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Towering Murals by Blu on the Streets of Italy Confront Environmental and Societal Woes

Towering Murals by Blu on the Streets of Italy Confront Environmental and Societal Woes

May 29, 2017

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Christopher Jobson

From climate change to capitalism run amok, street artist Blu (previously) pulls no punches in his soaring multi-story murals on the streets of Italy. While mixed with a healthy dose of sarcasm and humor, the inspiration behind each artwork is anything but funny as he translates searing critiques into aesthetically beautiful paintings. More



Art Design

Brandalism: 82 Artists Install 600 Fake Ads Across Paris to Protest the COP21 Climate Conference

Brandalism: 82 Artists Install 600 Fake Ads Across Paris to Protest the COP21 Climate Conference

Nov.30.15

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Kate

Just days before the start of the UN COP21 Climate Conference held in Paris and during the French state of emergency following terrorist attacks earlier this November, 600 posters were covertly distributed and hung within the city. The posters were not taped to poles or distributed in public grounds, but secured behind glass at bus stops around the city. The large-scale posters were advertisement replacements, fake corporate ads designed by 82 artists across 19 countries to satirize messaging found throughout the Parisian streets. More



Art

Artwork is Work, Supporting the Arts Means Paying the Artists

Artwork is Work, Supporting the Arts Means Paying the Artists

Nov.18.15

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Christopher

Scott Beale over at Laughing Squid spotted this great bumper sticker the other day while traveling through Ohio. This is probably the first time we’ve stopped to appreciate a bumper sticker on Colossal, but the message is definitely an important one these days. Pick one up through Northern Sun for just $2.50. (via Laughing Squid) More



Design

Cycling Activists Build Bamboo Car Skeletons to Demonstrate Space Taken by Single Occupancy Cars

Cycling Activists Build Bamboo Car Skeletons to Demonstrate Space Taken by Single Occupancy Cars

Oct.14.14

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Christopher

A few Latvian activists from a branch of the bicycle advocacy group Let’s Bike it recently created a visual reminder of the space taken by cars on a typical road. To accomplish this, the group fabricated bamboo skeletons shaped like actual cars and mounted them on their bikes. The activists then cycled around the streets of Riga for several hours to highlight the absurdity of using a large car to move a single person. More



Crafts

One Plastic Beach: A California Couple Turns Tons of Plastic Debris into Art

One Plastic Beach: A California Couple Turns Tons of Plastic Debris into Art

Jan.1.12

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Christopher

For the past several years Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang have been collecting tons of plastic debris off a small stretch of beach near their Norther California home. The plastic is cleaned, categorized and stored before its utilized in their assorted projects including sculptural work, photography, large-scale museum installations, jewelry and art prints. Learn more here. (via vimeo) More



Art

Guy Denning Sketches Occupy Wall Street

Guy Denning Sketches Occupy Wall Street

Oct.31.11

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Christopher

Artist Guy Denning is a self-taught English artist currently living in France. Mostly known for his gritty and brooding paintings, Denning has heartily embraced various internet outlets such as YouTube where he demonstrates how he paints, as well as a Facebook page where he posts a new drawing each day. Recently he posted a number of powerful images inspired by the Occupy Wall St. protests—capturing moments in Oakland, London, New York and elsewhere. More



Photography

Rosemary Laing’s Partially Constructed Building Embedded in the Australian Landscape

Rosemary Laing’s Partially Constructed Building Embedded in the Australian Landscape

Aug.28.11

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Christopher


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First off: yes, these are photographs, no Photoshop at work here. This set of five panoramic photographs by artist Rosemary Laing shows the framework of an inverted, partially-completed building (though at times the photographs themselves are inverted) embedded in the Australian landscape around Cooma, New South Wales. The series, entitled Leak, examines ‘the encroachment of suburban development and the socio-economic and environmental pressures on the Australian landscape’ and each photograph is named after characters in Patrick White’s novel The Twyborn Affair (ie. More



Design Science

WWF: The World is Where We Live

WWF: The World is Where We Live

Jul.26.11

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Christopher

This is a fantastic new promotional short from the WWF. I can’t imagine how much thought and planning went into each one of these shots, from the use of color, to the choreography, and camera work. What a wonderfully executed vision. (via lustik) More



Art

Al Farrow: New Reliquaries. Religious sites built from ammunition and firearms.

Al Farrow: New Reliquaries. Religious sites built from ammunition and firearms.

May.3.11

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Christopher

San Francisco artist Al Farrow uses ammunition and parts from firearms to build miniature churches, synagogues, and mosques. This is heavy stuff, literally and figuratively. Meighan over at My Love for You just stopped by Catherine Clark Gallery where he’s showing some of his latest work, and captured some awesome shots. The show runs through May 28. (images via my love for you and catherine clark gallery) More



Science

It’s In Your Hands

It’s In Your Hands

Mar.23.11

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Christopher

Another stellar video promoting World Water Day, filmed and directed by Andrew Hinton of Pilgrim Films. Shot in India, the short clip won a YouTube nonprofit video award on Saturday and has since been viewed over 150,000 times. (via it’s nice that) More



Design

Chiditarod 2011

Chiditarod 2011

Mar.8.11

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Christopher






This weekend amid freezing and blustery conditions Chicago held its annual Chiditarod race. For those of you who are unfamiliar the Chiditarod Urban Iditarod is a combination pub crawl, costume contest and charity food drive, and if that’s not enough for you it’s all centered around a race where teams push decorated shopping carts across the city for most of the day, pausing at 11 strategically placed recovery checkpoints, that is: bars. More

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