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Buildings and Stars Cut into Blackout Curtains Turn Your Windows Into Nighttime Cityscapes 

A Ukrainian blind company called HoleRoll shared this fun set of concept blinds that feature iconic cityscapes cut into blackout curtains. The silhouettes of famous skyscrapers become apparent as light streams in through the window. The images were posted back in 2014 and it looks like their website is currently down, so not sure if they’re available anywhere. Could make a fun DIY project? (via Laughing Squid, Reddit)

Update 1: Aalto+Aalto has a similar concept from 2006 called Better View.

Update 2: It looks like their website is back up. Thnx, Jann.

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Cityscape Rings Feature Architectural Highlights of Iconic Cities 

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North Carolina-based goldsmith Ola Shekhtman designs these fun skyline rings that wrap entire cityscapes around your finger. So far she’s managed to encapsulate the architectural highlights of over a dozen cities including Paris, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Berlin, Hong Kong and many more. All are available in various materials from bronze and silver to gold or platinum. See more in her shop. (via My Modern Met)

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Typographic Transit Maps 

I’m enjoying these slick minimalist public transportation maps available at TRNSPRTNATION. Each train route is comprised of a long, repeated list of the station stops from that line. Only $25. They have maps available for Chicago, New York, London, San Francisco, Boston, and Washington D.C. (thnx, ryan!)

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Made with Staples 


Photos by Roger Albani.


Photo by Eric Nelsøn.


Work by Rob O’Brien.


And of course Ephemicropolis by Peter Root.

Over the past few weeks I’ve run into a number of artists making awesome things with staples and decided to group them into on big post. All of the images above link to their sources, and there’s much more where these came from.

For anyone visiting Colossal frequently you’ll notice a theme present in dozens of posts here is the idea of multiples, that is things built with thousands of other things, repetition, and process art, where the process of creating something is often more significant than what it produces. This type of work has always fascinated me and based on reactions I get from many of you it seems to universally strike a chord. Of the top 10 most popular posts on Colossal (as we approach the 1,000th post this week!) a full 8 of them deal with multiples in some way. As far as my own personal obsession I attribute it to my taste in music. At the age of five when most kids were probably listening to regular children’s music and nursery rhymes I was already accustomed to—and requesting—music like Isao Tomita, Philip Glass, and Brian Eno (this last link is the first music I ever recall hearing). Music rife with repetitive tones, harmonic chord progressions, and electronic noise, that if manifested physically might look something like these towering staple buildings. So I guess all of this is to say, thanks dad for listening to really weird music so I can justify posting about staples on my obscure art blog.

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