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Unzipping Public Spaces One Giant Zipper at a Time

February 25, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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For the last few years Japanese artist Jun Kitagawa has been installing these giant zippers in public locations around Japan. The 2D and 3D artworks have appeared in buildings, on walls, and even in public ponds, revealing a peek of what lies just below the surface. You can see more over on his blog.

Surprisingly, Kitagawa is not the only artist in Japan working with zippers in public spaces. Artist Yasuhiro Suzuki conceived of a zipper boat back in 2004. The vessel takes advantage of the wake behind the boat to make it look like a giant zipper is unzipping the water. (via Spoon and Tamago)

 

 



Craft

Giant Wind-Up Bots Overtake the Streets of Buenos Aires

February 17, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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In this latest clip from Fernando Livschitz of Black Sheep Films we watch as tin windup toys overtake the streets of Buenos Aires, living amongst its inhabitants as if it was an everyday occurrence. Livschitz is known for his short films that blend live action footage with aspects of absurdity, most notably his New York and Buenos Aires theme parks. Music by the very fine Canned Heat circa 1972.

 

 



Art Design

Hunting Trophies: Repurposed Vintage Bike Parts Converted into Functional Taxidermy Racks

February 17, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Vienna-based designer Andreas Scheiger created this fun series of faux taxidermy heads using a bunch of found bicycle seats and handlebars. The pieces can serve as fun art objects, or as functional hooks for holding bags, coats, and even other bicycles. Several of them are for sale over on his website, or you can see how he did it and maybe attempt your own. (via Fubiz)

Update: Several of you have mentioned that these are pieces appear to be a modern interpretation of Picasso’s Tête de taureau.

 

 



Design

Turn Your Bed into a Swimming Pool

February 10, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Created by Dutch bedding designers Snurk, this set of duvet covers and pillowcases turns your place of sleeping into a place of swimming by making your bed look like a photorealistic sun-filled lap pool. Available here. (via Swissmiss, The Awesomer)

 

 



Animation Craft

The Golden Age of Insect Aviation

January 27, 2014

Christopher Jobson

This clip has been making the rounds everywhere lately, and for good reason. Just 10 seconds long and guaranteed to put an instant smile on your face. Created by Wayne Unten. (via The Kid Should See This)

 

 



Illustration

New Instagram Photos of Everyday Objects Turned into Whimsical Illustrations by Javier Perez

January 20, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Ecuadorean illustrator and art director Javier Pérez (previously) returns with his second installment of clever Instagram Experiments where he turns everyday objects and food into clever minimalistic photo illustrations. Several of his pieces are available as prints through Society6, and you can follow his new work almost everyday on Instagram as well as on Behance.