I wanted to take a moment to thank designer Raphaël de Visser (his work above) for letting me use his splendid inverted tree header as part of Colossal’s masthead for the past three months. I generally try to change the graphic each month to feature a different aspect of Chicago, however after a ridiculous amount of positive feedback I couldn’t help but leave it up longer than usual. All good things must come to an end, but I’m thrilled to have a great photo of Marina City by Paul McGee on top of the site this month. Thank you both!
If you want to see past Colossal headers, check out the archive.
Colossal is being featured this week on Flipboard. You’ll find it in the “Art and Photos” section. (thnx, mia!)
I’m excited to announce that Colossal has partnered with the 2012 Sketchbook Project, run by the fine folks at the NY-based Art House Co-op. The Sketchbook Project is a library of over 10,000 artists’ journals that travels to galleries around the world making stops in the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK. Participants sign up online to receive a sketchbook and are given several months to fill in the pages before sending it back to New York where it’s cataloged in the Brooklyn Art Library’s collection and scanned for online viewing.
Wanna play? We’re offering five readers the opportunity to participate for free. Just tweet @arthouse with an answer to the question: If your sketchbook was a band, what would its name be? and tag it with #SketchbookBand. Winners will be notified via Twitter, profiled online, and sent a Sketchbook Project entry package in the mail. Awesome!
Hey folks, sorry about the abrupt absence of Colossalness the past few days. Since we last spoke I traveled to an island off the coast of Alaska where there is an abundance of fishing, mountains, and sunlight (18 hours a day people!). And apparently there is also high speed internet, so yay. My regular posting schedule will be on and off the next two weeks, so to help fill in some gaps I’ve asked Orlando-based designer and printmaker Jason Dean (previously) of The Best Part to help fill in some gaps here and there while I’m away. Is his Moon Diamond print not amazing? Jason has an acute eye for awesome design, photography, and art and I was bummed to see his blog go silent a few months ago. Hopefully you’ll enjoy his finds!
I was interviewed today by Alice Yoo over at My Modern Met as part of their Content Curator series. I’m hugely appreciative for the opportunity. Thanks Alice!
Wow, 1,000 posts! I’ve never done 1,000 of anything before, and by huge coincidence Colossal will have its 2,000,000th visit today. What! Thanks to everyone for the feedback over the last few months, for all the awesome submissions (keep ‘em coming!), to all the new Twitter and Facebook followers, your support has been above and beyond anything I expected when this site launched last year. If you want to take a deep dive into the site, I recommend heading over to the random 100 page and hitting refresh a couple times. If I’ve done my job right there’s bound to be something buried in the archives that will make your mind explode, at least a little bit. Now enough about the Colossal, go check out these enormous, made-to-order wall tentacles by ArtAkimbo.
Hey folks, just a quick heads up that I’m going to be contributing over at Beautiful/Decay a few times a week. I’m thrilled at the invitation from Amir and look forward to sharing even more great art finds with the internets. Check out my first post on Jose Manuel Hortelano-Pi.
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.