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Design

Yoga Joes: Plastic Green Soldiers Practicing Yoga

October 6, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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We’ve seen plenty of modern takes on classic green army guys as of late, from skateboarders and surfers over at Toy Boarders, to an array of plastic breakdancing people. Yoga practitioner and entrepreneur Dan Abramson now joins the fray with Yoga Joes, a collection of green army figures doing popular yoga poses like the warrior, cobra, and downward-facing dog. The project is currently funding on Kickstarter and sets should ship in time for Christmas. Hurry, there’s only 4 days left. (via FastCo, My Modern Met)

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Art Illustration

David Zinn's Quirky Chalk and Charcoal Characters on the Streets of Ann Arbor

September 24, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Since 1987, artist and illustrator David Zinn has stalked the streets of Ann Arbor, Michigan, creating temporary illustrations with chalk and charcoal. Zinn improvises each piece on the spot and makes use of found objects, street fixtures, and stairsteps to create trompe l’oeil illusions. These are some of our favorite pieces from the last few months, but you can see plenty more on Facebook and in his 2013 book Lost & Unfounded: Street Art by David Zinn. All photos courtesy the artist. (via Street Art Utopia)

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Art

Rush Hour: Hilarious Footage of an Intersection Edited to Create Potentially Catastrophic Traffic Patterns

September 16, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Fernando Livschitz of Black Sheep Films (previously) is back with his magnificent live video editing skills. This time the Argentina-based director transforms a typical intersection into an absurdly choreographed dance of cloned cars, bicyclists and pedestrians who at almost every moment appear destined to collide. I’ve watched this three times and I still keep yelling at the screen. So well done.

 

 



Art

Humorous New Site-Specific Paintings on the Streets of Paris by Pejac

August 25, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Street artist Pejac (previously) was recently in Paris where he created at least three new works almost guaranteed to make you smile. The first appears to be a figure throwing a water balloon at a wall, but on closer inspection the giant splat contains a painting of Manet’s famous The Luncheon on the Grass. The second involves a pair of children who appear to be burning ants with a magnifying glass in a spot of sunlight, but once viewed close-up the tiny figures are revealed to be small people instead of insects. Lastly he made use of a thick wall crack to form the edge of a ghostly looking door. You can see a few more views over on StreetArtNews.

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Art

Toilet Paper Rolls Squished into Funny Faces by Junior Fritz Jacquet

August 12, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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French paper artist Junior Fritz Jacquet created this fantastic series of weird masks made from toilet paper rolls. Inspired by the craft of origami, each mask is made from a single paper roll which is folded and squished into an expressive face. The pieces are then finished with a coat of shellac and different pigments. These masks are just one small facet of Jacquet’s artwork, you can see more of his functional paper lights and other paper creations over on Facebook. Photos here by Matthieu Gauchet. (via Brain Pickings, Lost at E Minor)

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Music

People Making Music with Broken Plumbing

August 5, 2014

Christopher Jobson

Here’s an amazing videos of a musician realizing the air pressure from faulty plumbing makes for great music. The violinist from the video is from the Altra Volta Quartet in Poland. If you like this, also check out Diego Stocco’s Music from a Dry Cleaner. (via The Awesomer)