighting characteristics of anything around it. LED lighting and other custom electronic components were further installed within the building’s interior to illuminate from the interior at night. Smith says of the installation, “Lucid Stead is about tapping into the quiet and the pace of change of the desert. When you slow down and align yourself with the desert, the project begins to unfold before you. It reveals that it is about light and shadow, reflected light, projected light, and change.”

You can see more photos over at Royale Projects. All photos courtesy Royale Projects. (via Dezeen)

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Interactive Billboards Display the Destination or Origin of Airplanes Overhead 


Created by the team at Ogilvy 12th Floor for British Airways, these awesome billboards installed in London’s Piccadilly Circus and Chiswick interactively display information about the flight that appears immediately overhead. Using custom-built surveillance technology the billboards display the flight number and route information in sync with a recorded video of a child who appears to be pointing at each plane as it soars above. Pretty fun. (via PSFK)

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A New Book of Reflective Vivian Maier Self-Portraits 

Self portrait by Vivian Maier courtesy powerHouse Books

Self portrait by Vivian Maier courtesy powerHouse Books

Self portrait by Vivian Maier courtesy powerHouse Books

Self portrait by Vivian Maier courtesy powerHouse Books

Self portrait by Vivian Maier courtesy powerHouse Books


Published just last week Vivian Maier: Self-Portraits is a newly published collection of the mysterious Chicago photographer’s self-portraits. If you’re unfamiliar with Maier’s amazing story you can get caught up here. The book contains about 60 never-before-seen black-and-white and four-color self-portraits culled from the immense archive of photos assembled by the book’s editor John Maloof. This blogger is currently demonstrating massive self-restraint in not using Oxford Dictionaries word of the year. You’re welcome.

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Emergent Behavior: New Swarms of Hovering Objects Photographed in Place by Thomas Jackson 

Cups No. 2 / Courtesy Thomas Jackson

Glow Sticks No. 2 / Courtesy Thomas Jackson

Marshmallows No. 1 / Courtesy Thomas Jackson

Plates No. 3 / Courtesy Thomas Jackson

Post-Its No. 2 / Courtesy Thomas Jackson

Straws No. 2 / Courtesy Thomas Jackson

Thank You Bads No. 1 / Courtesy Thomas Jackson

Yarn No. 2 / Courtesy Thomas Jackson

Though we’ve featured these amazing swarm photos by Thomas Jackson here on Colossal several times in the last few years, the photographer continues to perfect his technique and has published many new images since we checked in last year. In the past, Jackson suspended the multitudes of paper Post-It notes, plates, or neon glowsticks on a framework of monofilament lines which he would then digitally erase in Photoshop in post-production (the marshmallow photo above is the last photo he created using that method). Jackson shares via email that he’s now discovered better materials that are nearly invisible at normal viewing distance and just barely discernable when viewing prints close-up, ensuring Photoshop only comes into play for standard color and contrast adjustments. Even the blurring you see is created by the wind.

See much more of Jackson’s latest work over on his website.

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Faces of Models Transformed Into 2D Images with Face Paint 








In this ongoing collaboration between make-up artist Valeriya Kutsan and Russian photographer Alexander Khokhlov, the faces of models are seemingly transformed from three dimensional paintings and designs using face paint. The first series of black and white photos titled Weird Beauty was released last year, and the duo brought on digital artist Veronica Ershova who helped retouch a new collection of images inspired by poster art titled 2D or not 2D. These new color images seem to have a bit more digital assistance but are still amazing to look at. See much more here.

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Limitless: New Graffiti Timelapse from Sofles, Fintan Magee, Treas, and Quench 



Right before the imminent demolition of a massive warehouse in Brisbane, street artists Sofles (previously), Fintan Magee, Treas, and Quench had the opportunity to go wild. The four artists cover almost every inch of wall space with a seemingly unlimited amount of paint in this timelapse shot by Selina Miles. (via Neatorama, thnx Kat!)

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